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Braden, Addie (Miller)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Braden Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Addle Braden, 68, mother of Mrs. Fred (Pats) Heger Jr., were held Monday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home here, with continued services in St. Rochs Catholic Church at Mentz.

Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Didner officiated.

Mrs. Bradcn, who had been staying at times with all three of her daughters, died in Youens Hospital here last Saturday. after a week's illness.

Born June 24, 1887, in Colorado County, she was married in Mentz to W. J. Braden, who preceeded her in death some time ago. She was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Miller.

Survivors are the three daughters, Mrs. Heger here, Mrs. Alex Kanak of' Rosenberg and Mrs. Oscar Class of Mentz; and one brother, Awald Miller of Mentz

Active pallbearers were Willis Kotzebue, Leslie Miller, Reuben Meartz, Otis Meartz, E. F. Hodges, and Leon Walla.

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1956

Braden, Agnes (Kaiser)


Agnes Kaiser Braden, 94, of Columbus, passed away April 7 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born in Bernardo, March 1, 1912 to Henry and Louisa (Frey) Kaiser and married Reuben H. Braden, July 6, 1944.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catho-lic Church, Catholic Daughters of America Court Mary Queen of Snows 1588 and St. Anthony Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by parents; and husband.

She is survived by her sister, Illian Kveton of Columbus; and brother, Henry Kaiser of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted April 9 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stephen and James Vogelsang, Jason Cotton and David, Matt and Corey Divin.

ColoradoCounty Citizen, April 16, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Braden, Andreas

Colorado Citizen:
At his home, near Bachelor Hill, Tuesday night, Andreas Braden, aged 72,died, after ten days illness of kidney trouble. Mr. Braden was an ex-Confederate soldier, a member of the Saint Rochus Society and a leading citizen of his community. The burial took place Thursday morning at Mentz, under the auspices of the Saint Rochus Society, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. Klein. He leaves a wife, 63 years old, eight children and thirty grand children.

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1910, page 2

Braden, Andreas Sr.

The CITIZEN notes with regret the death of Mr. Andreas Braden, Sr., an old and respected citizen of the Bernard, which sad event occurred last Friday, October 24, 1890. He was well known in the community as a correct, upright man, and his death will be generally regretted by all who knew him. [Interment in St. Roch's Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, October 30, 1890, page 3

Braden, Anna M. (Schobel)

Mrs. A. Braden Funeral Held At St. Roch's

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna M. Braden 97, were held Sunday May 23, at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, and St. Roch's Catholic Church at Mentz, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Bernard Snock officiated.

Mrs. Braden, mother of Bernard Braden of Weimar, died May 21 at Autumn Hills Convalescent Center in Columbus.

Born April 26, 1879, at Ellinger, she was a daughter of August and Katherine (Becker) Schobel. She was married to Frank Braden in 1905 and he preceded her in death in 1943.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Anna McShane of San Francisco, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Ida Kellermeir of Paint Rock; four sons, Bernard of Weimar, Edward of grass Valley, Calif., August of Blessing and Frank of Columbus; a stepson, Hugo Braden of Rowena; 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and two great-great=grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Donald Braden, Kenneth Braden, Edwin Hubenek, Larry Quiroz, James Braden and Leo Kellermeir.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1976
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Braden, Anna Marie


Anna Marie Braden, 83, of Bernardo, passed away Nov. 14 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Bernardo, Sept. 24, 1920 to Elo and Tillie (Maertz) Braden. She was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar Society of the church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Raymond Braden; and nephew, Lee Ray Braden.

She is survived by nieces, Jennie Lee Borski and husband, Floyd and Barbara Machinsky, all of Columbus; and nephew William F. Braden and wife Barbara of College Station.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 17 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with Fr. Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stephen Borski, Wayne Briscoe, Charles Glueck, Tony Kuhn, Rob Spranger and Gary Miller.

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


Braden, Elizabeth Julia (Polocheck)


Mrs. Elizabeth Julia Braden, age 86, of Eagle Lake, passed away Monday, November 28 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Funeral services for Mrs. Braden were held Thursday, November 21 at Our Lady of Perpetural Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul McColum officiating.

Burial was held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Braden was born, November 13, 1899 in Mentz, one of ten childen to Carl Polocheck and Mary Wazarnek Polocheck. She was baptised at St. Roch’s Catholic Church in Mentz.

