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Raabe, Adolf “Pat” R.

Adolf Raabe Services Held March 1

Adolf "Pat" R. Raabe, 86, of Weimar, died on Feb. 28 at Warm Springs in Luling.

He was born on July 21, 1921, in Colorado County to Emil Raabe Sr. and Ida (Sicko) Raabe.

He worked as a farmer and also at M-G.

He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Bielau.

A funeral service was held at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar on March 1, with Rev. Jon Siemsglusz officiating.

Interment followed in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Bobby Wick, Melvin Otto, Terry Raabe, Charles Herzik, Marvin Hrcek and Jim Dodson.

He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Adela Koehn; and six brothers, Ervin Raabe, Emil Raabe, Clarence Raabe, Alfred Raabe, Elo Raabe and Edgar Raabe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Weimar Mercury, March 6, 2008, page 2A

Raabe, Adolph Robert

Adolph Raabe Buried Here Last Sat.

Friends were saddened to learn of the death of Adolph Robert Raabe on Thursday, April 10 at 7:55 p.m. in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. He had been in failing health for a year but spent only a week in the hospital before his death.

Funeral services were held from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Chapel in Eagle Lake Saturday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery. Clifford T. Wiese officiated at the inspirational service. Mrs. Clara Mae Nash played favorite hymns, selected by the family, on the organ.

Pallbearers were Roger Birdwell, Victor Scott, Walter Corliss, Louis Semora and Bill Stiles, Jr. of Eagle Lake and Howard Raabe of Weimar.

Mr. Raabe was born September 10, 1903 in Weimar. His parents were Mary and Henry Raabe. He spent all of his married life in Eagle Lake. On Decemeber 28, 1932, he and Miss Ophelia Tipp were united in marriage.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Harold Raabe and James Raabe of Eagle Lake; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Harold (Billie Jo) Raabe and three grandchildren.

Mr. Raabe was a member of Colly Memorial United Methodist Church.

His death came on the day of his older son, Harold’s birthday anniversary.

Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 1975
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Alfred Robert

A. Raabe Funeral Held April 10

Funeral services for Alfred Robert “Dude” Raabe, 89, were held on April 10 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Father John Peters officiating. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery.

Raabe lived in this area until he entered River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus in 1980. He died there on April 9.

He was born to Emil Sr. and Freida (Westphal) Raabe on May 11, 1903, in Weimar.

He married Theresia Haas in 1932 in Weimar. She preceded him in death in 1967.

A farmer, he had attended Live Oak School.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Josephine and Eddy Peters of Weimar; a son and daughter-in-law, Elo and Dorothy Raabe of Houston; two brothers, Adolf Raabe and Clarence Raabe, both of Weimar; five grandchildren, Sonja Stephens of Sugar Land, Sandra Anders of Katy, Harold Long of Weimar, Leo Peters of Weimar, and Judy K. Raabe of Kingwood; and seven great-grandchildren, Garrett and Ashley Stephens of Sugar Land, Christie and Tiffany Anders of Katy, and Jessica, Jason and Jeffery Long of Weimar.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his wife, were son, Everett Raabe; grandson, Darrell Long; great-grandson Jeremy Long; four brothers, Elo, Emil, Edgar and Erwin Raabe; and a sister, Adela (Sissie) Koehn.

Pallbearers were Milton Mika, Allen Anders, Bobbie Hilgen, Marvin Otto, David Raabe and Melvin Otto.

The Weimar Mercury, April 15, 1993
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Anna (Kuhn)


Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Raabe, 78, a life-time resident of this section and a past 30-year resident of Weimar, whose death occurred at her home here early Thursday morning, were held at St. Michael’s church here Friday morning with Msgr. Joseph Szynianski[sic], assisted by the Rev. Louis Blinka, officiating.

She was a native of this area and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kuhn, pioneer couple. She later married, Julius Raabe, who died 18 years ago. Living alone at her home, Mrs. Raabe’s chief interest was in the cultivation of white Easter lilies and in the Spring of this year, had 2,000 in bloom at one time. One pet plant had 42 blossoms. Her flowers attracted to Weimar many out-of-town visitors.

Survivors are a brother and an adopted son. Interment was in the St. Michael’s Cemetery here.

The Mercury publisher extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, December 29, 1939


Raabe, Antonia (Chamrad) Herzik

Funeral for Mrs. Raabe January 18

Funeral services for Mrs. Antonia Herzik Raabe, 72, of Weimar were held Wednesday, January 18, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Father Charles Carolan officiating.

Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Edward Charles Herzik, Steven James Herzik, David Herzik, John G. Glowka, Gregory Glowka, and Michael Glowka.

Mrs. Herzik died Monday, January 16, in Youens Memorial Hospital, of a heart attack.

Born February 28, 1911, at Thurber, Texas, she was a daughter of Roman and Margaret (Fojtik) Chamrad. She was married on November 12, 1929, at Weimar to Alfonse Herzik, who died on April 14, 1943. She was married to Erwin Raabe here on November 6, 1950.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church, the KJZT, and the Christian Mothers.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Alfonse John Herzik of San Antonio and Charles Herzik and Terry Erwin Raabe of Weimar; one daughter, Antonia Glowka of San Antonio; eleven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren; one brother, Frank Chamrad of San Antonio; and six sisters, Lillie Flores, Frances Horton and Agnes Krueger, all of San Antonio, Margaret Bittner of New Braunfels, Annie Tucker of Columbus and Mary Herzik of Austin.

A daughter, Shirley Ann Raabe, and a brother, Joe Chamrad, preceded her in death.

The Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1984
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Raabe, August

Death of An Old-Time, Respected Settler

The funeral of Mr. August Raabe, one of the oldest and most respected settlers of this section, took place Tuesday afternoon at the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, this city, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, officiating.

Mr. Raabe was 84 years old at the time of his death, and had been in feeble health for a long time, hence his death was not unexpected, although nevertheless deeply regretted. His death occurred at the family home near Live Oak Monday.

Mr. Raabe was born Aug. 27, 1839, in Germany; came to this country in 1850, first settling on Ross Prairie in Fayette county. From there he moved to the vicinity of Weimar, where he lived up the time of his death. His wife preceded him in death a good many years ago. An only son survives, Mr. Emil Raabe. Another child—the couple was only blessed with two children—died in infancy.

