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Heller, Annie (Hope)


Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock for Mrs. Annie Heller, 85, who died in Youens hospital at Weimar at 7 a.m. yesterday.  She had been a patient there for a week and had been in failing health for several years.  Born near Rock Island, Nov. 23, 1879, she was a daughter of Larkin and Mollie Compton Hope.  She was a lifelong resident of Columbus and was a member of the Baptist church.  Clarence James will officiate at the services in Columbus Funeral home and burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.  Mrs. Heller's husband, P. F. Heller, died in 1941.  She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Eva Mae Nichols and Mrs. Raymond Rau of Columbus.  Another daughter, Mrs. Dollie Sykora, died earlier.  Three grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren also survive, and a sister Miss Maude Hope, of Houston.  Pallbearers will be LeRoy Stein, Philip Gates, Gus Sronce, Jack Leyendecker, Sam K. Seymour and E. G. Miller.

Colorado County Citizen, October 21, 1965
Submitted by David Hahn

Heller, Blasidus

The 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heller, living near this city, died Tuesday night, of congestion after a short illness, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery Wednesday morning. He was an interesting little boy, beloved by all, and his loss will be keenly felt. To. Mr. and Mrs. Heller, in their sad affliction, we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, October 19, 1887

Heller, Clara Teckla (Bittner)

Clara Heller Funeral Services Held May 15

Clara Teckla Bittner Heller, 94, of Weimar, died Tuesday, May 13 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 15 at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Father John Bily officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mrs. Heller was born May 25, 1908 in Holman to Charles and Marie Freis Bittner. She attended Holman School.

On Sept. 21, 1924, she married Oscar Anton Heller Sr. She was a homemaker, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and lived in this area all of her life.

She enjoyed her church duties of tending to the vestments and Holy Water. She was a devout Catholic wife, mother and grandmother.

She will be remembered for her love of cooking and baking and jolly personality.

Mrs. Heller is survived by her children, Marcelline Renken and husband J. C. of Weimar, Oscar "Bubba" Heller Jr. of Weimar and Charles Heller and wife Sharon of Lexington; one sister, Marie Luecke of La Grange; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers, two sisters, one daughter-in-law, Dixie Knight Heller; and one grandson, Scott Holub Heller.

Pallbearers were Russell Heller, Steven Heller, David Heller, Rodney Heller, Clay Heller, Zachary Brown and Charles Bittner.

The Weimar Mercury, May 22, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Heller, Eva Catherine (Braden)

Pioneer Resident Passes to Reward

I found a golden key one day
Upon the path I trod,
And it unlocked a golden door
A door that led to God!

And so we bid them goodbye one by one, the Pioneers of Columbus who have been with us all these years, and seemed a part—a permanent part of our lives and of our little city. But all things mortal are but transient, and must pass away from the rain sodden earth, of pain, and struggle, and doubt and fear unto the warm sweet sunlight of that Land that is brighter far than this.

Peacefully, and quietly she slipped away to the Bosom of God only a few months, weeks or days ahead of us who are following on in the earthly path.

Mrs. P. F. Heller Sr, one of the original pioneers of our city so passed away after a long useful Christian life on Friday, December 7th. Funeral services were held at the St. Mathias Catholic church, conducted by the Reverend E. F. Park. Seven of her grandsons acted as pall bearers. She was laid to rest in beautiful Odd Fellows Cemetery as the shades of evening drew about her weeping loved ones. Her maiden name was Miss Eva Braden. She was born in Germany in 1841, and came to America in 1848, and was married to P. F. Heller Sr, who preceded her in death in November 1926. She is survived by seven children; Mrs. Kate Spies, Breslau, Theodore Heller, Halsted, Mrs. John Wessels, Halstad, P. F. Heller Jr., Mrs. Fred Bunge, and Mrs. Angela Stein, Columbus and Mrs. Louise P. Bunge, Eagle Lake.

For the first 38 years of their married life Mr. and Mrs. Heller lived in Fayette County and then they moved to Colorado County, and for the last several years they lived in our little town, loved and admired by all who knew them, for their many sterling qualities. We who knew them will held them long and dear in our memories. To them we send the tenderest thoughts of our hearts. We would send beautiful flowers as any in Paradise. We look at the sea upon which they set sail and it is shoreless. It passes our comprehension, and we accept with resignation that they are in His keeping at last. There is a realm, where the rainbow never fades, where the guiding stars spread out above us like the islands of the sea, and where the beautiful things that pass on like shadows cast by the evening sun stay with us forever.

