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Rabel, Adolf S.

Funeral Services For Adolf Rabel, 77, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Adolf S. Rabel Sr., 77, lifelong resident of the Weimar rural area, were held Sunday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd, Rev. Thomas O’Callaghan and Rev. Raska officiated. Interment was in the St. Michael Cemetery.

Mr. Rabel had been ill about 6 months, He died early Friday morning June 19, at his home in the Wildwood section, after a stroke.

Born Jan 10, 1882, in the Sedan community northwest of here, he was a son of Vincent and Magdalene Rabel. He married Miss Gesine Swoboda here in 1905 and they settled at Wildwood. His parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers preceded him in death.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Mrs. Joe (Mary) Tannich of Baytown; and two sons, Edmund and Adolf Rabel, both of Weimar.

Serving as pallbearers were his nephews, Steve and Henry Rabel, John and Edmund Guenther, Willie Rerich and Emil Kesler.

Weimar Mercury, June 26, 1959, page 1

Rabel, Alois

Alois Rabel, 82, Retired Farmer; Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Alois Rabel, 82-year-old retired farmer, were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiated.

Mr. Rabel, who had moved to town from his Live Oak area farm only last year, became ill about three weeks ago and died Sunday at noon at his home. All but four of this 16 children were there.

Born at Pohl, in Austria, March 2, 1879, he came to this country with his widowed mother, Mrs. Johann Rabel, and two sisters when he was 8 years old, and they settled near Weimar. Except for several years in Oklahoma and North Texas as a young man, he had lived here since

His first wife, the former Miss Frances Banse, mother of 7 of his children, died in 1921. In 1923 he married Miss Rosetta Emmel. She, their 9 children, and the 7 by the first marriage all survive, along with 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. All except one son and his family, confined at home with illness, attended Mr. Rabel’s 80th birthday celebration at his farm home in 1959.

Surviving children include 8 sons, Dr. John Rabel of San Antonio, Louis, Joe, Adolph and Henry Rabel of Houston, Anton overseas in military service, Emil in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Herbert at home; 8 daughters, Mrs. Joe Mazke of San Antonio, Mrs. George Herring of Pasadena, Mrs. Charles P. Carney, Mrs. Herbert Schulz and Mrs. Bill Montgomery of Houston, Mrs. Henry Stos of Weimar, Mrs. Norbert Mendel of Schulenburg and Miss Annie Rabel at home.

Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Joe Hauser of San Antonio, a half-sister, Mrs. Frank Banse of Weimar; and a step-brother, Adolf Berger of Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Herring, Frank Hauser, Frank Spellman, Willie Berger, Prince Naumann, Joe Heger, Louis Banse and Adolf Banse.

Weimar Mercury, October 12, 1961, pages 1 and 10

Rabel, Annie (Loessin)

Stroke Fatal To Mrs. Rabel; Rites Wednesday

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, Aug. 23, at Hubbard Funeral Home for Mrs. Annie “Joe” Rabel, 84, who died Monday in Youens Hospital. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, with the Rev. George Fuchs officiating.

Mrs. Rabel, who had been in poor health the past six or seven years, had suffered a stroke Saturday.

A native of the Black Jack community in Fayette County, she was born May 21, 1877, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Loessin. She married Joe Rabel here in November, 1904, and had lived here since. Mr. Rabel died in 1948.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ and the Ladies Guild of that church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Stella Rabel Strayhorn of Castroville and Mrs. Ruby Rabel Larson of Dallas; three brothers, Benno and George Loessin of here and Julius Loessin of Stockdale; two sisters, Mrs. Augusta Heller of Schulenburg and Miss Martha Loessin of Weimar, and a number of nephews and nieces, one of whom, Miss Olga Heller, made her home with Mrs. Rabel for many years. A daughter, Mrs. Selma Manz, and a brother, Hugo, preceded her in death.

Active pallbearers were her nephews, Leslie Rabel, Lawrence Loessin, Hy. Ed. Rabel, Edward Seifert, Thomas Loessin of Stockdale and the Rev. Vernon Frank Rabel of Galveston. Honorary pallbearers were her other nephews, Ray Seifert, Floyd Belt, Henry Herbert Seifert, Edgar Seifert, Frank Wendel, all of here; Fritz Prilop, Schulenburg; Harold Schietinger, Bay City; Otha Reed, Austin, Tandy Young, San Antonio; William and Frank Rabel, Strawn; and Jesse Brooks, Waco.

Weimar Mercury, Augu st 25, 1961

Rabel, August

Death Claims August Rabel, Ex-Businessman

Funeral services for August Rabel, 83, who had the Gulf Oil Agency here for 39 years before retiring in 1962, were held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 28, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Howard MacAllister of Gonzales and Rev. John Robinson, past and present pastors of First United Methodist Church, officiated. Graveside tribute was paid by Weimar firemen; Mr. Rabel had been an honorary (retired) fireman for many years.