Mr. Raabe was a remarkably well informed man, a deep reader and thinker, a man who was beloved and respected by all who knew him, a quiet, unostentatious gentleman, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1923
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders
[Submitter’s note: His wife, Celestine (Heller) Raabe, died August 15, 1880 about six weeks after the birth of the couple’s second child. That infant, Celestine Julia Raabe, died shortly thereafter on Nov. 21, 1880. Both are buried in the Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery in Dubina. Mrs. Raabe’s parents (Francios Placide Heller and Maria Magdelena Crommer) were both buried next to her in 1882. No obituaries have been located at this point.]

Raabe, Bennie Adolph

Stroke Fatal to Bennie Raabe, 34; Rites Sunday

Bennie Raabe, 34, died of a brain hemorrhage at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, while he and his brothers were working at the family farm south of Weimar.

Howard and David Raabe, brothers, Mrs. David Raabe and a helper, Alvin Cernoch, were with him at the time. They said it seemed death was instantaneous. He had been in bad health for several years.

It was the second death in the Wm. Raabe family in less than two months. Mrs. Leona Raabe Beck, Bennie’s sister, died June 5.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, July 31, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Frank Horak officiating. Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Bennie Adolf Raabe was born August 14, 1931, near Weimar, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Raabe. After graduation from Weimar High School in 1950 he served four years in the Navy, then worked in Alaska for Haliburton Oil Co. awhile before returning to Weimar, where he did farm work insofar as failing health would permit. The family had moved into Weimar a few years ago but the sons had continued to operate the farm.

During his Navy time Mr. Raabe was on an aircraft carrier for 6 months. He had the China Defense Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Surviving him in addition to his parents are six brothers, Edwin of San Antonio, Willie of Anaheim, California, Howard and Eugene of Weimar, David of Kansas City, Mo., Paul of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Gilbert (Faye) Stech of Weimar, Mrs. James (Aline) Caraway of San Antonio, and Miss Esther Raabe of El Paso; his grandmother, Mrs. August Tipp of Eagle Lake; five nieces and five nephews.

Pallbearers were Adolf Raabe, Marvin Otto, Glen Hoegemeyer, Leon Hattermann, Charles T. Trefny, and Kervy Kahlden.

The Weimar Mercury, August 4, 1966
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Clarence O.

Services Held for Raabe Dec. 14

Funeral services for Clarence O. Raabe, 72, were held Dec. 14 at the Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. Skip Sirnic officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

He died on Dec. 12 at the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.
Mr. Raabe was born on Nov. 17, 1922 to Ida (Sicko) and Emil Raabe, Sr. in Weimar.

He served in World War II and was decorated with a purple heart. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a farmer and rancher.

He is survived by a brother, Adolf Pat Raabe.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Adela Raabe Koehn and five brothers, Emil, Alfred, Erwin, Elo, and Edgar.

Pallbearers were Alan Koehn, Dale Koehn, Howard Raabe, Melvin Otto, Terry Raabe and Charles Herzik.

The Weimar Mercury January 12, 1995
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Raabe, Clemens Emanuel

Funeral Services ForClemens Raabe, 82, Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Clemens Raabe, 82-year-old retired farmer, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Sunday afternoon, with the Rev. George Fuchs officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Raabe, who had never married, was born March 26, 1879, in the rural area south of Weimar and spent his entire life here until the last few months, when he moved into Colonial Rest Home at Schulenburg. He died there Friday, Jan. 26.

Survivors are one brother, William Raabe, and one sister, Mrs. Alfred Glancy, both of Weimar.

The Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1962.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Clementina (Heller)

Death of a Truly Good Lady.

Mrs. Clementina Raabe, widow of the late Mr. Robert Raabe, a respected lady living about four miles southeast of this city, died at the family home Sunday afternoon, after a comparatively brief illness, aged 74 years. The funeral took place at the Masonic Cemetery in this city Monday afternoon, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, officiating.

Mrs. Raabe was one of the kindest hearted, best women we ever knew. She was a devoted wife and mother, kind and considerate to all, the best of friends and neighbors, possessing the friendship and esteem of all who knew her, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all.

She leaves several children, all grown, to mourn her untimely death, besides a large circle of relatives and friends. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

The Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1924
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Edna

Edna Raabe

If, by chance, you attended the funeral of Edna Raabe on Wednesday, Feb. 14, you noticed two extra motorcycle patrolmen leading the procession from Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. J.R. Westerfield officiating.

Two of the City of Bellaire's finest had braved the bitter cold to ride their motorcycles to attend Edna's funeral!

Interment followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Edna has worked for the City of Bellaire Police and Municipal court for 34 years, retiring in the year 2000.

Edna was born on Aug. 21, 1937, on a farm in Weimar. Her parents were Emil and Lenora (Hattermann) Raabe.

After graduation from Weimar High School in 1958, Edna worked for a real estate agent in Houston. Then she returned to Weimar to work as a waitress.

She then returned to Houston and worked for an insurance company for five years before joining the Bellaire Municipal Court.

Edna loved the farm, and she and her sister would come home almost every weekend to help with the chores. She loved to keep the fence lines clean and spent many an hour working on them. She also cleaned some of the neighbor's fences if she had time!

Edna had a passion for country music with George Strait being her favorite. She and her sister, Hilda, saw many country stars at the county fairs staying after the shows to get the stars' autographs.

Edna and her sister Linda and friends traveled on many bus tours to places all over the United States.

After four years of illness and one year - three months in Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Edna lost her battle with congestive heart failure on Feb. 12.

Edna is survived by three sisters, Hilda, Lillie Mae, and Linda Lou Raabe all of Weimar; and by two uncles, Adolf Raabe, and Lester Koehn all of Weimar; and numerous wonderful cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Lenora Raabe.

Pallbearers were Charles T. Hadash, Clarence M. Hadash, Glenn Grohmann, Alan Koehn, Leon Hattermann and E. "Bud" Bradshaw.

Memorial contributions may be made to the organization or charity of your choice.

