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Rose, Alvena

Final Rites for Miss Vena Rose, 85, Held Monday

Funeral services for Miss Alvena Rose, 85, were held Monday afternoon, Feb. 10, at Weimar United Methodist[sic] Church, with Rev. Frank Horak officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

“Miss Vena” died at 1:10 a.m. Sunday at Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since Friday afternoon. She had been in failing health since March 1966 when she fell and broke her hip.

A daughter of A. F. and Sophie Holzgraf Rose, she was born April 6, 1883, in Weimar in the home where she spent her entire life. She was confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Bielau in 1898. In 1900 when a church of that denomination was formed at Weimar she transferred her membership here. (After two mergers, the church is now the United Church of Christ.)

She was an honorary member of the Women’s Guild of the church, earlier having been a member of the Frauenverein and Dorcas Circle.

A number of nieces and nephews survive her, including one nephew, Benno, with whom she made her home. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Lydia and Selma Rose, as infants, Mrs. Adela Rose Busby(?) and Mrs. Ben Harigel Sr. of La Grange; and five brothers, Fred A. Rose of Weimar, Ed Rose of El Paso, O. A. Rose of Waco, Albert Rose of San Antonio and Herman Rose of Cuero.

Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1969, page 10

Rose, Alvin Theodore

Alvin Rose, 76, Succumbs To Long Illness

Funeral services for Alvin Theodore Rose, 76, were held Wednesday afternoon, October 1, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Walter Simpson of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Schulenburg, officiated. Local veterans paid graveside tribute.

Mr. Rose, a lifelong resident of Weimar, died at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday in Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been admitted the previous Friday. He had surgery in September a year ago and again in April.

Former Boettcher Employee

Born March 23, 1893, in Weimar, he was the son of Fred A. and Emilie Gerstenberger Rose. They moved to a farm for awhile during his boyhood, and after they moved back to town he took a job in the W. S. Shaver grocery. Later he worked for the J. O. Boettcher interests for many years, first in the Coca Cola bottling plant and then in the Weimar Creamery. After Borden’s bought the creamery from Mr. Boettcher he continued working for them as long as the creamery was here. Then he went to work for C. G. Scheitinger[sic], another former Boettcher employee who had established the Sanitary Hatchery. He was employed there until retiring a few years ago.

WWI Veteran

A World War I veteran, he was a member of the American Legion Post here. He was also a member of Weimar United Church of Christ.

Survivors are two brother, Benno of here and Fritz of Cisco; and four sisters, Mrs. Ed (Alice) Burke of Houston, Mrs. Lester (Elnora) Miculka, Mrs. Leona Kuchar, and Miss Elfrieda Rose, all of Weimar. Three brothers, Otto, Hugo and Oscar, preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, October 2, 1969, page 1

Rose, Andrew Frederick

Death of An Honored and Honorable Citizen

While the death of our fellow-townsman, Mr. A. F. Rose, had been expected for days past, nevertheless when it occurred last Friday morning at 2:30 it occasioned a keen feeling of regret and sadness to pervade the hearts of all our people, who had known and loved him for so long a time. Mr. Rose had been in bad health for some months past, and his condition gradually growing worse, it was realized that the end was not far off, and the worthy gentleman himself was resigned to it, feeling that he had accomplished all he could for his fellow man in this life and desiring to lay down the cares of life to secure that long sweet rest which must come to us all in the end. Surrounded by family, relatives and friends, his spirit passed unto its Creator. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, the procession being one of the longest ever seen in this section, attesting the popularity of this grand old character. In the procession were the firemen, the band, various lodges and societies of which he had been a member for so many years. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, the Lutheran pastor, performed a touching funeral service, and was ably assisted in same by the Methodist and Baptist choirs. A very touching song was also sung by the German Maennerchor. The grave was completely hidden from view by the many floral tributes coming both from home people and friends from a distance.

A. F. Rose was born Jan. 3, 1841; died Oct. 6, 1916; aged 75 years, 9 months and 3 days. His birthplace was Relingen, Brunswick, Germany. He came to this country in December, 1857, at the age of 16. He first located at New Braunfels with his parents, two sisters and a brother. His parents and a younger sister preceded him in death. In 1866 he moved to Columbus and embarked in the saddlery business. In 1867, on January 16, he married Miss Sophie Holzgraf. He lived at Columbus until 1876, then moved to Weimar, where he was actively engaged in the saddlery and hardware business almost up to the last. To himself and wife were born ten children, three daughters preceding him in death. The living children include Fred A. Rose of this city, Ed Rose of El Paso, Albert Rose of Brady, Mayor O. A. Rose of this city, Herman Rose of Dallas, Mrs. B. F. Harigel of LaGrange and Miss Alvena Rose of this city. Surviving him also are eighteen grandchildren.

