Obituary for Shirley Mueller

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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.

Friday
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

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Obituary

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

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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.

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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

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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

Obituary for Elvera Limmer

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We Remember Elvera Limmer

Elvera Limmer died on Thursday, January 6th, 2022.  Up to the time of her death she was the oldest woman in the congregation and the 2nd oldest person in the congregation.  This was by just a matter of months.  We give thanks for her life and ministry among us.

See the bottom of this page for information regarding memorial gifts.

Obituary

Elvera Bertha (Rust) Limmer

June 18, 1926 – January 6, 2022

 

Elvera Limmer, of Burton, TX, passed away on January 5, 2022 at the age of 95.

Elvera was born on June 18, 1926 in Burton, TX to Ed and Elsie Kokemor Rust. She was baptized July 25, 1926 at Frieden’s United Church of Christ and confirmed September 22, 1940 at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

She married Paul Limmer on October 30, 1949 in St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Elvera’s pride and joy were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was known for those wonderful homemade sugar cookies.  She loved the outdoors and looked after her cattle as long as she could.

She is survived by her son, Jim Limmer of Ellinger, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Glenwood Hinze of Burton, TX; grandchildren, Brian and Kristi Hinze, Julie and Wade Tiemann, Judson and Morgan Limmer, and Josh and Meghan Limmer; great-grandchildren, Weston and Waylon Hinze, McKenzie and Ali Tiemann, and Jenna Limmer; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Limmer, parents, sister, Doris Rinn; and brother, Wilfred Rust.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Brian Hinze, Josh Limmer, Judson Limmer, Wade Tiemann, Waylon Hinze, and Weston Hinze.

Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Bradley Rinn, Darrell Kieke, Ricky Kieke, and Dustyn Tiemann.

Special thanks to the care given by the staff of Baylor Scott & White Hospital-Brenham, nurses and staff at Brenham Nursing & Rehabilitation and Hospice Brazos Valley.

Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church Rebecca Group or La Bahia Cemetery Association.

Please mail MLLC memorials to:

Rebecca Group

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine TX 78932-0362

You can also use the online giving.  Select the Memorials category on the secure web page, and note Elvera Limmer in the memo section.

Online Giving

La Bahia Cemetery Association

Please mail La Bahia Cemetery Association memorials to:
Sandra Beettner
2025 S Hinze  Rd.
Carmine TX 78932

Obituary for Bernice Mueller

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Remembering Bernice Mueller

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Bernice Mueller.  For a few years leading up to her death, Bernice was the oldest, living member of MLLC.

The visitation will be at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings, on Wednesday, September 29, 5-7 p.m. The funeral will be at MLLC on Thursday, September 30, 2 p.m., with viewing from 12-2 p.m. at MLLC. Memorial gifts are suggested to MLLC.

The family has designated memorial gifts to MLLC:

You can send bring these to the church,  211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932 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 Bernice Mueller.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Bernice Mueller.

Obituary

Bernice Leona (Stork) Mueller

December 15, 1924 – September 25, 2021

Bernice Leona (Stork) Mueller was born on December 15, 1924 in Brenham, Texas, the daughter of Willie and Annie (Bage) Stork.  She was baptized on May 17, 1925 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings by Rev. William Mueller and confirmed on April 2, 1937 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine by Rev. Henry Brunotte.  Her confirmation verse was 1 John 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”  She was raised on the Stork farm in Ledbetter, Texas and received her education in the little one room Prospect School.  Bernice began working at the telephone company in Carmine before going to work at the IGA Store in Giddings.  After her true love returned home from serving for two years in the Philippines during World War II, Bernice was united in marriage to Elwood Adolph Mueller on November 22, 1947 at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Parsonage in Giddings by Rev. S.T. Schroeder.  After their marriage, they went into the ranching business raising chickens, hogs, and cattle throughout the next 51 years until Elwood’s death on March 9, 1999.  Following his death, Bernice continued the business with her two sons.  She was an active member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine where she had taught Sunday school and was a longtime member of the Ladies Aid.  She enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially loved playing dominoes and 42 with her friends in the Carmine 42 Club.

Bernice passed away suddenly the evening of Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Brenham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie & Annie Stork; her husband of 51 years, Elwood A. Mueller; her brother and sister-in-law, Bill & Virginia Stork; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice & Delfeal Mueller and Erna & Frank Els; her brother-in-law, Ardell Muske; two nieces, Peggy Simmang and Shirley Hart, and four nephews, Bobby Els, David Els, Billy Els, and Allen Mueller.