She was a resident of the Eagle Lake area nearly all of her life. Mrs. Braden had been residing at Heritage House for almost three years and she was also a member of Our Lady Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

Preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and sisters and her husband, Edmond Jospeh Braden in 1968.

Survivors include four sons, Earl Braden, Sr of Eagle Lake, Leonard Braden of Bay City, Charley Braden of Eagle Lake and Emmanuel Braden of Prahump, Nevada; one sister, Mary Glaiser of Eagle Lake, one brother, Leo Polocheck of Columbus; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Earl Braden, Jr., Dwight Hadley, James Allen Dutcher, Jack Hugh, John Estlinbaum and James Sims.

Colorado County Citizen, November 21, 1985

Braden, Elo Herman

Elo Braden Rites This Morning; Burial In Mentz

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. this (Thursday) morning at the family home in Bernardo for Elo Braden, 73, who died in a Sealy hospital Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness. Continued services will be at 9 in St. Roch's Church at Mentz.

Rosary was said for Mr. Braden at his residence in Bernardo last night at 8. Burial will be in the Mentz Catholic Cemetery with Rev. Leonard Kaszynski officiating.

Born June 4, 1885, in Vox Populi, Mr. Braden was a son of John and Mary Belzund Braden.

His wife, who survives, is the former Tillie Maertz. The couple celebrated their golden Wedding anniversary in the Mentz parish hall last October.

Other survivors include: a son, Raymond Braden and a daughter, Anna Marie Braden of Bernardo; 4 grandchildren; one brother, Tom Braden of Bernardo; 2 half-sisters, Mrs. Charles Wicke of Bernardo and Mary McAllen of Houston and 2 half-brothers, Otto Kainer of Houston and Charles Braden of Waco.

Pallbearers will be Lee Ray, William and Edwin Braden, Leslie Miller, Willie Sinsel and Jerome Wicke.

Colorado County Citizen, August 7, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Braden, Erna Emily (Schneider)

Erna Emily Schneider Braden, 81, of El Campo, formerly of Bernardo, passed away February 19,2002 in Houston at her daughter's residence.

Born February 22, 1920 in Frelsburg, she was the

daughter of Otto W. and Wilheminna Gully Schneider.

October 4, 1938, she.married Edwin H. Braden. She was member of the Catholic Daughters and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Edwin on June 8, 1979; a sister, Laura Henneke; and brothers, Ewald, Lee, Arnold and Alvin Schneider.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanette and Henry E. Dornak of El Campo and Joyce and Pete Brzovskis of Houston; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Clifton Schneider of Houston.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Febrary 21, from St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Father Wayne Flagg officiating.

Interment followed in St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Henry Dornak III, Steven Dornak, Gary Brozovskis, Kevin Brzovskis, Jim Noblitt and David Schneider.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 7, 2002


Braden, Eva (Blanch)


Funeral services for Mrs. Ed Braden, 67, of Nada, who died at her home May 22, were held last Friday morning at the family residence.

Requiem high mass was held at the Nada Catholic church with Rev. A. J. Weber officiating. [Interment in St. Mary’s Catholic cemetery]

Mrs. Braden is survived by her husband and five stepchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, May 30, 1946

Braden, Frank Sr.

Frank Braden, Sr., 76, Buried at Mentz Monday Morning

Funeral services for Frank Braden, Sr., 76, of Columbus were held at the Mentz Catholic Church Monday morning with the Rev. Ig. Kopczynski of Weimar conducting the rites. Interment was made in the cemetery at Mentz.

Mr.Braden had spent his entire life in Colorado county, following the occupation of a farmer. He was born at Bernardo in the year 1868. He died August 12 at his home after about six months illness. He was a member of the Catholic Church and belonged to the Hermann Sons lodge.

Mr. Braden was the father of ten children Three of his sons are now serving in the armed services.

Survivors include the ten children, two brothers and four sisters. His widow, Mrs.Anna Braden, also survives.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury August 20, 1943

Braden, Gladys (Bahner)

Braden, Gladys Bahner

Gladys Bahner Braden, 81 of Columbus, passed away May 31 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Sept. 28, 1927 in Holman to Henry A. Bahner and Frances H. Bilek.

She married Vernon E. Braden May 1, 1948.

