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Ripper, Albina


Funeral services for Miss Albina Ripper, 22, daughter of the late Mr. and MRs. Joe Ripper,worse death occurred in a San Antonio hospital, were held t St. Michael’s Church this Thursday morning,with the Rt. Rev. Joseph Szymanski officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

To sorrowing survivors, the Mercury extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, January 3.,1941, page 5

Final Rites Held For Young Weimar Area Resident Thursday

Funeral services for Miss Albina Ripper 35, youngest daughter of the late J. F. Ripper and wife, whose death occurred Tuesday in a San Antonio hospital, were held here Thursday morning at 9 o’clock, with Rt. Rev. J. J. Szymanski officiating.

The deceased became ill about two weeks ago from an attack of influenza,which later developed into pneumonia. She expired about 9:50 p. m. Dec. 31. and the remains were transported to Weimar by the Hubbard Funeral Home ambulance. Burial was made in St. Michael’s cemetery, alongside her late parents.

Miss Ripper was born Dec. 14, 1905, at the family home near Osage and lived there all her life. An invalid practically all her life, she bore her suffering without complaint, always quietly helpful to her loved ones. She was loved by all those who knew her. Her mother preceded her in death only eight months ago.

Survivors include a brother, William of Weimar; four sisters, Mrs. Rudolph Muehr of Weimar, Mrs. Chas. Beyer of Midfield, Mrs. Frank Knebel and Miss Sophie Ripper, both of San Antonio. A brother, Frank, expired three years ago.

Pallbearers were nephews of the deceased: George and Henry Knebel of Midfield, Richard and Lawrence Muehr, Victor Wanjura and Leo Horak of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1941, page 1

Ripper, Anna (Kucherka)

Funeral Services Held in Mentz for Anna Ripper

Funeral services for Anna Ripper, 91, of Alleyton were held Wednesday, July 5, at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Father Dan Morales and Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial was in the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Ripper died July 2 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

She was born October 7, 1903 in New Waverly to Mr. and Mrs. Simon Kucherka. In 1922, she married Willie Ripper who preceded her in death in May 1963.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters in Weimar and the Altar Society in Mentz.

Survivors include four daughters, Louise Besch and Bernice Ripper, both of Alleyton; Alice Johnson of Columbus and Florence LaGroue of Houston; a sister, Helen Waldrep of Houston; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers, one sister and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Charles Besch, Ernest Besch, Cyril LaGroue, Pat Johnson, Leonard Besch, James LaGroue and Stanley LaGroue.

The Weimar Mercury, Jul 13, 1995, p. 2
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Ripper, Anna (Macha)


Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Ripper, 76, widow of the late J. F. Ripper, were held here Sunday morning at St. Michael’s Church, with Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph J. Szymanski and Rev. Louis Blinka officiating. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

In ill health for many months of which the last three were days of intense suffering, Mrs. Ripper expired Friday morning at 9:15 at her home near Osage.

Mrs. Ripper, nee Anna Macha, was born May 16, 1863, in Austria, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Macha. She came to Texas at the age of eight and settled along with her parents in the Ammannsville-Dubina community where she grew to young womanhood.

On June 25, 1883, she married Joseph F. Ripper and then settled in the Sedan area where she resided for seven years after which she moved with her family to the Osage community where she spent the remainder of her life. Her husband preceded her in death in 1932.

She was a devoted mother, kind and thoughtful of those about her and she was loved by all who knew her.

Six grandsons were pall bearers: Hy. Knebel of El Campo, George Knebel of Bay City, Edgar Beyer of Midfield, Richard and Leo Muehr and Fred Berger, all of Weimar.

Survivors include: One son, William, of Weimar; five daughters, Mrs. Rudolph Muehr, Sophie and Albina Ripper, all of Weimar; Mrs. Frank Knebel and Mrs. Charles Beyer of Midfield; a sister, Mrs. L. E. Kneitz of Needville; three brothers, Emil Kubesch of Hillje, Joseph Kubesch of Nada and William Kubesch of Sabinal. There are also 27 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One son, Frank, expired in 1937.