Bernice is survived by her two sons, Gary & Bo Mueller of Ledbetter and Gaylon Mueller & Rhonda Craigen of Ledbetter; three grandchildren, Kaci Mueller of Carmine, Cliff Mueller of Houston, and Brandon & Sarah Mueller of Brenham; three great grandchildren, Braxton, Bexley & Brinley Mueller of Brenham; one sister-in-law, Nadine Muske of Brenham, as well as several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Pallbearers will be Mark Mueller, Kevin Mueller, Nathan Mendoza, Bradley Muske, Colt Els, and Chad Proske. Honorary pallbearers will be her domino playing friends in the Carmine “42” Club.

Memorials may be made to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine or to the charity of one’s choice.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O Box 362

Carmine TX 78932-0362

Online Giving

Obituary for Jesse McDaniel

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Remembering Jesse McDaniel

The MLLC community joins with the family of Jesse McDaniel upon his sudden death due to heart health issues on August 28.  Jesse and Wendy have been involved in the ministries of MLLC for several years.  They official joined the church in 2018, and were received at worship in 2019.  Most frequently they attended the Saturday evening, 6 p.m., worship service. Here is a photo of Jesse, along with his wife Wendy, and another new member that day, Sheryl.

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The family has designated two different memorial requests:

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 Jesse McDaniel.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Jesse  McDaniel.

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They have also designated

Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter

240 Svboda Lane

La Grange TX 78945

Here is the web page link for the animal shelter:  click this link

THE OBITUARY

Jesse Lee McDaniel, Jr.

February 4, 1967 – August 28, 2021

Jesse McDaniel, Jr. of Carmine, passed away at home on August 28, 2021. He was born on February 4, 1967 to Jesse Lee McDaniel and Frances Ann Burton in Jacinto City, Texas.  Jesse was baptized as a teenager at the First Baptist Church of Jacinto City.  He transferred his membership to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine by Affirmation of Baptism and Faith on March 9, 2019. Jesse joined the United States Navy serving on aircraft carriers Kitty Hawk and Nimitz.  Jesse met the love of his life, Wendy Ullrich, while they worked at Continental Airlines McDaniel, then married on August 20, 1991.

Jesse was a founder and member of Fayette County Bee Keepers and a member of the Fayette County Fair Association, assisting with the poultry exhibit for several years.  He got his passion for bees and gardening from his grandfather.  Jesse especially loved taking his two rescue dogs, Gabby and Peanut for a ride in his truck.  (Jesse swears he doesn’t have any dogs!)  Jesse was a loving husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with his five granddaughters.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Wendy McDaniel; parents, Jesse Lee McDaniel Sr. and wife Debbie of Crockett, his mother Frances Ann Ezell and step-father Travis of Hunstville, two daughters, Cassie McDaniel and Erryn Havard and husband Sean, both of Lufkin; brother Shannon McDaniel; and five granddaughters, Lily, Ella, Olivia, Audry, and Emory.

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Obituary for Ed Eargle

Remembering Ed Eargle

We grieve and give thanks for Ed Eargle.  He was a joyful and active part of our life together at MLLC.  His sudden, accidental death has been a shock many in the congregation and the broader community. 

The funeral for Ed will be on Monday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation will be at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings, Sunday, August 8.  Family present 5-8 p.m., with chapel open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. for viewing and signing the condolence book.

The family has designated two different memorial requests:

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 Ed Eargle.  For the online form, note that memorial gifts are listed third.  This includes a box where you can enter the name: Ed Eargle.

 

The other memorial designation is:  The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association, 800 East Wendt Street, Bellville, Texas 77418-1521.

 

THE OBITUARY

March 5, 1941 – August 3, 2021

 

Edwin “Ed” Eargle Jr., 80, of LaGrange, Texas, passed away on August 3, 2021. He was a longtime resident of Lee and Fayette Counties.

 

Edwin was born in Alvin, Texas on March 5, 1941. He graduated from Alvin High School. Ed was in the Marine reserves for three years and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Phillips University and Master’s Degree in Education from Prairie View A & M. He was a teacher for many years with the Texas Youth Commission. He loved history, gardening and John Wayne. He never met a stranger. He was president of the Bluebonnet Master Gardeners for many years. He was an active member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Texas where he was active in the Men in Mission group. Ed was baptized in April 1970 at First Baptist Church of Hardin, Texas.  He affirmed his baptism and faith as he joined Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, Texas on June 12, 2011.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Lee Eargle Sr. and Evelyn Colston Robertson.

