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Burger, Albert Jacob

Adolph[sic] Burger Dies In Houston Friday; Burial Here Monday

Funeral services were held here at Untermeyer Funeral home Monday for Adolph[sic] Burger, 81, who died suddenly at his home in Houston last Friday about 8 p.m., as he was getting his clothes together to come to Columbus for a visit the next morning.

Rev. William Dexter Moser of Houston officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

A native of Brushy, Mr. Burger was born July 28, 1869. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Burger.

He lived in Columbus for many years and was an employe of Gemmer and Tanner Gravel co. and the Texas Highway department, before moving to Houston in 1941. He and his wife, the former Emma Schultz, had their Golden Wedding anniversary celebration at Marvin’s in Altair in 1951.

His wife survives, along with 4 sons, Emil of Eagle Lake and Awald, Adolph and Roy of Houston; and 3 daughters, Mrs. Albert Loughridge, Mrs. Herbert Scott and Mrs. Norma Lee Potter, all of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, September 15, 1960, page 12

Burger, Anna Maria “Mary” (Fredrick)

Mrs. Mary Burger Dies After Short Illness

Mrs. Mary Burger, after an illness of about one week, died at her home here Friday morning and was buried at ‘Odd Fellows’ Rest Saturday at 2 o’clock in the presence of friends and relatives.

The funeral service was held at the Catholic church and was conducted by Rev. James Marsollier.

Mrs. Burger’s condition was known to be very serious for several days before her death, and her relatives had been notified. Mrs. Emil Batot, Mrs. Livingston of San Antonio, Henry Mutzke of El Campo. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Burger of Eagle Lake, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Burger of Houston were here at the time of her death and remained for the funeral.

Mrs. Burger had many friends who will join the Citizen in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.

We were unable to obtain an obituary for publication but have been promised a suitable one for next week.

Colorado Citizen, September 1, 1922, page 1
[After a quick search, I did not find the promised obit in the September 8, issue. —DA]

Burger, Emil Joseph

Mr. Emil Burger

Death came to Mr. Emil J. Burger at the Methodist Hospital in Houston late Friday, following an operation, which resulted in complications. Funeral services were held at the family residence here Sunday evening at four, Rev. C. G. Marmion officiating, assisted by Rev. J. H. Estes, and burial made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Attending the obsequies wee many from Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Kennedy, El Campo, Wharton , Bellville, Brenham, Eagle Lake, Flatonia, Hallettsville, Weimar, Schulenburg, Gonzales and Beaumont.

Mr. Burger was 55 years of age and had spent his entire life in this city. He was a hail-fellow well met, always smiling and apparently happy, even though he had suffered much through this life.

An obituary notice will appear next week.

Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 1935


"It seemeth such a little way to me,
Across to that strange country, the Beyond,
And yet not strange for it has grown to be
The home of those of whom I am so fond.
It seems to grow familiar and most clear.
As Journeying, friends bring distant regions near"

In the recent death of our Mr. Emil J. Burger, this city and community lost a true friend and good neighbor -- one of the very best of Columbus's native citizens. He occupied a place in the hearts of those who knew and loved him that can never be filled by another. Neither philosophy, nor even faith can wholly reconcile us to the loss of such a friends. We know that death is the common lot of all, but we are never ready for the dread angel to cast the shadow of his wings over any of our loved ones. We know that the golden bowl of life must at sometime be broken, and the silver cord be loosed. Yet, the ties of love and friendship are too strong to be sundered without a sense of loss and despair. We know that our friend lives on in another sphere but we could see him, and speak with him, and feel the warm, friendly clasp of his hand, see his smile, hear his voice.

Well he lived and well he died. His life was not so brief but that it left its impress for good upon those about him, who knew and loved him well, and whose lives were made better because he passed this way.

Emil Burger was a true friend, a good father, a loving husband a kind neighbor and a splendid citizen, and Christian. He was one of the prominent businessmen of our city, and we shall ever miss him from the walks of life.

We have said our adieus for a while the flowers that bedecked his grave have withered and will soon change to dust, but his memory like a beautiful picture hung upon the storied walls of Time will be weaved by those who knew and loved him into a wreath of everlasting flowers. To be remembered thus is to never died, and is the cherished hope of every living creature.

He sleeps, but the Loom of Eternal Life never stops, and the pattern that was weaving when the Sun went down on the day of his passing, will be weaving when the sun rises every coming tomorrow until Time shall be no more. And so, we leave him to the eternals.

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow being, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

A.P. Hinton

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Burger, Henry Jacob

Henry J. Burger Funeral Services Are Held Tuesday

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock at the family residence for Henry J. Burger, 62, who died Monday at his home two miles north of Columbus.

