Herman Schoenemann, Jr. Obituary

Herman Schoenemann Photo


We remember Herman Schoenemann, Jr. who died on Thursday, September 20, 2018.  His funeral will be at MLLC on Sunday, September 23, at 3:00 p.m.


Herman M. Schoenemann, Jr.

August 12, 1930 – September 20, 2018

Herman M. Schoenemann, Jr. passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at his home in the Sandtown community near Burton and Carmine Texas.  He was born the first son of Herman M. Schoenemann, Sr. and Olivia (FeFe) Loewe Schoenemann in their Sandtown home on August 12, 1930. Herman attended the Sandtown community school and graduated from Burton High School (1948) while working on the family farm. He was called into military service by the US Marine Corps in 1952. After completing his service, he continued his education by completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow in the Loewe Family Cemetery in Sandtown.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Oaks Chapel.

Herman is remembered as an educator who shared his love of mathematics with many students over his career that began at East Bernard High School, East Bernard, Texas. In 1966, he took an opportunity to return home and accepted a position at Blinn College in Brenham. He retired from Blinn in 1992 as the Mathematics Division Chairman.

His avocations included dancing many a night away, having an occasional beer with family and friends, and making hay and tending to the cattle on his farm.

He married Beatrice Mayer (Krimm) in 1955 and together they had four children.

In 1986, he married Ruth Kennedy, who remained his loving wife and faithful dance partner until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his only sibling O B Schoenemann and sister-in-law Ruth Leonhardt Schoenemann, and his stepson Bryant Spence.

Herman is survived by his wife Ruth, children Herman M (Marty) Schoenemann III (spouse Janine L Brown), Clifford W Schoenemann (Julie), Pamela K Rosas, and Trent J Schoenemann; step-daughter Beverly Mathis (Mike); 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Mr. Schoenemann’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming

Harvest Festival Food

You are Invited

The 2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming is just around the corner.  We are working together to make sure we have another great year of worship, food, fun and fellowship.

Click this link for the main page about the 2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming.

Sunday, October 21, at the Carmine Hall

Worship at 9:30 a.m.

The Famous Carmine Fried Chicken meal will be served 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10/meal and are available now at the church office during the week, and at the church before and after worship each weekend.  Call the church office – 979-278-3388 – to reserve your tickets.

The Live and Silent Auctions begin around 11:30 a.m.  Donations for the auction are invited.  Bring items to the church office.

Olive Wood Crafts – September 8-9

Nativity Olive Wood



Bethlehem Christian Families

On Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, 2018, we will have a special opportunity to view products and creations in olive wood created by the hands of Christian artisans in and around the Holy Land region. The Rishmawi Family has been designated as the representative for these wonderful Christian artisans and has been authorized to show their olive wood carvings.

These items will be displayed on tables in the parlor (the room near the Sanctuary and the church offices.  The items will be available both before and after our regular worship services.  Saturday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, September 9, at 10:00 a.m.

Most, if not all, of the items will also be available for purchase.  The sale of these items supports the Christian families and their ongoing witness in the land of Jesus’ birth and ministry.


The tradition of Olive wood carvings in the Holy Land has been handed down from father to son since the 12th century. Due to the difficulties the last few years in the Middle East, tourism has been dramatically reduced and these folks have suffered greatly.  This is causing the Christian community to immigrate to different countries leaving the Christian population at 2% today from 25% ten years ago.


We invite you to visit their display tables and view some of the finest handcrafts available from the Holy Land.  This Family strives to bring these fine carvings to our church.

You can view these beautiful items On-Line @ http://www.bethlehem-art.com/


“We call on our churches worldwide to recognize that the very presence of the Christian communities in the Holy Land is threatened by the severity of the present conflict and by the economic devastation the conflict has caused. When the Mother Church is endangered, the entire Churches must be involved “   – The Christian Bishops of Jerusalem

Obituary for Carol Sommerfeld

Carol Sommerfeld photo

Carol was a longtime member of MLLC.  Carol died on May 1, 2018 after a very brief illness.  Her funeral was held at MLLC on May 5 at MLLC.  The obituary, as printed in the service bulletin that day, is available below.

Her family requested that memorial gifts be given to MLLC.  Here are ways to make to make those gifts:

Memorial Gifts to Martin Luther Lutheran Church

By mail:  P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Make note of this being a memorial for Carol Sommerfeld

By web site: go to the MLLC secure online giving site:  click this link.