Let us remember God’s promise to be faithful, and be comforted!

“There is no death,
What seems so is transition.
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life Elysian,
Whose portal we call death.”

The Colorado County Citizen, Dec. 13, 1928
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Francios Placide

Mr. P. Heller, an old citizen of this county, died on the 27th of April. He was old and had lived in this county many years; raised large family of children; lived to see them all grown, married and settled. He was buried by his Catholic brethren in their cemetery at Navidad, in Fayette county. He was a man of classical attainments. He leaves an aged companion, several children and a host of friends to mourn his loss. [Interred at Dubina Cemetery.]

Colorado Citizen, May 4, 1882
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Frank J.

Final Rites for Frankie Heller, 47, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Frank F. Heller, 47, of San Antonio were held Tuesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Howard Parshall officiated.

Members of the local Masonic Lodge conducted graveside services.

Mr. Heller was found dead at about 2 o'clock last Sunday morning in the driveway of OakhilI Motor Lodge, tourists courts which he owned at San Antonio. An autopsy showed death was due to heart disease.

He had bought the San Antonio courts only 18 months ago; moving there from New York, where he had lived for a number of years. The foster son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Steve Holler, he had left Weimar about 20 years ago and since had lived in various parts of the United States.

Surviving him are a son, Stephen Heller of Los Angeles and his foster sister, Mrs. Henry Billeck of Weimar.

Masons serving as pallbearers at the funeral were Davis Gindler, Otto Gindler, Jack Montgomery, Ben Holt, Ed Rabel and Rev. Walter J. Cartwright.

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1955, page 1

Heller, Helen (Munke)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Steve Heller, 66, Held Dec. 23

Funeral services for Mrs. Steve Heller, 66, who died at Youens Hospital here December 21 after about two months illness, were held Sunday, December 23, from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church, with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Msgr. Anthony Drozd and Father Alois Goertz officiated in the services.

Her death was the result of a blood clot near the brain. She had received treatment at hospitals here and in Houston to no avail, and for a week or more before her death had been in a continuous coma.

Born Helen Munke, daughter of Fritz and Agnes Munke, at Ammannsville Dec. 14, 1885, she married Mr. Heller at Ammannsville January 29, 1907. They settled on a farm near Weimar and about 40 yeas ago moved to town. She was member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Anne’s Society, Catholic Daughters of America and the American Legion Auxillary.

Surviving are her 92-year-old-mother, who lives in Glidden; her husband; a son, Frankie Heller of Bergenfield, N. J.; a daughter, Mrs. Henry Billeck of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Oscar Kuhn and Mrs. Otto Kuhn, both of Glidden; a brother, George Munke of Houston; and three grandchildren. A brother, two sisters and one grandchild preceded her in death.

Pallbearers at her funeral were her nephews, Lawrence, William, Barney and Clarence Kuhn, Oscar and Barney Heller, Henry and Leo Foster.

The Weimar Mercury, January 4, 1952
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Henry Sr.

Henry Heller, Sr., Passes Away

One of the Oldest, Most Respected Citizens of This Section Passes Unto His Reward

Citizens of this community, and throughout Colorado County, were inexpressibly saddened Wednesday morning when news of the death of Mr. Henry Heller, Sr., one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this section, was received. Mr. Heller died at the family home a short distance southwest of town at 7:15 after a long illness. Funeral arrangements were made and the body laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery at 10 o’clock today, Thursday, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating in a touching burial service. The funeral was one of the most largely attended ever witnessed in this section, people coming from far and near to pay the last tribute to their old time friend and companion. Practically every place of business in Weimar was closed during the funeral service, as a testimonial of the esteem in which decedent was held by the people of our town.

Henry Heller, Sr., was a son of Placide and Madeline Heller, was born in Fayette county on the 5th day of August, 1847, and was about 74 years old at the time of his death. He moved to this section about the year 1859, and lived near Weimar from that time up to the time of his death. He was married to Josephine Lerch at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Orleans, March 11, 1873. He was engaged in farming and stock raising, and by thrift and economy he and his good wife, who proceeded him to the grave a few years ago, amassed a comfortable fortune.