Mr. Burger, for many years, owner and manager of the Burger's Café Ravenna, was born November 24th, 1878, at Shaws Bend, the son of Edward and Sophie Braden Burger.

Rev. Blinka of Weimar officiated at the funeral services. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest, Untermeyer Bros. in charge.

Survivors include: his widow; two sons, Raymond K. Burger and Henry J. Burger Jr. of Columbus; three daughters, Mrs. Leve Evans of Columbus, Mrs. Dave Rayburn of Columbus and Mrs. Arnold Cmajdalka of Houston.

Others who survive are: seven sisters, Mrs. H. J. Linbrugger of Humble; Mrs. C. R. Roesler of New Braunfels; Mrs. W. A. Kuhn of Yoakum; Mrs. Lena Cook; Mrs. Sophie Seidler, Mrs. Gertrude Hoelscher of Rowena; Mrs. Mary Williams of San Benito and one brother, W. A. Burger of Harlingen.

Pallbearers were O. G. Hoegemeyer, E. G. Miller, Ford Wegenhoft, C. A. Schobel, Wilburn Odem and Lee Dungen.

Columbus County Citizen, February 20, 1941
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Burger, Hubert Emil “Snooks”

H. E. “Snooks” Burger

H. E. “Snooks” Burger, 65, of Eagle Lake died suddenly at approximately 11:15 a.m. Monday, Feb 29 at the Columbus Community Hospital. He was born in Altair on January 23, 1923, a son of Emil and Selma Scott Burger. He grew up in this area and married Pansy Poole in Eagle Lake on January 25, 1942. They moved to Houston where Snooks worked in a war plant for Hughes Tool Co. until returning to Eagle Lake in 1947. He worked as a pipeline contractor for 18 years, later working as a heavy equipment operator throughout this area for many years. During the 1950s, he served as a leader for the Eagle Lake Explorer Post for 10 years. Loving the outdoors, he had enjoyed hunting and was well noted for his photography work. He was a member of the Eagle Lake Gospel Mission.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel of Eagle Lake with Rev. Buck Blackmore officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rev. Selma O. Burger, who died March 6, 1983,

Survivors include his widow, Pansy Burger of Eagle Lake; a son, Steve Burger of Eagle Lake; his father, Rev. Emil Burger of Eagle Lake; a sister, Billie Jean Hudson of Rock Island; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers scheduled were Wayne Lipperdt, Ron Mrocska, Ray Landry, Melvin Meyer, Johnny Meitzen, Jack Dromgoole, Everett Moore and Earl Pitchford.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 3, 1988

Burger, Leander R.


Columbus, Texas, Aug 23.--The funeral of L. R. Burger, age 32, who died here Friday after a lingering illness was held at the residence of his parents. He leaves a wife and one child, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Burger, three brothers, Eddie, Raymond and Henry, Jr., of Columbus, and three sisters, Mrs. Leve Evans, Mrs. D. L. Rayburn and Miss Evelyn Burger of Columbus. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Rev. Flachmeier, pastor of the local Lutheran church officiating.

Weimar Mercury, August 28, 1931, page 3

Burger, Lena Elizabeth (Duerr)

Mrs. H. J. Burger Services Held Here Sunday

Funeral services were held at the Untermeyer Funeral home here Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Henry J. Burger, 77, who died last Friday in Columbus hospital after an illness of several days. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest, with Rev. G. Wolf officiating.

Mrs. Burger was born Lena Elizabeth Duerr in Frelsburg in 1878, a daughter of Robert and Ida Duerr. She married H. J. Burger who died here in 1941.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Leve Evans and Mrs. Arnold Cmajdalka, and a son Raymond, of Columbus; another son, Henry Jr. of Italian Somaliland, Africa; also 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Walter Duerr of Glen Flora.

Mrs. Burger was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran church and of the Ladies Aid society.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, W. A. Struss, Edgar Litzmann, Albert Brune, Edwin Barten, A. O. Peters, Otto Chollett and John Schubert.

Colorado County Citizen, November 22, 1955

Burger, Lester L. “Dutch”

Funeral services were held last Thursday at Columbus Funeral Home for L. L. “Dutch” Burger who died the preceding Wednesday at Columbus Hospital. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiating.

Mr. Burger was born in Altair on June 29, 1909, a son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Burger. He and his wife had lived in Houston for the past year.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rudell Burger; his parents, three sisters, Mesdames A. H. Loughridge, Hubert Scott and Melvin Tucker and five brothers, Emil, Awald, Louie, Adolph and Roy, all of Houston.

Pallbearers were Ernest and Howard Besch, Milton Schultz, E. L. Scogin, Bennie Burger and Victor Witte Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, November 28, 1946


Burger, Max Conner “Bub”

Max Burger Of Houston Buried Here

Funeral services for Max Conner (Bub) Burger, 58, of Houston were held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in that city Wednesday morning, Dec. 5.  Burial was in Masonic Cemetery here that afternoon.