Those who attended the funeral of Mrs. Ripper from out of town were; Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Kneitz, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kneitz, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kneitz, Mrs. Adolph Rasha, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Warner, all of Needville; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Kubesch, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bena and daughter of Hillje; Mrs. Chas. Osina, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Knebel and Henry Knebel of El Campo; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bures and daughter, Mrs. Joe Zapalac, Frank Knebel and children, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Beyer, and Mrs. Steve Knebel of Midfield; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Knebel of Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kukesch[sic], Mrs. Krenek, Mrs. Arthur Leopold and daughters; Mrs. Mary Heine and son,Leo; Mrs. John Popp, Frank Popp and children, Mrs. Alfred Berger and baby; Joe Beyer, all of Nada; Misses Lillie, Ella and Elsie Muehr, Mrs. John Kunetka, Adolf Heine, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kucherka, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kucherka, Joe Kucherka, Mrs. L. A. Waldrop, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shutka, all of Columbus, Miss Viola Muehr of Schulenburg; and possibly others whose names we failed to learn.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, April 26, 1940, page 1

Ripper, Anna B. (Faldyn)

Mrs. Ripper was 45-year resident here

Mrs. Anna Faldyn Ripper passed away last Tuesday morning in the Heritage House Nursing Home after a brief illness. Rosary was recited at 6 p.m. Wednesday from the Mill Bauer Chapel with Joseph Wendel officiating.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with. the Reverend Ray Widacki officiating. Interment followed at the Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Edward Faldyn, Joe Faldyn, Jr., Jerry Lee Faldyn, Stanley Parma, Jr., Roy Fuller and Michael D. Lahman. Mrs. Cynthia Sunderman was the organist.

Anna Ripper was born to Joseph Faldyn and Frances Jurajda on January 13, 1905 in Arnmonsville, Texas. She was a resident of Eagle Lake for 45 years. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and had been active in the Altar Society.

Mrs. Ripper was preceded in death by her husband Frank H. Ripper, who died June 7, 1979. She is survived by her daughter Mrs. George (Joyce) Perry of Deer Pack; her son Frank Ripper of Austin; her sisters Mrs. Martha Parma of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Mary Seydler, Mrs. Albina Hluchnek, and Mrs. Helen Kubesch; her brothers Joe, Willie, Edwin and Jerry Faldyn; six grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements were made under the direction of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 10, 1983

Ripper, Anna/Annie (Witte)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Gus Ripper, Sr., 80, Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Gus Ripper, Sr., 80, resident of Weimar for the past sixty years, were held Sunday morning from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, Rev. Benedict Pruski officiating. Interment was made in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mrs. Ripper, who had been remarkably healthy and active for her age, had a heart stroke Friday, June 4, and was taken to Columbus Hospital the following day. She succumbed Friday evening, June 11, at 5:50 o'clock. She had been a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America chapter here, and of the St. Anne's Society and Sisters of Hermann Sons Lodge.

Born at Frelsburg on April 10,1868, she was the daughter of Bernard and Theresa Witte. On November 26. 1888, she married Gus Ripper at the Dubina Rectory. They had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary about ten years ago, with their many descendants attending. Mr. Ripper, who was a blacksmith here for many years, died in 1942. Until his death, he and his wife had occupied the same house in Weimar since their marriage more than half a century previous. During her last years, Mrs. Ripper had lived with her daughters here.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Frank J. Freis, Sr., Mrs. F. A. Seifert, and Mrs. W. H. Hollien, all of Weimar; two sons, Gus Ripper, Jr., of Wharton, and Frank Ripper of Eagle Lake; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. One daughter, Louise, died at the age of 18 months.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Frank Freis, Jr., Frank ("Buddy"') Seifert, Bob Kalous, all of Weimar: Frank Ripper of Eagle Lake; and George and Ralph Ripper of Wharton.

Weimar Mercury, June 18, 1948, page 1

Ripper, Ben C.

Ben Ripper Funeral Services Held May 20

Ben C. Ripper, 79, of Weimar, died Monday, May 19. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20 at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Glen Schoeneberg officiating. Interment followed at Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Riper was born Sept. 25, 1923 in Holman to Anton and Sophie (Oeltjendiers) Ripper.