Weimar Mercury, February 22, 2007, page 2

Raabe, Edwin August

Edwin Raabe Funeral Services Held Jan. 6

Edwin August Raabe of San Antonio went to be with our Lord on Jan. 3.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 6, at Zizik-Kearns-Riebe-Saunders Chapel in San Antonio with Pastor Tom Robison of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating.

Interment followed in the Herman Sons Cemetery.

Edwin Raabe was the eldest of 11 children born to Louise and William Raabe on Aug. 21, 1923 in Weimar.

He graduated from Weimar High School and then served 40 months in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He later earned his degree as a research chemist and was employed by Pearl Brewing Company in this capacity for 27 years.

Prior to this he was employed by Alamo Iron Works for 11 years where he met and married his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Kahlan Raabe.

During his 38 years of employment he didn’t miss a day of work.

He spent his leisure time during his working years caring for bees and provided his friends and relatives with honey for many years.

His first years of retirement were spent researching the Heller family.

His research at the LDS Library in San Antonio, other libraries and courthouses provided much of the information about the Heller family before and after they arrived in Texas.

This research ultimately ended up in a book written by Patricia A. Kuentz, titled “The Heller Family of Fayette County, Texas.”

He also researched the Raabe and Kahlan ancestors and continued this work until the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; three brothers and their spouses, Howard and Molly Raabe of Weimar, David and Margaret Raabe of Weimar, and Paul Raabe of Victoria; three sisters, Aline Caraway of Weimar, Faye and Gilbert Stech of Weimar, and Esther and Jams Harrison of May; sister-in-law, Ellen Raabe of Coppel and fourteen nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Leona Beck; brothers, William, Bennie, and Eugene.

Pallbearers were nieces, Sherise Davis and Sharon Jochen; nephews, James Caraway and Clyde Stech; Eddie Zuniga and Melvin Otto.

Weimar Mercury, January 13, 2005
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Elo

Young Elo Raabe Is Claimed By Death

Correspondents of our paper tell in their items this week of the serious condition of young Elo Raabe, suffering with a case of blood poisoning as a result of a diseased tooth. We regret to state that this fine young man succumbed to said trouble and passed away Tuesday.

The funeral took place Wednesday at the Weimar Cemetery.

We are hopeful our Oak Grove correspondent will furnish us with particulars of his death in next week’s items.

Our heartfelt condolence goes out to his bereaved parents.

The Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1933
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Oak Grove Items of Interest – In Memory of Elo Raabe

It is with sorrowing hearts the loved ones and friends have been called to mourn the death of a beloved one, brother and friend, Elo Raabe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Raabe of the Live Oak section. On Tuesday morning at 9:30, June 20, after suffering untold agonies for several days, caused by an infected gum surrounding a tooth, he gave up the battle and passed unto his reward. When the Angel of Death came to claim this loved one, a sorrow which Time alone can erase was cast over that home. In the hearts of those left behind there is a place—oh, so sacred—just for son and brother, one that will be hard to fill. But God in His wisdom saw fit to call home that which He gave. With his loved ones around him and seemingly conscious to the very last that he was bidding the last farewell on earth, he answered the call and passed over the dark river to the Great Beyond. Elo was a young man that had never formed any bad habits, was a general favorite amongst his family and friends, was universally loved by all who knew him, was so good and kind, showing no partiality to any one person but treated all alike, and his every thought was to make those about him happy. A more dutiful son or brother could be found nowhere. He was always ready and willing to do anything asked with a smile. Sometimes it probably was not just as he would have had it, but he never said a word—went on and did it. He will not only be missed by the family, but by everyone, as he was a welcome addition to every gathering. All of his life was spent here having lost his mother when only 3 years old, and he was a petted and loved son and brother. He was 2 1 years old last September. The body was tenderly prepared for burial and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ [Masonic] Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3:30, Rev. Meyer of the Evangelical Church officiating. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of people, showing the popularity of this fine young man. The pall bearers were Henry Beken, Jr., Willie Kainer, Adolf Otto, -- Dolezal, Leo Hoegemeyer and Adolf Kuehn. He is survived by his father, Mr. Emil Raabe, three brothers, Emil, Jr., Aflred and Edgar, three half brothers, and one half sister, Adelia, and a stepmother. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones so suddenly bereft of a loved son and brother. May God be merciful to them in their deep distress.

The Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1933
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Emil C. Jr.

Funeral for Emil Raabe Here Friday

Funeral services for Emil Raabe Jr., 76, of R. 4, Weimar, were held Friday, September 1, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Luther Oelke officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Raabe, a farmer and lifelong resident of this area, died at 6:45 a.m. Thursday at Parkview Manor. He had been in failing health for about five years.

He was born here October 20, 1901, a son of Emil and Frieda (Westfal) Raabe. He married Lenora Hattermann at Columbus on November 18, 1931.

She survives, along with four daughters, Miss Hilda Raabe of Weimar and Misses Edna, Lillie Mae and Linda Lou Raabe, all of Bellaire; two brothers, Alfred Raabe of Weimar and Edgar Raabe of Rosebud; two step-brothers, Erwin, Adolf and Clarence Raabe, all of Weimar; and a step sister, Mrs. Lester Koehn of Weimar. One brother, Elo, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were John Emmel, Leon Hattermann, Clarence Hadash, Charles Herzik, Harold Long Jr., and Harry "Butch" Raabe.

Weimar Mercury, September 7, 1978
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Raabe, Emil Robert Sr.

Final Rites for Emil Raabe Sr., 80, Held Monday

Funeral services for Emil Raabe, Sr., 80-year-old-retired farmer and lifelong Weimar area resident, were held Monday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Charles Bawel officiating. Interment was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Raabe died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday after 5 years’ illness. He had been confined to his bed the past year.

Born Sept. 29, 1878, near Weimar, the son of Mr. and Mrs. August Raabe, he married Miss Frieda Westphal in March 1901. She died in 1916. They had four sons, one of whom, Elo, died in 1933 at about the age of 21; the others are Emil Jr. and Alfred of Weimar and Edgar of Lott. On June 12, 1918, Mr. Raabe married Miss Ida Sicko, and three sons and a daughter were born to this union: Erwin, Adolf and Clarence Raabe and Mrs. Lester (Adela) Koehn, all of whom live here. Surviving also, in addition to his wife, are 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lester Foster, Fred Hoegemeyer, Alfred Glancy, Chas. F. Kalous, Oscar Sicko and John Sicko.

