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Richter, Adolph

Mr. Adolf Richter, one of Weimar’s oldest citizens and business men, died at the family residence Wednesday morning, after a long and painful illness, and was buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery the following morning, Rev. Knikar, pastor of the Lutheran church of this city and at Cibolo, officiating. The funeral was largely attended, the Hermann Soehne lodge and the Weimar fire department attending in a body, he having been a member of both these organizations. Only nine days previous his son, Mr. Hugo Richter, was laid to rest in the same cemetery, which made the funeral a doubly sad one. Mr. Richter was born Sept. 18, 1847, in Prussia, Germany, emigrated to this country with his parents in 1855, first settling at New Ulm; in ‘61 moved to High Hill, afterward to Schulenburg for a short while, and thence, twenty years ago, to Weimar, where he resided up to the time of his death. On the 2nd day of September, 1870, he was married to Miss Hermine Herder, and she, together with four daughters, survives the union. The Mercury joins a large circle of friends in tendering to the family sincere and heartfelt sympathy upon the double bereavement visited upon them.

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1902, page 5

Richter, Adolph

Adolf Richter, Highway Worker, Killed by Auto

Columbus, June 30l--Sheriff Harvey Lee charged Dickey McGrady, 27-year-old Houstonian, with murder without malice Friday night following the traffic death of Adolph Richter, 41, Columbus road worker.

Mr. Richter, an employe of the Texas Highway Department, was struck by a 1936 sedan at 4:30 p.m. Friday while pouring rubber in expansion points of Highway 90 three miles west of here.

A fellow highway worker, Raymond Leon Seagrove, 19, of Rock Island, received painful asphalt burns in the crash, but Columbus Hospital authorities said his condition was not serious.

Gentle Lee Henry, another highway worker, said the sedan ran through a barrier marked “one-way traffic” which had been erected to block one side of the highway.

Sheriff Lee identified McGrady as the driver of the death car. The murder complaint was filed with Justice of the Peace A. W. Hahn, Sr. Texas Highway Patrolmen W. E. Crowder and D. L. Wilson helped the Colorado County officials investigate.

McGrady was accompanied by four other Houstonians ranging from 18 to 27. They were en route to San Antonio.

Mr. Richer is survived by his widow, Mrs. Valasta Richter, and twin babies born to the couple one month ago. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, July 7, 1950, page 1

Richter, Albert A.

Albert Richter Expires at 89; Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Albert A. Richter, 89, of the Borden area, were held Saturday at Hubbard Funeral Home with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Robt. Crawford officiated.

Mr. Richter died at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for four days. His health had been failing the past two years.

He was a lifelong resident of the Weimar rural area. He was born July 19, 1882, the son of Frank and Anna Blaschke Richter, and attended school at Osage. He married Alma Trojan on Dec. 22, 1908, at Wallington in Hill County, and they settled on a farm here.

Mr. Richter is survived by his wife, one son, Hugo Richter Sr., and one grandson, Hugo Richter Jr., all of the Borden area. Of the eight children in his own family he was the last to die.

Pallbearers were Bernard Braden, Max E. Brune, Gordon Richter Jr., Malcolm Schroeder, Jimmy Hlavinka, and Harold Trojan.

Weimar Mercury, December 16, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Richter, Albert August

Albert A. Richter

News was received here last week end of the death of Mr. Albert August Richter of San Antonio, whose death occurred Saturday morning, following an accident in a gin in San Antonio on Sept. 20. The remains were bro’t to this city Sunday and from the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Fritz Wendt of Content, were conveyed to the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar for interment Sunday afternoon. Appropriate services were conducted by Rev. R. Uhlhorn, pastor of the Weimar Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The funeral was attended by a large crowd, and he floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.

Active pall bearers were Messrs. H. J. Laging, Charles Hartensteiner, Edward Sweeney of San Antonio, Edgar W. Hartman of San Antonio, Ed Fricke of Round Top, Paul Neumann of Woodsboro, R. W. Dahse of Woodsboro, an Charles Eisenminger of San Antonio. Honorary pall bearers were Messrs. Philip Prinz of San Antonio, Ed Weid of Nordheim, George Schultz of Round Top, Rudolph Boeer of San Antonio, Will Klockman of San Antonio, and Henry A. Stuermer of Nordheim.