Mr. Heller was a man of much energy and up to the time of the breaking out of the world war was one of the most active men, age considered, in this section. He took a vital interest in the outcome of the war, his sympathics being enlisted entirely in the cause of the allies, and at its close as a token of his gratitude he gave one of the biggest free barbecues ever held in Texas, people coming from hundreds of miles to attend same. It was the crowning event of Mr. Heller’s life and no one got more pleasure out of it than he. Soon afterward his health failed, and from that time on he was practically an invalid, being unable to leave home. Although an invalid, his mind was as clear as a bell up to the time of his death, and he attended to business matters and was conscious almost up to the last moment. In many respect Mr. Heller was a remarkable man.

Mr. Heller is survived by a sister, Mrs. Robert Raabe of this vicinity, a brother Placide Heller, Jr., of Columbus, two sons, Steve and Henry, and three daughters, Madeline, Clemintin, and Josephine, all married. One son died a good many years ago.

Henry Heller, Sr., was a man among men. True as steel to his friends, generous hearted, strong in his convictions of right and wrong, a devoted husband and father, he was a man to attract attention wherever he went. He lived in this community practically all of his life, and possessed the friendship and esteem of all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends, and to his surviving children the blow is especially severe. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them in their bereavement.

The Weimar Mercury, May 13, 1921
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Henry

Mr. Henry Heller, Farmer, Stockman, Dies Suddenly

News of a death that brought a distinct shock to the people of this community came over the wires Monday afternoon late. It related to the sudden and unexpected demise of a worthy, good citizen, stockman-farmer of this community, MR. Henry Heller. His death occurred in the Cheetham section where he owned a good sized ranch, and he was en route to said ranch when Death struck. Just whether it was a case of acute indigestion or a heart attack we are unable to say. The dangerously ill man was hurried to Columbus to a physician by his son, Mr. Oscar Heller, who had accompanied him to the ranch to assist with a lot of cattle he had down there, but Mr. Heller passed away before reaching Columbus. The remains were brought to the family home late that evening and prepared for burial, interment taking place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Wednesday morning, after appropriate services had been held at St Michael’s Church by Rev. Jos. Szymanski. The funeral was largely attended, attesting the high esteem in which Mr. Heller, a life-long resident of this community was held. The floral offerings were many and profuse.

From Mr. Oscar Heller, a son, we learn that his father and a negro helper had gone to the Cheetham ranch to take a lot of cattle. Oscar was driving down there to assist, but had gone ahead in a truck. When about two miles from the ranch, Mr. Heller drove up to a gate and learned from his horse to open same. As he did so, he suddenly slumped forward and fell from the saddle to the ground. The negro helper ran forward quickly, but seeing Mr. Heller was in a serious condition he mounted his horse and hurried to the ranch house to notify the son. Oscar hurried back to the scene, took his father in the truck and carried him to the ranch house. Here he undressed him and put him to bed. He hovered over the stricken many, but seeing after awhile that there was no improvement in his condition, he hurriedly dressed him, took him into the truck and proceeded to Columbus as rapidly as possible. However, Death overtook him before he reached that point, for upon arrival there he saw that his father was dead.

Practically all of Mr. Heller’s life was spend in this section. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heller, Sr. He was a successful stock man and farmer, and engaged in these pursuits throughout his entire life. He was a man sincere in his friendships, honest and upright, a quiet, good citizen, and his death is sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends throughout this section.

He is survived by his widow, tow daughters, Mrs. Geo. J. Kusey and Mrs. Edmund Kasper, and three sons, Messrs. Oscar Heller of this city, Frank Heller of Ford Worth and Wilburn (“Bunnie”) Heller of Matagorda county. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1938
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Heller, Joe


Mr. Joe Heller, a well known farmer and stock man, who has lived for many years in this vicinity, died Sunday evening at the residence of his brother, Henry Heller. Joe has been suffering for several years with that dreaded disease, consumption, and it was only through his indomitable will and vitality that he has kept up as long as he has. Only last Saturday he was down to his ranch below Rosenberg attending to business, and it was there he was taken suddenly ill and had to be taken to his brother’s, where he breathed his last. Mr. Heller was 47 years old and leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at Dubina Tuesday, Rev. Father Lagleder officiating.

Colorado Citizen, December 10, 1891, page 3

MR. JOE HELLER, who was brought up from Rosenberg Saturday night in a dying condition, died Sunday afternoon at the residence of his brother, Mr. Henry Heller, in this city. Mr. Heller was a victim of consumption, and although in a dying condition for several months, he was possessed of such an indomitable will that he did not give up until the very last moment, being at work on his ranch near Rosenberg the day previous to his death. He was in his 47th years, and considered a wealthy man. He leaves a wife and several children. His remains were interred at the Catholic cemetery at Dubina Monday afternoon, Rev. Father Lagleder performing the burial service.

