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Billeck, Beverly Ann

Infant Daughter of Weimar Couple Dies

Beverly Ann Billeck, seven-weeks old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Billeck, expired Saturday in a Hallettsville hospital where she had been taken following an attack of pneumonia.

Funeral services for Beverly Ann were held Sunday from St. MichaeI's church, with the Rev. Louis Blinka officiating. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Prior services were conducted at the Hubbard Funeral Home who had charge of arrangements. A large number of friends and relatives were present who paid final tribute with beautiful floral offerings.

The Mercury staff joins with scores of friends in Weimar and adjoining areas in extending to the bereaved parents its most sincere sympathy. It is truly a tragic event and in the loss of their baby daughter, the young couple have the deepest sympathy of this entire section.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1941, page 1

Billeck, Charles O.

Funeral Rites for Chas. 0. Billeck, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Charles 0. Billeck, 51, of Schulenburg, native of this area were held Wednesday morning at St. Rose Catholic church, Schulenburg. with Rev. Leo Goertz officiating. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery here.

Mr. Billeck who had been in ill health for the past two years, died suddenly at his home Monday.

He had been manager of the Elkins store in Schulenburg for the past 21 years. Before going to Schulenburg, he had been in the confectionery business here with John Breitkreuz, and had worked in H. R. Knebel’s department store here.

Born in 1898 in Bois d’Arc section northwest of Weimar, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Billeck, Sr. He married Miss Mathilda Friedrich on October 23. 1922 in Weimar. Mr. Billeck was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church at Schulenburg.

Surviving are his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Billeck Sr., of Weimar; his widow: one daughter, Miss Myrtle Marie Billeck of Schulenburg: one son, George Billeck of Sinton; six brothers. Rudolf of La Grange: Joe of Houston: Henry. Richard, Fred, Jr., and Frank Billeck, all of Weimar; and four sisters, Mrs. Charles (Lillie) Bittner of Holman, Mrs. Henry (Frances) Bahner of Columbus, Mrs. August (Mary) Juergens and Mrs. Henry (Leona) Reimers of Weimar.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Roy Boeker, Edwin Lierman, Harris Beyer, Alvin Beyer, "Sonny" Bahner, “Bubba” Billeck, Leroy Reimers, and Herbert Reimers.

Weimar Mercury, May 27, 1949, pages 1 and 3

Billeck, Elsie (Schulte)

Elsie Billeck Funeral Services Held March 10

Elsie Billeck, 85, of Weimar, died Friday, March 7 at the Heart Hospital of Austin.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 10 at St. Michael Catholic Church is Weimar with Father John C. Bily officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael mausoleum.

Mrs. Billeck was born July 26, 1917 in Hallettsville to Frank and Teresa (Gebauer) Schulte. She attended Brown School and Hallettsville High School.

She married Richard Billeck on Dec. 28, 1939 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

She was a housewife, and worked for Lauterstein's Department Store, Elkin Store and Ben Franklin, and J & W Decorating.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Colorado-Fayette Medical Center Auxiliary, the Pink Ladies.

She lived in this area since 1939 also living in Hallettsville.

Mrs. Billeck is survived by her husband, Richard Billeck of Weimar; daughter, Judy Faulconer and husband Bill of Kingwood; sons, Richard A. Billeck and dear friend Charlotte Miller of Houston, Darryl Billeck and wife Stella of Houston, and Robert Billeck and wife Janice of Houston.

She is also survived by siblings, Adela Kite of Houston and Hilda Gibson of Victoria; four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Beverly; four brothers, Frank, Fred, Anton and Erwin; and sisters, Agnes, Emma and Martha Pagel of Hallettsville.

The Weimar Mercury, March 13, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Billeck, Edward

Sad Tragedy Enacted Thursday Evening

A sad tragedy was enacted late last Thursday evening in the vicinity of the Osage school house, in which one life was snuffed out and two others barely escaped the same fate. Location of the accident was at the site where a bridge is being erected over Harvey's Creek.