She was a retired receptionist for Columbus Eyes Associates and was a Columbus resident for 75 years.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus and a member of the St. Anthony Altar Society and Catholic Daughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Henry Bahner Jr.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Michael Braden and wife Deborah of Mesquite and Russell Braden and wife Linda of Tomball; sister, Evelyn Brune and husband Kermit of Columbus; grandchildren, John Braden and wife Katie, Suzanne Watson and husband Cole, William Braden, Daniel Braden and Chris Braden and wife Whitney; great-grandchildren, Barry Watson, A.C. Watson, Kelsie Braden, Abigail Braden and Paxton Braden.

Funeral services took place today, June 3 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John Braden, Chris Braden, William Braden, Cole Watson, Daniel Braden and Kermit Brune.

Colorado County Citizen, May 3, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Braden, Herman

Herman Braden, Columbus Bank President And Civic Leader, to be Buried Here Friday

Firms To Close In Morning
Former County Official Dies In Houston

Funeral rites for Herman Braden, well-known Columbus banker and civic leader who died at a Houston hospital early Wednesday morning, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Services will be held at the home and at St. Anthony's Catholic church with the Rev. Vaclav Bily in charge. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Braden, president of Columbus State Bank, had been ill since early December.

Served County

Active in county as well as civic affairs, Mr. Braden was county tax collector from 1912 to 1921 when he became associated with the bank. He was treasurer of the county Red Cross chapter for over 25 years, had been town commissioner since the reorganization of the town government in 1927, had held ofices[sic] in War Chest, Infantile paralysis, Red Cross and War Bond drives and was on the appeal board of the county Selective Service. He was a trustee of St. Anthony's Catholic parish and was a fourth degree member of Knights of Columbus.

He was first president of Columbus Rotary club.

Born July 13, 1877 at Bernardo he was a son of Joseph and Frances Belzung Braden. In November, 1900, he was married to Elisabeth Jacobs who died in 1938. On May 6, 1940, Mr. Braden was married to Mrs. Jeanette Truchard Reitz of El Campo who survives.

Other Survivors

Other survivors include five daughters, Mrs. C. A. Mattei, San Antonio; Mrs. Paul Sharkey, Amarillo; Mrs. J. M Yarbrough, Mexia; Mrs. E. T. Daly, Galveston, and Mrs. Paul Carter, Columbus. Surviving grand-children are Charles and Joe Mattei, San Antonio; Sarah Ann Sharkey, Amarillo; John and Elizabeth Yarbrorough, Mexia; Thomas and Mike Daly of Galveston and Elizabeth Carter, Columbus.

Other surviving relatives are five brothers, L. J. and Hubert, Bernardo; O. A., Cat Springs; Dr. Albert, Houston; and M. H., El Paso, and one sister, Mrs. Addie Brod, Bachelor Hill.


Mayor's Proclamation

In commending the fine qualities of Mr. Braden as citizen who as town commissioner gave his unselfish service without compensation from the time of the reorganization of the town government in 1927 until his death, Mayor E. E. Irwin today issued the following proclamation:

In order that proper respect be paid our beloved fellow-citizen, Herman Braden, I hereby proclaim Friday a day of mourning in Columbus and ask that all business houses remain closed during the mourning so that citizens may be present at the funeral ceremonies.

E. E. Irwin,

Columbus County Citizen, February 14, 1946
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Braden, Jacob

Mr. Jacob Braden

The death of Mr. Jacob Braden, prominent citizen of the Mentz community, occurred at about 8:00 o'clock last night. Funeral will be held at the Mentz Catholic church tomorrow morning at nine. [Interment in St. Roch's Cemetery]

He is survived by 8 children: Mrs. Anna Ritter, Mrs. Felix Feist, Mrs. Anna Feist; Mrs. Albert Stiefcher, Mrs. James Weishuhn, Felix Braden, Andrew and Herbert Braden, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, August 3, 1933

Braden, John Baptist

Garwood Gatherings

Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock for J. B. Braden who passed away Monday evening shortly after 7 o’clock, after a long illness. He had been confined to his bed for three months.

With the passing of Mr. Braden, this community loses another good citizen, friend and neighbor. Mr. Braden possessed a cheerful disposition and in his memory was a rich store house of incidents of the early days of Texas. He was interesting to talk to and held the keenest interest of his friends when relating his experiences of the early days. When he was a young man he freighted with an ox team from Houston to Mexico City, Mexico, frequently being away on one of such trips for as long as six months.

