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Lichey, Carl/Chas

New Bielau News

Chas Lichey, Sr., an old resident of this locality died here very suddenly last Wednesday after several weeks’ suffering of paralysis. He is survived by a widow, four sons and three daughters. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved. [Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 30. 1912, page 7

Lichey, Carl Frederich ‘August’

Honored, Good Citizen Suddenly Claimed by Death

Funeral services Thursday Afternoon
In our last issue there was a brief item stating that Mr. August Lichey, prominent and popular farmer of the New Bielau community, had died very suddenly of paralysis, at noon Wednesday. At that time we were able to glean but few particulars. Mr. Lichey’s funeral took place at the New Bielau Cemetery Thursday afternoon and was attended by a large crowd of mourning relatives and friends, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, officiating in a touching burial service.

From particulars learned later, it seem that Mr. Lichey, assisted by Mr. Otto Christen, a neighbor, were engaged in butchering a hog at the Lichey home. A call to dinner caused them to stop their work, and Mr. Lichey was in the act of reaching for his hat when the stroke felled him cold in death. The shock of family, relatives and friends over the sudden death of this truly good man is beyond description. The body was conveyed to the family residence near by and tenderly prepared for burial.

W. A. Lichey had lived in this section for many years. He was without doubt one of the most popular and best citizens ever possessed by the New Bielau community. A man of quiet temperament, he was never known to have an enemy; a quiet, good citizen, one who never meddled in other people’s affairs, but who had a cheery greeting, a word of counsel or good advice to those in need of same; a man devoted to his family and friends, ever proving the best of neighbors and friends, his loss to the family and community is keenly felt, and coming so close on the heels of the death of another good citizen of that community, a near neighbor of the Licheys, it has saddened all.

Mr. Lichey is survived by his widow and eight children, as follows: Ernst, of Weimar; Rudolf, of Moravia; Robert, of New Bielau; Mrs. Ed Teichmann of Hackberry, Mrs. Henry Menke of Baytown, Misses Elsa, Helen and Erna, of New Bielau; four sisters, Mrs. H. Leppin and Mrs. H. Feidler, this city; Miss Carolina Lichey, New Bielau, and Mrs. Robert Braunlig of Germany, and two brothers, Paul Lichey, of this city,and Herman Lichey, living in Germany.

To the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, November 26, 1926, page 1

Lichey, Charline (Leyendecker) Simpson


Charline Leyendecker Simpson Lichey, 89, of Glidden, passed away July 18 at Columbus Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born in Columbus, Nov. 24, 1914 to Arthur "Manny" and Annie (Brune) Leyendecker. She was a member of First United Methodist church in Columbus, Colorado County Chapter of Texas German Society and the Sons of Hermann Lodge in New Bielau. She did clerical work for Columbus Auction Ring and was a florist for Columbus Flower Shop until she retired.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Fred "Suitcase" Simpson and Robert Lichey; sister, Aline Leyendecker; brother, Jack F. Leyendecker; and great-grandson, Bubba Risinger.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James "Jimmy" A. and LaVon Simpson of Columbus; daughter, Ruby Simpson Beard of Columbus; granddaughters, Lisa Esquivel and Pennie Brown and husband William; great-grandchildren, Koldin and Jerrette Brown, Whitney Risinger and Victoria Esquivel; step-grandchildren, Mary Toliver Wood and Connie, Floyd and Virginia Toliver; sisters and brothers-in-law, Florence Zajicek, Nona Etheridge Schmidt, Emma and Nottie Schneider, Annie and Fred Franta and Betty Sens, all of Columbus; brothers and sisters-in-law, Manley and Sophie Leyendecker and Crockett and Dorothy Leyendecker all of Columbus; and sisters-in-law, Erna Dunn of Weimar, Gladys Leyendecker of Columbus and Ozell Lillard of Tomball.

Funeral services were conducted July 20 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Robert "Bobby" Zajicek, David Leyendecker, Henry Schneider, John Gooch, Larry Sebesta and Steve Wicke.

Colorado County Citizen, July 21, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen


Lichey, Elroy Clarence

Pfc. Elroy Lichey Killed in Korea

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lichey of New Bielau received a telegram Wednesday night informing them that their son, Pfc . Elroy Lichey, was killed in action in Korea last Saturday, February 7.

No further details were given, but a letter was expected to follow within a few days.

The Licheys’ only son, Elroy had been in the service about a year and in Korea about three months. His parents had visited him during his training in California.

His death marks Weimar’s second fatality in the Korean war. Lt. L. V. Steward, colored, of this city was killed in action December 30, 1952.

Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1953

Battle Victim

PFC. ELROY CLARENCE LICHEY’S last letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lichey, here was received by them just the day before his death and told proudly of his promotion from private. The parents received a telegram last Wednesday night informing them of his death February 7 in Korea. A letter received this week from Maj. Gen. Wm. E. Bergin, adjutant general of the Army, said he “died as result of wounds received in action.” Geo.[sic] Bergin said more details would be supplied in a letter from Pfc. Lichey’s company commander or chaplain, which should follow shortly. The soldier was born in Goose Creek, Texas, Dec 21, 1929, but had lived here most of his life. He enlisted in the Army March 24, 1952, sailed for Japan October 2, and arrived in Korea Nov. 12. He moved into the combat zone Dec. 28 and to the front lines January 29.

Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1953

Rites Held Today for Pfc. E. Lichey

Weimar today is burying its second dead of the Korean War.

Private First Class Elroy Clarence Lichey will be buried in the Masonic Cemetery after services at Hubbard Funeral Home at 2:30 this (Thursday) afternoon.

Rev. C. Emigholz will officiate. Members of the American Legion and VFW posts will conduct military rites. Weimar stores will close in tribute during the funeral hour.

Pfc. Lichey had been in military service less than a year and in Korea about three months when he was hit by artillery fire February 7. He died shortly afterward in a field hospital.

Born Dec. 21, 1929, at Goose Creek, Texas, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lichey. While he was very young the family moved to the New Bielau section, where Elroy grew to manhood. He enlisted in the Army March 24, 1952, was shipped out to Japan October 3, and arrived in Korea November 12. He moved into the combat zone December 28 and to the front lines January 29, only nine days before his death. His family received the sad news by wire four days later.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Mrs. Henry (Irene) Banse, and his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Lichey.

Weimar Mercury, April 3, 1953
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Lichey, Ernest C.

Ernest Lichey Dies Suddenly; Buried Saturday

Ernest Lichey, 70-year-old New Bielau farmer, died at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 26, in Hermann Hospital where he had undergone back surgery five days earlier.

His death was said to have been caused by a blood clot that formed in his leg and moved to his heart or another vital area.

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Saturday afternoon, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. officiated.

Born Feb. 11, 1899, at New Bielau, he was the son of August and Mary Dahse Lichey. He was baptized and confirmed in the New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church where he was a lay leader at the time of his death and a former board member. He was secretary and treasurer of the New Bielau Cemetery organization.

He married Miss Erna Schroeder on Sept. 9, 1925, at her parent’s home in New Bielau.

His wife survives, along with a daughter, Mrs. Henry (Irene) Banse, and two grandchildren, Joyce and Karen Banse of Rosenberg; one brother, Robert Lichey of Glidden; and four sisters, Mrs. Henry (Zelina) Menke and Mrs. Oliver (Helen) Wegenhoft of Columbus, Mrs. Joe (Elsie) Pavlik and Mrs. Erna (Raymond) Dunn of Weimar.

He was preceded in death by a son, Elroy, killed in the Korean war Feb. 7, 1953, a brother, Rudolph, and a sister Mrs. Bertha Teichmann.

Pallbearers were Franklin Teichmann, Robert Dunn, Roy Menke, Chester Schroeder, Wilbert Koehn, and Elton Krebs.

Weimar Mercury, July 3, 1969, page 4

Lichey, Fritz

Final Rites for Fritz Lichey Held Saturday

Funeral services for Fritz Lichey, 82, who was found dead at his home Thursday, June 25, were held Saturday at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in New Bielau cemetery.

Mr. Lichey, a widower, lived alone so the exact time of his death was not known. He apparently died of a heart attack.

Born in November 1887 at New Bielau, he was a lifelong resident of this community. For many years he was a service station attendant here. He married Mrs. Norma Thuman on June 18, 1940, and she preceded him in death a number of years ago.
Mr. Lichey is survived by one sister, Mrs. August Winkler of Rosenberg, and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Herman Schobel, Lester Lipperdt, Lester Johnson, Oscar Koehn, Emil Poppe, and Ludwig Kubenka.

Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1970

Lichey, Marie Christina (Dahse)

Final Rites for Mrs. Lichey, 87, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Christina Lichey, 87,of New Bielau were held Saturday afternoon, April 9, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Rev. Frank Horak officiated.

Mrs. Lichey died Thursday, April 7, at Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg, after a lengthy illness.

Except for the past three years, when she lived at the rest home she was a lifelong resident of New Bielau.

Born there July 4, 1878, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Dahse. She was married to August Lichey on Jan. 18, 1898, and they settled on a farm in that community. Mr. Lichey died Nov. 18, 1926.

Seven of her eight children survive her, a son Rudolph Lichey, having died three years ago. The survivors are two sons, Robert of Glidden and Ernest of New Bielau; five daughters, Mrs. Henry (Selma) Menke of Cat Spring; Mrs. Eddie (Hertha) Teichmann of Schulenburg; Mrs. Oliver (Helen) Wegenhoft of Columbus; Mrs. Joe L. (Elsie) Pavlik and Mrs. A. R. (Erna) Dunn, both of Weimar; 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

A sister, Mrs. Ida Emken, a brother William Dahse, and a stepbrother, August Dahse, also survive.

Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Gene and Roy Menke, Travis and Kenneth Wegenhoft, Franklin Teichmann, and Robert Wayne Dunn.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1966, page 1

Lichey, Mary Anna (Lorfing)


Mary Lichey, 88, of 218 Jones Street, Columbus died November 1 at Colorado Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.  She was born May 28, 1902 at Hackberry, Texas.  she married Rudolph Lichey on November 14, 1922 and she had been a housewife.  Mary was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid and Senior Circle.  Services were held Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.  Pastor Robert Schlortt officiated.  Survivors include daughters, Lillian Knebel of Weimar; Evely Rau of Columbus; and Una Mae Gertson of Eagle Lake; sisters, Olga Lorfing of Driscoll, Texas; and Leona Hahnke of Schulenburg; brother, Jake Lorfing of Channelview and eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Dennis Knebel, Jim Knebel, David Little, Darrell Rau, Ron Shifflett, Jim Gertson, Mike Gertson and J. P. Krenek.  She was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph, one brother, two sisters, and one grandson, Harvey Knebel.

Colorado County Citizen, November 7, 1990
Submitted by David Hahn

Lichey, Norma (Schmand) Thumann

Stroke Fatal to Mrs. Fritz Lichey Funeral Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Fritz Lichey, 67, were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 12, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church, New Bielau, with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Charles Bawel officiated.

Mrs. Lichey, who had suffered a stroke 20 days earlier, died early Sunday in Youens Hospital.

The former Miss Norma Schmand, she was born July 24, 1892, in Houston. She was married in 1918 to Fritz Thumann, who died in 1932, and in 1940 she was married to Mr. Lichey. She was a member of the new Bielau church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a sister, Mrs. Leona Chromcak of Hallettsville; and a step-daughter, Mrs. Harvey Lee of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Loessin, George Glauberg, Bill Jurecka, Ray Seifert, John Hajovsky and Randy Kotrla.

Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1959

Lichey, Paul

Funeral Rites For Paul Lichey, 65, Held Friday P.M.

Funeral services for Paul Lichey, 65, were held Friday afternoon at the Hubbard Funeral Home here, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, Lutheran Minister, officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Ernest Lichey, Rudolph Lichey, Robert Lichey, Edward Tiechman, Henry Menke and Raymond Dunn.

Paul Lichey was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. (nee Christina Blaufuss) Lichey, and was born July 13, 1880, at Schabergrund, Silesia, Germany. He died at the home of his sister, Mrs. H. W. Loping in Weimar on Thursday of last week at 9:45 a.m. He had attained the age of 65 years, 8 months and one day.

Mr. Lichey came to America in November 1921, and engaged in the meat business, a trade he had learned scientifically in Germany, and was regarded here as a No. 1 hand at the business. His business grew with years and when death overtook him, he owned his own building and a well-equipped meat market, and several acres of land adjoining the city limits. He started learning the butchers trade at the age of 14 in Germany.

Last November?, Mr. Lichey sustained …. down a flight of stairs, receiving injuries that sent him to the hospital for several weeks, and since that time his health failed. He was a hard worker and disregarded his physical condition in order to accomplish the tasks at hand. This disregard probably brought about a complete breakdown and hastened death.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. H. W. Leppin and Mrs. Arthur Fielder of Weimar. One brother, Herman still in Germany, has not been heard from for some time, and it is not known whether or not he is still alive. Two sisters, Carolin Lichey and Mrs. Martha Breinlich, preceded him in death. Also, one brother, August Lichey, died some time ago.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Those from out-of-town to attend the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Frischbeck of Moulton, W. T. Bass of Schulenburg, Mrs. Oliver Wegenhoft of Columbus, Rudolf Lichey and family of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Lichey of Shiner and Mrs. A. G. Lichey of Shiner.

The Weimar Mercury, March 22, 1946
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Lichey, Rudolph Willie Albert

Rudolph Lichey, 62, Heart Attack Victim Buried

Funeral services for Rudolph W. Lichey, 62, of Columbus, who died of a heart attack while on his job as car inspector for Southern Pacific Railroad in Eagle Lake about 12:15 a.m. Saturday, were held Sunday afternoon in Columbus.

Rev. H. L. Anderson of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Columbus, officiated in the services at Untermeyer Funeral Home and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Lichey, a former New Bielau resident, had been with Southern Pacific 21 years. Born March 28, 1901, at New Bielau, he was a son of August and Mary Dahse Lichey. He married Miss Mary Lorfing at Schulenburg on Nov. 14, 1922, and they lived at New Bielau until moving to Columbus about 20 years ago. He was a member of St. Paul's Church and the Herman Sons Lodge.

Surviving in addition to his widow are his mother, Mrs. Mary Lichey of Schulenburg (Hackberry); three daughters, Mrs Edwin (Lillian) Knebel of Weimar, Mrs. Dave (Evelyn) Rau of Columbus and Mrs. James (Una Mae) Gertson of Eagle Lake; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Ernest Lichey of Weimar and Robert Lichey of Glidden; and five sisters, Mrs. Henry (Selma) Menke of Cat Spring; Mrs. Ed (Hertha) Teichmann of Schulenburg, Mrs Oliver (Helen) Wegenhoft of Columbus, and Mrs. Joe (Elsie) Pavlik and Mrs Raymond (Erna) Dunn of Weimar.

Pallbearers were John Holland, Bill Zajicek, Roy Menke, Leon Stolle, Louis Hohensee, Columbus; and Howard Besch, Lee Tucker and J. T. Johnson, Glidden.

Weimar Mercury, July 4, 1963
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