A force of men were engaged in preparing the site for the erection of the new iron bridge which is to span the creek at that point. Three of these men--Ed Billeck, Ray, Kubesch and Louis Machart--were working with scrapers and teams. It was known that there was danger of a cave-in and all were watchful, but it came so suddenly that it caught young Ed Billeck and buried him completely from sight, a perfect avalanche of dirt resting upon his body. The other two heard a warning shout and tried to escape, partially succeeding. Kubesch had dirt piled up around him up to his waist line, while Machart had dirt around him up to his knees. These two managed to get out. practically unhurt.

Every effort was at once made to get young Billeck out from under the heavy weight of dirt resting upon and crushing the very life out of him. It took several minutes to do this, but he was still alive when rescued. He was hurriedly carried home. It was found that his back was broken, his ribs caved in and we are told jagged edges of one or more ribs protruded through the skin of his body. Realizing his desperate condition the family secured an ambulance from Schulenburg and, accompanied by his brothers, Frank and Joe, he was hurriedly taken to San Antonio.

Ed was conscious practically all the time until just a few minutes before he died. At the hospital he conversed freely with those about him, and expressed a strong desire to get well. However, it was a vain wish. for Death came and claimed this splendid young man about 4 o'clock Friday morning.

The body was prepared for burial and brought back to Weimar, interment taking place Saturday afternoon at 3:30 at St. Michael's Cemetery, Rev. Wolff of Schulenburg officiating. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of people, showing the popularity of this fine young man.

The group of flower girls at the funeral was composed of Misses Leon Wanja, Martha and Alma Hluchanek, Vanlee and Wilma Seifert, Florence Anders, Lillie Verunac, Dorothy Anders and Annie Kasper.

The pall bearers were Jos. Kubesch, Ray. Kubesch, Joe Verunac, Ernst Kunz, Henry Rabel and John Hajovsky.

Edward Billeck was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred. Billeck, Sr., and was born on the farm a few miles east of Weimar. He was 28 years of age on the 13th of October last. The greater part of his life was spent on the family farm. He was a young man of exceedingly cheerful demeanor, always smiling, whistling or giving other evidence of good humor, full of life and energy and popular with a large circle of friends throughout this section. It was proverbial of Ed that he was always in a good humor. His sudden, tragic death has caused a pall of sorrow to sweep over our community, where he had spent his lifetime and where he was so highly thought of.

He is survived by his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Billeck. four sisters. Mrs. Henry Reimers, Mrs. Henry Bahner, Mrs. Chas. Bittner, Jr., and Miss Mary Billeck. and seven brothers--Frank J. Billeck. Fred Billeck. Jr., Jos. Billeck, Charles J. Billeck, Rudolf Billeck, Henry and Richard Billeck.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to, his bereaved ones, so suddenly bereft of a beloved son and brother. May God be merciful to them in their deep distress!

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1930, page 1

Billeck, Emil

The 5-months-old baby son of Ferd. Billeck and wife of this section, previously reported in a critical condition, died Sunday after an illness of several weeks, and was buried in St. Michael's cemetery Monday. In their bereavement the grieved parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Weimar Mercury, June 5, 1914

Billeck, Ferdinand “Fred”

Final Rites For Fred Billeck Sr., 91, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Fred Billeck Sr., who would have become 92 on the 20th of this month, were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Henry Rolf officiated.

Mr. Billeck, a native of Fayette County and resident of this county more than 50 years, had been in remarkably good health for his advanced age until a few days before his death. He died at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, in Youens Hospital after 9 days there.

Mr. Billeck had lived in the Bois d’Arc section for many years before moving to Weimar. His wife, the former Miss Paulina Bayer[sic], died 9 years ago, after which he lived alone on their farm until 3 years ago when he moved to town. His home was near two of his children, Mrs. August Juergens and Frank Billeck.