He died Dec. 27 at Youens Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born Aug. 22, 1886, at Dubina, he was a son of Frank and Teresa Herzik Rabel. He married Miss Thekla Heller on Jan. 26, 1910 at Ammannsville.

His wife survives, along with one son, Leslie, of Weimar; one granddaughter, Mrs. C. D. Prince of Dallas; two grandsons, Neal Rabel of Houston and Glenn Rabel of Weimar; and one brother, Emil Rabel of Columbus.

Five brothers and five sisters preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Milton Booth, Carl Galipp, Bennie Getschmann, Dewey Goode, Oscar Schindler, and Frank Vavra.

Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1970, page 1

Rabel, August Charlie “Pete”


Funeral services were held for August Charlie "Pete" Rabel Friday, November 28 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with the Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Rabel was born October 13, 1939 in Eagle Lake to Henry J. Rabel and Emma Kubicek Rabel. He was a oilfield drilling rig motor man, who was employed by M & D Drilling Corp. of Magnolia, Texas.

Mr. Rabel was a Catholic. He was also a Peacetime U.S. Marines.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry J. Rabel, Sr. who died July 14, 1982.

Survivors include his mother, Emma Rabel of Columbus; son, Michael Boettcher of Glidden; sister, Mary G. Mazac of Sealy; and brother, Henry J. Rabel, Jr. of Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Kieth(sic) Rabel, Wayne Rabel, Chipper Mazac, Bart Mazac, Ted Wehring and Jim Donnely.

Colorado County Citizen, December 4, 1986

Rabel, Ed


Funeral services for Ed Rabel, 62, president of Weimar First State Bank who died in a San Antonio hospital at 6 a.m. New Year’s day, will be held at the home and the Weimar Lutheran church tomorrow at 2 p. m. with Rev. C. Emigholts officiating.

Burial will be in the Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Mr. Rabel, brother of County Tax Assessor E H. Rabel, had been in bad health for many months and was under treatment in Santa Rosa hospital at the time of his death.

He was born June 1, 1884, a son of Frank Rabel and the former Theresia Hersig[sic].

Survivors besides his brother of Columbus include his widow, three children, Hilda Merle Rabel of San Antonio, Mrs. Otis Reed of Austin and Henry E. Rabel who is employed in the Weimar bank which his father had served for 36 years; five other brothers, Joe, Fred and August of Weimar, Frank of Strawn and Adolph of Waco; four sisters, Mrs. Alvina Seifert, Weimar; Mrs. Annie Oncken and Mrs. Madeline Hillje, San Antonio and Mrs. Emil Lowrey, Hillsboro.

Colorado County Citizen, January 2, 1947

Rabel, Edmund E.

Edmund E. Rabel, 50, Heart Victim; Rites Held Today

Funeral services were held this (Thursday) morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church for Edmund E. Rabel, 50, who died at 9:15 a. m. Tuesday in Youens Hospital, after a heart attack. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Rabel, whose father was buried less than four weeks ago, had had heart disease for many years. He had been in the hospital two weeks when he died.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Rabek Sr., he was born Nov. 2, 1908, in the Wildwood community northeast of here. He operated a service station here several years before moving to San Antonio, where he had the same type of business for 7 years until his health failed. About 3 years ago he returned to make his home here. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are his mother of here; a sister, Ms. Joe (Mary) Tannich of Baytown; and a brothers, Adolph J. Rabel of here.

Pallbearers were Henry and Steve Rabel, Jim Hluchanek, Ray Jurecka, Alfred Kainer and Leo Hudec.

Weimar Mercury, July 17, 1959, page 1

Rabel, Elizabeth Theresia

Services Held Thurs. For Elizabeth Rabel

Funeral services were held from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 6th, 1972 for Miss Elizabeth Theresia Rabel, a longtime resident of the Ramsey community, who passed away at her home on the morning of July 4th. Miss Rabel was born Oct. 18, 1904 in Weimar the daughter of Ferdinand and Theresia Ulrich Rabel.  She spent most of her life on the family farm between Ramsey and Altair.

The Rev. Father Edward Geiser officiated at the services in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church where Miss Rabel was a member.

She was placed to final rest in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Serving as pallbearers were James Hoffman, Alfred Hoffman, Antone Schmidt, Joe R. Schindler, Lee Roy Rabel and A. C. Rabel, all nephews of the deceased.  Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Herbert (Rosie) Hoffman of Alleyton and Mrs. Adolph (Elaine) Schmidt of Mentz; two brothers, Ferdinand Rabel, Jr. Borden and Henry Rabel of Columbus; seven nephews and five nieces and other relatives and friends.