Albert August Richter was born Nov. 6, 1878, at Round Top, and was baptized there in the Lutheran Church on Feb. 11, 1879, by Rev. A. Neuthard, pastor of that church. He was confirmed in the same place in 1896. In 1912 he moved to Woodsboro and lived there until 1919. June 12,1919, he was married to Miss Eugenie Wendt of Weimar. They moved to Nordheim shortly afterward and lived there three years, then to San Antonio. From 1912 to the day of his death he was in the ginning business. An accident at his gin on Tuesday of last week resulted in his death, despite all efforts of family, physicians and friends. At time of death he had attained the age of 59 years, 10 months and 18 days. He is survived by his wife, four brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Walter of Woodsboro, Fred of Wallis, Robert of Round Top and Oscar of San Antonio; the sisters are Mrs. Clara Kuhn of Wallis and Mrs. Ernie Fricke of Round Top.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, September 30, 1938, page 1

Richter, Alena (Schmidt)

Alena Richter Funeral Service Held June 12

Alena Bertha Schmidt Richter, 81, of Weimar, passed away on June 9.

The funeral service was held June 12 at the Weimar UCC with Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Alena was born Aug. 15, 1925 to George and Bertha Schmidt in Eagle Lake.

She attended school in Vox Populi and Old Grove.

She married Hugo Richter Sr. in 1944 in Monterrey, Calif.

Alena lived in California while her husband was in the service for three years and remained in California four years after his service was complete.

She lived her life as a wife, mother and grandmother.

Alena loved to cook for her family. Her granddaughters and nieces were her favorite pastime. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, and raising animals of all kinds.

She is survived by her son, Hugo Richter Jr. of Weimar and granddaughters, Angela and Vicki Richter.

She is preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Johnnie Schmidt of Cat Spring, Henry Schmidt of Eagle Lake, August Schmidt of Eagle Lake and Arthur Schmitt of Weimar; sisters, Mary Schmitt Zahradnick of Eagle Lake, Erna Schmidt Cloat of Eagle Lake and Tilda Schmidt Birdwell of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Johnnie Schmitt, Gordon Richter, Edwin Schmitt, James Engbrock, Wilber Lucko, and Robert Schroeder.

Weimar Mercury, June 21, 2007, page 2A

Richter, Alma (Trojan)

Mrs. Richter's Funeral Here Jan. 27

Funeral services for Mrs. Albert (Alma) Richter, 88, were held Monday, January 27, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. D.L.R. McDougle, pastor of United Church of Christ, officiated.

Mrs. Richter died at 5:20 p.m. January 25 at Parkview Manor. She had suffered a broken hip last November 3.

A lifelong resident of this area, she was born January 7, 1887, at New Bielau, the daughter of August and Albertine Lenz Trojan. She was married to Mr. Richter December 22, 1905, at Wallington, Hill County, Texas, and they settled on a farm near Weimar. Mr. Richter died December 9, 1971.

Mrs. Richter is survived by one son, Hugo H. Richter, and daughter-in-law Alena, of Weimar, one grandson, Hugo Jr., granddaughter-in-law Deena and great-grandchild, Angela Richter, of Weimar; and one sister Mrs. Ottilie Gehring of Lubbock.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Trojan, and two sisters, Mrs. Emilie Brune and Mrs. Alvina Lucko, in addition to her husband.

Pallbearers were V. J. Hlavinka, Gordon Richter Jr., Malcolm Schroeder, Bernard A. Braden, S. B. Jones and Edmund Brune.

Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Richter, Anna (Blaschke)

Aged Lady of Borden Community Dead

Mrs. Anna Richter, wife of Mr. Franz Richter of the Borden community, died Sunday at the age of 84 years, and the remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery west of town Monday afternoon, a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends attending the funeral. Rev, Paid Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister of Schulenburg, conducted the funeral service.

Mrs. Richter was born In Austria. She came to this country in 1873, settling in this section and her long and useful life was spent almost exclusively in the western part of Colorado county. At time of death she had spent 59 years of her life in this section. She is survived by husband, seven children. all grown and married, seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Richter was a quiet, home loving, good wife, friend and neighbor, and was highly regarded by all who knew her. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored, Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 12, 1932, page 1

Richter, Anna (Meismer)

Mrs. Annie Richter Dies Here Sat.

Friends will regret to learn that Mrs. Louis (Annie) Richter, a lifelong resident of the Garwood - Nada community, passed away on Saturday, Mrs. 25th at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born near Nada, Texas on August 10, 1888, the daughter of Joseph and Frances Meismer, She was united in marriage with Louis Richter in 1907.  He preceded her in death in 1944.  She moved to Garwood in 1944 and she resided there until her death.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joe P. Krenek of Garwood and Mrs. Anthony Fuex of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Emil J. Staff of El Campo and Mrs. Fred Kubesch of Nada; one brother, Jesse A. Meismer of Nada;  three grandsons, Laddie, Delmar and J. P. Krenek of Garwood; and three great grandchildren, Terry, Sherry and Jason Krenek of Garwood.