He served his country in the United States Navy from Feb. 24, 1943 to Nov. 7, 1945. He married Elvira Ripper on June 29, 1948 in Weimar.

Mr. Ripper was a farmer and rancher and also worked as a maintenance man for Weimar Independent School District.

He was member of the VFW and lived in this area all his life.

Mr. Ripper is survived by his wife, Elvira of Weimar; daughters, Pamela Cox and husband Milton of Luling and Lori Zuhn and husband Michael of La Grange; son-in-law, Steve Pendergrass of Austin; and three grandchildren, Kara Pendergrass of Austin, and Aaron and Hannah Zuhn of La Grange.

He is also survived by brothers, Martin Ripper and Charlie Ripper, both of La Grange, and Walter W. Ripper and Erwin Ripper, both of Schulenburg; and sisters, Evelyn Ripper and Dorothy Ripper, both of Schulenburg.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Wanda Pendergrass; two brothers, Tony and Alfred Ripper; and two sisters, Olga Trojacek and Susie Ripper.

Pallbearers were Marty Ripper, Lad Trojacek, Mark Ripper, David Ripper, Chad Kloesel and Ewald Friedrich, Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers were Martin Ripper, Charlie Ripper, Walter W. Ripper, and Erwin Ripper.

The Weimar Mercury, June 5, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Ripper, Elvira (Oncken)

Elvira Ripper Funeral Services Held March 6

Elvira Ripper, 75, of Weimar died March 4. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 6 at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Elvira was born March 18, 1931 in Weimar to E. G. and Johanna (Vornsand) Oncken.

She attended Weimar High School, Class of 1948.

Elvira married Ben C. Ripper on June 29, 1948.

Elvira was a retired teachers aide and lived in Weimar her whole life.

She is survived by her daughters, Pamela Cox and husband Milton of Luling, and Lori Zuhn and husband Michael of La Grange; son-in-law, Steve Pendergrass of Austin; brothers, Norwin Oncken and wife Irene of Weimar, and Walter Oncken and wife Bobbi of Van Vleck; and three grandchildren, Kara Pendergrass, Aaron Zuhn and Hannah Zuhn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben C. Ripper; and daughter, Wanda Pendergrass.

Pallbearers were Norwin Oncken, Steve Pendergrass, Milton Cox Jr., Michael Zuhn, Mark Ripper and David Ripper.

Honorary pallbearers were Kara Pendergrass, Aaron Zuhn and Hannah Zuhn.

Weimar Mercury, April 19, 2007, page 2A

Ripper, Ferdinand

Heart Attack Is Fatal to F. Ripper, 80

A heart attack as he stood at a cashier’s window in Hill Bank & Trust Co, brought instant death to Ferdinand Ripper, 80-year-old retired farmer, at 9:30 a. m. Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a. m. Friday, October 21, at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing at 10 o’clock in St. Michael’s Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Ripper had been ill several years and had suffered three strokes but recently had been doing well. He and his wife retired from farming 8 years ago and moved to Weimar from Wildwood, where they had lived more than 50 years.

Born Dec. 7, 1879, in Germany, he was the son of Joe and Louisa Ripper, who brought him to this country when he was only 3 months old. They settled in the Weimar area and he had lived here since. He married the former Miss Mary Blaske here Nov. 4, 1901.

A member of St. Michael’s Church, he had been a member of the local Knights of Columbus council for 39 years and in 1958 was one of those awarded an honorary life membership. He also was a member of St. Joseph’s Society and CKA.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Mrs. Adolph Falke of Weimar, a step-daughter, Mrs. Alfred Oncken of El Campo; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Joe Ripper of Weimar and Edward and Anton Ripper of Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. Joe (Annie) Kubica of Weimar and Mrs. Anton (Theresa) Walla of Houston. An infant daughter, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, October 21, 1960, page 1

Ripper, Frank


Mr. Frank Ripper, respected and popular farmer living five miles east of Weimar, died Tuesday evening at the family home, after a long and painful illness. The funeral took place at St. Michael's Cemetery this (Thursday) morning at 9 o'clock , after appropriate services at St. Michael's Church, conducted by Rev. Jos. Szymanski. A suitable obituary will be published in the Mercury next week.

Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1937

Mr. Frank Ripper Passes Away

Tuesday night of last week, after many weeks of illness and suffering, the poor tired spirit of Mr. Frank Ripper, well known farmer of this section, passed away and joined that numerous throng gone on before. Everything within human power was done to restore him to his former good health, but the Heavenly Father had called him and he answered the summons.

The funeral took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Thursday morning at 9 o’clock, after appropriate services at St. Michael’s church, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mr. Ripper was 53 years old. He was born in Fayette county Nov. 14, 1883. At the age of 6 years he moved with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Ripper, to the Osage community and he lived there continuously up to the time of his death. He was married to Miss Louise Till in October, 1908. He is survived by his widow and four daughters, Mrs. Fred. F. Berger, Mrs. Victor Wanjura, Misses Gertrude and Dolores at home, and two grandchildren; his aged mother, Mrs. Annie Ripper, one brother, Mr. Willie Ripper, and five sisters, Mrs. Rudolf Muehr, Mrs. Frank Knebel, Mrs. Chas. R. Beyer, and Misses Sophie and Albina Ripper.

Mr. Ripper was a trustee of St. Michael’s, and the five living trustees served as pall bearers at the funeral – Messrs. E. C. Barta, Henry Seifert, Frank Wick, F. H. Schneider, Charlie Lidiak, and his brother-in-law, Mr. Edmund Helmcamp.

Mr. Ripper was a good husband and father, a kind neighbor and friend, a man highly respected by all who knew him, and he will be sadly missed by family, relatives and a large circle of friends and neighbors. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 17, 1937, page 1
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Ripper, Frank Adolph

Former Wildwood Citizen Buried at Mentz, Friday

Funeral services for Frank Adolph Ripper, 29, were held Friday morning at 10 o’clock, at St. Roch’s Church at Mentz, with the Rev. Andrew Didner officiating. Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery at that place.

Mr. Ripper died Wednesday at the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston of double pneumonia.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe S. Ripper he was born in the Wildwood community on August 21, 1914. He was united in marriage June 16, 1936 to Miss Leavy Jones of Mentz. The couple lived in Columbus until about one year ago when they moved to Galveston. He was well known in this section.

Survivors include his parents, his widow and three children, Maurine, Maynard and Monroe Ripper; four brothers, Pfc. Edgar Ripper of Bryan Field, Albert, Lawrence and Edwin Ripper who live near Columbus; one sister, Mrs. Robert Jasek of near Fayetteville.Those from Weimar attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Kubica and daughters, Paulina and Adela; Mr and Mrs. Fred Ripper, Mrs. Edward Ripper and daughter, Martha, Mr and Mrs. Adolf Kubica, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Falke, Jr., Misses Sophie and Lydia Wanjura.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury January 28, 1944

Ripper, Gus

Funeral Rites for Gus Ripper, Sr., 74,Conducted Saturday

Funeral services for Mr. Gus Ripper, Sr., 74, were held here Saturday morning at the Hubbard Funeral Home, at 10 o'clock. The Rev. C. Emigholz, Lutheran minister, conducted the services. Interment was made in the St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Ripper had been in failing health for some time. His condition growing steadily worse, he was taken to San Antonio for medical treatment. He returned from the hospital about one week before his death Friday night at the family home here.

Mr. Ripper was born on May 26. 1868. in Kunewald, Austria. He learned the blacksmith trade in the old country and came to the United States in the year 1886 at the age of 18. Upon arrival he settled in Weimar and engaged in his profession, blacksmithing, and continued in that business until 1939.

He was married to Miss Annie Witt of the Dubina community in 1888. To this union six children were born, five of whom are living.

Mr. Ripper became a naturalized American citizen in 1894 and has several grandsons serving in the United States army at the present time, one of whom, Lawrence Ripper. is on Guadalcanal Island with the,Marines.

Surviving are his widow. Mrs. Annie Ripper; three daughters, Mrs. Frank Freis. Sr., Mrs. Frank Seifert, and Mrs. Werner H. Hollien, all of Weimar; two sons. Gus Ripper. Jr., of Columbus and Frank Ripper of Eagle Lake. Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved families.