Weimar Mercury, 12 Dec 1891, page 3

Heller, Josephine (Learch)

Mrs. Josephine Heller.

On Monday night, Dec. 3, there passed from this life one of the most worthy, highly respected ladies of this community, Mrs. Josephine Heller, beloved wife of Mr. Henry Heller, Sr., a well known and popular stockman and farmer. Mrs. Heller had been ill for some time past, with rheumatic troubles, which later developed into dropsy, and which caused her death, after much suffering. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at St. Michael’s Cemetery, a large crowd witnessing the last sad rites so feelingly administered by Father Strobel of Columbus. Mrs. Heller was born in France Nov. 10, 1848. She was a daughter of Steve Learch and wife, nee Frances Benard, both natives of France. She came to the United States, and married Mr. Heller on the 11th day of March, 1873, at New Orleans. She is survived by a heart-broken husband and five children—Steve and Henry Heller, Jr., Mrs. Clementine Foster of this city, Mrs. Lena Boeker of Houston, and Mrs. Josephine Boeker of Edna. One son, Placidus, died some years ago. She also leaves fourteen grandchildren. Mrs. Heller was an exceptionally kind-hearted, good woman. No one ever visited in her home but what was made to feel welcome, and a better wife, mother, neighbor and friend never lived. Although crippled and in bad health, she always retained her good spirits and few realized her sufferings. Her life imparted good, wherever she went, and hundred of friends throughout this section will miss her kindly welcome and smile of good cheer. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

The Weimar Mercury, December 7, 1917
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Leo Joseph

Leo Heller Funeral Services Held April 20

Leo Joseph Heller, 81, of LaGrange died April 18 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center due to a massive stroke.

Mr. Heller was born Sept. 30, 1916 in Ammannsville to Moritz and Laura (Lueders) Heller. He attended Ammannsville School.

He married Libbie Vasek on Oct. 24, 1939 in Plum.

He lived on the Heller Home Place all of his life. He was a farmer and rancher.

Mr. Heller was a Lay Leader at St. John the Baptist Church.

He was a past Grand Knight of K of C, past County Farm Bureau President and local (Ammannsville-Dubina) past Farm Bureau President.

Funeral services were held April 20 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville with Fathers Timothy Kosler and Royce Hughes officiating. Burial followed at Ammannsville Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Don Berger, Arthur Breitkruez of Houston, Harold A. Fietsam Sr. of Schulenburg, Johnnie Kasper of Weimar, Lawrence Matocha of LaGrange, all nephews and brother-in-law, Loydie Tiedt of LaGrange.

Survivors include: his wife; sister, Elma Ulrich of Weimar and a number of nephews and nieces.

Mr. Heller was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Clara Breitkreuz, (Vera) Berger, Irma Fietsam, and Rubie Antosh.

Weimar Mercury, 1998
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Magdalena (Seifert)

Final Rites for Mrs. Hy. Heller, 75, Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Magdalena Heller, 75, widow of the late Henry Heller, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church here Wednesday morning, with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Officiating were Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. F. Drozd, Rev. Thomas Flanagan, Rev. Thomas O’Callaghan, all of here and Rev. Kraus of Columbus.

Mrs. Heller, who had been an invalid for 10 years, died shortly after 11 o’clock Monday morning, Feb. 2, in Youens Hospital, where she had been a patient about two weeks.

Born Nov. 17, 1883, at Frelsburg, she was a daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Anton Seifert, who moved to the Osage section near Weimar when she was 8 years old. On May 5, 1902, she was married to Mr. Heller, who died in 1938. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. George Kusey of Weimar; three sons, Oscar Heller of here, Frank of Dallas and Wilburn of Markham; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Frank Seifert. A daughter, Mrs. Henrietta Kasper, died in 1943.

Pallbearers were her grandsons: Oscar Heller, Jr., Ray H. Kusey, Chas. Waterhouse, C. J. Renken, Wilburn Heller Jr., and Billy Smith.

The Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1959
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Mark Oscar

Mark Heller Funeral Services Held April 8

Mark Oscar Heller, 50, of Weimar, died April 6 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 8 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Rev. John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Heller was born Sept. 7, 1953 in Weimar to Oscar “Bubba” and Dixie (Knight) Heller.