A rosary was recited in the Triska Funeral Home Chapel in El Campo on Monday, Mar. 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services were held from the Triska Chapel on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass in the St. Mary's Catholic Church at Nada at 10 a.m.  The Rev. Henry Rolf officiated.  Interment was in the St. Mary's Cemetery at Nada.

Casketbearers were: Norbert Meismer of Nada, Pete Leopold of Louise, Fred Kubesch, Jr., of Hallettsville, Ben Richter and Lillius Schilling of Garwood, and Clement Richter of Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Richter was a kind and friendly person and was deeply loved by all who came to know her.

Eagle Lake Headlight Mar. 30, 1972
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Richter, Charles

Mr. Charles Richter

Charles Richter was born near Frelsburg on February 8th, 1883, married in 1909, and died on January 20, 1935. Funeral services were conduced from the Lutheran Church on January 22nd. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest] Mr. Richter lived in Colorado County practically all his life, working with the State Highway Department for the last several years. He is survived by his wife and the children, Walter, Janelle, and Dorothy. He also hard three step-children; Lindsey Turner of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Adolf Schultz of New Ulm, and Bennie Henicke of DeSoto. Four brothers and three sisters mourn his death; they are John Richter of Moulton, Fritz Richter of Frelsburg, Henry Richter of Columbus, Dick Richter of George West, Mrs. Fritz Sommerlatte of Frelsburg, Mrs. Adolf Brast of Cat Spring, and Mrs Adolf Schmidt of East Bernard.

Mr. Richter was one of those peoples of whom you hear very little but who quietly and patiently do the work that may come their way; they are not noticed by the multitude but prized by those who come to know them intimately.

Colorado County Citizen, January 24, 1935

Richter, Charles August


Charles August Richter, of Columbus, is rejoicing with the Lord today.

He passed on Monday, May 17 at Columbus Community Hospital after an eight month battle with cancer. Charlie leaves behind a circle of loving family and friends who will miss him dearly for the rest of their lives. He touched each of us in a very special way and his love and support will be with us always. Charlie lived his life walking very closely with God. His spirituality and faith in Him is an inspiration to all. He was a lay reader and chalice bearer under the spiritual guidance of Father Steve Whitfield, at Christ Episcopal in Eagle Lake. We find comfort in knowing that Charlie has gone home.

Charlie was born in La Grange on Sept. 10, 1934 to Annie Maria Martha Schneider and Charles John Richter. He graduated from Schulenburg High School in 1953. Charlie served in the United States Air Force as a radio mechanic from 1955 to 1962. An electrician by trade, he worked for LCRA and continued to work part time up until his illness. Charlie was a Master Mason at Lyons Lodge No. 195 in Schulenburg.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Richter; son, Neal Richter and wife, Betty of Elizabethtown, Ky.; daughter Vicky Nelson and husband Jeff, of Pearland; sister, Margaret Dieringer of Midland; second dad to Mark and Loretta Hellrung of Houston; Cyndee Smith and Tom McMahon of Chappell Hill; Robin and Pete Garcia of Columbus; Christi Hellrung of Houston; Tracey Hellrung of Columbus; and Terri and Edward Pavlicek of Glidden. Charlie has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial service and celebration of life was Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.[Place of interment not given]

Safe ride home Charlie, we love you.

The Colorado County Citizen, May 26, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Richter, Clement L.

Clement L. Richter, age 83, of Eagle Lake, passed away Saturday, May 30, 1992, at 12:25 a.m. at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston, following a lengthy illness.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County. Mr. Richter was born near Garwood October 20, 1908, to Joseph and Mary Meismer Richter. He grew up there and attended local schools.

He married Florence Konesheck in Mentz on October 22, 1935.

In 1938 he moved to Eagle Lake where he began a 38 year career with Universal Motor Company. He served as shop foreman until retirement in 1973.

He will long be remembered for his devotion and faithful service to his Lord, family, community and employers.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 56 years, Florence; daughter Karen Richter of Detroit, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Dick and JaNene Richter of New Braunfels; sister, Arlean Penney and brother, Tony Richter, both of Lake Jackson; grandchildren, Krystal and Ric Nowell and Tim and Laura Richter all of New Braunfels, Russell Richter, Plano; two great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 1, 1992, in Dulaney Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Mann, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating. Graveside service and interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons Tim and Russell Richter, Ric Nowell and nephews Frank Tate and Russell and John Konesheck.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to either the memorial fund in care of First Baptist Church, or Eagle Lake Community Hospital Auxiliary.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 4, 1992
Submitted by John Konesheck

Richter, Connie L.