She was a wonderful person who was always thoughtful of others and she shall be missed dearly by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight July 13, 1972, page 7
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Rabel, Emil Henry

Ex-Tax Assessor Emil Rabel, 77, Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Emil H. Rabel, 77, who was Co!orado County Tax assessor-collector for 27 years, were held Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus, with Rev. H. L. Anderson and Rev. C. D. Lang officiating.

Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here.

Mr. Rabel, a native of Dubina and former Weimar resident,

died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in Columbus Hospital of a heart attack. He had been Ill several years and hospitalized five days.

He died on his birthday anniversary. Born Nov. 22, 1893, at Dubina, he was a son of Frank and Theresa Herzlk Rabel. He attended Tyler Business College at Tyler, Texas.

He served in the Army's 90th Division from September 1917 to March 1919, part of the time overseas, attaining the rank of company first sergeant. When Weimar’s American Legion post, Otto Rahlwes Post 29, was organized in 1920,he became its first permanent commander.

He was in the confectionery business here for a short time after World War I, before becoming tax assessor-collector. He married Miss Hylda Nitschmann here July 11, 1923.

Since leaving the tax position at the end of 1948, he had been ranching.

Many Activities

Mr. Rabel was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. a past member and secretary of the Columbus School Board, a member of the Masonic Lodge and Arabian Temple Shrine, a past president of the Columbus Rotary Club and past commander of the Columbus American Legion. He was county chairman of the American Red Cross for 12 years. Other affiliations Included the SPJST Lodge, OES, Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Pythias Lodge, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Pallbearers at his funeral were w. H. Miekow, Ellis Miller, H. Ed Rabel, Henry Stoelke, Bill Rutta, Wm. E. Reed, Albert Brune, and Nat Goodwin.

Weimar Mercury, November 26, 1970, pages 1 and 4

Rabel, Emilie (Fritsch)


The beloved wife of Fred J. Rabel, a respected farmer living on route 3, died Thursday of last week and the funeral took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Friday afternoon, Rev. J. Szymanski performing the funeral obsequies in a touching service. Many sympathizing relatives and friends attended the funeral. Mrs. Rabel was a sweet, good woman, and although in ill health for a number of years, bore up uncomplainingly. She was highly regarded by all who knew her, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. She leaves a heart-broken husband and several little children to mourn the loss of a beloved, faithful wife and mother, and to these our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, August 20, 1920, page 4

Rabel, Emma (Kubicek)


Funeral services were held for Emma Rabel Friday, September 25 at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with the Father Tim Kosler officiating. [Interment in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery]

Survivors include a daughter Mary (Suszie) Mazac of Sealy; a son Henry Rabel Jr. of Sheridan, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mrs. Rabel was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Rabel, Sr. and one son August (Pete) Rabel.

Colorado County Citizen, October 8, 1987, page 2

Rabel, Ferdinand

Ferd. Rabel, 79, Lifelong Resident, Buried Wednesday

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church for Ferdinand Rabel, 79, a lifelong resident of the Weimar area.

Burial was In St. Michael's Cemetery. Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiated, assisted by Rev. Guido Nuernberger.

Mr. Rabel, a retired farmer, died at 6:30 Monday morning at his home In the northern part of town. He had been ill awhile last fall, but for the past several months had been much better, and his death was quite unexpected.

Born in Fayette County near here Aug. 18, 1875, he was the son of Vinc and Magdalena Rabel. He married Miss Emilie Frietsch here In 1909, and they had four children, She died in 1920. In 1923 he married Miss Ludmilla Pauler at St. John's near Schulenburg, and nine children were born to this union. She died in 1949.

Mr. Rabel was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the C. K. of A.

Surviving him are three children of his first marriage, Steve and Henry Rabel and Mrs. Leo Hudec, all of Weimar; seven children of his second marriage, Mrs. Pete W. Huepers, Mrs. Ernest Kubesch, Miss Adery Rabel and Mrs. Leo Hudec, all of Weimar, Mrs. James Vecera of Schulenburg, Mrs. Albert Popp of Nada and Mrs. Bennie Liska of Hillje; 18 grandchildren; and a brother, Adolf Rabel of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Adolf Rabel Jr., Bennie Rerich, Ed Guenther, Fred Heger Jr., Julius Pauler and Herbert Pauler.

Weimar Mercury, April 1, 1955, page 1

Rabel, Frances (Banse)


Citizens of this section were greatly shocked Tuesday evening to learn of the sad death of Mrs. Alois Rabel, wife of a prominent farmer living a few miles southeast of town. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating, and was attended by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends. Mrs. Rabel was about 38 years of age, and leaves a heart-broken husband and several children to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother. A little babe only a few days old is also left to miss the mother’s care. Mrs. Rabel was a daughter of John Banse, Sr., and wife of this community, a splendid, good woman, devoted to her family, a kind friend and neighbor, well liked by everybody, and her death at a time when she was so needed in the home is deeply and sincerely regretted. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 26, 1921, page 4

Rabel, Fred

Fred Rabel, 84, Ex-Druggist, Car Dealer, Succumbs

Funeral services for Fred Rabel, retired businessman who died Sunday at the age of 84, were held Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 15, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery

Rev. Howard MacAllister, Methodist pastor, officiated.