 

Ed is survived by his companion for the past 25 years, Carol Carmean of La Grange, Texas; his brother, Mike Hoff and wife Donna of Laurel, Maryland; his son, Gary Eargle and wife Essi of Kyle, Texas; his daughter, Sheila Guzman and husband Roger of Brenham, Texas; his grandson, Micah Eargle and wife Jessica, and two great granddaughters, Nayeli and Sofia all of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also survived by Carol’s sons and their families, Troy Carmean and wife Beth of Round Top, Texas and Chris Carmean and wife Stacia of Carmine, Texas.

 

Memorials may be made to the Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, Texas 78932-0362

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The Bluebonnet Master Gardener Association, 800 East Wendt Street, Bellville, Texas 77418-1521.

 

 

 

Ed (and Joe) wrapping the Christmas boxes for the Port of Houston Seafarers.  This is an annual project of the Men in Mission of MLLC.  Ed was an active part of this organization for many years.

 

Remembering Marjorie Morris

Obituary for Marjorie Morris

We remember and give thanks for the life of our sister in Christ, Marge Morris.  There will be a memorial service for her at the Brenham Memorial Chapel on Saturday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial gift information is noted in the obituary below.

 

Marjorie Ann Kunkel Morris

February 10, 1938 – July 3, 2021

Obituary

 

Marjorie Ann Morris, age 83 of Brenham, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Marjorie Ann Kunkel was born February 10, 1938 to parents Walter and Evelyn Mertz Kunkel in Washington County. She was baptized at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine on August 29, 1943, and later confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Round Top on  April 6, 1952  That was Palm Sunday in 1952. Marjorie was a 1956 graduate of Burton High School. She later attended Blinn College.

Marjorie lived in Dallas most of her life. There she worked for John Hancock Life Insurance Company as a claims adjuster. She retired in 2000 and moved to Carmine to care for her mother. Marjorie enjoyed her membership in The Red Hat Society. Later, she moved to Bluffview Villas in Brenham.

She had a love for animals and always had a dog as a pet. Memorials in Marjorie’s honor are requested to Animal Friends of Washington County and City of Brenham Pet Adoption Center.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving family includes: her siblings and their spouses, Henry and Chris Ullrich of Burton, Edith Ullrich of Dallas, Ray and Joann Ullrich of Burton, Joy and Glenn Treude of Burton; four nieces; two nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

 
 

Remembering Garry Sanders

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Garry Sanders Obituary

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Garry Dale Sanders.  He died in his home on June 26.  Garry was a longtime member of MLLC, especially  during his early and later years of his life.

The visitation/viewing will be at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings on Wednesday, June 30, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., with family present 5-8 p.m.
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The funeral will be at MLLC on Thursday, July 1, at 10 a.m.
Garry’s funeral will be shown on streaming video on Facebook Live.  Go to our Facebook Page to to find this video at the time of the funeral.
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Memorials are requested to: Martin Luther Lutheran Church

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 “Garry Sanders”, and the gift will be passed along to the right account.  Church office telephone: 979-278-3388

The church address:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

211 Luther Lane

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Memorials are requested to: Hospice Brazos Valley

1048 N. Jefferson St.

La Grange, Texas 78945

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Obituary

Garry Dale Sanders

June 3, 1947 – June 26, 2021

Garry Dale Sanders was born June 3, 1947 in Burton, Texas to Henry Alfred and Sylvia (Jacob) Sanders.  He was baptized August 24, 1947 by Pastor Leo H. Simon and confirmed May 21, 1961 by Pastor August M. Hannemann both at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Texas.  His confirmation verse was Matthew 10:32-33:  “32 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

A graduate of Round Top-Carmine High School in 1965, he was passionate about sports, lettering in Baseball, Track and Tennis.

On August 19, 1967 he married his high school sweetheart, Leonita Citzler of La Grange and settled in Giddings, Texas.  After the birth of their first-born son, Randy in 1969, Garry was drafted, and the new family moved to Ft. Bliss where he was stationed for two years.  He was discharged honorably as a Specialist IV in 1971 and the family moved back to Giddings and Garry began working in the family refrigeration business.

After working with the Texas Highway Department and Giddings State School, he began his twenty-six year career with GTE / Verizon where he retired as a Network Analyst.   Garry and Leonita’s family grew to three during this time with Timothy born in 1973 and Vickie in 1981.   He then began his second career as a Long Haul Truck Driver for Blue Bell Creamery retiring in 2012.

