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

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.



Willie Wickel Obituary

Willie Wickel with family

The son of our Praise Team leaders passed away suddenly this week.  Willie Wickel, son of Jerry and Jolene Wickel, is remembered fondly by many.  A number of people have asked that we post information about his funeral and visitation on our web site and social media.

Here is the link to the obituary as provided by the funeral home:  click link

The photo above includes Jerry and Jolene, as well as their two children.  Willie is on the left.

From the family:

Arrangements for Willie:
This Friday, February 23rd,
visitation from 6:00-8:00 pm
Clayton Funeral Home
5530 West Broadway
This Saturday, February 24th, the service will be held at
Alvin New Hope Church
Flowers or donations
can be given to
New Hope Church
but please do not feel obligated.

Remembering Clarence Jaster

Clarence Jaster obit photo

Clarence H. Jaster

We give thanks for the life and ministry of God’s faithful servant, and MLLC member, Clarence Jaster.

The funeral will take place at MLLC at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 25, 2017.  A meal will follow in the MLLC Fellowship Hall.



Clarence Helmuth Jaster of Round Top, Texas went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 19, 2017.

Clarence was born on January 2, 1932 to Erich and Annie (Oevermann) Jaster of Klump, Texas and is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jenell of Round Top, Texas.  Clarence married Jenell Braun on April 5, 1952 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Round Top. He is survived also by his three daughters, Cheryl Johanson and husband Mac of Three Rivers, Texas, Bonnie Sassman and husband Mark of Pflugerville, Texas, and Jane Greinert and husband Stephen of Austin, Texas, four grandchildren Joshua Johanson, Jamie Braune, Chris Greinert and Michael Greinert; two step-grandchildren Matthew Sassman and Maggie Sassman; and five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Johanson, Dale Johanson, Barrett Braune, Claire Braune and Hector Garcia Jr., brother Elwood and his wife Carol of Brenham; sisters-in-law Pauline Jaster and Ruth Jaster.  He was preceded in death by his parents Erich and Annie, brothers Erich and Melvin, sister Olivia and brother-in-law Erwin Gaskamp.

He was baptized on February 28, 1932 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Greenvine, Texas.  He was confirmed on November 25, 1945, also at Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Clarence attended Washington County schools and, at the age of sixteen, was employed by Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham.  He advanced from an entry level position to the Assistant Division Manager in Austin.  Retiring in 1994 with over 40 years of service, he was honored to be a part of the Blue Bell family.

Clarence, known to many as “Big C”, enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family, friends and beloved dog “Lady”.  He continuously looked for outdoor projects on which to work.  Whether it was landscaping the yard with his mowers and tractor, mending fences or repairing and painting his workshop and barns, Clarence worked tirelessly.  He will always be remembered for the family favorite barbeque chicken that he cooked for decades on the pit he built himself.

Serving as pallbearers are Joshua Johanson, Colby Braune, Chris Greinert, Michael Greinert, David Jaster, and Justin Jaster.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice, the staff at Bel Air at Teravista, and the doctors and nurses at St. David’s Round Rock Hospital

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Carmine, Texas.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

P O BOX 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362



Bernice Pratt Funeral Information

Bernice Pratt for Web Site

Remembering Bernice Pratt

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

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

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

More will be posted here as information becomes available.

Please remember to keep her family in your prayers.


Recent Funerals – Our Three Oldest Members


During January the three oldest members of MLLC died.  As they have entered the Church Triumphant we give thanks for their life and ministry among us.

Mabel Schmidt

Mabel Schmidt

Mabel Minnie Martha Schmidt, 95, of Brenham, died January 10, 2015 at Kruse Village in Brenham. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will follow in the Carmine Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel.Mabel Schmidt was born July 22, 1919 in Carmine to Will and Ida Kieke Schoenberg. She was baptized May 2, 1920 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, and confirmed there April 9, 1933. On August 20, 1938, she was married to Nolan Schmidt at Trinity Lutheran Church in Houston.

A loving and caring woman, Mrs. Schmidt always put her family’s needs above her own. She worked hard alongside her husband, managing the family ranch. A talented seamstress, she also enjoyed cooking for her family. Peach coffee cake and oatmeal cookies were family favorites. Playing dominoes was a favorite pastime, as was traveling with family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Marlene Waak and husband Conway Jr. of Carmine; daughter-in-law Kay Schmidt of Giddings; grandchildren Sheryl and Steve Campbell of Tomball, Chance and Naomi Waak of California, and Amelia (Mia) and James (Buck) Williams of Carmine; great-grandchildren: Carson Campbell and Katie Campbell of Tomball; Wyatt, Nolan and Drake Waak, all of Atascadero, California; Reagan, Morgan and Bowen Williams, all of Carmine; sisters Pearlie Jaster of Dallas, Idell Kraus of Giddings, and sister and brother-in-law Willie Mae and Odell Lueckemeyer of Brenham, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Marvin and Mary Schmidt of Houston. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Mabel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Nolan Schmidt, and her son, Jerry Schmidt. Also preceding her in death were sister and brother-in-law Janette and Ruben Schmidt, and brothers-in-law E. W. “Pete” Kraus and Elvis Jaster.