He was born at Houston March 26, 1847, being 86 years, 10 months and 4 days of age at the time of his death. He is survived by his faithful and devoted wife, three daughters and four sons: Mrs. Joe Ludwig, Garwood; Mrs. Lee Richardson, Columbus and Mrs. P. A. King of Fort Worth. The sons are L. E. and Edwin Braden of Houston, Otto Braden of Garwood and Ben Braden of Shiner. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Catholic church at Nada with interment in the cemetery at that place.

The pallbearers were his nephews, Herman Braden, Leo Braden, Oscar Braden, Lawrence Braden, Hubert Braden and L. E. Estlinbaum.

Out of town relatives and friends here to attend the funeral were, Mrs. M. D. Stiles, Mrs. L. E. Braden, Mrs. C. H. Mehnert, Mrs. Ed Willman, Mrs. Laura Willman and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Braden and family of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Estlinbaum of Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Braden, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Braden, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Braden and Mrs. Joe Braden of Bernardo; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Braden, Mr. and Mrs. Billie Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Coffelt and son, Billie Lee, Mr. and Mrs. L.. T. Richardson and Miss Myrtle, and Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jackson of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maerz, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Maerz and Mrs. Stock of Glen Flora; Mrs. E. A. Rietz and two sons of Alleyton, Mrs. P. A. King and son Clarence, of Fort Worth; Mrs. Clara Skarke and son , Donald, of Sugar Land; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Braden and three children of Shiner; Mr. and Mrs. Elo Engbrook, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Herman and daughter, Joyce and Mrs. Henry Matzke of El Campo, and possibly others whose names we failed to learn. Many beautiful floral offerings were sent by friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 4, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

“Uncle John” Braden, Well Known Garwood Citizen, Answers Call

Passed Away At His Garwood Home Early Monday Evening And Is Laid To Rest In Cemetery At Nada Wednesday

Mr. J. B. Braden, lovingly known throughout the entire Garwood section as “Uncle John,” passed away at his home in Garwood at 7:05 Monday evening after a three months’ illness.

He was 86 years of age and was held in the highest esteem by everyone who knew him. The funeral services ere held on Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, interment being made in the Nada Cemetery.

He is survived by four sons and three daughters, the sons being Louis Braden of Houston; Edmund Braden, Houston; Otto Braden of Shiner,. The daughters are Mrs. Lee T. Richardson of Ramsey, Mrs. Katie Ludwig of Garwood and another daughter living in Fort Worth.

Mr. Braden had a wide family connection throughout Colorado County and spent the major portion of his life on a farm near Vox Populi, having moved to Garwood about twenty years ago. “Uncle John,” as he was lovingly known to his friends, was a man of sturdy character and unbending integrity. No man who knew him questioned his word or the sincerity of his purpose.

In the death of Mr. Braden, there has been called from us a gentleman of the old southern type, a man who lived in an unostentation but useful life. He will be long missed by all of his acquaintances, while kindred and close friends will deeply mourn the heavy loss they sustained in his passing.

The Headlight extends its deepest sympathy to the sorrowing relatives in their great sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 4, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Braden, John G.

John Braden Dies At Mentz Home

John Braden, aged resident of the Mentz community, was found dead in the yard of his home Monday afternoon about four  o'clock  by  his  daughter, Mrs. Will Helfrich.  He had been a sufferer with a heart affection for  some time and this was the cause of his death.

Mr.  Braden had been in  the barn  shucking  corn and  was called to the house about four o'clock for a lunch.  It was necessary for him to come down some steps out of the barn and as the doctor had warned him that  this  was  dangerous,  his daughter stood  and  watched him until he  was  safely down and  had  started  across  the yard  to  the house.  She  then turned  back  into  the  house. When Mr. Braden did not reach the  house in  several minutes, those  in  the  house  went to search for him and found him lying in the yard dead.  He had probably dropped dead almost instantly after his daughter had quit watching him

The funeral was conducted Wednesday morning at nine o'clock by Rev. Duda, and the body was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Mentz in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives.

Colorado County Citizen,  March 7, 1923
Transcribed by Barbara Braden

Braden, Joseph


Columbus, Tex., Jan. 9. -- Joe Braden, 75, died at his home in the Bernardo community on Monday, Jan 7. He was one of the county’s most prominent citizens, having made this his home for many years. Surviving him are his widow and seven children, and a number of grandchildren. Among the surviving children is H. Braden, a prominent resident of this city.