Weimar Mercury, October 30, 1942, page 1

Ripper, Herman Joseph

Herman J. Ripper Dead, Body Brought Here For Burial

Mr. Herman Joe Ripper, aged 30 years, died in a Houston hospital early Saturday morning, and the remains were brought here by train to the Hubbard Funeral Home, and burial took place Sunday afternoon at St. Michael’s Cemetery, after appropriate ceremonies at St. Michael’s Church, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

There are conflicting reports as to the cause of Mr. Ripper’s death. One of these is that he was robbed and slugged in Houston, receiving injuries on the head which rendered him unconscious from time of the assault and which caused his death a few days afterward. Inability to contact any member of the family prevents us giving a true statement of facts about his death.

Mr. Ripper is a former resident of this section. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe ripper, formerly of the Osage section, but later living in or near Glidden. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Miss Tillie Ripper of Columbus, and five brothers, Elbert, Frank, Edgar, Edwin and Lawrence Ripper, all of the Columbus section. Herman had been working in Houston for some time past.

Many old time friends of the family were deeply grieved to learn of the death of this young man, and join us in expressions of sympathy for his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1938

Ripper, Josef F.


People of this community were startled early this (Thursday) morning to learn that Mr. Joe RIpper, well known middle aged farmer of the Osage community, had committed suicide. At the time of his suicide we learn that no one was at home except himself and one daughter, and she probably asleep, as the crime was committed at a very early hour. His wife and other members of the family, we understand, had gone down to Needville Wednesday for a visit to relatives and friends. According to information at hand, it is probable financial worries was the cause.

Mr. Ripper, from physical evidence, evidently first cut his throat with a razor, then jumped into a cistern, but the water was not deep enough to drown him, so he then got out of the cistern, secured a rope and hung himself at the barn. A son, living near by, went over to the father's home early in the morning to milk a cow, and noting blood spattered here and there, investigated and found the parent's lifeless body hanging by a rope.

Mr. Ripper's death is sincerely regretted. He was a good man, hard worker, and highly thought of by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and several children, all grown, we understand.

At this time we have not learned what funeral arrangements have been made.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1932, page 4

Mr. Jos. F. Ripper

The mortal remains of the late Mr. Jos. F. Ripper, who departed this life early Thursday morning of last week, were committed to the grave in St. Michael's Cemetery Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The following officiated as pall hearers: From the S. P. J. S. T. Lodge, Messrs. John and Rudolf Mozisek. Chas. Herder; from the Hermann Sons Lodge, Joe B. Kainer, Jos. Kubesch and Anton Kloesel.

Mr. Ripper died July 28. 1932. He was born in Moravia, Dec. 17, 1863, and was 68 years, 7 months and 10 days of age at time of death. He came to Texas in 1881; was married to Miss Annie Macha in 1883, in Fayette county; lived in the Sedan community six years and then moved into Colorado county, where he remained the balance of his life up to time of death. He leaves a widow and seven children, all living, two sons and five daughters, who are as follows: Messrs. Frank and Willie Ripper of Weimar; Mrs. Rudolf Muehr of Weimar; Mrs. Frank Knebel and Mrs. Chas. Beyer of Midfield, and Misses Sophia and Alvina Ripper of Weimar; also twenty-seven grandchildren. One brother and one sister died a number of years ago.

Mr. Ripper’s death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends throughout this sections.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1932, page 1

Ripper, Joseph Sr.


(Weimar Mercury)

Mr. Joseph Ripper, Sr., respected retired farmer of the Holman section, died Monday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. The funeral took place at 9 o’clock Aug. 23 at St. Michael’s Cemetery, following requiem mass said by Rev. Jos. Hildebrand. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jos. Szymanski. The pall bearers were six grandsons of deceased, as follows: John Ripper, Jr., Albert Ripper, Adolf Kubica, Edgar Walla, Henry Ripper and Alfred Ripper.

Mr. Ripper was born in Grandorff, Germany, March 23, 1853, and was 80 years, 5 months and 28 days old at the time of death. He came to this section in 1880. His wife preceded him to the grave twenty-four years ago, having died Jan. 21, 1909. He is survived by ten children as follows: John, Joe, Fred, Edward, Anton, Adolph, Mrs. Joe blaschke, Mrs. Joe Kubica, Mrs. Joe Naiser, Mrs. Anton Walla, 44 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Schop, over 90 years of age, living at Praha, and Mrs. Frank Lev, Sr., over 82 years old, also living in Praha.