Connie L. Richter, 83, of Wharton, passed away June 26 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

He was born April 27, 1919 in Columbus to Henry and Annie (Hayek) Richter.

On Feb. 20, 1940, he married the late Regina Noska Richter.

Richter served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Wharton and the Knights of Columbus in Wharton. He was a heavy equipment operator for the Texas Highway Department.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; daughter-in-law Terri Richter; two infant grandchildren; three brothers, Adolph Richter, Ernest Richter and Lester Richter and sister Leona New.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Eunice Marie "Neisy" and Matthew Crisp of Beeville; son Edward L. Richter of Wharton; grandchildren Dayna Kay Richter, Troy Lee Richter and Donovan Matthew Crisp and brother Louie Richter of Lone Oak.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 29 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wharton [Frelsburg].

Serving as pallbearers were Leonard Richter, "Butch" Lester Richter Jr., Leroy Richter, Chester Matula, Heath Mitchell and Curtis Vasut.

Colorado County Citizen, July 3, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Richter, Dora (Hayek) Bertsch

Mrs. Dora Richter

Funeral services for Mrs. Dora Bertsch Richter were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus Monday at 1 p.m. Burial was in the city Cemetery in Fayetteville. Pastor H. L. Anderson officiated.

Mrs. Richter, 86, died in the Columbus Convalescent Home Saturday. She was a daughter of Frank and Annie Schultz Hayek and a member of the Lutheran Church.

Surviving are: 2 daughters, Mrs. Otto Klimple of Columbus and Mrs. Robert Bricker of Bay City; one son, Jesse Bertsch of Fayetteville; one sister, Annie Richter of Shaws Bend and one brother, Fritz Hayek of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Otto Klimple Jr., Mike Bertsch, Jerry Wayne Janosek, Leon Bertsch, Jimmy Bertsch and Richard Bricker.

Untermeyer-Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1971
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Richter, Eugenia (Wendt)

Final Rites for Mrs. Albert Richter, 75, Here Wednesday

Mrs. Eugenia Richter, 75, of Nordheim was laid to rest in the Weimar Cemetery Wednesday, June 5, after services at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Emigholz in charge of the final rites.

Mrs. Richter, the former Miss Eugenia Wendt, had been in ill health for several months.

She was born in Weimar on February 4, 1872. On June 12, 1919, she was married to Mr. Albert Richter of Round Top, in Weimar. She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, first at New Bielau, and later at Nordheim.

Surviving are her husband, Albert Richter of Weimar, and three brothers, John Wendt of Nordheim, Fritz Wendt of Weimar and Adolph Wendt of Orange Grove. One brother and one sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Herman Dahse, Otto Johnson, Emil Johnson, Alfred Wendt, Emil Wendt, and Werner Wendt.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the family.

Weimar Mercury, June 7, 1946, page 1

Richter, Florence (Konesheck)

Florence Richter
May 21, 1912 - April 11, 2002

Florence Richter, 89, of Eagle Lake passed away Thursday, April 11, 2002 at her residence. Born in Rosenberg May 21, 1912, she was the daughter of Edward and Ethel Rogers Konesheck. A resident of Eagle Lake most of her life, she was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School. She married Clement Leo Richter in Eagle Lake on October 22, 1935 and was a member and faithful servant of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake. She will be long remembered for her devotion to family, friends and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clement (May 30, 1992); sister, Lottie Tate; brothers, David and Chester Konesheck.

Survivors include her children, Karen Richter of Madisonville and Dick and wife, JaNene, of Seguin; grandchildren, Krystal Parrish and husband, Walter;Russell Richter and wife, Dianna; Tim Richter and wife, Laura; five great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law, Charlene Konesheck of Eagle Lake, Arlene Penney of Lake Jackson; brother-in-law, Tony Richter of Lake Jackson; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday April 13, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Brent Beasley, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, officiating. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Her niece, Carol Joyce Ripper, served as organist. Dulany Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Russell and Tim Richter; Walter Parrish; Frank Tate; Bobby Stieber; and John Konesheck.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 18, 2002
Submitted by John Konesheck

Richter, Frederick William

Weimar Local Matters

Wm Richter, who was so cowardly shot by an unknown assassin in the leg, shattering it badly, on the night of December 30, 1891, and of which mention has been made, died Saturday night between 11 and 12 o’clock. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Honor and Ancient Order United Workmen, and foreman hose cart, No. 1, of the fire department, and was buried by the above named societies in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Sunday evening at 4 o’clock, followed to his last resting place by many friends and relatives. This entire community offer their deepest condolence to the aged father and mother, wife and five children for the untimely death of an affectionate son, husband and father. Peace to his ashes.