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1924

Braden, Leo J.

Funeral Friday For Leo J. Braden, Bernardo Native

Last rites for Leo J. Braden, 81, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in St. Anthony’s Catholic church here with Rev. Gedeon Stram officiating.

Rosary will be recited tonight at 7 p.m. at Untermeyer Funeral home.

Mr. Braden, a native of Bernardo, had heart trouble. He died at his home at 6 a.m. yesterday.

He was born Sept. 2, 1881 and had farmed for most of his life until his retirement.

Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mrs. E. E. Vogelsang of Houston; 3 sons, Elmer Braden of San Antonio, Reuben Braden of Columbus and L. J. Braden of Houston; 2 brothers, Hubert and Oscar Braden of Bernardo; and 11 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be W. H. Miekow, Henry Kaiser, Edwin Brune, Mac Rae Gross, Louis Dehmer, Ford Wegenhoft, Emmett Kveton and Edgar Litzmann.

Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery here.

Colorado County Citizen, January 24, 1963, page 1

Braden, Louise (Wendel)


A concelebrated requiem mass was offered Dec. 27, in Holy Rosary Church in Rosenberg for Mrs. R. O.  (Louise) Braden who died Dec. 24, after a lingering illness.  Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery at Rosenberg.  Her son, Rev. LeRoy Braden, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Plantersville, was in charge of the service and was celebrants were Msgr. Jerome Tydlacks, Pastor of Holy Rosary church in Rosenberg, and Rev, William Hamilton of Crockett, Glen Wearden of Freeport and Patrick O’Brien    of  St. Michaels, Houston.  The sermon was by Rev. Henry Rachunek, assistant Pastor of Rosenberg.  Among the 27 Priests present were Msgrs,  Alois Morskovsky of Hoslyn, E.K. Fulerson of St. Christopher’s in Houston, Julius Petru of El Campo, and Bernard Garter, Chan cellor of the Galveston and Houston Diocese.  Mrs. Braden was born at Mentz Feb. 3, 1890, daughter of Frank X. and Bertha Meismer Wendel.  She was married to Rochus G. Braden Nov. 17, 1914 at Mentz.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Rosenberg where they had been residing the past 10 years.  The survivors-besides her husband and her son, Rev. Braden, are Sister M. Elaine order of 1. B. S. of Victoria and now teaching in Sacred Heart school in l.a Grange;  Leonard of Mentz, Leon of Houston, William of  El Paso and Mrs.  Martin  (Mary Louise) Hacker of Rosenberg, and a son who died in Infancy.  Three brothers. Edmund of Louise, Arthur of Richmond, Frank J. of Weimar, and 2 sisters  Mrs. Willie (Ella) Meart-z of EI, Campo, and Mrs. Cyril (Tillie) Gloger of Columbus, and 6 grandchildren also survive.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 09, 1969
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Braden, Maria Odilia "Tillie" (Maerz)

Braden, Tillie M.

Mrs. Tillie M. Braden of Cat Spring died in the Sealy hospital, Sept. 27 after a long illness.

She was a daughter of Jacob Maerz and Anna Seifert Maerz, who came to this country from Germany. She was born in Mentz Dec. 25, 1888 and was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 o,n, Friday at the Untermeyer-Henneke Funeral Home.

Funeral services wee held at St. Roch's Church at 3 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Bernard Shock officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Surviving are one daughter, Anna Marie Braden, and one son, Raymond Braden, both of Bernardo; one sister, Mrs. Paul Braden of Rosebud; one brother, Willie Maerz of El Campo; one half-brother, Henry Maerz of Wharton; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lee Ray Braden, Billie Braden, Floyd Borski, Leslie Miller, James Braden, Wilber Maerz, Willie Sencil and Wilfred Braden.

Colorado County Citizen, September 24, 1970.

Braden, Marie (Mary) Teresa (Christen) Daigrepont

Marie Braden Funeral Services Held Jan. 18

Marie (Mary) Teresa (Christen) Daigrepont-Braden, 97, passed away Jan. 15 in Shiner Nursing and Rehab. Center. She previously lived in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Jan. 18 at St. Michael Church in Weimar with Fr. John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

Mary was born Oct. 13, 1909 to Emil and Marie (Mary) Tobola Christen, Sr. of the New Bielau area.