The funeral was largely attended, showing the high esteem in which Mr. Ripper was held by friends everywhere. He was a splendid, good man, one who always stood high among his fellowmen, a good christian character, a devoted husband, father, neighbor and friend, and his passing has brought sadness and sorrow to the hearts of many of our people. May the good God above comfort his bereaved ones is our sincere wish.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them in their bereavement.

Colorado County Citizen, September 7, 1933

Visitors from a Distance at Jos. Ripper Funeral

The following visitors from a distance were present last week at the funeral of Mr. Jos. Ripper, Sr.: Mr. John Ripper and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Warning, Mrs. Aug. Kubica, all of East Bernard; Misses Rose and Ann Ripper of Houston; Mr. Adolph Ripper and daughter, Aline, of Taylor; Mrs. Joe Blaschke [sic Blaske] of McKinney; Mrs. Joe Kloesel of Rosenberg; Mrs. Herman Weitzle [sic Weitzel], Mrs. Louis Bannert and daughter of Shiner; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lev and daughter, Mary, Mrs. Theresia Lev, Mrs. Frances Okrulik of Praha, and Mr. Emil Lev and Mrs. Theresia Zamykal of Flatonia.

Weimar Mercury, September 1, 1933, page 5
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders
Submitter’s Note: Many of the visitors are relatives. Joseph’s father was Martin Ripper. His sister, Theresia, married Charles Lev. Joseph was married to Aloysia Berger. Aloysia’s sister, Anna Berger, married Joseph Haas.

Ripper, Joseph E.

Fianl Rites for Joseph E. Riper, 84, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Joseph E. Ripper, 84, who died Thursday at Youens Hospital, were held Saturday, August 3, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Columbus, with Rev. Alex Kraus officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery here, with Untermeyer Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Ripper had lived near Weimar most of his life. Born Setp. 20, 1878, in Austria, Germany, the son of Joe and Louise Ripper, he was brought to America at the age of 2 ½, the family settling at Holman. He married Miss Mary Wanjura at St. Michael’s Church here Oct. 23, 1907. In their later years, after retiring from farming, they moved to Columbus, but after his wife’s death six years ago Mr. Ripper returned to Route 3, Weimar, to live with his son, Albert.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Tillie) Jasek; four sons, Albert of Weimar, Edgar and Edwin of Houston, and Lawrence of Columbus; 14 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

Pallbearers were his nephews,Joe Wanjura, Charlie Wanjura, Alvin Wanjura, Bennie Ripper, Walter Ripper and Adolph Kubica, all of Weimar.

The Weimar Mercury
August 8, 1963, page 1
Submitted bySandra Long Anders

Ripper, Lawrence Leo "Rip"

L. Ripper Services Held On July 20

Lawrence L. "Rip" Ripper, 82, of Glidden, passed away on July 16 in Columbus.

He was born on October 17, 1930, to Joe E. and Mary (Wanjura) Ripper in Holman. On August 7, 1954, he married Clarietta Knippel at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

Lawrence had worked as a gravel train switchman for 17 years, previous owner-operator of a service station, liquor store, convenience store, bus station and laundromat, and a rancher.
For the past 17 years, he worked for the Columbus Recycle Center.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council No. 2971 for over 50 years, retired Columbus Volunteer Fire Department and St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery Board.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Clarietta Ripper of Glidden; son, Jody Ripper of Glidden; four grandchildren, Dawn Kneblik and husband Bradley of Columbus; Amy Craven of Columbus; Jamie Ripper and special friend, Whitney Mayo of Weimar and Steven Raabe, Jr. of Columbus; three great-grandchildren, Trenton Kneblik, Braxton Kneblik and Kiara Craven; brother-in-law, Erwin Knippel and wife Margie of Columbus; sister-in-law, Mildred Ripper of Houston and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, Rudolph Ripper, Herman Ripper, Frank Ripper, Edgar Ripper, Edwin Ripper and Albert Ripper; daughter, Kay Beth Ripper Raabe; sister, Mathilda "Tillie" Jasek and infant sister, Clara Ripper.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 20, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Augustine N. Asante and Deacon Robert Jasek officiating.