Weimar Mercury, August 21, 1959
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Erwin Rudolph

Erwin Raabe Funeral Held Here July 3

Erwin Raabe, 66, of Rt. 3, Weimar, longtime employee of M-G Farm Service Center, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at his home, after a year of illness with cancer.

Funeral services were held July 3 from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery. Father Patrick O’Callaghan officiated.

Raabe was born here May 29, 1919, a son of Emil Sr. and Ida (Sicko) Raabe. He married Antonia Chamrad Herzik here on Oct. 31, 1950. She died Jan. 16, 1984. Also preceding him in death were a daughter, Shirley, and three brothers, Elo, Emil and Ted Raabe.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law Terry and Brandi Raabe of Weimar, sons Charles E. Herzik of Weimar and Alphone Herzik of San Antonio and a daughter Antonia Glowka of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; three brothers, Adolf (Pat) and Clarence Raabe of Weimar and Alfred Raabe of Columbus, and one sister, Adela (Sissy) Koehn of Weimar.

Serving as pallbearers were Melvin Otto, Bobby Wick, Allan Koehn, Marvin Hrcek, Ed Rabel, and Edgar Koehn. Honorary pallbearers were all M-G Farm Service Center employees.

The Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1985
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Eugene Florian

Eugene Raabe Funeral Held Here March 23

Funeral services for Eugene Florian Raabe, 45, of Weimar were held Wednesday, March 23, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Raabe, a lifetime Weimar resident, died Monday, March 21, in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, of cardiac arrest.

Born March 28, 1942, he was a son of William and Louise (Tipp) Raabe. He was a Weimar High School graduate and former member of the National Guard. He was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Louise Raabe of Weimar; five brothers, Edwin Raabe of San Antonio, William Raabe of Edna, Howard and David Raabe of Weimar, and Paul Raabe of Hallettsville; three sisters, Faye Stech and Aline Caraway of Weimar and Esther Harrison of Colorado; and numerous nephews and nieces. His father, a brother, Bennie, and a sister, Leona Beck, preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were James Caraway, Thomas Raabe, Wesley Raabe, Thomas Hadash, Glenn Davis and Michael Woodward.

The Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1988
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Evertt Emil

Live Oak News

Sad news was received here Friday morning when we learned of the death of the twenty-four-days-old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Raabe. Being here only a short time among this loved ones, he passed away early Friday morning at 5 o’clock, after a several days’ battle with pneumonia. Burial was in the St. Michael’s Cemetery in Weimar Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Raabe; a sister, Van Lee; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Haas and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Raabe, Sr.; and a large number of uncles and aunts. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to bereaved ones in the loss of their only son and grandson. His precious little soul joined the angels on the throne above.

“In Memory of Baby Darling”
The golden gates were opened wide
When our dear, loving son died.
The gentle voice of God said “come”.
And the angels welcomed our dear
Darling son to his heavenly home.
Baby darling has gone to live with Jesus.
And we feel that he is there.
And someday we hope to meet him
In the happy land so fair.
We are weeping, sadly weeping.
For our loved one far away.
We will miss you, yes, we miss you.
Never will your memory fade.
He is sleeping, gently sleeping,
In his new-made grave today.
Sweetest thoughts will ever linger
‘Round the grave where he was laid.
(Contibuted by a friend)

The Weimar Mercury, February 7, 1941
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Frank Frederick

Death of Frank Raabe

Frank Raabe, son of Mrs. Robt. Raabe of this section, died at a private sanitarium near Beaumont a few days ago and the remains were brought to Weimar Monday for interment in the Masonic Cemetery that afternoon. The family has our deepest sympathy in their bereavement.

The Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1920.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Frank Raabe, after many years’ illness, died in East Texas a few days ago, and the remains were brought here and laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery. He was a son of Mrs. Robert Raabe. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

The Weimar Mercury, June 18, 1920
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe , Frantz Emmanuel

Manuel Raabe Dies at Home in Rosebud

Former Citizen of This Section Passes Away at Home Near Rosebud

Relatives here received word early Saturday morning of the death at the family home the previous evening, of Manuel Raabe, a former citizen of this section, and brother of the Raabe boys who live southeast of town. Mr. Raabe had been away from this section for about thirty years. He is well and favorably remembered by many of the old-time citizens, who regret to learn of his death. In early life he was married to Miss Hoelscher, who survives him. Several relatives from here attended the funeral.

The Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1919
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Raabe, Frieda (Westphal)

Mrs. Henry[sic] Raabe

Ms. Henry[sic*] Raabe, wife of a prominent farmer of the Live Oak section. died Thursday evening of tuberculosis, and the remains were buried in the Masonic cemetery Friday afternoon, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister, performing the funeral service. Mrs. Raabe had suffered with this dreaded disease for some time past, but had managed to keep up and about, and her death came very suddenly and unexpectedly, so we are informed. She was a devoted wife and mother, popular among her friends and neighbors, ever ready to help those about her, and her death is deeply and sincerely regretted. She leaves a husband and four children, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of this entire community is extended.

Weimar Mercury March 24, 1916

[*Frieda Westphal was married to Emil Robert Raabe, not Henry. She was the mother of Emil Jr., Alfred, Edgar and Elo. Henry’s wife was Mary. DA]

 Frau Emil Raabe

Am 16, Maerz verschied im Glauben an ihren Erloeser Frau Emel Raabe, von Live Oak, nachdem sie ein Alter von 35 Jahren, 5, Monaten and 11 Tagen erreicht hatte. Die Beisetzung der sterblichen Huelle erfolgte hofe bei zahlreicher Teilnahme am 17, Maerz auf dem Odd Fellow Friedhofe bei Weimar. Die Trauer und Abschiedsfeier begann im Sterbehause und nahm ihre Fortsetzung auf dem Gottesacker. Unterzeichneter sprach Worte des Trostes am Grabe auf Grund des Bibelwortes Psalm 7, 2.