He is survived by four sons, Frank, Henry and Richard of Weimar and Joe of Houston; four daughters, Mrs. Henry Reimers of Glidden, Mrs. Henry Bahner of Columbus, Mrs. Charles Bittner of Holman and Mrs. August Juergens of Weimar, 25 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Anton Scheler of Schulenburg; and one brother, John Billeck of El Campo. Five sons, Fred Jr. Charles, Rudolf, Edward and Emil preceded him in death.

Pallbearers for the services were Eugene Juergens, Bill Abell, Leroy Reimers, Herbert Reimers, Leonard Billeck, George Billeck, Charles (Buck) Bittner and Edwin Billeck.

Weimar Mercury, September 6, 1962, page 1

Billeck, Frank J.

Ex Merchant Billeck Dies at 78

Funeral services for Frank J. Billeck, 78, retired businessman, were held Monday afternoon at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Patrick Marron officiated.

Mr. Billeck died at 12 noon Saturday, June 17, in Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient about ten days.

Born Aug. 3, 1893, at Dubina, he was the son of Fred and Pauline Beyer Billeck. As a young man he took a job with Herder Mercantile Co. here and was with that store for many years. Later he was Magnolia oil agent and was employed at Lichey's meat market, then he and his wife had their own grocery for five years. For several years before retiring he was employed by Mannie Lauterstein's Weimar Sewing machine Co.

Mr. Billeck married Miss Ernestine Manofsky here on Oct. 3, 1916. She survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Wm. (Leona) Abell of Garwood; two grandchildren, Sheryl and Robert Abell of Garwood; three brothers, Henry and Richard of Weimar and Joe of Houston; and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Juergens and Mrs. Chas. (Tillie) Bittner of Weimar, Mrs. Henry (Frances) Bahner of Columbus and Mrs. Henry (Lena) Reimers of Glidden.

Five brothers preceded him in death: Edward, Emil (infant), Charlie, Rudy and Fred Jr.

Pallbearers, all nephews, were Paul Billeck, George Muzny, Leroy Reimers, Eugene Juergens, Joe Cirtaus, and Jody Feyrer.

Weimar Mercury, June 22, 1972
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Billeck, Henry Emil

Funeral Services For Henry Billeck Held June 15

Funeral services for Henry Emil Billeck, 88, were held Thursday, June 15 from the St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. John C. Bily officiating and Rev. John Peters as con-celebrant of the Mass. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mr. Billeck died June 13 from heart failure.

He was born June 16, 1906, to Ferdinand and Pauline (Bayer) Billeck at Bois de Arc.

He attended school at Bois de Arc. He married Josephine Heller on June 11, 1935.

On Sunday, June 11, the Billecks celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a special Mass at St. Michael Church.

Billeck was a lifelong resident of Weimar. He purchased the Hinkle Cleaners in 1932 and sold it to his brother, Richard, in 1955. After that, he drove a school bus for the Weimar School District for 21 years and at the same time worked for the City of Weimar. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the Weimar Volunteer Fire Department for 65 years, active for 22 of those years.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine; two sons and daughters-in-law, Henry S. and Su Nell Billeck of La Grange, and Paul and Maxine Billeck of Weimar; two daughters and one son-in-law, Barbara Stepchinsky of Bellaire, and Jo Helen and Edward Posas of La Grange; one brother, Richard D. Billeck of Weimar; two sisters, Tillie Bittner and Mary Juergens, both of Weimar; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Joe Stepchinsky, Jr., John Stepchinksy, SSG Theresa Billeck, Brian Billeck, Eric Billeck, and Mark Steinhauser.

Out of town relatives and friends came from Houston, San Antonio, Columbus, La Grange, Schulenburg, Glidden, Tyler, Fort Hood, Spring, Missouri City, Brenham, Sheridan, Katy, College Station, Cypress, Kansas City, Kansas, and Noblesville, Indiana.