Burial took place in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Jamie Ripper, Steven Raabe, Jr., Bradley Kneblik, Monroe Ripper, Maynard Ripper, Scott Ripper, Charlie Wanjura, Jr. and Michael Zweschper. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard, Knights of Columbus Council No. 2971 and the City of Columbus Employees.

Memorials are suggested to the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 125, Columbus, Tx 78934; Knights of Columbus Council No. 2971, P.O. Box 92, Columbus, Tx 78934; St. Anthony Catholic Church, P.O. Box 669, Columbus, Tx 78934; Columbus FFA Chapter, 105 Cardinal Lane, Columbus, Tx 78934 or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 25, 2013, Page 2
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Ripper, Louise

The little baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Ripper of this city died Tuesday about noon, after a long and very painful illness, aged about eighteen months. The body was interred Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock at the Catholic cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Ripper have the sympathy of the community in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1893

Ripper, Louise (Till)

Final Rites For Mrs. Louise Ripper, 72, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Ripper, 72, were held Sunday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with interment in the church cemetery. Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Ripper, who had been seriously ill about two weeks, died Thursday, May 24, in Youens Hospital.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, she was born Jan. 12 1890, the daughter of John and Anna Till. Her husband, Frank Rippers, to whom she was married October 20, 1908, died in 1937. Of their five children, a son also preceded her in death, as an infant.

Mrs. Ripper was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and St. Ann’s Society.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Fred (Hettie) Berger, Mrs. Victor (Agnes) Wanjura, Mrs. Leo (Gertrude) Horak, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Delores Hall of Pasadena; 18 grandchildren; three brothers, Albert of El Campo, Willie of Columbus and Henry of Weimar; and five sisters, Mrs. Edmund Helmcamp, Mrs. Lena Ulrich, Mrs. Chas. Berger, Mrs. Edmund Berger, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Jim Skrovan of El Campo.

Pallbearers were Freddie and Jerome Berger, E. J. Haas, James Horak, David Wanjura and Victor Wanjura Jr.

Weimar Mercury, May 31, 1962, page 8

Ripper, Mary (Blaske)

Mrs. M. Ripper, 90, Succumbs; Buried Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ripper, 90, were held Friday morning, July 9, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated.

Mrs. Ripper died July 7 at Columbus Convalescent Home. She had been ill since January.

Born at High Hill on Dec. 18, 1880, she was a daughter of Mathias and Theresia Blaske. She was married to Ferdinand Manovsky, who died a few years later. There were three children by this marriage. Two, Raymond and Emil, died as infants. The survivor is Mrs. Alfred (Emma Manovsky Ripper) Oncken.

In 1896 she married Ferdinand Ripper. He died Oct. 19, 1961. There were two daughters by this marriage—Clara, who died as an infant, and Mrs. Adolph (Ella) Falke.

Other survivors are three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One grandson, Eugene, and two brothers, Joe and Charlie, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Ripper lived in the Holman and Wildwood communities before moving to Weimar. She lived alone the last ten years, until she became ill. A seamstress since the age of 16, she enjoyed embroidering and quilting in her last year and also did housework and gardening.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and St. Ann Society.

Pallbearers ere nephews: Edward Blaske, Adolf Kubica, Edgar Walla, Martin Ripper, Waldo Kahlich, and Bennie Ripper.

The Weimar Mercury
July 15, 1971, page 4
Submitted bySandra Long Anders

Ripper, Mary (Wanjura)

Mrs. Mary Ripper Funeral Services To Be Held Friday

Last rites for Mrs. Mary Ripper who died in the Youens hospial at Weimar yesterday, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Michael’s Catholic church.

Rosary will be recited tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Untermeyer Funeral home.

Mrs. Ripper, 68, had been ill about 2 weeks. She was born in Dubina and had lived near Gliden for sometime. Her parents came to this country from Austria.