Father Alfred F. Greenwald officiated.

Mr. Burger, a cousin of Mrs. John Yarling’s, died at 11:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in St. Joseph’s Hospital at Houston.  He was contract and purchasing agent for the VA Hospital, where he had been employed for 30 years.  He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Born at Eagle Lake Aug. 2, 1915, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Burger, he graduated from Hallettsville High School in 1936.

Surviving are three sisters, Mr. Roy E. Boethel of Beeville, Mrs. H. E. Hampton of College Station and Mrs. W. A. Adams of Eagle Lake; three nieces and one nephew.

Weimar Mercury, December 13, 1973, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Burger Minna [Wilhelmina]

Ellinger News Items.

Last Sunday afternoon Mrs. Minnie Burger of Brushy, died at the home of her son-in-law, Frank Untermeyer. The deceased was in bad health for several months and death came not unexpected. The deceased was in her 80th year, and was one of the oldest and most respected ladies in this section. She leaves four children, Emil Burger, Mrs. Frank Untermeyer, Mrs. Louis Fellmann and Mrs. Eugene Bodengen, of Wharton county. The funeral took place at the Lutheran cemetery at Frelsburg, Monday morning, Rev. Scillat officiating. Our sympathies are tendered the stricken relatives.

Weimar Mercury, November 17, 1911, page 8

Burger, Pansy (Poole)


Pansy Burger, 80, of Eagle Lake, passed away Monday, March 15, at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

A native and lifelong resident of the area, she was born April 6, 1923 in Lissie, to Winnie M. and Mettie Ann (Hayden) Poole. She was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School Class of 1940, a member of Eagle Lake Mission Church and owned and operated Lake Crest Flowers of Eagle Lake from 1956-2002.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, H.E. "Snooks" Burger; and sister, Anna Mae Rhoades.

She is survived by her son, Steve Burger of Eagle Lake; sister-in-law, Billie Jean Hudson of Rock Island; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted March 19, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with Eric Cameron officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Earl Pitchford, Gregory Pitchford, Bob Thornton, Melvin Meyer, Eric Guthrie and Glen Sunderman.

The Colorado County Citizen, March24, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Burger, Raymond K.

Raymond Burger

Funeral services were held for Raymond K. Burger, March 3 at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Huth officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Cemetary[sic].

Raymond Burger was born July 2, 1910 in Columbus to Henry J. and Lena (Duerr) Burger. He was a resident of Colorado County all of his life.

He is preceeded[sic] in death by his parents, two brothers; Leander (Pat) and Eddie Burger and two sisters; Ida Mae (Burger) Rayburn and Evelyn (Burger) Cmajdlka[sic]. Survivors are one brother, Henry Burger, Jr. and Lillie Evans of Columbus; a nephew he raised as a son, David Gayle Rayburn of New Braunfels. Four nephews; Vernon Evans of Richardson, Walter Henry Evans of Houston, Charles Cmajdalka of Rosenberg and Joe Roland Burger of Houston. Three nieces; Sue (Evans) Gassmann of Houston, Betty (Cmajdalka) Hatborn of Rosenberg and Margie (Rayburn) Denton of Rosenberg. He is also survived by numerous relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers were: Oscar Henicke. James H. Wooten III, A. N. Evans, Jr., Alfred Gassmann, Delmer Fehrenkamp and Al Radke.

Honoray[sic] pallbearers were: Hugo Hartfiel, Sr., Cecil Marburger and Werner Kaheden[sic].Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Colorado County Citizen, March 8, 1984, page 2

Burger, Robert Steven

Steve Burger

Steve Burger, 59, of Eagle Lake, passed away January 17 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was born on June 26, 1947 in Eagle Lake the son of H.E. "Snooks" and Pansy Marie Burger.

Steve was a florist and a member of Full Gospel faith.

Preceded in death by his parents; he is survived by a host of family and friends.

Visitation was held Saturday, January 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 21 at 2 p.m. from Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Erik Cameron officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 25th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Burger, Theodore H.

Post Special: Columbus, August 2.--After a lingering illness, Mr. T. H. Burger died at his home in this city yesterday at noon. He was born at Mulhausen in Alsace eighty-one years ago when that province was a portion of France. In his youth he served with the French army in several punitive expeditions in Africa. He was one of the oldest citizens of Columbus and has always enjoyed the respect of the community. He is survived by his wife and three grown sons. A high mass was held at 10 o’clock this morning at the Catholic church by Rev. Father Lenertz and the funeral followed at the city cemetery [Odd Fellows Rest].

Weimar Mercury, August 8, 1903, page 1
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