Mr. Rabel died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Holmes Memorial Hospital in Gonzales, where he had been a patient for about a week. He had been a resident of Sievers Convalescent Home in Gonzales a little over a year.

Born Nov. 8, 1878, At Dubina, he was a son of Frank and Teresia Herzik Rabel. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and on Sept. 17, 1907, became a registered pharmacist. He worked as a druggist until 1916, when poor health forced him to retire form indoor work.

Mr. Rabel operated a Chevrolet agency for a while, then for many years had the Ford agency, operating as Weimar Motor Co. in the building now housing Weimar Home Furnishers. He sold the motor company in 1940 and began devoting his full time to cattle raising.

Surviving him are one sister, Mrs. Walter Oncken of San Antonio; two brothers, Emil H. Rabel of Columbus and August Rabel of Weimar; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Edgar and Herbert Seifert, H. Ed Rabel, Leslie Rabel, F. J. Wendel and G. E. Lawson.

The Weimar Mercury, Oct. 17, 1965
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Rabel, Henry Edward

Ed Rabel Funeral Services Held June 10

Henry Edward (Ed) Rabel, 75, of Weimar died June 8 at home in Weimar due to natural causes.

Funeral services were held June 10 at Hubbard Funeral Chapel with Brother Mike Gresham officiating.

Interment followed in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 8, 1924 in Weimar to Edward Rabel and Hettie Nitschmann Rabel. He married Emma Lou Alston Rabel on Oct. 6, 1950 in Livingston.

He attended Weimar High School and Texas A & M University.

He entered the U. S. Army in June of 1944 and left August 1946 at the rank of captain. He was platoon leader in the European Theater. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal (two Bronze Stars), Army of Occupation Medal, Combat Infantry Medal and Victory Medal.

He was a former member of Weimar Rotary Club (past president), Weimar VFW Post (past president), Weimar School Board (past president).

He was a banker and rancher living in this area his entire life.

Survivors include: wife, Emma Lou Alston Rabel of Weimar; daughters, Sue Rabel Keenon and husband Mike Keenon of Weimar, Ann Rabel of Houston; a son, Ditz Rabel and wife Patty Rabel of Houston; four grandchildren, Ross Keenon, Kelly Keenon, Jenna Rabel and Chase Rabel; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Olivia Reed and Hylda Merle Young.

Pallbearers were Mike Keenon, Ross Keenon, John Rabel, Billy Ed Reed, Doug Hall, and Bill Fluker.

The Weimar Mercury June 15, 2000
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Rabel, Hylda (Nitschmann)

Hylda Rabel, 93, of Weimar, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 1994, in a Weimar medical center.

Born April 24, 1901, in Weimar, she was the daughter of Frank and Adeline (Eichhold) Nitschmann. She attended Weimar High School where she was valedictorian of the 1917 graduating class, winning awards in history and English. On July 11, 1923, she married Emil Henry Rabel in Weimar. From 1923-1987, she resided in Columbus. Mrs. Rabel was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus where she was a charter member of the parish's Mary-Martha Society and sang in the parish choir for many years.

Funeral services were held Sept. 12, at St. Paul with Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Weimar Cemetery. Lectors were Nathan Norem and David Ehler. Offertory Procession participants were Patricia Ehler, Monica Norem and Mary Ehler; communion assistant was Rev. Henry Anderson and organist was Mrs. Leah King.

She is survived by a son, Rev. Vernon Rabel and wife, Juanita of Weimar; grandchildren, Patricia Ehler and husband, David of La Grange; John Rabel and wife Sherry and Monica Norem and husband Nathan, all of Houston; great-grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and Mary Ehler of La Grange and five other grandchildren.

Mrs. Rabel was preceded in death by her husband; a bother, Henry Nitschmann of Austin and two sisters, Selma Nitschmann and Hettie (Mrs. Ed) Rabel of Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Rabel, Joe

Final Rites for Joe Rabel, 76, Held here Tuesday

Funeral services for Joe Rabel, 76 year old retired butcher and cattleman, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 30, with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Interment was made in City Cemetery. Weimar stores closed during he funeral hour.

Mr. Rabel expired at his home here early Monday morning after an illness of 20 months. For many years he had raised cattle, done some farming and operated a meat market in Weimar, retiring about ten years ago.