Frau Raabe wurde geboren am 5, Oktober im Jahre 1880 in der Provinz Mecklemburg, Deutschland. Zwei Jahre alt, kam sie mit ihren Eltern und Geschwistern nach Amerika und siedelten sich in der hiesigen Gegend an. Im Jahre 1901 verheiratete sie sich mit Herrn Emil Raabe. Dieser Ehe entsprossen 4 Knaben, die mit dam Vatar die Mutter ueberleben. Ein chronisches Leiden verursachte ihren fruehen Tod Neben em Gatten und den Kindern betrauern den Heimgang der Verstorbenen die hochbetagte Mutter, Frau Westphal, ferner folgende Geschwister, Herr Karl Westphal von Sublime, Frau Friederike Brunkenhoefer von Shiner, Frau Louise Kuck in Lynn County, Herr Willie Westphal von hier und Frau Elisabeth Tesch von Oakland. Gottsegne und troeste die traurigen Hinterbliebenen in reichem Masse.

Paul Piepenbrok, Pastor.

Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1916
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Gene Arthur

Raabes Lose Son

The accidental death of Gene Arthur Raabe, age 19, of Rosebud, was received with much sorrow. Gene was a victim of drowning on Saturday, July 6, in a farm pond near his home, when he, with his father and brother-in-law, was seining for minnows as the family was preparing for a picnic and fishing rip the next day. Gene was a fine, good-looking young man and his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Edgar (Ted) Raabe, and family have the sympathy of many friends. In the rescue attempt, Gene’s father and brother-in-law almost lost their lives. Those from here who attended the funeral were Mrs. Ida Raabe, Emily Raabe, Ad. Raabe, Clarence Raabe, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Raabe and Elo, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Raabe and Terry, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Koehn, Milly Ann, Jane and Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoegemeyer and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Johnson.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, 25 July 1963, page 10
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders
Note: Gene Raabe was born in Weimar. He was buried at Rosebud.

Raabe, Henry Joseph

Final Rites for Henry Raabe, 77, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Henry Raabe, 77, farmer of the area south of Weimar, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, Rev. J. M. McDonald officiating. Interment was in City [Masonic] Cemetery.

Mr. Raabe expired last Friday morning in the Schulenburg Hospital, where he had been since a heart attack the Sunday previous. He was a lifelong citizen of this area.

Born near Weimar January 8, 1872, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Raabe. In 1904 he married Miss Mary Leuders of LaGrange, who preceded him in death in 1925.

Surviving are one son, Adolph Raabe of Eagle Lake; three brothers John, William and Clemens Raabe, all of Weimar, two sisters, Miss Lena Raabe and Mrs. Clara Glancy of here; and two grandsons.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Fred and John Hoegemeyer, Edwin, Adolph, Otto and William Raabe.

The Weimar Mercury,May 27, 1949.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Ida (Sicko)

Final Rites for Mrs. Ida Raabe, 87, Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Raabe, 87, were held Friday, Sept. 5, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Walter Simpson officiated.

Mrs. Raabe died Sept. 3 in Sweetbriar Nursing Home, Columbus, where she had lived for eight months.

Born May 3, 1888, in Colorado County, she was the daughter of John and Wilhelmine (Reimers) Sicko. She was married to Emil Raabe on June 13, 1918. He preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1959.

Mrs. Raabe is survived by three sons, Erwin, Adolf and Clarence, all of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. Lester (Adela) Koehn of Weimar; five grandchildren; three stepsons, Emil and Alfred Raabe of Weimar and Edgar Raabe of Rosebud; ten step-grandchildren and 18 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. August (Tina) Reichle and Mrs. Albert (Selma) Tesch and two brothers, Oscar Sicko and Charlie Meyer of Sublime.

A granddaughter, four brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Terry Raabe, William Glancy, Charlie Herzik, Marvin Hrcek, Lester Foster and Melvin Otto.

The Weimar Mercury, September 11, 1975
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Raabe, John

Funeral Rites For John Raabe, 68, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for John Raabe, 68, lifelong resident of the rural area southeast of Weimar, were held Tuesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in Masonic Cemetery.

The Rev. Fred Mehrtens of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Schulenburg, officiated.

Mr. Raabe died Sunday night in Youens Hospital, where he had been a patient since the previous Tuesday. His health had been failing steadily the past year and a half.

Born Sept. 15, 1892, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Raabe. He was a farmer and rancher until retiring several years ago, and was a veteran of World War I. Never married, he made his home with a sister, Miss Lena Raabe, in their parents’ home until her death in February 1958. Since then he had lived with nephews and nieces, most of the past year with John, Oscar, and Emil Hoegemeyer.

Surviving him are one sister, Mrs. Alfred Glancy; two brothers, Williams and Clement Raabe; and several nephews and nieces. Three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Bill Hoegemeyer, Adolph Raabe, Howard Raabe, William Glancy, John Hoegemeyer and Glen Hoegemeyer.

The Weimar Mercury, July 7, 1961.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Joseph

Mr. Joseph Raabi[sic], one of Colorado county’s oldest citizens, who was 82 years of age, died very suddenly at the residence of his son Julius Raabi[sic] on last Sunday. The old gentleman was seemingly well in the morning but complained a little before dinner. He however went to dinner and dropped dead in his chair. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the bereaved family. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Gimlet, June 18, 1885

Joseph Raabe, an old citizen of this community, father of Robert and Aug. Raabe, died very suddenly last Sunday. He was eating his dinner in apparent good health, was in the art[sic] of raising a glass of water to his lips when the glass fell from his hands and he sank to the floor and died immediately. He was over 80 year of age, has lived in this county many years, honored and respected by all who knew him.

(Submitter’s Note: Burial – family farm)
Colorado Citizen, June 18, 1885
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Julius Frantz

Death of Julius Raabe

Mr. Julius Raabe, a resident of this city for a number of years, died at the family residence Tuesday afternoon, and the remains were committed to the mother earth Wednesday afternoon at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski performing the funeral obsequies. Mr. Raabe had been blind for a number of years, but was cheerful to the last, bearing his infirmity with praiseworthy fortitude. He was a peaceable, good citizen, a retired farmer, and highly thought of by all who knew him. He leaves a widow, to whom the sympathy of all is extended.

The Weimar Mercury, December 17, 1920
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Kay Beth (Ripper)

Raabe Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Kay Beth Ripper Raabe of Columbus were held Thursday, October 28, 1993 at 10 a.m. from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Morales officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Raabe passed away October 28, in Columbus. She was 32 years of age.