Mr. Rose was organizer of the Weimar Fire Department and at the head of same for fourteen years. He also was organizer of the Silver Cornet Band, the Verein Frohsinn and Lutheran church. He also was a member of the city council for twenty yeas, and during said period was instrumental and active in securing for the people of the town its standpipe, waterworks system and fire engine known as the “Lydia Rose,” named for one of his daughters. He always was an active, earnest worker for the churches and schools of the community, and his purse was ever at their command.
Mr. Rose was in many respects a grand old character. He was honest, true and sincere. As a friend, he was true as steel. As a business man, he was an honest competitor, never stooping to the little tricks so prevalent in the business world during this day and age. As a neighbor, he was all that could be desired, being ready at all times to aid and assist to the fullest extent. As a citizen, he was patriotic, proud of this town, and wanting to advance its interests whenever possible. He loved his old friends, and it was one of the greatest pleasures of the latter part of his life to be with them and talk over “the days of auld lang syne.” His memory was remarkably good up to the very last, and it was a pleasure to hear him recount and tell of the early days of this section. Mr. Rose was a notable character in every respect, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved widow and children.

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1916, page 1

Rose, Benno A.

Benno Rose, Lumberman, Dies at 74

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 15, at Weimar United Church of Christ for Benno A. Rose, retired lumber company manager, who died Sept 13 at the age of 74.

Rev. Robert N. Crawford officiated in the services. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rudy Jasek, Joe Wick, Edwin Peter, Chas. F. Kalous, Daniel Ulbricht, and Henry Kana, officers of the Fire Department, which Mr. Rose served as chaplain for 20 years.

Mr. Rose died at Youens Hospital, where he had been a patient for three days. He had been ill about six years.

He was a lifelong resident of Weimar. Born here Jan. 31, 1897, he was a son of Fred A. and Emilie Gerstenberger Rose.

He attended Weimar Public Schools and served in World War I. He worked for Walker Lumber Co. 48 years, as manager fro many of those years, retiring in 1966 because of ill health.

Mr. Rose was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ, where he served on the church council many years and was a charter member of the Brotherhood. He was also one of the first members of the American Legion when the post was formed here after World War I and was an honorary fireman.

He is survived by one brother, Fred E. Rose of Cisco; and four sisters, Miss Elfrieda Rose, Mrs. Lester Miculka and Mrs. Leona Kuchar, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Ed Burke of Houston.

Four brothers, Oscar of La Grange, Hugo, Alvin and Otto of Weimar, preceded him in death.

The Weimar Mercury September 23, 1971
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Rose, Edward

Former Weimar Man Dies at El Paso

A few weeks ago the Mercury had an item telling of the fact that Mr. Ed Rose, a former Weimarite and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Rose, had suffered a paralytic stroke and was in a precarious condition. Reports from his bedside from time to time showed but little improvement. He lingered along until Monday of this week, when the end came.

The remains were brought to this city Tuesday afternoon, to the old family home and on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock the mortal remains of poor Ed Rose were committed to mother earth in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery; Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran pastor, officiating. The funeral was largely attended and attested the high esteem in which decedent was held by the people of Weimar, among whom he lived in days gone by. The floral tributes were many and costly.

Ed Rose was 59 years, 2 months and 5 days old at the time of his death. In early youth he lived with his parents in Columbus, afterward moving to Weimar, where many years of his young boyhood and youth were spent. Some years ago he and his family moved to El Paso, and here he made his home up to the time of his death. Some months ago Ed visited the old home town and it was noticeable at that time how hungrily he eyed the old familiar spots of his boyhood days, and it was noted also that he seemed loath to leave the scenes of so many happy days. But few of us at that time had any idea that it was poor Ed’s last visit in life to the old home town.

Ed Rose was a good man. He was of cheerful temperament, a man who was the same to his friends seven days out of the week, as true as steel and as dependable, and a friend that could be depended upon under any and all circumstances. The writer and Ed Rose grew up together, and we prized him as one of our truest and best friends, and he proved to be such all through life.

