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Balzer, Albina F.

A. Balzer Funeral Held August 14

Funeral services for Albina F. Balzer, 82, of Hallettsville wee held August 14 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar. Rev. Carol Prochaska officiated at the service. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Mrs. Balzer died August 13 in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center of a massive stroke.

She was born March 3, 1911, in Ellinger to Alfonse and Mary (Matocha) Samohyl.

She married Rudolph Balzer on Feb 15, 1927, in San Antonio.

A housewife, she had lived in this area for 33 years, having also lived in Shaws Bend, Columbus and Eagle Lake.

A sister, Marie Miller of Dallas, survives her.

Preceding her in death were her husband on Nov. 3, 1985 and three sisters and four brothers.

Pallbearers were Rusty Mikulenka, Bob Moentnish, Edwin Poenitzsch, Elwert Kansteiner, Leslie Samohyl and Sammy Samohyl.

Honorary pallbearers were Leslie Samohyl, Urbane Aron Jr., Frank Samohyl Jr., Arnold Balzer, Cary Mikulenka, Robert Balzer, Marvin Horndt, Clarence Horndt, Charlie Herchek and Berturm Balzer.

Weimar Mercury, August 26, 1992
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Balzer, Arnold W.

Arnold W. BALZER

September 30, 1923 - August 10, 1996

Arnold W. Balzer, 72, of Columbus, died at his residence Saturday, August 10, 1996.

A lifetime resident of Columbus, he was born September 30, 1923, in Shaws Bend to Charlie F. and Fieda M. Mehrens Balzer.

A member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbus, he was a rancher and veteran of WWII, having served in the European Theater of operatons with the 724th Railroad Operation Battalion.

He married Leona Hattermann on November 22, 1948.

Balzer was a member of the VFW and American Legion, Sons of Herman Lodge #10 and past commander of VFW Distrist 16. He was past commander of both VFW and American Legion and had served as president of the Sons of Herman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Balzer of Columbus; and daughter, Carolyn Barten and John Howard of Austin.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest.]

Military honors were presented by the American Legion and VFW Posts.

Serving as pallbearers were Dean Venghaus, Raymond Klaus, Larry Poenitzsch, Raymond Hiller, Elmer Ray Wienken and R. C. Kleimann.

Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

The family requests memorial contributions be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus, or your favorite charity.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 1996
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Clara M. (Lindner)


January 20, 1912 - April 24, 2001

Services for Clara M. Balzer, 89, of Columbus were held April 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating.

Burial followed at Brune Cemetery in the Shaws Bend community, near Columbus.

Balzer died April 24 at Columbus Care Nursing Center in Columbus.

She was born Jan. 20, 1912, in Yoakum, Texas, the daughter of Arnold and Kathryn Braden Lindner.

Balzer was united in marriage with Herman Balzer on Aug. 18, 1947.

She was a telephone operator in Garwood and affiliated with St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Balzer was preceded in death by her husband and mother, and a brother, Leon Lindner.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Wanda Skarke of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a stepdaughter and her husband, Hermanell and Floyd Tefelski of Pearland; a stepson and his wife, Bertram and Martha Balzer of Pearland; and seven granddaughters, five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Floyd Tafelski, Robert Balzer, Bill Ritchey, Elwerth Kansteiner, Jimmy Mikulenka and Russell Poenitzsch.

Honorary pallbearers were Edwin Poenitzsch, Clarence and Marvin Horndt, and Charles Ott.

Henneke Funeral Home Ltd., Columbus, directors.

Banner-Press Newspaper, April 2001
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Charles F.

Charles Balzer Dies at 68, Burial Monday

Charles Balzer of Route 2, Columbus, was buried Monday in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery, after services in Columbus Funeral home, with the Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul's Lutheran church officiating.

In ill health for a long time, Mr. Balzer died Saturday afternoon in the Texas state hospital in San Antonio. He was 68.

A son of Wilhelm and Carolina Ahlgrim Balzer, he was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, Dec. 15, 1889, coming to this country in 1906 and settling in Ellinger. He was a member of St. Paul's church.

After his marriage to Frieda Mehrens in 1919, the couple lived in Shaw's Bend, later moving south of Columbus.

He is survived by his widow; one son, Arnold, of Columbus, and one grandchild, Carolyn Balzer. Other survivors include 6 brothers, Fritz and Herman of Columbus, Elo of Ellinger and Willie, Paul and Rudolph of Hallettsville, also 2 sisters, Mrs. Ida Chollett of Columbus and Mrs. Elizabeth Kansteiner of Ellinger.

Pallbearers were Fritz and William Horndt,Ewald Girndt, Alfred Brandt, Monroe Kuhn and Joe Knapek.