Born in Eagle Lake July 8, 1961, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Clarietta (Knippel) Ripper. She was united in marriage with Steven J. Raabe on September 9, 1989. A lifetime resident of Columbus, she was manager of Thrifty Corner and Columbus Bus Station.

Survivors include her husband, Steven J. Raabe of Columbus; parents, Lawrence and Clarietta Ripper of Columbus; daughters, Dawn Reynae Ripper and Amy Nicole Craven, both of Columbus; son, Steven Jasper Raabe. Jr. of Columbus; brother, Jody Ripper and his fiancee Sandy Lake, of Columbus: nephews, Jamie John Ripper, William Raabe and Christopher Wilson: nieces, Christine Raabe, Alex Raabe and Leona Wilson: sister-in -law and brother-in-law, Ellen Marie and Mickey Wilson: sister-in-law, Debora Raabe; father-in-law and mother-in- law, Bill and Jo Raabe. Sr.; grandmother. Nelard Martin.

Pallbearers were Carlos Froebel, Donald Raabe, Scott Ripper, Robert Jasek, Mickey Wilson and Monroe Ripper.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, November 4, 1993, page 3

Raabe, Kimberly Michele

Kimberly Raabe

Funeral services were held for Kimberly Michele Raabe at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.

Kimberly was born November 10, 1983 to Bill and Debra Raabe of Columbus. She died on January 15th. She was a victim of “sudden infant death syndrome”.

Survivors include her parents, Bill and Debra, her grandmother, Mrs. Janice Canik of Columbus, two grandfathers, Mrs. Raymond Canik of Fayetteville and Mrs. W. H. Raabe, Sr. of Columbus, three aunts and seven uncles.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2,1984
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Lenora W. (Hattermann)

Lenora W. Raabe Funeral Services Held March 29

Lenora W. Raabe, 90, of Weimar and a resident at Parkview Manor died March 27 at Parkview Manor due to natural causes. Funeral services were held March 29 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Vernon Rabel officiating.

Interment followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

She was born July 18, 1909 in Weimar to Henry and Sophie (Warns) Hattermann Sr.

She attended Oak Grove School through the eighth grade. She married Emil C. Raabe Jr. on Nov. 18, 1931 in Columbus.

She was a housewife and a resident of this area her entire life. She loved her pet cats, gardenening and she shelled pecans often feeding them to the birds in her yard.

Survivors include: daughters, Hilda and Lillie Mae Raabe of Weimar, and Edna and Linda Raabe of Bellaire; sister-in-law, Adela Hattermann of Weimar; brothers-in-law, Adolph Raabe and Lester Koehn of Weimar; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1978; parents; four brothers, Henry, Paul, Charles and George Hattermann; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Emmel, Mrs. Annie Otto and Mrs. Mathila Otto.

Pallbearers were: Leon Hattermann, Charles Herzik, Chas. T. Hadash, Daniel Ulbricht, Glenn Grohmann and Dr. Clarence M. Hadash.

Weimar Mercury, 2000
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Louise (Tipp)

Louise Raabe Funeral Services Held in Weimar

Louise (Tipp) Raabe, 92, died Aug. 10 at Parkview Manor

Funeral services were held on Aug. 13 at the Weimar United Church of Christ with the Rev. Vernon Rabel and the Rev. James Caraway, grandson, officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Raabe was born on May 7, 1905, In Eagle Lake to August and Philomena (Miska) Tipp. Mrs. Raabe attended the Eagle Lake Public Schools. She married William Raabe on Oct. 18, 1922 in Eagle Lake.

She was an active member of the UCC Church. Mrs. Raabe was a housewife and was very interested in handwork, gardening and flowers. She liked being a farmer’s wife and seeing all the crops grow and produce. She was also very fond of all the animals on the farm.
Mrs. Raabe was very fond of and enjoyed the senior citizen program, which was started by the Rev. Rabel. She admired Rev. Rabel for all his work with the senior citizens, and was grateful for all the time he put into the program.

Mrs. Raabe was preceded in death by Leona (Raabe) Beck of Weimar, Ben Raabe of Weimar, Eugene Raabe of Weimar, her parents and husband.

She is survived by five sons, Edwin and Dorothy Raabe of San Antonio, William and Ellen Raabe of Edna, Paul Raabe of Victoria, Howard and Molly Raabe of Weimar, and David and Margaret Raabe of Weimar; three daughters, Faye and Gilbert Stech of Weimar, Aline (Raabe) Caraway of Weimar and Esther and James Harrison of Burnet; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers were Wesley Raabe, Thomas Raabe, Clyde Stech, Kenneth Youens, Mark Youens, Michael Woodward, David Jochen and Glenn Davis.

The Weimar Mercury August 14, 1997
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Raabe, Mary (Lueders)

Mrs. Henry Raabe Dead

Mrs. Henry Raabe, wife of a well known farmer of this section, died on Wednesday night of last week, following a long illness, and the remains were laid to rest in a family burying ground near Ammannsville on Thursday afternoon, a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites.

At the time of her death Mrs. Raabe was 52 years, 3 months, and 21 days old.

\Mrs. Raabe was a devoted wife and mother, a kind, good friend and neighbor, and highly regarded by all who knew her. She leaves a devoted husband and several children, to whom the sympathy of all is extended.

The Weimar Mercury, December 4, 1925
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, Mary Magdalena

Funeral Services For Miss Raabe, 81, Wednesday

Funeral services for Miss Mary Magdalene Raabe, 81, were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Miss Raabe died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Youens Hospital, ending a four-month illness.

Born June 18, 1876, in the rural area south of Weimar, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Raabe. The house in which she was born remained her home throughout her lifetime. She lived with one of her brothers, John Raabe.

Survivors include Mr. Raabe and two other brothers, Willie and John, both of Weimar; and a sister, Mrs. Alfred Glancy of Weimar. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Raabe, Ophelia (Tipp)

Raabe Funeral Held June 20 in Eagle Lake

Funeral services for Mrs. Ophelia Raabe, 83, of Eagle Lake, were held on Sunday, June 20, at Eagle Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. David Mann, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

She was a lifelong resident of Colorado County. She died on the farm where she was born.