When using the giving site, remember to note your gift amount in the box next to “Memorial Gifts”, and to use the memo box to the right of the amount to note “Carol Sommerfeld”

Questions for MLLC about this gift:  call the office at 979-278-3388



Carol Ann Rosenbaum Sommerfeld was born October 28, 1954 in Brenham to parents Irvin & Virgine (Baron) Rosenbaum.  She was baptized November 28, 1954 and confirmed April 7, 1968 by Pastor Richard J. Weber, both at Zion Lutheran Church, Zionsville, near Brenham.  Her confirmation verse was Psalm 111:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.”  Carol and Roger Dale Sommerfeld were united in marriage on June 4, 1977 in Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville by Pastor James Witschorke.

Carol was a graduate of Burton High School.  She loved working as a hairdresser at Carol Ann’s Hair Fashions shop in Carmine along with working at Round Top Farm & Ranch.  She was a loving grandmother to her four grandchildren.

Carol loved being outdoors, watching her grandkids’ events, trips to Edna, cooking, and keeping everyone on their toes.  She and Roger were members of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine.

Carol passed away unexpectedly in Austin on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the age of 63.

She is survived by her loving family:  husband Roger Sommerfeld; son Justin and wife Elizabeth, daughter Melissa and husband Jason Smith; grandchildren Olivia and Austin Sommerfeld, Makayla and Jake Smith; twin brothers Lary and wife Dixie Rosenbaum, Gary and wife Diana Rosenbaum; sisters-in-law Carolyn and husband Gilbert Goeke, Kathy and husband Daryl Gummelt; nieces and nephews Sean and Jill Rosenbaum, Jeffory and Rachael Goeke, Tracy and Ken Meier, Leigh Ann and Adam Seilheimer along with numerous great nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents Irvin and Virgine Rosenbaum, parents-in-law Emmanuel and Mildred Sommerfeld, brother-in-law Charles Otto Sommerfeld, and niece Brittany Ridley.

Pallbearers will be Sean Rosenbaum, Jeffory Goeke, Glenn Rosenbaum, Randy Hodde, Cole Dismukes and Preston Davis.  Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren Olivia, Makayla, Austin and Jake.


Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932 or a charity of choice.

Obituary for Gladys Koether

Gladys Koether photo

We remember Gladys Koether

Gladys was a lifelong member of MLLC, and a lifelong resident of Carmine.  Gladys died on April 18, 2018 after a long illness.  Her funeral was held at MLLC on April 21 at MLLC.  The obituary, as printed in the service bulletin that day, is available below.

Her family requested that memorial gifts be given to either MLLC or Lutherhill camp.  Here are ways to make to make those gifts:

Memorial Gifts to Martin Luther Lutheran Church

By mail:  P O BOX 362; Carmine, TX 78932-0362

Make note of this being a memorial for Gladys Koether.

By web site: go to the MLLC secure online giving site:  click this link.

When using the giving site, remember to note your gift amount in the box next to “Memorial Gifts”, and to use the memo box to the right of the amount to note “Gladys Koether”

Questions for MLLC about this gift:  call the office at 979-278-3388


Memorial Gifts to Lutherhill

By mail: Lutherhill Ministries

3782 Lutherhill Road

P.O. Box 99

La Grange, Texas 78945-4132

Phone: 888-266-4613              Fax: (979) 249-4032

By their secure giving web site:  click this link.

The Lutherhill giving site has a place on their online form to note memorial gifts, and to write a note to Lutherhill about the gift.  This will help them make sure the gift is noted in memory of Gladys.



Gladys Leona Alma Koether was born October 26, 1932 in Carmine to Gustav and Leonie Weidemann Koether.  She was baptized November 19, 1933 by Pastor Henry Brunotte, and confirmed March 30, 1947 by Pastor Leo Simon at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine.  Her confirmation verse was Matthew 26:41, “Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Gladys died April 18, 2018 in Giddings at the age of 85.

A lifelong member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, she was the first woman to serve on the church council. Gladys was also a member of the Carmine Chamber of Commerce, serving as president and secretary for many years. She volunteered at Luther Hill doing landscaping and helped in restoration of the Carmine Depot. She also assisted her mother in operation of the switchboard at the telephone company.

She helped her friends and neighbors by cutting hair. She also worked at B&S Sales and Service in Carmine, and was also employed at Brenham Heating and Air Conditioning for 47 years.

