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Leppin, Elsie (Gollnick)

Elsie Leppin Funeral Services Held Dec. 4

Elsie Gollnick Leppin, 99, of Weimar, died Dec. 3 at Schulenburg Regency.

Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at Weimar UCC Church with Rev. Dr. Jerry Carpenter officiating. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Leppin was born Oct. 31, 1905 in Cuero to Charlie and Lillie Grunewald Gollnick

She attended New Bielau/Content School.

She married Eric Leppin on Nov. 1, 1927 in Robstown. He died in 1967.

She was a homemaker and a Nurse's Aide and lived in this area her entire life. She was also a member, of the Weimar United Church of Christ, Dorcas Circle ' and Nimble Fingers Sewing Club.

She is survived by one son, Wilton Leppin and wife Sylvia of Weimar; one sister, Dora Jenkins of Lake Jackson; one granddaughter, Amy Summers; and two great-granddaughters, Sarah Denise and Lauren Kate Summers.

She was preceded in death by one son; three brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Douglas Waller, Kervy Kahlden, Jimmy Smith, Harold and Marvin Leppin, and Clifton Grunewald.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Scardino, Chuddie Boeer and all her nephews.

Elsie loved nursing and caring for people. She worked at the Youens Hospital and River Oaks Nursing Home and in later years was a sitter at the hospital and nursing homes.

She loved her home and family and was a wonderful cook.

Elsie enjoyed her yard and flowers. She always had a garden and mowed her yard until in her late eighties. She loved to crochet and tatt and shared her snowflake ornaments she made with friends and family.

Weimar Mercury, December 9, 2004

Leppin, Eric Herman

Eric Leppin, 64, Dies Suddenly; Buried Tuesday

Eric Herman Leppin 64-year-old New Bielau farmer died suddenly Monday morning, Oct. 2, at his home apparently of a heart attack.

His brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Grunwald of Corpus Christi, who had been spending several days with the Leppins were with him at the time. Mrs. Leppin had left a short time earlier for Columbus, where she is employed in the convalescent home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Weimar United Church of Christ with his pastor, Rev. Frank H. Horak Jr., officiating. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Pallbearers were Walton Beken, Harold Leppin, Wilburn Leppin, Marvin Leppin, Earl Leppin, Albert Grahmann, Howard Grunwald and Clifton Grunwald.

Mr. Leppin would have been 65 on the 17th of this month. A lifelong resident of the area, he was born in 1902 at New Bielau a son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Leppin. He married Miss Elsie Gollnick at Robstown on Nov. 1, 1927.

His wife survives along with his son, Wilton Leppin of Houston; one sister, Mrs. R. A (Herths) Grunwald of Corpus Christi; and two brothers, Oscar and Hilton Leppin of Rt. 1, Weimar (New Bielau).

A brother, Willie, preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1967
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Leppin, Herman Wilhelm

H. W. Leppin, 78, Dies Monday Night After Heart Stroke

Herman William Leppin, 78-year-old retired farmer and butcher, succumbed at Youens Hospital Monday night, March 29, after suffering a heart stroke at about 2 o’clock that afternoon. He had been in ill health for a number of years.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. C. Emigholz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating, and interment was made in City Cemetery.

The son of Christopher and Sophie Leppin, German immigrants, he was born near Brenham in May, 1871. As a young boy he moved to the New Bielau section with his family, and with the exception of a visit to Germany shortly after World War I had spent his entire life in this area. He married Miss Selma Lichey of New Bielau in 1915, and in 1918 they moved to Weimar. Upon their return from Germany in 1921, the Leppins brought back her brother, Paul Lichey, with whom they joined in establishing the Weimar Meat Market. Mr. Leppin retired from the business in about 1925. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two brothers, Otto Leppin of New Bielau and August Leppin of Pflugerville. A sister preceded him in death many years ago.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Oscar and Eric Leppin, Rudy and Robert Lichey, Ed Teichman, and Raymond Dunn.

Weimar Mercury, March 25, 1950, page 1

Leppin, Hilton A.

H. Leppin Funeral Monday

Funeral services for Hilton A. Leppin, 69, of Weimar were held Monday, May 16, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Leppin, a retired dairy farmer and lifelong resident of the New Bielau area, died Sunday, May 15, in Youens Memorial Hospital. He had been ill for several months and in the hospital eight days.