Garry loved family, sports, travel, vintage cars, hot rods, and aircraft.  He supported all three of his kids’ sports interests and hobbies whether it was football, baseball, or volleyball.  He was a huge Dallas Cowboys and Rice Owls fan.  Garry took his family on numerous trips to such destinations as St Louis, Disney World, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, California, England, and Hawaii and rafted down the Colorado, Arkansas, and Ocoee Rivers.  He also attended many Texas Aggie Football road games with Randy, Tim, and Jason as well as numerous NASCAR, Indy Car, and Red Bull Air races.  Garry loved Air Shows, especially US Navy Blue Angels and the USAF Thunderbirds and once flew in a B-17 Bomber from WW II.

When his grandchildren were born, they became his love.  Always a phone call away it was nothing for Garry to be on the road to Corpus Christi to cuddle Viviana and Lauren when they were home from school or shuttle them to and from school.  The time they spent together was precious and always included a home cooked spaghetti dinner and trip to Luby’s.  Years later when Kyle, Andrew, and Spence were born he had another opportunity to cuddle with little ones.  Whether it was reading quietly inside or watching the boys run and play outdoors, Garry always looked forward to their time together.

His civic activism included membership in American Legion Post 276, as well as the Carmine Chamber Commerce, Carmine Volunteer Fire Department, Carmine Hall – Cedar Creek Schuetzen Verein and his favorite – volunteering at the Carmine Chamber of Commerce Museum.

Garry passed away the evening of Saturday, June 26, 2021 at his home in Carmine.

Garry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sanders and Sylvia Sanders, and by a very special aunt and uncle, Marilyn and Kyle Spence; brothers-in-law, Milton Bage, Edrol Wagner, John Smidovec, and Johnny Dunham, and sister-in-law, Alice Loehr.

Survivors include his wife, Leonita; children, Randy and his wife Dika, Tim and his wife Stephanie, and Vickie and her husband Jason; grandchildren, Viviana, Lauren, Kyle, Andrew, and Spence; sister, Becky Dunham; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Leroy Bennetsen, Albert Loehr, Marjorie and EJ Stibora, Marilyn Wagner, Gene and Doris Citzler, and Annie and Allen Mueller.

Pallbearers will be Greg Bage, Mark Bage, Baron Bennetsen, Bradley Loehr, Kevin Stibora, Shane Stibora, Jerrell Smidovec, Jonathan Dunham, Gaschen Geissen, Scott Neumann.

Remembering Keadron Ellis

Keadron Ellis

Keadron Ellis Obituary

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Keadron Ellis.  She was a longtime member of MLLC, and continued a connection as an associate member after returning to her previous community in north Texas.  Below is the obituary which was published for Keadron.

Keadron Nelson Ellis

December 14, 1925 – June 10, 2021

Keadron Nelson Ellis was born on December 14, 1925, in O’Donnell, Texas to Cecil C. and Agnes Wyatt Nelson. She was the youngest of 5 children.  Keadron married the love of her life, Robert A. Ellis on February 17, 1946 in Ft. Worth and raised 4 children.

Keadron will be remembered for her devotion to her family – A true Proverbs 31 wife and mother. She taught her children unconditional love, forgiveness, patience, and perseverance. Her children remember a house filled with love and laughter, resourcefulness, and positivity, even in tough times. She moved around Texas, blooming wherever she was planted, primarily in Ft Worth, Houston, Dallas, Plano, and, in retirement years, found her true home in a little 1930’s farmhouse in the country near Carmine, Texas.

Keadron was faith filled. She and Robert spent time traveling and witnessing at churches across the country in the mid to late sixties. They were founding members of Christ Church Plano, where she sang in the choir. She loved prayer and fellowship with a true servant’s heart. Keadron made friends and cuddled babies everywhere she went. She was blessed with many dear friends, all of whom have an endearing or funny story to tell.

Even in her traditional life, Keadron had a sense of adventure – traveling across Europe with Loyce and Jean, touring Scotland and Ireland in her later years, drinking single-malt scotch, driving her bright blue Mini Cooper, and laughing often. She never looked or acted her age.

She was equally at home by herself – taking on a home project, reading books or sitting on the porch enjoying her garden. She loved flowers, the color pink, pretty shoes, big band music, tea, and time with family. Even at the very end, she never lost her thoughtfulness, her sense of humor, or her grace.

In death Keadron will be reunited with her parents Cecil and Agnes Nelson, her siblings- Loyce Marshall, Audra, Jack and Leslie Nelson and her husband of 50 years, Robert Ellis.