Born in Dubina on October 8, 1872, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rabel, he had lived in Weimar since early manhood. On Nov. 16, 1904, he was married to Miss Annie Loessin at La Grange.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Mrs. Estella Strayhorn of Georgetown, Mrs. Selma Manz of Austin, and Mrs. Ruby Larson of Temple; three sisters, Mrs. Henry Seifert of Weimar, and Mrs. Walter Oncken and Mrs. George Hillje of San Antonio; five brothers, Fred and August Rabel of Weimar, Emil Rabel of Columbus, Adolph Rabel of Waco, and Frank Rabel of Strawn, and twenty nieces and nephews. One of his nieces, Miss Olga Heller, has made her home with the Rabel family here.

Pallbearers at the funeral Tuesday were Leslie Rabel, Henry Edward Rabel, Lawrence Loessin, Edgar Seifert, Hubert Heller, and Vernon F. Rabel.

Weimar Mercury, December 3, 1948, page 1

Rabel, John

John Rabel Dead

John Rabel, a farmer of this section, died Tuesday, aged 55, and was buried at St. Michael’s Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. His death was caused from kidney trouble, we understand. He was a brother of Fred and Adolf Rabel of the Wildwood section and died at the home of the latter. Peace to his memory.

Weimar Mercury, February 25, 1921, page 4

Rabel, Lee Roy E.

Leroy Rabel Funeral Held Here May 26

Funeral services for Leroy E. Rabel of West Columbia were held Wednesday, May 26, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Rabel died May 23 in a Wharton Hospital after a short illness.

He was born at Weimar on Nov. 10, 1921, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rabel Jr., but had lived in Brazoria County for 35 years. He served in the Army Quartermaster Corps in South Pacific during World War II. He was employed by the Texas Highway Department's Marine Division in Angleton for 25 years.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Stephanie Rabel of West Columbia; his father, Fred Rabel Jr. of Rt. 3, Weimar; a sister, Mrs. Rosa Lee Bauer of Katy; two nephews, Ray Kaase and Fenton Bauer of Katy and other relatives. His mother preceded in death in 1954.

Pallbearers were fellow employees of the Marine Division; honorary pallbearers were the retired employees of Texas Highway Dept. District 12.

The Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1978
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rabel, Lena A. (Bottino)

Mrs. Lena A. Rabel, 88, of Eagle Lake, died Thursday, April 21, 1994, in Eagle Lake.

Born March 3, 1906, near Eagle Lake, she was the daughter of Quinto and Mary (Baca) Bottino. She was a life-long resident of Eagle Lake area and was a Catholic.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 23, with Rev. Rather Eddie Winkler officiating.

Pallbearers were Bill Faircloth Curtiss Kollatschny, Paul Faircloth and Bobby Baird.

Mrs. Rabel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Clarence Dungen of Eagle Lake; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Mino of Friendswood; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Rudolph Rabel in 1957; three sisters and a brother. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, April 27, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rabel, Leslie August

Leslie Rabel Funeral Services Held April 9

Leslie August Rabel died peacefully Sunday, April 7 in Weimar at the age of 91.

He was a kind and gentle,loved and respected son, husband, father and friend to all who knew him.

Funeral Services were held April 9 at First United Methodist Church in Weimar with Pastor Andrew Pate officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery

Mr. Rabel was born November 2, 1910, in Weimar, to August and Thekla Heller Rabel, their only child.

He graduated from Weimar High School with the class of 1929. He attended the University of Texas at Austin as an engineering student before returning to Weimar during the depression.

He was a rancher and cattleman and retired from Brasher Motor Company after 30 years in the Parts Department.

He was a lifetime member of the Weimar First United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees, was one of the Church treasurers and taught Sunday school.

He married Rose Pfeifer in 1939. They lived in Flatonia and Schulenburg before moving to Weimar in 1949 where they lived until her death in 1984.

Survivors include wife Mayme Roberts Hubbard of Richmond, where they had made their home for the past 17 years. They had attended grade school together in Weimar.

Mr. Rabel is also survived by son and daughter-in-law Neal and Jane Rabel of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Lynnette and CD Prince of Pittsburg, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Linda Rabel of Weimar.

He is also survived by grandchildren; Rebecca, Eric and Brent Rabel of Houston; Shelley Prince Watkins of Omaha; Wayne Prince of Longview; Mark Prince of Pittsburg; Susan Rabel of Dallas; Alan Rabel of San Marcos; three great grandchildren Preston, Peyton and Cassidy Watkins of Omaha.

Other survivors include sisters-in-law Minnie Pfeifer of Weimar and Mary Jane Pfeifer of Buchanan Dam.

Pallbearers were his grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 2002

Rabel, Ludmilla (Pauler)

Final Rites for Mrs. Fred Rabel, 49, Held Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Fred Rabel, 49, were held this (Thursday) morning from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with further rites at St. Michael’s Church at 9:30 o’clock, Msgr. Anthony Drozd and Rev. Alois Goertz officiating. [Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery]

Mrs. Rabel expired Wednesday evening at the Weimar Hospital, after being ill for the past four months.