Born May 31, 1913, he was a son of Otto and Hulda (Koym) Leppin. He married Milady Krizak of Jan. 1, 1935, at Schulenburg. He was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ, Hermann Sons, and the Farm Bureau.

His wife survives him, along with two sons, Earl of Houston and Marvin of Austin; a daughter, Letha Ann Grahmann of Houston; four grandchildren, Gina and Kelly Grahmann, Kim and Tammy Leppin; one sister, Hertha Grunwald of Corpus Christi and one brother, Oscar Leppin of Weimar. Two brothers, Willie and Eric, preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Joe Adamcik, Alvin Prause, Leonard Stech, Wilton Leppin, Wilburn Leppin and Harold Leppin. Honorary pallbearers were Walton Beken, Clifton Grunwald and Howard Grunwald.

Weimar Mercury, May 19, 1983
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Leppin, Hulda Augusta (Koym)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Leppin, 85, Held Sunday

Funeral Services for Mrs. Hulda Leppin, 85, widow of the late Otto Leppin were held Sunday afternoon, March 24, at Hubbard Funeral Home

Interment was in the New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. Fred Mehrtens of Schulenburg officiated.

Mrs. Leppin Died Friday, March 22, at Youens Hospital after an illness of three weeks.

Born March 14, 1878, at Content, she was the daughter of Jochan[sic] and Caroline Koym. She was married to Mr. Leppin June 16, 1898, and they settled at New Bielau, where they spent the rest of their lives. Mr. Leppin died 5 years ago.

Surviving her are three sons, Oscar, Eric, and Hilton, all of Weimar, one daughter, Mrs. R. A. (Hertha) Grunwald[sic] of Corpus Christi; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A son Willie preceded her in death in 1953.

Pallbearers were Clifton and Howard Grunewald, Earl and Marvin Leppin, Wilburn and Harold Leppin, Walton Beken and Albert Grahmann.

Weimar Mercury, March 1963
Submitted by Wilton Leppin


Leppin, Joachim Christoph

Mr. Chris. Leppin

Mr. Chris. Leppin, an aged and honored pioneer of the New Bielau section, died Thursday, April 1. The remains were laid to rest in the New Bielau cemetery Friday, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, officiating. Mr. Leppin was over 81 years old. He came to this country from Germany in 1868; resided in Washington county nine years, and had resided in this section since 1877. He was ill only about two weeks. He was a genial old gentleman, highly thought of by all who knew him, and was regarded as a substantial, good citizen. He leaves a widow and three sons--Otto and H. W. Leppin of this section and Aug. Leppin of Pflugerville, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, April 9, 1915

Leppin, Leona S. (Hasse)

Mrs. Leppin’s Funeral Held Here July 21

Funeral services for Mrs. Leona S. Leppin, 82, of Weimar were held Saturday, July 21, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Mrs. Leppin, a lifelong resident of the New Bielau community, died at 12:07 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for three weeks.

Born at New Bielau on June 14, 1902, she was a daughter of Theodor and Augusta (Gerstenberger) Hasse. She was married there to Oscar C. Leppin on October 5, 1922. She was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ and the Dorcas Circle.

Her husband survives her, along with two sons, Wilburn and Harold Leppin, both of Weimar and one daughter, Mrs. Walton (Doris) Beken of Weimar; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Frank (Alvina) Engels of Corpus Christi.

A grandson, Walt Beken, two brothers, Henry and Ernest Hasse Sr., and two sisters, Mrs. Erna Kram and Mrs. Louise Schroeder preceded her in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Scott Leppin, Todd Leppin, Hal Leppin, Mark Kloesel, Joe Hromadka, Mack Janak, and William Klingsporn.

Weimar Mercury, July 26, 1984
Submitted by Wilton Leppin

Leppin, Milady "Lottie" (Krizak)

Milady Leppin Funeral Services Held Feb. 6

Milady "Lottie" Leppin, 86, of Weimar, died Feb. 4 in Hallettsville at the Hallettsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, where she was a resident since September 1995.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Weimar United Church of Christ. Interment was at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Leppin was born Jan. 12, 1917 in Oakland to Joseph and Alvina Krizak. She married Hilton Leppin Jan 1, 1935, and resided south of Weimar in the New Bielau Community where they raised three children.