Mrs. Raabe married Adolph Raabe in Eagle Lake December 27, 1931. She was a faithful member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and was active with school P.T.A., Cub Scouts and Band Booster Club.

She worked for Mrs. Andel’s Catering Services for many years and for the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church 19 years, prior to retirement.

Survivors include sons James, and Harold and daughter-in-law, Lois of Eagle Lake; sisters, Louise Raabe of Weimar and Dora Roberts of Eagle Lake; three grandchildren, Kathleen Konesheck, Eagle Lake; Madonna Hamilton, Austin; and Chris Raabe of Eagle Lake; two great-grandchildren, Jordon and Kelly Konesheck, both of Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and great-grandson, John David Konesheck.

Pallbearers were Howard Raabe, David Raabe, Roger Birdwell, John Konesheck, Dexter Anderson and James T. Wiese.

Memorials may be made to the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, 609 Melody Lane, Eagle Lake 77434 or the Colorado County Fair Association, P. O. Box 506, Columbus, TX 78934.

The Weimar Mercury, July 1, 1993
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

 Raabe. Robert Sr.

Death of Robert Raabe, Sr.

Many friends of the family were greatly shocked and grieved last Thursday to learn of the death of that splendid gentleman and citizen, Mr. Robert Raabe, Sr., at the family home a few miles southeast of town, after a long illness. Mr. Raabe had been in failing health for a number of years, and while his death was not unexpected still it has been the cause of much sorrow throughout this entire section, where he had live so long and was so well thought of. The funeral took place Friday afternoon at the Masonic cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, performing the last sad rites in a beautiful and impressive ceremony.

Mr. Raabe was one of the oldest citizens of this section having resided on the home place near Weimar since 1860. He was a quiet, good citizen, frugal, industrious, a remarkably well read, well posted man, one whose memory was almost faultless, and whose knowledge of history occurrences of the past and dates of all important events was little short of marvelous. He was a most interesting conversationalist, and it was a pleasure to listen to his recital of incidents of the past. His memory practically remained faultless up to the last. He was popular among a large circle of friends and acquaintances, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all.

Mr. Raabe was born in Muesterberg, Silesia, Germany, Dec. 1, 1837. Came to America in the fall of 1852, landing at Galveston. From that point he moved to La Grange, soon afterwards moving to the present home place, in 1860. He joined the Confederate army at Frelsburg in 1862, the 17th Infantry of Texas, Colonel Allen Division, under General Walker. Served on this side of the Mississippi till the war ended. He was married to Miss Clementina Heller in 1871. Nine children, besides the widow survive. The children ae Henry, Robert, Coelestina, Lena, Clems, Frank, Willie, Clara and John.

Before the war Mr. Raabe hauled freight and cotton between La Grange and Columbus and Houston. Houston then being a small town. The country between Columbus and Houston was unsettled except at the Brazos river, where there was a small settlement. After the war he hauled freight to Brownsville, and was familiar with almost every foot of the country between that point and Houston.

Those from a distance attending the funeral of Mr. Raabe were Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Raabe and Mrs. Henry Ocker of Rosebud, H. J. Laas, Mrs. and Mrs. Placidus Heller, Sr. and Jr. of Columbus and Achilles Roeber of Hallettsville.

The Mercury tenders its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, December 3, 1915

Raabe, Robert Frank

Final Rites for Robert Raabe, 74, At Schulenburg

Funeral services for Robert Frank Raabe, 74, native of the Weimar area, were held Saturday, April 5, at Schulenburg, with interment in the Weimar Cemetery, the Rev. A. C. Peterson of Schulenburg officiating.

Mr. Raabe died at the home of his son, Robert Raabe, near Swiss Alp on April 3.

Born here Dec. 12, 1872, he married Miss Amelia Horak on Oct. 24, 1904. They first made their home in Breslau, but moved to Weimar in 1921.

Survivors are his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Walter Friedrich of Freyburg; four sons, Robert of Swiss Alp, Otto of Weimar, and Ernest and Walter of Breslau; four brothers, Hy., Clemense, Willie and John, all of Weimar; two sisters, Miss Lena Raabe and Mrs. Clara Glancy, both of Weimar; and nine grandchildren.

The Weimar Mercury, April 18, 1947
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Raabe, Shirley Ann

2-Year-Old Killed By Car on Highway

Five days after she had celebrated her second birthday, little Shirley Ann Raabe was struck and killed by a car last Thursday evening in front of her home on Highway 90, about a mile east of Weimar.

Slipping away from watchful eyes as only a two-year-old can do, she was out on the highway before anyone realized it.

The driver of the car that struck her, Thomas H. Pinkston, 34, told the investigating officer, Highway Patrolman J. O. Tanner, that she ran out from behind another car going in the opposite direction. He did not see her until he was right upon her, he said.

The accident occurred at about 6 o’clock.

Mr. Pinkston, a salesman, was absolved of blame in the death.

Shirley Ann was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Raabe, owners of Roadside Market.

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church Saturday morning, with burial in the St. Michael’s Cemetery. Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Pallbearers were Elo Raabe, James Herzik, Larry Tucker and Frankie Kainer.

Survivors in addition to the parents are her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Roman Chamrad and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Raabe Sr., all of the Weimar area; two half-brothers, Alfons of San Antonio and Charles of Weimar; and a half-sister, Mrs. Arthur John Glowka of San Antonio.

The Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1955.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Raabe. Theresa (Haas)

Last Rites For Mrs. Alfred Raabe Held at Weimar

Funeral services for Mrs. Alfred (Theresa) Raabe, 55, were held at Hubbard Funeral home in Weimar Sunday, with continued services in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Rev. Albert Hubertus officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Raabe died in Youens hospital at Weimar at noon, Friday after a lengthy illness.

Born near Borden Oct. 9, 1912, she was a daughter of Julius and Elizabeth Raabe Haas. She was married to Alfred Raabe Oct. 7, 1932. Her husband survives.

Mrs. Raabe was a member of St. Michael's church all her life and of St. Anne's society for many years.

Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Harold Long, and a son, Elo Raabe, both of Houston; 1 grandchild, a number of nieces and nephews and 6 sisters; Mrs. Arthur Otto and Mrs. Edmund Otto, Weimar; Mrs. Richard Carson, LaMargue; Mrs. Edwin Hanzelka, Orchard; Mrs. Herbert Pohl, Hallettsville and a brother, Frank J. Haas of California.