Survivors include her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Robert Jasek of near Fayetteville; 4 sons, Elbert Ripper of Glidden, Edgar and Edwin Ripper of Houston and Lawrence Ripper of Columbus; 2 brothers, Frank and Wilhelm Wanjura of Weimar; and 12 grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery at Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1957

Ripper, Nita (Neuendorff)


Nita Ripper, 84 of Columbus, passed away May 4 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born in Bernardo, Aug. 7, 1919 to Jesse and LuElla (Ritter) Neuendorff and married Albert F. Ripper July 14, 1943.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughters, Virginia Froebel and Loretta Zweschper; brother, Clarence Neuendorff; sister, Jerlean Jones; and brother-in-law, Vince "Jimmie" Buxkamper.

She is survived by daughter, Shirley Supak and husband, Jerry of Columbus, sons-in-law, James Zwes-chper of Dubina and Carlos Froebel of Bernardo; sister Idell Buxkamper of Columbus; brother, William Lee Neuendorff and wife, Mary of Bernardo; brother-in-law, Joe Jones of West Columbia; grandchildren, Brian Froebel, Vickie Supak, Stacey Supak-Diaz, Michael Zweschper, Gary Zweschper and Cindy Markos; and great-grandchildren, Kaley Markos, Emily Markos and Elizabeth Markos.

Funeral services were May 6 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Church[sic] in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Michael Zweschper, Jason Diaz, Brian Froebel, Kelly Markos, Randy Neuendorff, Russell Buxkamper, Jody Ripper and Bobby Jasek. Gary Zweschper was an honorary pallbearer.

Colorado County Citizen, May 12, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Ripper, Rudolph Bernard

Rudolph Ripper Dead

Rudolph, the 9-year-old son of Jos. Ripper and wife of he Holman section, died of inflamation[sic] of the brain and was buried at St. Michael’s Cemetery Thursday of last week, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Rudolph ws at school just a few days before his death, and apparently well and hearty. His sudden death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1919, page 1

Ripper, Sophia

By Mrs. Walter Lucko

Miss Sophie Ripper, who was away from this area since the death of her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ripper, died last week at the age of 57 and was buried last Saturday [St. Michael’s Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, May 17, 1957, page 3

Miss Sophie Ripper Buried Here May 11

Funeral services for Miss Sophie Ripper, who died May 9 after a brief illness, were held May 11 at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic church, with burial in the church cemetery beside her late parents.
Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated, assisted by Rev. Thomas Flanagan.

Born here July 17, 1900, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Ripper. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Rudolf Muehr of Weimar and Mrs. Chas. Beyer of Midfield; one brother, William Ripper of Weimar; and a number of nieces and nephews. A brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers for the services were Henry Knebel of Midfield, Arthur Brune Jr. of Columbus, Ernest Besch of Alleyton and Fred Berger, Richard Muehr and Lawrence Muehr of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 24, 1957
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Ripper, Suzanna Magdalena

Little Daughter Dies

The 2-year-old daughter of Anton Ripper and wife of route No. 5, died Sunday evening and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery Monday afternoon. In the loss of their beloved child, Mr. and Mrs. Ripper have the sincere sympathy of a host of friends throughout this section.

The Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 17, 1919, page 1
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Ripper, William M.

Willie Ripper, Mrs. Besch’s Father, Dies in Sleep.

Funeral services for Willie Ripper, aged 74, of the Osage community were held May 29 at St. Michael’s Catholic church in Weimar, the Rev. Rudolph Rolf officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s cemetery.

Mr. Ripper died in his sleep before the noon meal May 27 while he was visiting in he home of a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Besch and family in Alleyton. He had been fishing with his grandchildren. He had suffered with a heart ailment for several years.

Born Sept. 7. 1888, he was a son of Joseph and Annie Ripper. He was a retired farmer and an army veteran, serving in France during World War I. He was married to Annie Kucherka Oct. 11, 1920.

His widow survives along with Mrs. Besch and 3 other daughters, Mrs. T. E. Johnson and Mrs. C. A. La Groue Jr. of Houston and Miss Bernice Ripper of Osage and 16 grandchildren, also 2 sisters, Mrs. Rudolph Muehr of Weimar and Mrs. Charlie Beyer of Midfield.

Colorado County Citizen, June 6, 1963, page 1
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