Colorado Citizen, February 18, 1892

Wednesday evening near the hour of 10, the sound of a single pistol shot, followed by loud groans, caused a rush of citizens to north Main street. The trouble was located in the rear of Adolph Richter’s Green Front saloon, where, lying on the ground just outside of the rear door, lay Bill Richter, the barkeeper, bleeding from an ugly wound in his right leg just below the hip. He was immediately taken home, and a physician extracted the ball (a 45-calibre) The leg was broken, and the bone splintered considerably. The assassin had fired from the alley in the rear of the premises just as Bill was entering the door. The fellow, whoever he was, made good his escape, and there is no clue whatever to his identity. The wound is considered a dangerous one, and Bill is resting as easy as possible under the circumstances.

Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1892

Richter, Gordon L. Sr.


Gordon L. Richter Sr., 93, passed away Jan. 26, in Columbus.

He was born Aug. 16, 1913 in Colorado County, and lived his entire life at his home five miles west of Columbus until three years ago when he moved to Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He married Hildegard Severin on Jan. 22, 1935. She died four months ago, before they could celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary.

Mr. Richter enjoyed fishing, photography and golfing. He took and developed his own pictures. One of his favorite pastimes was calling at square dances. He loved his electric guitar at home. Many crochet games were held at the Richter home amongst relatives. His grandchildren remember watching the Walton's and M*A*S*H with him. He loved to read the newspaper daily.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sisters, Verna Massie and Douglas Kearney.

He is survived by his two sons, Gordon Richter Jr. and wife Bernice of Weimar and David Richter of LaGrange; five grandchildren Lisa Little, Kristy Okruhlik and Wesley, Erin and Brian Richter; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 28 at Henneke Funeral Home with Chaplain Don A. Storey Sr. officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Dennis Poppe, Hugo Richter, Wesley Richter, Shannon Okruhlik, Jim Little and Wayne Williamson.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen

Richter, Henry D.

Last Rites Held For H. J.[sic] Richter, Native of County

Funeral services were held yesterday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran church for Henry J.[sic] Richter, 89, retired farmer and life long resident of Colorado county. He was a member of the Lutheran church and Rev. H. L. Anderson officiated.

Mr. Richter suffered a heart attack at his home on Route 2, Columbus, Sunday and was taken to Columbus hospital where he died Monday morning at 4:20. He was born at Frelsburg, a son of Leopold and Margaret Richter. Feb. 16, 1905 he was married to Annie Hayek at Colorado count courthouse with Judge J. J. Mansfield performing the ceremony.

Survivors besides his widow are his 4 sons, Connie of Wharton, Lester and Louis of Columbus, Ernest of New Ulm; and a daughter, Mrs. C. R. New, also of Columbus; and 18 grandchildren. A son, Adolph, died in a traffic accident in 1950.

Pallbearers were Waco Kansteiner, Conrad Bertsch, E. J. Bertsch, Herbert Haverlah, Bobby Richter and Arthur Stancik.

Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery under the direction of Untermeyer Funeral home.

Colorado County Citizen, February 7, 1963, page 1

Richter, Henry J.

H. J. Richter Dies After Long Illness; Burial Saturday

Funeral services for Henry J. Richter were held last Saturday at Untermeyer Funeral home with continued services at St. Anthony’s Catholic church, the Rev. Alex J. Kraus officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Rosary was recited Friday evening in the funeral home.

Mr. Richter died in Veterans hospital in Houston where he had been a patient since Jan. 9. He had been ill since last November.

Born in La Grange May 6, 1904, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Richter. He attended school in Columbus and served with the army in World War II. He was a crpenter[sic] by trade. He was married to Mrs. Loraine Henneke Bertsch in 1944.

His widow survives, also a sister, Mrs. Frank Schindler of Houston and 3 brothers, Ed Richter of Columbus and Herbert Richter of Wimberley. A sister, Mrs. Katherine Frerichs, died earlier.

Pallbearers were Frank Frazier of Mentz, Elo Willmann, Tom Teague, Jimmy Mikulenka and Conrad Bertsch of Columbus and Jack Blair of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, March 3, 1960, page 7

Richter, Hermine (Herder)

Grand, Good Woman Claimed By Death

While it was known that Mrs. Hermine Richter's condition was serious, it was not realized that the end was so near, hence when news of her death was circulated Saturday morning it caused a deep and genuine sorrow to pervade the hearts of our people, among whom she had lived for so long a time and to whom "Tante Mimi" was as dear as they were to her in her life-time.