Pallbearers were nephews, Reuben and Marvin Otto and Charlie Herzik, Weimar; Edward Mika, Houston; James Raabe, Rosebud, and David Henry Jr., Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, June 8, 1967
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

 Final Rites for Mrs. A. Raabe, 54, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Alfred Raabe, 54, were held Sunday afternoon, June 4, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated.

Mrs. Raabe died June 2 in Youens Memorial Hospital here. She had been in this hospital two weeks, in a Houston hospital the following two weeks, then back in the local hospital for about ten days.

Born near Borden Oct. 9, 1912, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Haas, she spent her entire life in Colorado County. She was married to Mr. Raabe on October 7, 1932. They lived on several farms in the Weimar area and on their present place in the Wildwood section the past 16 years.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church and St. Ann’s Society.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Harold (Josephine) Long, and one son, Elo Raabe, both of Houston; four grandchildren; a brother, Frank Haas of Highland, Calif.; and six sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Wilhelmina) Otto, and Mrs. Edmund (Alvina) Otto of Weimar, Mrs. Richard (Anna) Carson of LaMarque, Mrs. Edwin (Mary) Hanzelka of Hungerford, Mrs. Johnnie (Helena) Hanzelka of Orchard, and Mrs. Harbett (Alma) Pohl of Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were her nephews, David Henry Jr.; Marvin Otto, Reuben Otto, Harry James Raabe, Edward Mika and Charles Herzik.

Weimar Mercury, June 8, 1967
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Raabe, W. H. “Bill” Jr.


The hands of God came down today to wrap you in his arms and take you home. Through golden gates into heaven you will go. True beauty you will see to love and cherish, reuniting with many and to await the rest. W. H. "Bill" Raabe Sr. of Columbus joined the Lord on Jan. 16,2007. Bill was born on Sept. 16,1935 in Moulton to Henry Raabe and Lena Mae Phillips Raabe.

In the years of 1955-1957 Bill served in the Army and served in Korean War. Bill started police work in Victoria. For a number of years he served as Chief of Police in Bellville, along with this he also worked in other towns as an officer. For 17 1/2 years Bill served as a L.C.R.A Ranger and retired in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl E. Votaw Blaha Raabe of Columbus, which he united with June 8, 1997. Father-in-law, Lester F. Votaw of LaGrange; sons Steven J. Raabe Sr. of Columbus, and Donald L. Raabe and wife Linda of Sealy; daughter-in-law, Debra Rerich and husband Charles of Columbus; stepson, Keith A. Blaha and wife Aimee of Giddings; stepdaughter, Stacy L Blaha of Columbus; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren and family friend John Dyer and wife Glenda of Sealy. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Joyce Alvira Martin Raabe; son, William H. Raabe Jr.; daughter, Ellen M. Raabe Wilson; daughter-in-law, Kay Beth Ripper Raabe; granddaughter Kimberly Michelle Raabe, and mother-in-law, Margie Cunningham Votaw.

Funeral services were held at 10 am on Friday, Jan. 19 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor Walter Williams officiating. Burial followed in Nursery Cemetery in Nursery.

Honorary pallbearers were B.J. Schindler, Richard LaCourse, Jerald Johnson, and J.L. Rose. Pallbearers were LCRA Rangers Jason Hoffman, Brian Adams, Mark Wilkerson, brother-in-law Louis Konvicka, family friends John Dyer and James Johnson.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, January 24, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Raabe, William

Funeral for William Raabe Monday

Funeral services for William Raabe, 88-year-old retired farmer, were held Monday afternoon, April 1, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. Robert Crawford officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Raabe died at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient about two weeks. He had been ill for several years.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, he was born January 6, 1886, the son of Robert F. and Clementine Heller Raabe, and attended public schools here. He married Louise Tipp at Eagle Lake on Oct. 18, 1922. He was a farmer until retiring a few years ago because of his health. Mr. Raabe was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ.

His wife survives, along with six sons, Edwin of San Antonio, William L. of Houston, Howard, David, Paul and Eugene of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. Gilbert (Faye) Stech of Weimar, Mrs. J. C. (Aline) Caraway of San Antonio and Miss Esther Raabe of Midland; 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; and one sister, Mrs. Clara Glancy of Weimar.

A daughter, Mrs. Leona Beck, and a son, Bennie, died in 1966. Mr. Raabe was also preceded in death by five brothers, Robert, Henry, Clemens, John, and Frank, and two sisters, Miss Lena Raabe and Mrs. Colestine [sic] Hoegemeyer.

Pallbearers were Robert Raabe and William Glancy, nephews; and Tommie Raabe, Jerry Raabe, Jimmie Caraway and Clyde Stech, grandsons.

The Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1974.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Raabe, William “Bill” Jr.

December 28, 1959 – January 23, 1989

Services will be held today, (Thursday) for William “Bill” Raabe Jr., 29, of Columbus, at 10 a.m. from Henneke Funeral Home with the Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.

A prayer service was held Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home.

Raabe died Jan. 23 at Hermann Hospital in Houston.

He was born Dec. 28, 1959 in Victoria, the son of William Raabe Sr. and the late Joyce Martin Raabe.

Raabe was a resident of Columbus for 15 years and during that time was employed by the Columbus Police Department.

He was married on Dec. 22, 1979 to Debra Canik of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimberly Michele and mother, Joyce Martin Raabe.

Survivors include wife, Debra Raabe of Columbus; father, William Raabe Sr. of Columbus; one daughter, Alexandria Raabe of Columbus; one son, William Raabe III of Columbus; grandfather, Jasper Martin of Victoria, grandmother, Neldrid Martin of Ganada; one sister, Ellen Wilson of Del Rio; two brothers Steven Raabe of Columbus and Donald Raabe of Sealy.

Pallbearers will be Chief Bill Smith, Howard Wilkerson, Donnie Templeton, David Canik, Gerald Canik and Rusty Canik.

Honorary pallbearers will include officers of the Columbus Police Department and Colorado County Sheriff’s Department.

The Banner Press, January 26, 1989
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders
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