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Colorado County Citizen, February 13, 1958
Submitted by Martha Prince

Balzer, Elsie C. (Scheel)


Elsie C. Balzer, 99, of Columbus passed away Feb. 12 at Gonzales Warm Spr-ings Rehabilitation Hospital.

She was born in Live Oak Hill Aug. 16, 1903 to Peter and Elizabeth Koehl Scheel and married Fritz Balzer Dec. 12, 1939.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Monroe and John Scheel; niece, Elon Baumbach; and nephew, Larry Baumbach.

She is survived by sister, Elizabeth Baumbach of Ellinger; niece and husband, Bernice and Allen Kahlden of Columbus; great-nephew and wife, Thomas and Patty Kahlden of Caldwell; and great-great-niece and neph-ew, Sarah Parks and Kolby Kahlden.

Funeral services were Feb. 14 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. Interment followed at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend with Dan Scheel and Dan Kahlich officiating.

Pallbearers were Thomas Kahlden, Mark Parks, John Koepke, Howard Plenge-meyer, Elwert Kansteiner and Clyde Lyons.

Colorado County Citizen, February 19, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Balzar,Frieda (Mehrens)

Frieda Balzer

Funeral services for Frieda Balzer of Columbus were held Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Balzer died Sunday at Columbus Community Hospital. She was 81 years of age.

Mrs. Balzer was born March 26, 1898 in Holman, Texas, the daughter of Wilhelm Henry Mahrens and Johanna Boschen Mahrens.

Mrs. Balzer was married to Charles Balzer on Nov. 25, 1919. He preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1958.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid Society of the church.

The Rev. Robert Schlortt officiated at the services which were under the direction of Columbus-Day Funeral Home. Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Arnold Balzer and daughter-in-law, Leona, of Columbus, and one granddaughter, Carolyn Barten.

Pallbearers were Raymond Hiller, Lawrence Ahlgrim, Victor Leopold, Melvin Heinsohn, Leon Hattermann and Harvey Balzer.

Colorado County Citizen, January 24, 1980
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Fritz W.

Last Rites for Fritz Balzer, 72, Held Saturday

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger for Fritz Balzer, 72, who died at his home the preceding day. Burial was in the Shaw's Bend [Brune] Cemetery. Rev. G. Wolf officiated.

Mr. Balzer was born in Germany Oct. 7, 1888, a son of William and Katherine

Ahlgrim Balzer, and came to this country at the age of 7. He was married to the former Elsie Scheel, Dec. 12, 1939.

Survivors include his widow; 2 sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kansteiner of Ellinger and Mrs. Ida Chollett of Columbus, and 5 brothers, Herman of Columbus; Willie, Paul and Rudolph of Hallettsville and Elo of Ellinger. One Brother, Charles and 2 sisters, Annie and Frieda, died earlier.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Clarence and Marvin Horndt, Arnold, Leslie, Harvey L. and Robert Earl Balzer.

Colorado County Citizen, October 27, 1960
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Herman F.

BALZER, Herman F.

Funeral services were held for Herman F. Balzer Saturday, April 18 at Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee Eschberger officiating.

Burial was at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Herman F. Balzer was born August 10, 1905 in Shaws Bend to William Balzer and Caroline Ahlgrim Balzer. He married Clara M. Linder-Skarke August 18, 1947.

Survivors include his widow, Clara, a daughter, Herma Nell Tafelski and her

husband Floyd of Pearland; a son, Bertram and his wife Martha of Pearland and a step-son, Donald Skarke and his wife Wanda of Colorado Springs, Colorado; seven granddaughters, Barbara Buckler, Carolyn Skarke, Patricia Tafelski Catherine McGrady, Lauren Tafelski, Donna Tafelski and Robin Balzer; three great-grandchildren, Carolyn McGrady, Nielyn Buckler and Christopher McGrady; and a sister, Elizabeth Kansteiner of Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers were Arnold Balzer, Robert Balzer, Harvey Balzer, Marvin Horndt, James Mikulenka and Edwin Poenitzsch.

The Colorado County Citizen, April 23, 1987
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Karoline [Catharina] (Ahlgrim)

Catharina Balzar
Shaws Bend Resident Dies Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Catharina Balzer were to be announced pending the arrival of a grandson, Clarence Horndt, stationed with the army at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Mrs. Balzer died Sunday at Bell Hospital after a long illness. [Interment in Brune Cemetery]

She was 79 years of age.

She was born Catharina Ahlgrim in Germany in 1865, coming to America with her husband William Balzer when her oldest child, Fritz, was seven. The family settled first at Santa Anna and later moved to Shaws Bend. Mrs. Balzer was a member of Shaws Bend Lutheran Church. Services will be conducted by the Rev. G. Wolf.

She is survived by seven sons, Fritz and Rudolph of Shaws Bend; Charles, Columbus Rt. 2; Herman, Columbus Rt. 1; Elo, Ellinger, and Willie and Paul of Hallettsville; and three daughters, Mrs. Paul Horndt, Mrs. Ewald Kansteiner and Mrs. Fred Chollett, all of Shaws Bend.