Weimar Mercury, June 1995
Submitted by Michelle Posas Koeth

Billeck, Josephine (Heller)

Josephine Billeck funeral Services Held Dec. 22

Josephine H. Billeck, 90, die Dec. 19 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at St. Michael Church with Rev. John bily officiating.

Interment followed at the St. Michael Cemetery.

Mrs. Billeck was born Dec. 31, 1913 in Weimar to Steve and Helena Munke Heller.

She attended St. Michael school in Weimar.

She married Henry E. Billeck June 11, 1935, in Weimar, and was a homemaker.

Mr. billeck died June 13, 1995 after 60 years of marriage.

Mrs. Billeck was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas #559 and St. Ann’s Society.

She loved to cook. Everyone liked her molasses cookies and coconut pie.

She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, flower gardening, and attending daily Mass.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by two sons, Henry S. Billeck and wife SuNell of La Grange, and Paul Billeck and wife Maxine of Weimar; two daughters, Barbara Stepchinsky of Spring, and Jo Helen Posas and husband Edward of La Grange; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brother, Frank F Heller.

Pallbearers wee Joe Stepchinsky Jr., John H. Stepchinsky Sr., Brian and Eric Billeck, Mark Steinhauser and Frank Zuniga.

Weimar Mercury, December 23, 2004

Billeck, Paulina (Beyer)

Last Rites for Mrs. Ferd. Billeck, 82, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Billeck, 82, wife of Ferdinand Billeck, were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Billeck died Sunday afternoon at 2:45 at Youens Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past five weeks.

Born in Fayette County June 15, 1870, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beyer. She was married to Mr. Billeck at Dubina in 1892 and they lived a year In Fayette County before moving to the present Billeck homestead northeast of Weimar, their home for the past 60 years. She was a member of St. Michael's Church and St. Anne's Society.

Survivors in addition to her husband are six sons, Frank, Fred, Henry and Richard of Weimar, Joe of Houston and Rudolph of La Grange: four daughters, Mrs. Henry Reimers and Mrs. August Juergens of Weimar, Mrs. Charles Bittner of Holman and Mrs. Henry Bahner of Columbus; 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Three sons preceded her in death: Emil as a baby: Ed. who was killed in a bridge accident some 20 years ago; and Charles, who died at Schulenburg In recent years
Pallbearers were six of her grandsons: Leroy, Herbert and Erwin Reimers, Buck Bittner, Leonard Billeck end Eugene Juergens.

Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1953, page 1

Billeck, Richard "Edwin"

Richard Billeck Funeral Services Held Feb. 8

Richard (Edwin) Billeck, 91, of Weimar, died Thursday, Feb 5 at Parkview Manor Nursing Center. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb 8 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Billeck was born Feb. 9, 1912 in Weimar to Ferdinand (Fred) and Pauline (Beyer) Billeck. He attended Bois D'Arc and St. Michael schools.

He married Elsie Schulte on Dec. 28, 1939 at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville.

He was in a business partnership with his brother, Henry Billeck, until 1946 when he bought Billeck's Pressing Shop and was sole owner for 35 1/2 years.

He retired in 1977 and worked part time for the City of Weimar for several years.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club, and the Weimar Fire Department for 32 years.

He was an avid deer hunter and hunted at Miller Camphouse for over 50 years. He was active in youth baseball programs, both coaching and umpiring, with his three sons.

Mr. Billeck is survived by one daughter, Judy Faulconer and husband Bill of Kingwood; three sons, Richard A. Billeck and wife Charlotte of Houston, Darryl J. Billeck and wife Stella of Houston, and Robert J Billeck and wife Janice of Houston, four grandchildren, five step grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one sister, Mary Juergens of Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Billeck; one daughter, Beverly Ann; eight brothers, three sisters and his parents.

Pallbearers were Bryan Kotrla, Bill Faulconer, Charles Bittner, Michael Pagel, George Wayne Kloesel and Paul Billeck.

Weimar Mercury, February 12, 2004
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