He attended St. Michael School and Weimar High School.

He Married Linda Klesel on June 2, 1972 in Weimar.

He was the owner of Heller Materials and lived in this area all his life.

He was a warm caring husband and father. He was known for his sense of humor and his ability to put a smile on people’s faces.

He believed in giving back to the community and demonstrated his through his support of many community projects.

Mr. Heller is survived by his wife, Linda Heller of Weimar; two daughters, Amy Brandt and husband David of Weimar and Allison Heller of Huntsville; one son, Clay Heller of Weimar; his father, Bubba Heller of Weimar; and mother-in-law, Alice Klesel of Weimar.

He is also survived by one brother, Mike Heller and wife of Yoakum; two sisters, Mitzi Bain and husband Jimmy of Bullard, and Marcy Brown of Waco; and one sister-in-law, Marilyn Beal and husband Charlie of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church or School, Weimar FFA, or Champion Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Pallbearers were David Heller, Rodney Heller, Zach Brown, Keeny Migus, Donnie Dittrich and Ewald Friedrich Jr.

The Weimar Mercury, April 15, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Heller, Maria Magdalena (Crommer)

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. T. Heller, mother of Henry Heller, near this place, died a few days ago at her son’s residence, and was laid away in the Catholic cemetery, by the side of her husband, who preceded her a few short months ago. We drop the tear of sympathy for the bereaved children.

Colorado Citizen, December 21, 1882
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders
(Submitter’s Notes: The article should have read Mrs. P. Heller. She was the wife of Francios Placide Heller. Burial -- Dubina Cemetery.)

Heller, Oscar Jr.

Oscar Heller Jr. Funeral Services Held Jan. 1

Oscar “Bubba” Heller Jr., 77, of Weimar died Dec. 30 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 1 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

Oscar was born Nov. 13, 1928 in Weimar to Oscar and Clara (Bittner) Heller.

He attended St. Michael School and Weimar High School and graduated in 1945.

Mr. Heller married Dixie Allene Knight on Aug. 5, 1950 at St. Michael Church.

Oscar lived his whole life in Weimar and worked at the Lexington Livestock Auction, a rancher, Heller Materials and Main Package Store. He also was an avid golfer and hunter.

He is survived by his children, Mike and Jenny Heller of Yoakum, Mitzi and Jimmy Bain of Bullard, Marcy Brown of Waco, and daughter-in-law Linda Heller of Weimar.

He is also survived by his brother, Charles Heller of Lexington, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son, Mark Heller; sister and brother-in-law, Marcelline and CJ Renken.

Pallbearers were David Heller, Rodney Heller, Zachary Brown, Clay Heller, David Brandt and Gary Helmcamp.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 2006

Heller, Oscar Anton Sr.

Oscar Heller Funeral Held Here Dec. 29

Funeral services for Oscar A. Heller Sr., 76, of Weimar were held Tuesday, Dec. 29, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Father Charles Carolan officiating.

Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mr. Heller, a cattleman and lifelong resident of Weimar, died Dec. 27 at Youens Memorial Hospital.

Born here Sept. 7, 1905, he was the son of Henry and Lena (Seifert) Heller. He married Clara Bittner on September 21, 1925.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Church, an honorary member of the Weimar Volunteer Fire Department, a director of the San Antonio Trail Ride, and a 1973 honorary citizen of Lexington, Texas.

His wife survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. C. J. (Marcelline) Renken of Weimar; two sons, Oscar Heller Jr. of Weimar and Charles Heller of Lexington; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. George (Annie) Kusey of Weimar. A sister, two brothers and a grandson preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Curtis Foster, Leroy Bahner, Bob Perry, Buddy Kusey, Mark Heller, and Mike Heller. Junior Honorary pallbearers were Russell and Steven Heller. Honorary pallbearers were Edgar Beken, Harold Weyand and Weimar firemen. David and Rodney Heller were altar boys at the mass.

The Weimar Mercury, January 7, 1982
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Placide Frank Sr.

Old Resident Passes

The death of Mr. P. F. Heller, Sr., occurred at his residence in this city Tuesday afternoon at 2:30.

Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church at two o’clock yesterday, Rev. E. F. Park officiating, and the remains laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Heller was born in Alsace-Loraine, France, and came to this country when he was seven years of age. The family settled in Fayette County and came to this county about thirty five years ago. Mr. Heller had lived in Columbus for some eighteen years.