Serving as pallbearers are Chance Waak, Steve Campbell, Buck Williams, Carson Campbell, Gary Mueller, and Lane Jacob.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine.

Funeral arrangements for Mabel Schmidt are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 West Main.

Lloyd “Leon” Twiford

Lloyd “Leon” Twiford
Lloyd “Leon” Twiford, 97, died Jan. 11, 2015 at the Texas State Veteran Home in Temple. He was born on Jan. 1, 1918 in Alvin to James Larimore Twiford and Cecil Webster Parker Twiford and moved to Houston in 1920. He graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1936. He served in the United States Army from 1941-1946, attained the rank of Sgt. on
an antiaircraft gun crew in the Pacific Theatre including Pearl Harbor, in the Leyte Gulf battle in the Philippines and the battle of Okinawa. After his discharge from the Army in 1946, he and his father formed Twiford Printing Company. Retiring in 1973 at the age of 55, he and his wife Dorothy moved to Winedale to enjoy their golden years together and enjoy them they did. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy (Lemke) Twiford. He is survived by his daughter
Teryl Rozell of Austin; his son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Sue Twiford of Denver, Colo.; granddaughter, Karly Cruz of Aurora, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, Ricky and Juliana Cruz of Aurora, Colo., numerous nieces and nephews
also survive. He was a past President of the Houston Craftsmen Club and the Carmine Lions Club. Leon and Dorothy were members of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, beginning at 10 a.m. at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange. Interment will follow in the Richter Cemetery near Round Top. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Capital of Texas Chapter, 3429 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78731. Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of arrangements


Bernice Loewe

Bernice Loewe

Bernice Mae Loewe 92, of Carmine went home to her Heavenly Father on January 31, 2015. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine with Pastor David Tinker officiating. Burial will be in the Loewe Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. With prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Monday at Foehner Funeral Home in Burton. Bernice will lie instate at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home until 3:00 p.m. Monday.Bernice was the first born twin of Gus and Ella Jaeger, born on February 18, 1922 in Carmine, Texas. She was confirmed in her Lutheran faith on Palm Sunday, April 5, 1936 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine where she remained a life member of the church. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 103:13, “Like as a father pitieth his children so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.” She was educated in the Carmine schools and then graduated from Lagrange High School. Bernice married J.R. Loewe on December 26, 1945. They were blessed with three sons and lived on their farm together until his passing after 55 years of marriage. Bernice enjoyed cooking, canning, making quilts and crocheting. She was a loving mother to her sons and a precious grandmother and great grandmother to her grandchildren . Each grandchild has fond memories of countless hours at Granny’s and most of all her cooking whether it be her brown gravy, coffeecake, or good ol’ boiled potatoes. Easter and Christmas were special holidays where she enjoyed her family being together.

Bernice is survived by her sons Jimmy and his wife Marie Loewe of Carmine and Wilbert Loewe of Carmine . Grandchildren Glenda and J D Rhodes, Gina and David Fischer, of Giddings. Gentry and Jeff Albrecht, Gregg and Brooke Loewe, of Carmine. Jamie and Mark Odom, Joanie Loewe, Melonie and Dane Rau all of Brenham, and Laurie and Joe Gurka of Carmine and one sister LeVerne Hinze of Burton.
Great-grandchildren Logan Rhodes, Alivia and Brian Moerbe, Amanda and Emily Fischer, Daylon and Reyce Drews, Trypp and Pyper Albrecht, Carter Loewe, Jacob Northrup, Weston Els, Madeleine, Mark, Mia, and Meredith Odom, Kade, Brady, and Nate Rau, and Coy and Tucker Gurka. And one Great Great grandson, Klein Rhodes, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband J.R. Loewe, one son Glenn Loewe, sister Berdie and husband Max Siegmund, brother in law Roger Hinze and sister in law Ora Nell and husband Henry Kipp.

Serving as pallbearers are; Gregg Loewe, J.D. Rhodes, David Fischer, Jeff Albrecht, Mark Odom II, Dane Rau, Joe Gurka and Logan Rhodes.

Memorial may be given to Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine or Hospice Brazos Valley Brenham.