Colorado County Citizen, December 21, 1944
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Lillian (Zapalac)

BALZER, Lillian

Lillian (Zapalac) Balzer, 86, of Ellinger passed away May 20.

She was born Feb. 6, 1914, near Ellinger, the daughter of John P. and Bertha (Hubenak) Zapalac. On June 25, 1935, she married Elo William Balzer in Ellinger and was a lifetime resident of the Ellinger area. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger, the Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of America and Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Funeral services were conducted May 23 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Robert D. and Lorene Balzer of Austin; daughter and son-in-law Patsy and Charles Ott of Rockne; grandchildren Robert D. and wife Lori Balzer of Austin, Lisa Renee and husband Jamie Lantzsch of Houston, Ann Marie Ott of Littleton, Colo. and Barbara Ott of College Station; great-grandchildren Jonathan, Jackie, Julie, Jacob and Jeanie Balzer; Jordan, Jared and Joshua Lantzsch; brothers and sisters-in-law Alfred J. and Bernice Zapalac and Ben and Lilly Zapalac, all of La Grange; sisters Ruby Burrough of La Grange and Isabel Knipple of Fayetteville; and, numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or the donor's favorite charity.

Funeral services were under the direction of Koenig and Strickland's Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger.

The Colorado County Citizen, May 31, 2000
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Ludmilla "Minnie" (Mahalitc)

Ludmilla "Minnie" Balzer Services Held Feb. 27

Funeral services for Ludmilla "Minnie" Balzer, 89, were held on Feb. 27 at the Weimar United Church of Christ and burial services followed in the Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Skip Sirnic officiating.

Mrs. Balzer died Feb. 25 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center of complications due to cancer.

Mrs. Balzer was born March 30, 1908 in Colorado County to Joe and Veronica (Jasek) Mahalitc. She was married to Paul Frederick Balzer.

She was a member of the Weimar United Church of Christ and was a nurse's aide.

Mrs. Balzer lived in this area for 35 years and also lived in Hallettsville prior to 1962.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul and nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Leon Hattermann, George Ellis, Donald Stavinoha, Bill Metz, Hugo Richter, Jr. and Steve Bertsch.

Because of Minnie Balzer's work as a nurse's aide, she was widely known in the Weimar area. For the last eight or ten years, she was confined to a wheel chair due to severe arthritis and could most often be seen scooting around her yard in her "Buggy".

Her sense of humor was sharp, her knowledge of gardening invaluable, and unwavering strength of character an inspiration to all who knew her. In spite of her 89 years of age, she could quote Rockets scores for any game in the last season, repair the gears on her "Buggy" and multiply faster than most hand held calculators.

She will be greatly mourned and missed by many.

The Weimar Mercury, March 6, 1997
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Rudolph B.

WEIMAR- Services for Rudolph Balzer, 83, Route 2, Hallettsville, were held Nov. 5 at Hubbard Funeral Home here. Balzer died Nov. 3.

Rev. E. S. Dean, Jr. officiated at services. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery, Weimar, with Hubbard in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Albina, of Route 2, Hallettsville; a brother, Herman Balzer of Columbus; and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Kansteiner, Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers included Rusty Mikulenka, Gary Mikulenka, Arnold Balzer, Marvin Horndt, Harvey Balzer and Robert Earl Balzer. Honorary pallbearers were Bertrum Balzer, Elvert Kansteiner, Clarence Horndt and Leslie Balzer.

The Banner-Press Newspaper, November 14, 1985
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Balzer, Wilhelm

BALZER, William

Mr. Wm. Balzer, prominent farmer of the Shaws Bend community, passed out of this life last Thursday at the age of 73 years. Funeral was held at the residence Friday at 3:00 o'clock. Rev. H. C. Poehlmann of the Lutheran Church officating. Interment took place at the Brune Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Untermeyer Bros.

Mr. Balzer was born in Mechlinburg, Germany, on April 12, 1864. He was married to Miss Carolina Ahlgrim Nov. 2, 1889, and came to this country in 1896 and settled at Ellinger, where they lived for seven years before moving to the farm at Shaws Bend.

Mr. Balzer was a successful farmer and business man, highly respected in the County and section, and a devoted husband and father.

Survivors are the widow, 10 children: Fritz, Rudolph, Herman and Elo of Shaws Bend, Paul and William of Hallettsville, Charlie of Columbus, Mrs. Annie Horndt, Mrs. Elizabeth Kansteiner and Mrs. Ida Chollett of Shaws Bend, and ten grandchildren.

The Citizen joins with a host of friends of the family in sympathy in their loss.

Colorado County Citizen, March 10, 1938
Submitted by Joyce Stancik
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