The former Miss Ludmilla Pauler, she was born May 20, 1900, near Weimar, the dauughter of Frank and Mary Pauler. She was married May 22, 1923, to Mr. Rabel, at St. John, and they had made their home in the Weimar vicinity since that time. She was a member of the St. Michael’s Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her mother, Mrs. Frank Pauler of St. John; six daughters, Mrs. Pete W. Heupers[sic] of Weimar, Mrs. Albert Popp of Nada, Mrs. Bennie Liska of Hillje, Mrs. Ernest Kubesch of Weimar, Misses Estella and Adeline Rabel, who lived at home; one son, Edgar Rabel, at home; a step-daughter, Mrs. Leo Hudec of Weimar; two step-sons, Steve and Henry Rabel of Weimar; six brothers and five sisters; and six grandchildren. Two children died as infants.

Weimar Mercury, December 30, 1949, page 1

Rabel, Magdalene


Magdalene Rabel, aged over 84 years, mother of Messrs. Ferdinand and Adolf Rabel, well known farmers of this section, died at the residence of the second named son Friday about noon, and the remains were committed eo[sic] earth Saturday morning in the St. Michael Cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating, in the presence of a large assemblage of relatives and friends.

Mrs. Rabel was born in Boelten, Austria, Oct. 29, 1840. and was married to Mr. Vinzan Rabel In the year 1865. The couple emigrated to this country, landing at Galveston, and arrived in Weimar Nov. 1, 1873. The family lived near Weimar. Mr. Rabel died in 1904. Mrs. Rabel then made her home with her youngest son, Adolf Rabel, up to the time of her death. She was the mother of eight children --John Rabel, Mrs. Rosie Alsner, Joe Rabel, Mrs. Emilie Kosler, Mrs. Lena Guenther, Mrs. Mary Rerich and Adolf Rabel. Of these only Mrs. Rerich and Fred and Adolf Rabel survive. She also leaves 30 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Theresia, Michalek.

Mrs. Rabel had ever proven herself a devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1926, page 1

Rabel, Mary (Matzke)

Mrs. Fred Rabel, 56, Of West Columbia, Buried Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Fred Rabel, 56, of West Columbia, formerly of Weimar, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Wednesday morning, with continued services at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Rabel had been ill for a week when she died Sunday at Bay City.

Born here June 29, 1897, she was the former Mary Matzke, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. Matzke. She was married in 1920 to Mr. Fred Rabel, and they first settled in Eagle Lake.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Rosa Lee Kaase of Houston, a son, Leroy Rabel of West Columbia; one grandson, Roy W. Kaase Jr., of Houston; five brothers, Joe Matzke of San Antonio, Herman Matzke of Galveston, Ed Matzke of Cat Spring, Robert Matzke of Tuscon[sic], Arizona, and Frank Matzke of Rosenberg; and three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Richter of West Columbia, Mrs. Annie Flessner of Old Ocean, and Mrs. Lena Hattermann of Weimar.

Pallbearers were H. Richter, Walter and Vernon Flessner, Edwin and Bill Kainer, Bill Hoffmann, Leo Emmel and Leo Kunz.

Weimar Mercury, April 9, 1954, page 1

Rabel, Rose Louise (Pfeifer)


Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Louise Rabel, of Weimar were held Saturday, June 23, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel. The burial was held in Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Barry Bauerschlag officiating.

Born August 21, 1914, at Mullins Prairie, Fayette County, she was a daughter of Gottlieb and Epsy (Saxon) Pfeifer. She operated a beauty shop in Columbus.

She was married to Leslie Rabel of Weimar on March 18,1939. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Woman's Society of Christian Service, and Weimar Literary Guild, and was active in church and school affairs.

Her husband survives, along with two sons and daughters-in-law, Neal and Jane Rabel of Houston, Glenn and Linda Rabel of Elk City, Oklahoma; one daughter and son-in-law, Lynnette and Dee Prince, of Pittsburg, Texas; eight grandchildren; a sister, Miss Minnie Pfeifer of Weimar; a sister and brother-In-law, Jeannette and Paul Burkhart of Pittsburgh, Penn.; and a brother and sister-In-law, Raymond and Mary Jane Pfeifer of Katy.

Serving as pallbearers were: Hilmer Hasse, Henry Herder, Donald Pfeifer, Ed Rabel, Phil Rouse, and Bob Stutts.

Colorado County Citizen, July 5, 1984, page 2

Rabel, Rudolph R.

Rudolph Rabel Dies Suddenly; Last Rites Today

Funeral services will be conducted this morning, Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Rudolph Rabel, 55, who passed away at 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 1st almost immediately following a stroke. He became ill at his home and was rushed to Laughlin Hospital but passed away within a very short time.