She is survived by her children and children by marriage- Keadron (Debbie) and Lawrence Finn, Robert (Corky) and Kay Ellis, Jean Gardner, William (Bill) and Kay Ellis and Bob Salmi, as well as her grandchildren- Keadron Friar, Scott Finn, Amanda MacWithey, Kristin Jewell,

Jennifer Cravatt, Stephen Salmi , and great- grandchildren -Ethan, Davis and Noah Jewell, Aiden Garcia, and Robert and Amara Friar.

A funeral service was held to honor Keadron’s life Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel at Christ Church Plano, 4550 Legacy Dr., Plano, Texas with The Rev. Jeff Rawn officiating.

Keadron was laid to rest on Thursday, June 17, in Isaac Hill Cemetery in Round Top, Texas with her late husband and her parents.  Pastor David Tinker of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine led the committal service.

If desired, contributions may be made in Keadron’s name to:

Paralyzed Veterans of America at https://secure.pva.org/pva/donate-online,

or to Christ Church Anglican Outreach, 4550 Legacy Dr., Plano, Texas 75024

or American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org

Remembering Johnny Dunham

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Remembering Johnny Dunham

We give thanks as well as grieve upon the death of MLLC member, Johnny Dunham.  After a battle with cancer, Johnny died on May 18, 2021.  A funeral and memorial service was held on Saturday, May 22, at MLLC.

Johnny’s family designated the church to receive memorial gifts.

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.  You will find the final link on that page for the giving site.  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 “Johnny Dunham”, and the gift will be passed along to the right account.  Thank you for remembering Johnny and his church with your gifts.

The church address:  Martin Luther Lutheran Church; P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362.

Telephone: 979-278-3388

THE OBITUARY

Johnny Dewayne Dunham was born August 18, 1951 in Ada Oklahoma to Orval and Lillie Siebel Dunham. He was baptized at First Lutheran Church, Ada, Oklahoma, on November 4, 1951, by Pastor Elmer Sedory. Their family moved to Baytown, Texas when Johnny was two years old. He was confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Baytown, Texas on April 11, 1965, by Pastor Glenn Kollmeyer. Johnny was a 1969 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown. He continued his education at Blinn College and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also took graduate courses at University of Houston at Clear Lake. On July 15, 1972, Johnny married the love of his life, Becky Gale Sanders at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, Texas, with Pastor Ronald Dybvig presiding.

Johnny worked as Vice President of Operations for Affiliated Rice Milling for 35 years and was General Manager of Consolidated Warehousing. He worked in the same office for 47 years. He valued each of their employees.

He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, President of Alvin Noon Lions Club, President of Alvin Chamber of Commerce, and member of Carmine Cedar Creek Schuetzin Verein.

Johnny enjoyed deer hunting with Mark, Chase, Eldon, Mason, Jimmy, Jonathan and Jeff. He loved spending time in Carmine and visiting with his friends. He enjoyed helping the community by contributing his time cooking for fund raising events.

Johnny’s huge heart belonged to his family, especially his four precious grandchildren. He was lovingly known to them as Pops or Popsie. There was never a conversation between he and his grandchildren where “I love you.” wasn’t exchanged and Tripp would add, “You’re my best friend, Popsie.” Johnny loved these precious blessings with all of his heart and soul.

In 2013, Johnny was diagnosed with melanoma. Facing this foe with determination, courage, dignity and strength, he spent the last seven and a half years fighting this relentless disease.

Johnny LOVED the signs of spring arriving. He would start looking for Indian paint brushes (Indian Blankets) in January. It seemed to be a family competition as to who would see the first Indian blankets. With the unusual amount of rain in the spring of 2019, a second blooming of the paint brushes in July was a welcome sight, almost as if God was giving him one last look while on his earthly journey.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, God took Johnny by the hand to guide him to his heavenly home.

Those gone before him are grandparents, parents, and two of his dearest friends Elvis Hinze and Mark Jacob.

God has Johnny in his keeping, but Johnny remains in the hearts of: his wife Becky Dunham; daughter Shanna Geissen and her husband Gaschen; son Jonathan Dunham; grandchildren Ayden Geissen, Peyton Geissen, Judd Dunham, Tripp Dunham; brother Jim Dunham and wife Cyndi; sisters Cynthia Comley and husband Rick, Barbara Ashby and husband Kent; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Treude, Tony Dooley, Berrie Etzel, Javier Orozco, Robbie Stork, Darrel Neutzler, Eldon Mikeska, Ryan Hinze, James Dunham, and Alan Jacob, Chase Jacob.

Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Etzel, Gary Hahn, Terry Wilson, Clint Ganze, and Richard Peterson, Jr.

Memorials are requested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.