In the early 1950's, Mrs. Leppin went to work at the Youens Hospital and became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She had a 30-year career as a nurse at the hospital and then a 10-year career as a special duty nurse to the critically ill.

She is survived by her daughter, Letha Grahmann of Magnolia; sons, Earl Leppin of Magnolia and Marvin Leppin of Cedar Park; four granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; brother, Lester Krizak and sister, Viola Melnar.

Mrs. Leppin was preceded in death by her husband, Hilton Leppin; parents, Joseph and Alvina Krizak; brothers, Willie Krizak, Melvin Krizak, Emil Krizak and Henry Krizak; sisters, Edna Fojt, Hattie Cinadr, Bessie Dusek, Loretta Hoffman and Margaret Hoffman.

Pallbearers were Wilton Leppin, A. C. Grahmann, Glen Bomnksie, Bryan Taylor, Steve Faillaci and Arnold Ramirez.

Memorial contributions may be made to Weimar United Church of Christ.

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

Leppin, Oscar C.

Death Claims Leppin Longtime Contractor

Funeral services for Oscar C. Leppin, 88, of Weimar, well known former building contractor and farmer, were held Sunday, Feb. 1, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with the pastor, Rev. Ernest Dean, officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Leppin, a resident of Parkview Manor nursing home, died at 11:20 p.m. Friday, Jan 30, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, after two days’ illness.

He was a member of Weimar UCC where he had been a council member and president of the congregation. He was the general contractor on construction of the church building in 1965 and of the connecting fellowship hall ten years earlier. He was also a former member and council member of New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, and a former trustee of the New Bielau-Content School.

Born Dec. 10, 1898 at New Bielau, he was a son of Otto and Hulda (Koym) Leppin. During his long and successful career as a carpenter and contractor, he took an engineering short course at Texas A&M University.

He married Leona S. Hasse at New Bielau on Oct. t, 1922. She preceded him in death on July 20, 1984.

Survivors are two sons, Wilburn and Harold Leppin, both of Weimar; one daughter Doris Leppin Beken of Weimar; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Hertha Leppin Grunwald of Corpus Christi.

He was preceded in death in addition to his wife, by three brothers, Eric, Willie and Hilton Leppin and a grandson, Walt Beken.

Serving as pallbearers Scott Leppin, Todd Leppin, Hal Leppin, Joe Hromadka, Mark Kloesel, William Klingsporn, and Mack Janak, grandsons and grandsons-in-law

Weimar Mercury, February 5, 1987
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Leppin, Otto Carl

Funeral Services For Otto Leppin, 84, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Otto Carl Leppin, 84, an almost lifelong resident of the New Bielau community, were held Sunday afternoon, July 20, at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing at New Bielau Trinity Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Paul Piepenbrok of Washington, Texas, Pastor at New Bielau and Weimar many years ago, officiated.

Mr. Leppin who had enjoyed good health until the past few weeks, died of a heart attack during his mid-day nap Friday.

Born near Brenham, Sept. 29, 1873, he moved to the New Bielau community with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Leppin, when he was 4 years old. His parents gave the land when the New Bielau church was established. Mr. Leppin married Miss Hulda Augusta Koym on June 16, 1898 and they settled on their present place just a few miles from his parents home.

One of New Bielau's early community leaders and most progressive farmers, he also served as county AAA chairman for 12 years. He was a member of New Bielau Trinity Church and the Hermann Sons.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Oscar, Eric and Hilton of New Bielau; one daughter, Mrs. Hedda Grunwald of Corpus Christi; ## grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. One son, Willie died several years ago. Three of his grandsons are in military service; Marvin Leppin in the Pacific area; Wilton Leppin in Europe; and Earl Leppin who was home on leave when his grandfather died.

Six grandsons served as pallbearers: Wilburn, Harold and Earl Leppin, Clifton and Howard Grunwald and Walton Beken.