She married Horace Daigrepont of Louisiana on Nov. 19, 1935.

Horace was a career soldier. They loved traveling. They especially loved Colorado and the mountains. They also lived in El Paso, San Antonio, Mentz and Columbus.

Horace passed away on July 13, 1981 and then Mary married Ben Braden of Weimar on Jan. 4, 1983 [1984]. They lived in Weimar.

She is survived by her two sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Sophie) Anders and Mrs. Frank (Leona) Anders; nieces and nephews, Margaret Keller, Barbara Weisner, Virginia Byrnes, Isabel Escobar, Sylvia Fulford, Marcia Zabransky, Ruth Hartensteiner, Marie Terreo, Edwin "Hardy" Hartensteiner Jr., Larry Hartensteiner, Deborah Pelton, Jeanette Ross, Patrick Anders, Michael Anders, Rita Kasper and Dana Emmel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Mary Christen Sr.; and brothers and sisters, Albert Christen Sr., Rita (Selma) Christen, Caroline Oetken, Eva Schobel, Hermina BirdwelI, Emilie Hartensteiner, Emil, Annie, John and Edwin Christen and her two husbands.

Pallbearers were Edwin Hartensteiner Jr., Larry Hartensteiner, Joel Ross, Ron Terreo, Tom Wolfe and James Zabransky.

Weimar Mercury, January 25,2007, page 2A

Braden, Martha C. (Schertz)


Martha C. Braden, 83, of Columbus passed away Oct. 21 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Frelsburg, Nov. 12, 1922 to Willie and Annie (Breit) Schertz and married Frank P. Braden, March 13, 1943. She was a retired nurses aide and homemaker and a member of the Paul Perry Hastedt VFW Post 6113 Auxiliary in Columbus and a 50-year member of Catholic Daughters of America's Court Mary Queen of the Snows 1588. She was also a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the St. Anthony Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by here parents; stepfather, Ben H. Moeller Sr.; two infant sisters; brother, Charley Moeller; and three nephews.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Madelyn Braden of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Carol Braden of Columbus and Ken and Jennifer Braden of Katy; brothers, Ben Moeller Jr., of Georgetown and Victor Moeller of Lone Oak; three grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Oct. 24 with Fr. Dan Kahlich. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Royce Dudensing, Joe Kocurek, Jimmy Kneblik, Jimmy Zapalac, Will Wilcox and Mike Moeller.

Colorado County Citizen, October 25, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Braden, Mary C. (Lichnovsky)

Former Nada, Resident Mary Braden Dies

Funeral services for Mrs. Walter (Mary C.) Braden, Sr., who was a former long-time resident of Nyla, were held at 11 a.m, Friday, Jan. 8th in St. Philips Catholic Church in El Campo with the Rev. James Brunner officiating. Mrs. Braden died at her home in El Campo Wednesday, Jan. 6, following an extended illness. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nada under the direction of Triska Funeral Home. A parish rosary was recited Thursday. Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Triska Chapel and a rosary by the Catholic Daughters of America and Christian Mothers was re-cited at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8 prior to the service. A retired business woman, Mrs. Braden was a member of the Catholic Church Catholic Daughters of America and Christian Mothers. She was born on May 1, 1904, the daughter of the late Anton J. and Mary Kofron I.ichnovsky. Survivors include: a daughter, Virginia Young of El Campo; a son, Walter Braden, Jr. of Nada; a sister. Mrs. Lee Whitney, of El Campo; a brother. Dr. Joe Lichnovsky of Baton Rouge, La.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were William Whitney, Russell J. Adshire, James D. Kallina, A. G. Miller, and Frank Bubela. The family named as honorary pallbearers: Nat Goodwin, E. E. Reitz and Ludwig Schoellmann.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January, 14, 1982
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Braden, Mathilda (Mayer)

Mrs. Matilda Braden Is Buried at Mentz

Sympathy is extended to the E. J.Braden family in the death of Mr. Braden's mother, Mrs. Matilda Braden, who passed away at her home in Bay City at one o'clock Sunday morning. Mrs. Braden suffered a fall on the previous Sunday, breaking her hip. She grew gradually weaker and slept peacefully away. She was 85 years of age.