In his passing we drop the tear of sympathy to his bereaved ones, for we , too, knew and loved dear old Ed, who has gone to join loved ones on the other shore. May God be merciful to them in their great sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1928

Rose, Emilie Rosalie (Gerstenberger)

Mrs. Fritz Rose, 84, Lifelong. Area Resident, Buried

Funeral rites for Mrs. Fritz Rose Sr., 84, probably the oldest native resident of the Weimar area, were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. C Emigholz, pastor of Evangelical & Reformed Church, officiating. Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Rose died at 11:30 Monday night at her home after about four weeks' illness.

The former Miss Emilie Gerstenberger, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gerstenberger Sr., she was born Feb. 24, 1869, at New Bielau. She was married to Mr. Rose Dec. 17, 1880, at her parents' home, and afterward they lived at Weimar and at New Bielau at various timea. During World War I they established their permanent home here. Mr. Rose died in December of 1942.

Surviving Mrs. Rose are five sons, Oscar of La Grange, Alvin, Otto and Benno of Weimar, and Fritz Jr. of Stephenville; and four daughters, Miss Elfrieda Rose of La Grange, Mrs. Lester (Eleanora) Miculka and Mrs. Frank (Leona) Kuchar of Weimar, and Mrs. Ed (Alice) Burke of Houston. One son, Hugo, died at the age of 5 months. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Pauline Lichey of Shiner and Mrs. Ernestine Lichey and Mrs. Louise Lichey, both a Tahoka; two brothers, Fred Gerstenberg of Venice, Calif.; and Wm. Gerstenberg Jr. of Rosenberg; 3 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Rose and Lester Miculka of Weimar, Edward Burke and Joseph Burke of Houston, and Wilbert Jaster and Delwin Koopmann of La Grange.

Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1953, pages 1 and 5

Rose, Erna E. (Nitschmann)

Last Rites For Mrs. Otto Rose Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Erna Rose, 69, widow of the late Otto Rose, were held Wednesday at Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. Frank Horak officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Rose died during her sleep Tuesday morning, April 2, ending a long illness.

She was a lifelong resident of this area. Born Feb. 11, 1899, at Oakland, she was a daughter of Henry and Annie Schimcek Nitschmann. She was married to Mr. Rose on May 4, 1924; he died in November of 1963. Mrs. Rose was a member of the United Church of Christ and a former active member of the

Women’s Guild.

Surviving her are a son, Lawrence Rose of Weimar; two daughters, Miss Erna Rose of Austin and Mrs. Charles (Gladys) Huepers of Weimar; five grandchildren; three brothers, Henry Nitschmann Jr. and Hugo Nitschmann, both of Weimar; and August Nitschmann of Houston; and two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Balusek of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Selma McCoskey of Corpus Christi.

Two brothers, Walter and John Nitschmann, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Jeff Davenport, Hilbert Nitschmann, David McCoskey, Harvey Lee Jr., Erwin Brandt and Werner Boeer.

Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1968. page 1

Rose, Fred Andrew


Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mr. Fred A. Rose, lifelong resident of Colorado County, whose death occurred at his home here Saturday following a month’s illness. He was 75 years, one month and 20 days old. Services were held at the Hubbard Funeral Home with interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, the Rev. C. Emigholz officiating.

Mr. Rose was born at Columbus October 29, 1867, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Rose. He married Miss Emelie Gerstenberger at New Bielau Dec. 27, 1889. He was a member of the Herman Sons Lodge. Born just two years after the end of the Civil War, Mr. Rose had three sons, Alvin, Benno and Oscar, in the first World War, and today another son, Fred E. is in the Air Forces.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emelie Rose of Weimar; nine children, Mrs. E. F. Burke of Houston, Mrs. L. B. Miculka, Mrs. F. A. Kuchar, Miss Elfrieda Rose, Otto Rose, Alvin Rose and Benno Rose all of Weimar; O. F. Rose of La Grange; and Pvt. F. E. Rose of Kearns, Utah. One child Hugo, died at the age of 4 1/2 months. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. B. F. Harigel of La Grange and Miss Vena [Alvina] Rose of Weimar; one brother, Mr. H. C. Rose of Cuero; six grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Messrs. F. W. Tell, Elo Chandler, Emil Fahrenthold, W. H. Hollien, John Janak, and Hugo Seydler.
Among the out-of-town people who attended the funeral were Mrs. A. G. Lichey and Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Rogge and children, all of Shiner; Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Rose of La Grange; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Burke and children of Houston; Mrs. D. H. Koopmann of La Grange; and Mr. Bill Kirchhofer of La Grange, and others.