He was a farmer and stockman and one of the prominent and substantial citizens of the community, respected by the many who knew him. He was 86 years of age at the time of death.

He is survived by a wife, two sons, Joe Heller of Halstead and P. F. Heller, Jr., of this city, and five daughters, Mrs. Katies Spies of Breslau, Mrs. J. H. Wessels of Halstead, Mrs. A. Stein of Sequin, Mrs. Louis Bunge of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Fred Bunge of this city, to all of whom our deep sympathy is extended in their loss.

The Colorado Citizen, November 18, 1926
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Placide Franklin

Placid F. Heller Suffers Stroke, Succumbs Tuesday

Placid Frank Heller, 69, died at his home here Tuesday at five o'clock, following a stroke suffered Tuesday. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, with the Columbus funeral home in charge and Rev. Frank D. Charlton officiating.
The following served as pall bearers: Roby Hadden, Albert Hahn, Herman Braden, Ellis Miller, S. K. Seymour Jr., Jack Leyendecker, Aubrey Chapman and Henry Weber.
Mr. Heller had resided in Columbus for 45 years and had engaged in the grocery business for the past 25 years.

He was born at Halsted, Fayette county, February 10, 1871, son of P. F. Heller and Eva Katherine Braden Heller.

Surviving are his wife, Anne Hope Miller Heller; three daughters, Mrs. Katie Lee Sykora and Mrs. Eva Mae Nichols of Houston and Mrs. Raymond Rau of Columbus; four sisters, Mrs. A. Stein of Seguin, Mrs. Mary Wessel of LaGrange, Mrs. Ida Bunge of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Celesta Bunge of Columbus; a brother, Theo Heller of LaGrange; and three grandchildren, Dorothy Hope and James Heller Sykora of Houston, and Raymond Frank Rau of Columbus. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

The Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, September 18th, 1941, Page 1
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Stephen Robert

Steve Heller, 80, Dies Suddenly; Funeral Friday

Steve R. Heller, retired businessman and honorary fireman with more than 40 years active service, was found dead at this home here Wednesday morning at about 8 o’clock, victim of a heart attack. He was 80 years old.

He was found by his granddaughter, Barbarba Billeck, who stopped on her way to school to check on him. He lived alone in the house, spending his nights there and days with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Billeck.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock tomorrow (Friday) at Hubbard Funeral Home, with continued services at St. Michael’s Church at 10:15. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 o’clock, at the Funeral Home.

Mr. Heller was born near Weimar December 24, 1873, the same year the town of Weimar was founded. He was the son of Henry and Josephine Heller. After his marriage January 29, 1907, at Ammannsville to Miss Helen Munke, they settled on a farm near Weimar, but they had moved to town about 42 years ago.

The Hellers operated a restaurant here for 16 yeas, and Mr. Heller was also in ginning and water well drilling work, associated with the late John Janak, Sr. He had one of the longest records of active duty in the volunteer fire department, and even in his feeble health of the past few years had continued to attend the firemen’s annual oyster supper and other special events.

Surviving him are one son, Frankie Heller of San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. Henry Billeck Sr. of Weimar; four grandchildren, Stephen Heller of San Antonio, and Barbara, Henry Jr., and Paul Billeck of Weimar; and three sisters, Mrs. D. L. Patterson of Corsicana, Mrs. Matt Foster and Mrs. Henry Aken, both of Weimar.

The Weimar Mercury, April 30, 1954
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Heller, Wilburn Ben

W. B. Heller, 53, Buried Tuesday At Bay City

Funeral services for Wilburn Ben (Bunny) Heller, 53, formerly of Weimar, were held Tuesday morning, July 23, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City, with Rev. Joe Hamala officiating. Burial was in the Hawley cemetery.

Mr. Heller, a water supervisor for the Lower Colorado River Authority died at 5 a.m. Monday in Matagorda General Hospital, after a short illness.

Born Jan. 22, 1910, in Weimar, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heller. He moved from here to Matagorda County 36 years ago and currently was living in Markham.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Laverne Heller and two sons, Henry Lawrence and Wilburn Howard Heller, all of Markham; one sister, Mrs. George Kusey of Weimar, and two brothers, Oscar Heller Sr. of Weimar and Frank Heller of Dallas.

The Weimar Mercury, July 25, 1963, page 1
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders
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