She was buried on Monday at [St. Roch's Cemetery] Mentz, following High Mass at the Catholic Church, with Rev. Fathers George Elmdorf and M. Budnik officiating.

Mrs. Braden is survived by three sons, E. J. of Eagle Lake, Lawrence of El Campo and Philip of Bay City; two daughters, Mrs. Edna Flannery of Houston , Mrs. Louis Estlinbaum of Bay City; thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Six grandsons acted as pallbearers. Eagle Lake Headlight

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1939

Braden, Oscar A.

O. A. Braden
Dies Unexpectedly;
Rites Saturday

Funeral servies were held Saturday morning in St. Roch's Catholic  church  in  Mentz  for  O. A. Braden, 72, who died in Columbus hospital Thursday morning shortly after undergoing an operation.  The Rev. Gedeon Stram officiated and burial was in St. Roch's cemetery. Columbus  Funeral  home  was in charge.  Rosary was recited in the funeral home Friday evening.

Born in the Bernardo community, Mr.  Braden  spent  his  entire life there.   Up to  the time of his death he  was  active in farming and ranching.  At one time he operated a cotton gin.  He was a son of Joseph and Frances Belsen Braden.

In 1911 he  married  Miss  Dora Braden, who was no relation.  The couple  celebrated their  Golden Wedding  anniversary  in  Mentz parish hall in January, 1961.  He was a  member  of  St.  Roch's church, of the  Columbus council Knights of  Columbus, and of the Bernardo  Hermann  Sons lodge. His  wife is  organist for St. Roch's church, a service she has performed for  more  than 40 years.  A son, Herman Ray is assistant organist.

Besides his widow, he is survived by 2 sons, Herman Ray of Bernardo and Vernon of Columbus: a brother, Hubert Braden of Bernardo and 6 grandchildren.   A  son, J.  Oscar, died a year and a half ago.

Pallbearers were nephews: A. J. Hill, Charles Polocheck. J. D. Nelson, Philip Brod,  L. J.  Braden,  Melvin Neuendorff, Maynard Braden and Hubert Braden, Jr.

The Colorado Colorado Citizen, October 3, 1963
Transcribed by Barbara Braden

Braden, Pauline (Glueck)

Mrs. Pauline Braden

The death of Mrs. Pauline Braden occurred at the home of her daughter Mrs. A. F. Reinhard, at Poth Texas, Monday, at the advanced age of 84 years, 6 months and 12 days.

The remains were brought here Monday night and taken to the home of her son, Mr. Frang[sic] Braden, north of town, and from there were taken to the Mentz Catholic Church yesterday morning at eight o’clock, where funeral services were held at nine. Burial took place in the Mentz Cemetery.

Miss Pauline Glueck was born in Germany and came to this couintry[sic] with her parents when about ten years of age. She was married to Mr. Andreas Braden at the close of the Civil War. Mr. Braden preceded her to the grave some twenty years ago.

Mrs. Braden is survived by eight children, Frank of Columbus Louis of D’Hanis, Paul of New Braunfels, Mrs. A. J. Reinhard and Mrs. A. F. Reinhard of Poth, Mrs. Wm. Novak of Sealy, Mrs. J. H. Lege of San Antonio and Mrs. Jacob Hennecke of Mentz. She is survived by 42 grandchildren and 34 greatgrandchildren, also one brother and two sisters, Mr. Frank Glueck of Brookshire, Mrs. George Adamik of Temple and Mrs. Tom Stasny of Catspring, to Whom the sympathy of our people is extended in their loss.

Colorado County Citizen, July 30, 1931, page 1

Braden, Reuben H.


Reuben H. Braden, 89, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 21 at Treemont Nursing and Rehab Center of Katy.

He was born in Bernardo, March 11, 1914 to Leo and Lula (Brod) Braden and married Agnes Kaiser July 6, 1944. A member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, he was also a 4th degree Knights of Columbus Christopher Columbus Assembly 1126. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a prisoner of war. He was a member of American Legion Post 383, VFW Post 6113 and a life member of Ex-Prisoners of War.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elmer Braden; and sister, Myrtle Vogelsang.

He is survived by his wife; brother, L.J. Braden of Columbus; nephew, John Cotton of Katy; and nieces, Margaret Robertson of San Antonio and Mary Braden of Washington, D.C.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 24 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Pat Braden, Fr. Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stephen Vogelsang, Mike Salvaggio, David Divin, Bob Divin, Jerry Mikeska and Jason Cotton.