The Mercury joins many other friends in extending sincerest sympathy to the bereaved family in their sadness.

Weimar Mercury, December 25, 1942, page 1

Rose, Hugo

We very much regretted last Wednesday to learn of the death of the infant baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Rose of this vicinity. The little babe was aged about five months. It was taken sick Monday, rapidly grew worse and breathed its last Tuesday evening. The little form so lately filled with life and animation was laid to rest Wednesday morning in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, a large number of sympathizing friends of he family being present. Our sincere sympathy is extended the deeply bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, July 9, 1892

Rose, John Ford

Universal regret was expressed in this city upon the reception of the news of the death, last Sunday, of Mr. John F. Rose, express agent at Schulenburg. Mr. Rose resided many years in this city, was married here, and had a host of friends, who loved him for his affable, courteous bearing, his strict integrity of character and honesty of purpose. He died of complicaton of diseases, la grippe being succeeded by a virulent attack of pneumonia, from which the best medical skill and good nursing failed to relieve him. His remains were removed to this place, and buried from the residence of Mrs. M.A.Brooks, at the Odd Fellows' Rest at 4 o'clock last Monday, under the auspices of the Knights of Honor, the Rev. G. H. Collins officiating at the residence and the grave. A good man has gone from us, and the bereaved widow and children have universal sympathy. [Married Nettie R. Brooks Apr 13, 1875]

Colorado Citizen, February 12, 1891


Rose, Lydia Elinor

Miss Lydia Elinor Rose,88, of 2800 Cumberland, Waco, Texas died Friday, Sep. 20, 1985 at a local hospital.

Services will be at 10 o’clock a.m. Monday at Wilkerson-Hatch Chapel, the Rev. Dr. Roger Paynter officiating.

Miss Rose was born Sept. 14, 1897, in Weimar. Her family moved to San Antonio when she was one. She attended San Antonio schools.

After graduation from Tyler Commercial College, she came to Waco and worked as a secretary in the legal department of Amicable Life Insurance Co. She retired in 1963. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors included two nephews, Donald Rose of Waco and Farrell Rose of Helena, Mt. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Submitted by Nancy Rose

Rose, Lydia Olga

It is indeed with a sinking heart that we again learn of another death in our midst. Last Wednesday near the hour of noon the soul of little Lydia A. Rose winged its flight to a purer, better world, where sickness and suffering is unknown. She was taken ill a few days ago with congestion, and although her devoted parents (Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Rose), sympathizing friends and physician did all in their power to save her, the Heavenly Father willed it not so. She was 19 months old, the idol of her fond parents, relatives and friends, and her death has thrown a heavy pall over their hearts. Her remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock, the entire fire department (of which she had been queen, the engine being named in her honor), and a vast concourse of relatives and friends attended the funeral. Rev. M. M. Wadsworth delivered an eloquent, touching tribute over the little body, which brought tears to the eyes of many present. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved parents in this, their hour of sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1891

Rose, Otto Henry

Final Rites For Otto Rose, 68, Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Otto Henry Rose, 68, retired cold storage engineer, were held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24, at Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. F. H. Horak officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Bedridden the past 18 months with arthritis and Parkinson's Disease, Mr. Rose died Friday at his home.

He was a lifelong resident of Weimar. Born Dec. 8, 1894, on a nearby farm, he was a son of Fritz and Emilie Rose. He married Miss Erna Nitschmann here May 24, 1924.

Mr. Rose had worked at the same job for about 42 years when he retired in 1959. He first was employed by the Boettcher Company in 1917. After a brief period of army service during World War I, he was discharged in December 1918 and returned to his job at Boettcher's. When McCall Sanders bought the cold storage business from the Boettchers a few years ago, Mr. Rose continued in the same job for the new owner, until poor health forced his retirement.