Weimar Mercury, July 25, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Leppin, Rita (Schenk)

Funeral For Rita Leppin Held Feb. 7

Funeral services for Rita Leppin, 85, of Weimar were held Saturday, Feb. 7, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Mrs. Leppin, a retired bookkeeper, died Thursday, Feb. 5, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Born Sept. 29, 1901, in New York, she was the daughter of Frank and Josephine Schenk. She was married in Weimar to Willie Leppin on Jan. 12, 1927. She was a member of the Dorcas Circle of Weimar United Church of Christ.

Mrs. Leppin's husband died in 1953. She is survived by nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Preceding her in death were two foster brothers, Charlie and Frank Schenk.

Serving as pallbearers were Wilburn Leppin, Marvin Leppin, Earl Leppin, Wilton Leppin, Clifton Grunewald, Howard Grunewald, Kervy Kahlden and Hal Leppin.

Weimar Mercury, February 12, 1987
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

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Weimar Mercury, April 5, 1918, page 4

Leppin, Unnamed boy


We are indeed sorry to report the death of the little baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Leppin Saturday. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the New Bielau Lutheran Cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok preaching a touching burial service. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in their sad loss.

Weimar Mercury, July 6, 1928, page 8

Leppin, Wilburn O.

Wilburn Leppin funeral Services Held March 27

Wilburn O. Leppin, 79, of Weimar, died March 25 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, March 27 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. John Bily officiating.

Readings were read by Jill Kloesel, Shelby Leppin and Sydney Leppin. The eulogy was given by Amber Leppin.

Offertory gifts were presented by Chance Branecky, Clay Branecky and Spencer Leppin. “Angel of God” was sung by Amber and Spencer Leppin.

Interment followed at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Wilburn, son of Oscar and Leona (Hasse) Leppin, was born in Weimar on May 22, 1924.

He was a graduate of Weimar High School.

He married Joyce Lidiak Leppin on April 23, 1951.

He was a local dairy farmer and building contractor. He was a member of the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and Farm Bureau.

Mr. Leppin is survived by his wife, Joyce Leppin of Weimar; three daughters, Shannon Kloesel and husband Mark of Weimar, Lana Hromadka and husband Joe of Weimar, and Laurie Branecky and husband Edward of Flatonia; two sons, Scott Leppin and wife Penny of Austin, and Todd Leppin and wife, Darla of Weimar.

He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Rex Kloesel, Jill Kloesel, Jay Hromadka, Mike Hromadka, Chance Branecky, Clay Branecky, Sydney Leppin, Shelby Leppin, Amber Leppin and Spencer Leppin.

Survivors also include one sister, Doris Beken; and one brother Harold Leppin.

Pallbearers were Mark Kloesel, Joe Hromadka, Edward Branecky, Rex Kloesel, Jay Hromadka and Mike Hromadka.

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Engels, Friendly Wicks, Chance Branecky, Clay Branecky and Spencer Leppin.

The Weimar Mercury, April 1, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Leppin, Willie J.

Heart Attack Fatal To Willie Leppin, 47; Rites Wednesday

Willie Leppin, 47, was found dead at his home in Houston Monday morning, April 20, at 8:30 o'clock, victim of a heart attack.

Funeral services for Mr. Leppin, who had lived most of his life in this vicinity, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Wednesday afternoon with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Burial was in the New Bielau Cemetery.

He had had one earlier attack, last January, but otherwise was in good health,

Mr. Leppin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Leppin of New Bielau, had lived in Houston since 1939 and for the past eight years had been employed at the Lone Star Creamery. Prior to that he had lived at New Bielau, Weimar and Columbus. He was born at New Bielau December 13, 1905, and baptized in the Lutheran church. He was married to Miss Rita Schenk in Weimar January 12, 1927.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mrs. Rita Leppin of Houston, are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Leppin of New Bielau; one sister, Mrs. H. A. Grunwald of Corpus Christi; and three brothers, Eric, Hilton and Oscar Leppin, all of New Bielau.

Nephews of Mr. Leppin served as pallbearers. The list included Earl Leppin. Marvin Leppin, Milton[Wilton] Leppin, Wilburn Leppin, Clifton Grunwald and Walton Beken. Willie Breithaupt substituted for Clifton Grunwald, who is serving with the armed forces in Korea.

Weimar Mercury, April 24, 1953, page 1
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