Colorado County Citizen, August 27, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Braden, Walter A.

Walter A. Braden, One-Time Nada Businessman, Dies

Nada--Walter A. Braden, 68, one-time grocery store operator and cotton buyer in Nada, was buried in St. Mary’s Catholic cemetery here Friday after services in St. Phillip’s Catholic church in El Campo.

Mr. Braden died in a Wharton hospital Feb. 1. He had been in bad health with heart trouble for several years.

He was a native of Alleyton but lived in Nada for several years before moving to El Campo.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Youny of El Campo; and a son, Walter A. Braden Jr. of Nada.

Colorado County Citizen, February 9, 1967

Braden, Walter Anthony Jr.

Walter Anthony Braden, Jr.

Walter Anthony Braden, Jr., 78 of Nada, passed away on March 10, 2009 in Nada.

He was born On June 27, 1930 in Columbus to Walter Anton and Mary Lichnovsky Braden.

He graduated from El Campo High School in 1946, 2 1/2 years at Texas A&M, pre-med, and 2 1/2 years at The University of Texas majoring in Pre-law.

He served as First Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He was a cattle rancher and rice farmer.

He was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, Nada Knights of Columbus, Barnabus Held 3371, lifetime member of the American Legion Craig-Harris Post 251, Garwood Lion’s Club, and St. Mary’s Church Choir. He served many years as a member and past president of St. Mary’s School Board. He was a member of American Rice Growers Association and past officer on the Garwood Farmers Coop Board of Directors.

He was a hunter, fisherman, and loved to read.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, La Juan Fite Braden of Nada; sons, David Braden of Sugar Land, and Daniel Braden of Nada; grandsons, Dustin David Braden and Wesley Scott Braden of Columbus; brother-in-law, John Fite and Rose of Longview; sister-in-law, Delores Fite Roseberry of Longview; nephews, Nathan Roseberry and wife, Danielle, of Coppell, John Coley Roseberry and wife, Hannan, of Nashville, TN, Bion Fite and wife, Kelly, of South Boston, Virginia, Aaron Fite and wife, Amy, of Longview, Robert A. Young and wife, Kathy, of El Campo; niece, Mary Young Abshire and husband, Russell, of El Campo; cousins, Lloyd and Pat Fite of Houston; and aunt, Carol Lichnovsky of El Campo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Virginia Braden Young.

Visitation was held on Thursday, March 12, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home.

A rosary was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Vrana and Deacon Edward Wendel officiating. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery with full military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post 251 of El Campo.

Pallbearers were Dustin Braden, Wesley Braden, Raymond Korenek, Jimmy Schoellmann, Benjamin Ortiz, Rick Leopold, Don Leopold, and Vic Hyek. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Lowell Miller, Dr. Kirk Anderson, Anthony Kallina, Leonard Staff, John Lee Korenek, Tony Schneider, Cynthia Priesmeyer, Frank Kasmiersky, William “Bill” Whitney, and Sherry Lozier.

Memorials in memory of Walter A. Braden, Jr. may be made to the El Campo Hospice, El Campo Library, Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Nada, or charity of your choice.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 19th, 2009

Braden, William Joseph

Mr. W. J. Braden

Mr. W. J. Braden, prominent merchant of Mentz, succumbed in the Santa Rosa hospital in San Antonio last Friday night at about eight o'clock, following an illness of several weeks. He had been in the hospital since April 12th, and had undergone an operation.

Funeral services were held at the residence in Mentz Sunday at four, Rev. Sullivan of the Mentz Catholic Church officiating, and the remains laid to rest in the Mentz cemetery.

Mr. Braden was well known in this community of his birth. He was married to Miss Addie Miller on Nov. 6, 1906, celebrating his silver wedding last fall with a big feast and dance at which many of this community were present.

He is survived by his father, Mr. Jacob Braden, three brothers, F. A. and Andrew of San Angelo and Herbert of Mentz, five sisters, Mrs. Felix Feist, and Mrs. Albert Streicher of San Angelo, Mrs. Herman Feist of Lorena and Mrs. Adam Ritter and Mrs. Jesse Weishuhn of Mentz, the wife, four daughters and one grandson, to all of whom our sympathy is extended in their great loss.

Colorado County Citizen, June 2, 1932
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright
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