The Rev. A. W. Didner will officiate at services at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 10 a.m. this morning. Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Holy Rosary was recited at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Serving as pallbearers will be Nolan Grasshoff, Eldin Kveton, R. E. Altman, J. R. Reel, Bob Meitsen and W. A. Adams. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rudolph Rabel was born March 2, 1901 at Weimar, Texas, to Ferdinand and Theresa Rabel. He came to the Eagle Lake community thirty-two years ago and was a farmer for the duration of his life in this community. He and Lena Bottino were married on December 28, 1927.

Surviving are: his widow, Mrs. Rudolph Rabel; one daughter, Dorothy Rabel, of this city; six sisters - Elizabeth, Rabel of Eagle Lake, Mrs. August Huppner of Skidmore, Mrs. Herbert Hoffman of Alleyton, Mrs. Pauline Milkalke of Cameron, Mrs. August Schindler of Bernardo and Mrs. Adolph Schmidt of Sealy; two brothers, Fred Rabel of Borden and Henry Rabel of Columbus; and four nephews and three nieces.

Friends join in extending sympathy to the family in the loss of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 3, 1957
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rabel, Steve John Sr.

Death Claims Steve Rabel, Osage Native

Funeral services for Steve John Rabel Sr. 61, were held Saturday morning, May 27, in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Patrick Marion officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Rabel died Thursday morning, May 25, in Youens Memorial Hospital after several weeks’ illness. He had spent three weeks in Scott & White Hospital at Temple before being transferred here.

Born May 21, 1911, at Osage, he was the son of Ferdinand and Amalia Fritsch Rabel. He married Miss Annie Kubala on Oct. 30, 1934, in Weimar and they had lived in this area their entire married life.

Mr. Rabel had been employed by Parker Bros. Gravel Co. for nearly ten years. Prior to that he had been engaged in farming.

Survivors in addition to his wife are one son, Steve Jr. of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. Tony (Annie Mae) Havel and Mrs. David (Mary Ann) Nicholas of Houston and Mrs. Lloyd (Evelyn) Jones of Lake Jackson; two brothers, Henry of Weimar and Edgar of Houston; and six sisters, Mrs. Leo (Rosie) Hudec, Mrs. Pete (Tillie) Huepers, Mrs. Ernest (Virginia) Kubesch and Mrs. Gus (Adeline) Beck of Weimar, Mrs. Ben (Pauline) Liska of Hillje and Mrs. James (Estella) Vecera of Schulenburg.

One sister, Mrs. Albert (Mary) Popp, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Thomas Huepers, Jimmy Vecera, Michael Winkler, Allen Kubesch, Joseph Liska and Hubert Kubala.

Weimar Mercury, June 1, 1972

Rabel, Thekla Magdaline (Heller)

Mrs. A. Rabel Funeral Held Here May 31

Funeral services for Mrs. August (Thekla) Rabel, 8t, were held at 4:30 p.m. May 31 in the Hubbard Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Robinson, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mrs. Rabel’s nephews, Roy Ahrens, Edgar Anders, Wilbur (Sonny) Ganzer, Leo Heller, H. Ed. Rabel, and Johnnie Parma.

Mrs. Rabel died at 1 p.m. May 19 at Parkview Manor, after a nine-week illness.

A lifelong resident of this area, she was born Nov. 25, 1886, at Ammannsville, a daughter of Theofil and Anna Munke Heller, and was married to Mr. Rabel on Jan. 26, 1910 at Ammannsville. He was a businessman here for many years. The Rabels celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1960. He preceded her in death in December of 1969.

Mrs. Rabel was the last of eight children in her family. Three brothers and four sisters died before her.

Surviving are one son, Leslie, of Weimar; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Weimar Mercury, June 8, 1972
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Rabel, Theresia (Herzik)


There were many sad hearts thruout this section Tuesday morning when it became generally known that Mrs. Frank Rabel, one of our most beloved women, residing with her daughter, Mrs. Walter Oncken, in San Antonio, had passed away the previous night about 9 o'clock. This most estimable lady had been in failing health for a number of months past, and while her death was not unexpected for the past two weeks, all had hoped that this dire stroke might be averted. But it was not to be. "God's finger touched her and she slept."

The remains were brought to this city, to the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Seifert Tuesday, and from there Wednesday morning at 9:30 were transported to St. Michael's Church, where appropriate services were held by Very Rev. Jos. Szymanski, followed by interment in St. Michael's cemetery.

Mrs. Rabel had lived for many years in this city and section. Some time ago she moved to San Antonio to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Oncken, paying occasional visits to her children here. The past year or two her health rapidly declined, and toward the last the end came swiftly. And so there has passed from among us one of the finest of all our good women!

In her passing the Mercury sympathizes deeply with the bereaved ones left behind. We hope In next issue to have a suitable obituary for this most excellent wife and mother.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 1933, page 1

Theresa Rabel Is Claimed by Death

Mrs. Theresa Rabel was born Sept. 10, 1851, in Belton, Austria. She arrived In this country with her parents and two sisters, at Galveston, July 15. 1866. Leaving Galveston soon after arrival there, the family journeyed on to High Hill, Fayette county, where they made their home for a time.