Survivors include her sister, Pauline Poehls Fischer; nieces Paula Barrick, and Kalisa Pomykal and husband, Brice; great-nieces and nephews: Jon Jankowiak and wife Shauna, Bobbie Hughes, Tammi Hughes, Kody Fox and Hunter Pomykal; great-great niece and great-great nephew, Kandyce Hughes and Ryler Boyer, as well as special cousins Joe and Beverly Cucuzza.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Barry Lee Koether.

Serving as pallbearers are Hunter Pomykal, Jon Jankowiak, Bobbie Hughes, Gary Smith, Kevin Stueber, Stacy Tyner, Royce Lehrmann, and Hollis Lehrmann. Honorary pallbearers are Delbert Stiewert, Kody Fox, and Joe Cucuzza.

Memorials may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, or to Luther Hill.

Special thanks go to Stacy Tyner and Stacia Carmean.



Vacation Bible School is very soon


We are just days away for Vacation Bible School 2018.  This fun and learning program begins this Sunday, June 10.  Classes and activities are offered each night, Sunday – Thursday, June 10-14, 5:30-7:45 p.m.

Click this link for our full VBS 2018 information page.

The children, as well as the youth and adult volunteers, always have a great time at VBS at MLLC.  We invite you to participate in this wonderful week together.

We are also in need of volunteers to help with providing meals each night.  Some of these spots are still open.  Contact the church office – 979-278-3388 – to volunteer for meals or for any other volunteer opportunity.

Remembering Melissa Wickel

Melissa Wickel

We grieve and also give thanks for the life and ministry of MLLC member Melissa Wickel.


Melissa Ann Wickel

November 15, 1963 – May 23, 2018

Melissa Ann Wickel, 54, of Carmine, died May 23, 2018, in Carmine.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 1st at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The memorial service will be on Saturday, June 2nd at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, at 10am.  The Church is located at 211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932

Melissa was born November 15th 1963 to Melvin and Ora Lee Rohde Wickel. She was baptized on December 29, 1963 and confirmed on May 14, 1978 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church. Melissa graduated Round Top Carmine High School in 1982. She graduated from Blinn College in 1984 and Sam Houston State University in 1986. She worked at Shepard Crane Engineering in Stafford, TX for 7 years. Her current employment was with Bluebonnet Electric in Giddings for almost 25 years.

She taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She served on the Round Top Carmine Education Foundation Board. She was on the stewardship committee and the church council at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine. She was a member of Round Top Hermann Sons Life Lodge #151. She was a member of SPJST Lodge #179 where she served as secretary/treasurer. She enjoyed photography, quilting, traveling, fishing, her annual cousin’s weekend and spending time with close friends.

She is survived by mother, Ora Lee Wickel Levien; sister and brother in law, Melba and Randy Zingelmann; nieces, Brandy Zingelmann and Bridgette Ingram and husband J.P.; as well as great-nephews, Benjamin Swisher, Jaxton Ingram; and great-nieces, Bailey Swisher, Jolee Ingram; and many cousins and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Melvin Wickel; her stepdad, Leroy Levien; and grandparents, uncles and aunts.

The family is thankful for all the prayers and the love and support throughout her illness.

Memorials are suggested to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine, Round Top Carmine Education Foundation or Brazos Valley Hospice. In lieu of flowers Melissa asked that you plant something on your property to enjoy daily and remember her.

The mailing address for the church is:

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362


You can also give a memorial gift to MLLC through our web site.  Follow this link to our secure giving page.  Simply use the “General Operating” section, and note “Melissa Wickel” in the memo box to the right of box noting your gift amount.  Thank you for remembering Melissa with a memorial gift to her church.

Red for Pentecost 2018

The Day of Pentecost

This Sunday, May 20, is the Day of Pentecost.  This is one of the three main Festival Days of the Church Year.  The others are The Resurrection of our Lord (Easter Sunday), and the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas Day).  You are encouraged to wear Red to help celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

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

The Holy Spirit was given to the Church on that day.  The 120 Christians were then sent out by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the might works of God to the gathered Jews.  These visitors were from all over the Mediterranean world, and they spoke a number of different languages.  The small band of Christians were given the supernatural ability to speak the Word of God with boldness so all would hear of the great things God had done through Jesus Christ.

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

We look forward to seeing you at worship this Sunday, May 20.  Worship at 10:00 a.m.  Remember to wear something red this Sunday.