He was a member of the United Church of Christ, the American Legion, and an honorary member of the Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving in addition to his widow are one son, Lawrence Rose of Weimar; two daughters, Miss Erna Mae Rose of Houston and Mrs. Charles (Gladys) Huepers of Weimar; five grandchildren; four brother, Fritz Rose of Waxahachie, Oscar rose of La Grange, Alvin and Benno Rose of Weimar; four sisters, Mrs. Leona Kuchar, Mrs. Lester (Eleanora) Miculka and Miss Elfrieda Rose, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Ed (Alice) Burke of Houston. One brother, Hugo, died as an infant.

Local firemen and veterans paid graveside tribute Sunday. Serving as pallbearers were John Miksch, Wesley Lange, Henry Kana, Jim Hluchanek, Leo Hudec and Wiley True.

The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 28, 1963
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Rose, Selma T. (Richter)

Final Rites for Mrs. O. A. Rose Here Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. O. A. (Selma) Rose, 90, widow of one of Weimar’s early mayors, were held Thursday morning, April 6, at Waco, with graveside services at Weimar Masonic Cemetery that afternoon.

Dr. A. J. Flanders officiated in Waco, Rev. Owen Kersh here. Taking part in the service here also were Rev. Frank Horak and Rev. Wm. Jackson. Mrs. Rose was a member of First Baptist Church in Waco.

Born May 26, 1876, at High Hill, Fayette County, she was the daughter of Adolf and Hermine Richter. She spent her girlhood in Weimar and was married to Otto August Rose here on Oct. 3, 1895. They settled first in San Antonio, then returned to Weimar in 1914 and lived here until 1923, when they moved to Waco. Mr. Rose died many years ago, and Mrs. Rose and their daughter, Lydia, continued making their home together. Mrs. Rose died Tuesday, April 4, after a long illness.

Surviving in addition to the daughter, Miss Lydia Rose of Waco, are two grandchildren, Farrel Rose of Choteau, Montana, and Donald Rose of Waco; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. H. W. (Annie) Chinn of Paradise, Calif. A son, Adolf F. Rose of Waco, preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, April 13, 1967, page 1


Rose, Sophie (Holzgraf)

Among the many relatives and friends present from a distance last Sunday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Sophie Rose, widow of the late A. F. Rose, your reporter noted the followinw[sic]: Edw. Rose, El Paso; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rose, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Rose, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Rose, Miss Lydia Rose, A. F. Rose, Jr., Waco; Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Harigel and son, Benjamin, Oscar Rose, LaGrange; Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Stephens, Houston; Emil and Arthur Rose, Seguin; Bruno and Rudolf Rose, Willie Kreuz and wife, Maxwell; Mrs. Louis Adams, Mrs. Soefje, New Braunfels; H. C. Kreuz and wife, San Marcos; Alvin Kreuz and wife, Theo. Kreuz and wife, Chas. Kreuz and wife, Mrs. Chas. Kreuz, Sr., Lockhart; Mrs. J. T. Bartlett, Corpus Christi; Mrs. J. W. Hightower, Bartlett; Geo. Hillje, San Antonio; Geo. Gegenworth, Columbus; Chas, Sengelmann and wife, Rud. Seeberger and wife, Schulenburg; Mrs. F. Reichert, Mrs. O. L. Amberg, Mrs. Walter Kneip, Miss Elna Reichert, Miss Olga Walter, Mrs. A. Preson, Mr. H. Presun, Miss O. Harigel, Mr. A. Harigel, Mr. A. W. Koenig and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Reiss, Miss Emma Koennecke, Henry Koennecke, J. S. Pratka, Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Fulton, Mrs. L. Vanek, Mrs. E. Knigge, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Koehler, Miss Viola Sladczyk, Mrs. A. F. Weber, Sr., Mrs. A. F. Weber, Jr., Miss Marie Weber, Mrs. C. G. Franz, Mr. H. Schroeder, Miss Louise Schroeder.

Weimar Mercury, May 13, 1927, page 4

[Did not find an obit. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery]


Blessed with such good friends as we have found in Weimar and in other cities of the State, and whose friendly manifestations and sincere words of sympathy have exemplified the truth that we grieve not alone, is the incentive to offer to them our heartfelt thanks for all that they did and sought to do for us when our mother, Mrs. Rose, passed to her reward. We offrr to you the expression of thanks because of what you did, and with us the memory of your kindness will linger. In the course of life, may you if sorrow comes, find the people as good and as kind as we have found them.
Weimar, May 10th, 1927 (Advertisement.)

Weimar Mercury, May 13, 1927, page 5
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