On July 10, 1870. the subject of this sketch was united in marriage to Mr. Frank Rabel. The couple made their home in the Dubina section for many years moving to Weimar in 1912. Some years after the death of the husband--in 1929--Mrs. Rabel moved to San Antonio to make her home with her daughter Mrs. Walter Oncken.

Her surviving children are Messrs. Joe, Fred, Ed and August Rabel of Weimar, Frank Rabel of Strawn, Texas, Adolf Rabel of Waco, Emil H. Rabel of Columbus, Mrs. Henry B. Seifert of Weimar, Mrs. Wiley H. Lowrey of Hillsboro, Mrs. Walter Oncken of San Antonio and Mrs. Geo. F. Hillje of Sin Antonio. Other survivors are nineteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters and one brother.

The pall bearers were her grandsons, Edgar Seifert, Henry H. Seifert, Ray Seifert, Leslie Rabel, Frank Wendel and Martin Manz....

Weimar Mercury, December 16, 1933, page 1

Rabel, unknown


The 9 months’ old baby daughter or Mr. Ferd. Rabel and wife died of bowel trouble the past week end and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery Saturday, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. The grief stricken parents have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1927, page 1

Rabel, Rev. Vernon Frank

Rev. Vernon Frank Rabel

Rev. Vernon Frank Rabel, 83, of Weimar, passed away on Sunday, April 1, at Parkview Manor.

Vernon was born in Weimar on November 7, 1928, the son of the late Emily Henry and Hylda (Nitschmann) Rabel.

He spent his childhood in Columbus graduating from Columbus High School as valedictorian in 1946.
He attended Texas Lutheran College where he sang baritone in the A Capella touring choir and played saxophone in the college band, graduating in 1950. At Texas Lutheran College, he was elected to Phi Theta Kappa and served as President of the Lutheran Student Association.

He met his wife, the former Juanita Wolf, after her family moved to Columbus when her father became Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutehran Church.
They married on June 6, 1952 in Columbus.

Vernon attended Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa graduating in 1953.
He served as Vicar for St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin before being ordained into the ministry in June 1953.

He then accepted a position at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bay City.
He brought his family to Galveston in December 1956, when he took the position as Association Pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church to serve with Melton Bulgerin. In 1959, he became the Head Pastor of First Lutheran, a position he held until 1987. He then moved to Weimar and assumed duties as Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church until his retirement.

Vernon served for several years on the staff of Luther+ League summer youth camps. He was a member of the Galveston Rotary Club, earning distinction as a Paul Harris Fellow.
He was also a member of the Weimar Rotary Club, Galveston Ministerial Association and Galveston Heart Association. He served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Lutheran Student Foundation and the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita, of 59 years; three children: Patrica Ehler and Husband, David of LaGrange; John Rabel and wife, Sherry of Houston; Monica Norem of Houston; five grandchildren: Sarah Ehler; Rachel Hernandez and husband, Tobias; Mary Ehler; and Hannah and Joseph Norem; two great-grandchildren: Zion Hernandez and Hadley Ehler; two sisters-in-law: Patricia Wolf Gill and husband, Hallie; and Elizabeth Blanton Wolf; nine nieces and nephews and their spouses; goddaughter, Karen McMullen Castillo and husband Dan; and children, Emily and Daniel Castillo. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A prayer service was held at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Tuesday, April 3. Funeral Services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4. Interment followed at Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 267, Columbus, Tx. 78934; First Lutheran Church, 2415 Ave G, Galveston, Tx. 77550; or Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin, Tx. 78155. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 5, 2012, page 2
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Rabel, Vinzens

An aged farmer named Vinc Rabel died at his home northeast of town Tuesday, and was buried in St. Michael’s cemetery the following day. A large crowd attended the funeral ceremony.

Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1904, page 5

Rabel, Viola (Cernoch)

Viola Rabel Funeral Services Held Nov. 12

Viola Rabel, 87, of Weimar, died Nov. 10, at Parkview Manor in Weimar. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 12, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

Mrs. Rabel was born Feb. 11, 1916 in Weimar to Jim and Jenovefa Krecmer Cernoch.

She married Henry J. Rabel on Nov. 18, 1946 in Weimar.
She was a housewife and homemaker.

Mrs. Rabel is survived by one son, Kenneth Rabel of Weimar; sisters, Lilly Vornsand of Weimar, Hattie Kamas of Bellville and Adella Hudec of Rosenburg; and brothers, August Cernoch of Weimar and Ivan Cernoch of Rosenburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two sisters, Annie and Mathilda.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Cejka, Dennis Hudec, Gary Cernoch, Michael Winkler, Steve Rabel Jr. and Darrell Kubesch.

The Weimar Mercury, November 20, 2003
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli
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