Her death occurred about 1 a. m. Saturday, after a long illness. The remains were prepared for burial and, interment took place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Pall bearers were beloved relatives of deceased--Messrs. George and Chas. Herder, Alfred Reissner, Emil and George Hillje of San Antonio, and Adolf Rose of Waco.

Preceding interment beautiful and touching services were held at the local Lutheran Church by her beloved pastor, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, who took for his text 2d Con. 12:9.

Favorite religious songs of "Tante Mimi' were sung by the choir before and after the funeral oration.

Despite the bad weather and worse roads, people were here from far and near to attend the funeral of their beloved friend and kinswoman, and the attendance was exceedingly large. Many and beautiful floral emblems were placed upon the grave of this truly good woman.

Mrs. Hermine Richter was born Aug. 10, 1851, at Frelsburg, this county. Her parents were George Herder and wife, who came to Texas in 1834 and 1835, respectively. At the age of 8 years her parents moved to High Hill, where in 1868 she was united in marriage to Adolf Richter. In 1885 the family moved to Weimar. The following children blessed their union: Mrs. Henry Birkmann of Weimar, Mr. Hugo Richter, Mrs. Hulda Russek of Waco, Mrs. O. A. Rose of Waco, Bertha Richter, Mrs. Hal W. Chinn of Glendale, Calif. Two of these children, Hugo and Bertha, preceded the mother in death. Hugo at the age of 31 years and Bertha at the age of I year. Her husband was claimed by death in 1902. Eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers --Messrs. Wm. Herder of Shiner and Geo. Herder of Eagle Lake--are among the survivors. Mrs. Richter was a member of the Evang, Lutheran Church. also of the Ladies' Aid. Her age at time of death was 78 years, 5 months and 15 days.

Decedent was familiarly and lovingly known to many of her friends as “Tante Mimi." She was truly a grand, good woman. To know her was to love her. She was an inspiration to every gathering where she was present. All knew and loved her and her counsel was always listened to with respect and sincere regard, for all knew her advice came from the heart. Up to within a short time before she was taken down sick she was a regular attendant at many church meetings and it was a pleasure indeed to her to do for the Master and His cause. Her example and energy was an inspiration to others. She was a devoted wife and mother at all times, and her visits to the sick room were like a ray of sunshine, carrying cheer and gladness to those upon beds of affliction. Her presence here especially will be sadly missed. Her health falling some two years ago she went to live with her beloved granddaughter, Mrs. Hilda Watson, and a!though every care and attention was bestowed upon her by children and grandchildren, she gradually grew weaker until it was plainly evident that her days were numbered. Calmly and peacefully she passed out of this life and went to meet her loved ones in the other world.

In the death of this truly good woman, the writer of these lines feels that he has lost one of his best and dearest friends, and we drop the tear of sympathy with those who also are bereaved. May God comfort them in their deep affliction!

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1930, page 1

Richter, Hildegard (Severin)

H. Richter Services Held-Oct. 2

Hildegard Richter, 91, of Columbus died Sept. 29 at Columbus Nursing & Rehabilitation. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 2e at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Chaplain Don Story officiating.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus

Hildegard was born April 16, 1915 in Bellville to Fritz and Martha (Hacker) Severin.

She attended school until the seventh grade.

Mrs. Richter married Gordon Richter Sr. on Jan. 22, 1935.

Hildegard lived near Columbus since 1935 and was a Baptist and a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Gordon Richter Sr. of Columbus; sons, Gordon Richter Jr. and wife Bernice of Weimar, and David Richter of La Grange; and sister, Ora Nell Kohler of Brookshire.

She is also survived by five grandchildren, Lisa Little, Kristy Okruhlik, Wesley Richter, Erin Richter and Brian Richter; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Fritz and Martha (Hacker) Severin; sister, May Dell Schulte; and brother, John Arthur Severin.

Pallbearers were Shannon Okruhlik, Hugo Richter, Wesley Richter, Jim Kearney, Jim Little and Brian Richter.

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 2006, page 2

Richter, Hugo


Our city was greatly shocked last Monday morning at an early hour when the news was flashed from house to house that Mr. Hugo Richter, a prominent saloonist of this city, had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol, at his place of business. It seems that he left home at or near 6 o’clock, after kissing his wife, and children goodbye and telling them he would be back directly. He partially opened one door of the saloon, entered, seated himself at a domino table, and with the pistol firmly grasped in both hands, pulled the trigger and sent a ball from a 44 calibre British bulldog pistol crashing through his forehead. He died instantly. The report of the shot was heard by one or two parties, but could not be located. Shortly afterward the negro porter, George Nelson, came around to clean up and finding one of the doors partially opened, feared the saloon had been robbed, and went in haste for Mr. Richter’s brother-in-law, Mr. Henry Birkmann. Mr. B. entered the saloon, found everything in darkness, and striking a match discovered Mr. Richter lying back in the chair, apparently unconscious and very bloody. He thought at first he had been assaulted by someone, but when the electric lights were turned on the truth of the deadly tragedy was revealed. Judge W. A. VanAlstyne was summoned to view the body, after which it was removed to the family residence. It is believed the cause of his suiciding was ill-health. He was a young man in the prime of manhood, with a loving wife and three little daughters, well thought of, and popular with all classes. He was born March 27, 1871, at Hight Hill; removed to Weimar with his parents (Mr.and Mrs. Ad. Richter) in his 11th year; was married Nov. 18, 1895 to Miss Sidonia Warnken, who with three little daughters, survives him. He also leaves four sisters---Mrs. Henry Birkmann, Mrs. O. A. Rose of San Antonio, Mrs. Frank Russek of Skidmore, and Miss Annie Richter. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. Kniker of Cibolo performing the last sad rites. He was a member of the Herman Soehne and the United Workmen. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in their deep distress.

Weimar Mercury, December 13, 1902, page 1

Richter, Hugo H. Sr.

Hugo Richter Sr. Funeral Services Held April 13

Hugo H. Richter Sr., 91, of Weimar, died April 10 at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 13, at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Karen Buck Nelson officiating. Interment followed at the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Richter was born Aug. 22, 1912 in Sedan to Albert and Alma (Trojan) Richter. He attended school in Borden.

He married Alena Schmitt in 1944 in Monterey, Calif.

He served his country in the United States Army for three years, entering in 1944.

He was stationed at Fort Ord in California where he served as a cook and also was a cook on a military train that traveled from California to Washington.

He worked for the Texas Highway Department for 28 years and retired at the age of 62. While he was in California, Hugo worked as a carpenter's helper and helped build the homes of Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Jackie Gleason.

He was a member of the American Legion Otto Rahlwes Post No. 259.

He enjoyed the outdoors, riding through the country with his wife, an taking care of his granddaughters and nieces.

He also loved Coca-Cola and always said "There's always time for a Coca-Cola."

Mr. Richter is survived by his wife, Alena Richter of Weimar; one son, Hugo Richter, Jr. and wife Deena of Weimar; and two grandchildren, Angela and Vickie Richter.

Pallbearers were Wilbert Lucko, Johnnie Schmidt, Gordon Richter, Henry Schmidt, Erwin Schmitt, Robert Schroeder, James Engbrock and Paul Vasut.

Weimar Mercury, April 22, 2004

Richter, Ida W. (Dudensing)
Richter, Infant

Frelsburg, October 10.--Died here day before yesterday, Mrs. John Richter at the age of 26 years. Also an infant, whose birth the mother’s death was caused. The mother and child were laid to rest in one grave at the Lutheran cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, October 20, 1900, page 3

Richter, Joseph L.

Services For Joe Richter, 64, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Joe Richter, 64, were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Saturday morning, the Rev. Joseph Deane of St. Anthony’s Catholic church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Richter died Friday morning at Sunny Hill Farms, formerly Knights Rest home, where he had been taken the previous day after having been a patient in Columbus hospital 3 weeks. He had been seriously ill for about a year, and had been blind for about 16 years. He spent almost his entire life in the Columbus area.

His widow, the former Dora Hayek, survives, along with 2 brothers, Ed of West Columbia and Herbert of Wimberley, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Schindler of Houston. A brother, Henry, and a sister, Mrs. Katherine Frerichs, died earlier.

Pallbearers were E. J. Jimmie and Clarence Bertsch and Lester Richter of Columbus, Merle Richter of West Columbia and Otto Klimple Jr. of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1963, page 8

Richter, Katie Mae (Anderson) Hayek

Last Rites For Mrs. Katy Richter Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Untermeyer Funeral home for Mrs. Katy Richter, who died Sunday morning at her home here, Rev. G. Wolf officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

The former Katy Hayek, she was born in Colorado county Nov 26, 1882. She was a member of the Lutheran church.

She is survived by 3 sons, Linzie Turner of Eagle Lake, Rennie Henicke of George West and Walter D. Richter of Weatherford; 3 daughters, Mrs. Josie Schultz of New Ulm, Mrs. Margaret Richter Bryant of Alta Loma and Mrs. Dorothy Richter Rollins of Columbus; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Dora Hayek Richter and Mrs. Annie Hayek Richter, and a brother, Fritz Hayek of Columbus. Twenty-five grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren also survive.

Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1960,page 12

Richter, Lester W.

Lester W. Richter Sr., 72, of Columbus, died Sunday, April 9, 1995 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

Born June 10, 1922, in Shaws Bend, he was the so of Henry and Annie (Hayek) Richter. On Feb 27, 1945, he married Nola Laake. Mr. Richter, a lifelong resident of the Shaw's Bend area, was retired after 36 years with the Texas Highway Department, where he had been an inspector in the engineering department. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

Funeral services were held April 11 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Jim Guenther, Walker Duncan, Charles Barrett, Jonathon Barrett, Stephen Richter and Tim Liehardt.

Mr. Richter is survived by his wife, of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Charles Barrett of Columbus, Janice and Walker Duncan of Altair and Joanna and Jim Guenther of Marble Falls; sons and daughters-in-law Leonard and Lisa Richter of Columbus, Lloyd and Jeanie Richter of Conroe and Lester Jr. and Sharon Richter of Kingwood; brothers Ernest Richter of New Ulm, Louis Richter of Lone Oak and Connie Richter of Wharton; sister Leona New of Columbus; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Adolph Richter.

Colorado County Citizen, April 12, 1995
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Richter, Loraine M.(Henneke)

Funeral services for Loraine M. Richter, 77, of Columbus were held Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Richter was born November 1, 1904, in Bernardo to Conrad and Johanna Weigel Henneke. She was married to Henry Richter. She was a member of the Lutheran Church and a lifetime resident of Columbus.

She is survived by one son, E. J. Bertsch of Columbus; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mike Bertsch, Butch Bertsch, Paul Cernosek, DeWayne Kotrla, Alois Henneke and Eddie Ray Lux.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, October 21, 1982
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Richter, Margaret


Margaret, the five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Richter of this place, sustained burns Tuesday afternoon that resulted in her death yesterday.

The child found a match about the house, and going out back of the house, sat down and lighted it. Her clothing caught fire and was burned nearly of [sic] when the incident was noted by a negro woman working in the house. The mother was called at once and both ran to the child's assistance and tore the few remaining clothes from her. Medical attention was rendered and everything done that could be done, but the child succumbed to the burns Wednesday morning.

The burial will take place this afternoon. [Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, February 18, 1926

Richter, Mary

Mrs. Mary Richter, an aged resident of this city (widow of the late Robert Richter and mother of Mr. Julius Richter), died at the family residence last Sunday afternoon, of old age. Her remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery the following afternoon. She was well and favorably known to the older citizens of Weimar, in which city she resided for many years. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, May 18, 1901, page 5

Richter, Regina Sophie (Noska)

Regina Sophie Richter

Regina Sophie Richter, age 72, of Wharton, passed away Tuesday November 5, 1991, at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

She was born in Frelsburg on July 12, 1919, to Adolph K. and Sophie K. Ruether Noska.

She was married to Connie L. Richter on February 20, 1940. A resident of Wharton for 50 years, Sophie was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Wharton.

She is survived by her husband, Connie L. Richter, age 72, of Wharton; a daughter, Eunice Marie “Neisy” Richter, Wharton; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward L. and Terri Richter, Lane City; sisters, Agatha Vasut, Brushy; Veronica Vasut, Columbus; a brother, Raymond Noska, Columbus; and two grandchildren, Dayna and Troy Richter.

A Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, at the Henneke Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 7, 1991, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Msgr. Werner Bockholt officiating.

Burial followed in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Vasut, Curtis Vasut, Kenny Noska, Lloyd Richter, Leonard Richter and Ernest Richter Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 14 Nov 1991, page 6
Contributed by Matt Cross

Richter, Robert

Weimar, April 28 – Mr. Robert Richter, aged about 78 years, long a citizen of this city and county and a member of the Weimar fire department since it’s [sic] organization, died to-day and will be burried [sic] tomorrow by the fire department in the Odd Fellow’s cemetery.

Mr. Richter was well known here but was no relation to M. Richter.

Shiner Gazette, 3 May 1894
Contributed by Matt Cross

Mr. Robert Richter, an old citizen of this place, died last Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock, and was buried the following day by the Weimar fire department, of which he had been a worthy member since its organization. He leaves an aged wife and one or two grown children. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 5, 1894

Everett, unknown
Richter, unknown


Two small children died in this place the 21st inst., Mr. Tom Everett’s and Wm. Richter’s. These two tender buds were plucked below to bloom above. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 28, 1885


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