A 12 year old son of John Sebestia, a well known farmer living west of town, died last Friday of congestion. The young man complained the Monday previous of feeling badly, but it was not thought to be serious. The following day, however, he was worse and continured so, his death resulting as above stated. His remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s cemetery Saturday morning.
Weimar Mercury, September 9, 1905
Alvin Sebesta Funeral Held Here April 13
Funeral services of Alvin John Sebesta, 75, of Houston were held Saturday, April 13, from St. Michael Catholic Church here, with Father John Bily officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Sebesta, Houston resident since 1965, died April 10 at his home.
Born Feb. 5, 1918, in Weimar, he was the oldest of five children born to John and Pauline (Guenther) Sebesta.
He had retired from Ashland Oil Co. after 27 years of service. At the time of his death he was a Pasadena ISD school crossing guard. He was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church and a past member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge in Pasadena.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Claudia, on June 26, 1990, and infant son, Francis in 1961.
Survivors are sons and daughters-in-law Woodrow Lee and Clemencia Sebesta of LaPorte, Ronald Alvin and Frances Sebesta of Houston; daughters Ann Frances Sebesta of Pasadena and Carole Miller of Pasadena; grandchildren John Glenn Miller, William Lee Miller, Christopher Lee Sebesta and Shantel Diane Sebesta; step mother, Tillie Sebesta of Tomball; brothers Leroy Sebesta of San Antonio, George Sebesta of Cat Spring, Leonard Sebesta of Angleton and Marcus Sebesta of Tomball and sisters Hilda Neiser of El Campo and Barbara Beard of Tomball.
Pallbearers were Joe Sebesta, Gussie Kuehn, Larry Sebesta, Chris Sebesta, John Miller and Frank Kainer, Honorary pallbearers were Bill Sebesta, Ronnie Chamrad, Jerry Standley and David Courtney.
The Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1991
Councilman Leroy Sebesta Dies
Columbus City Councilman Leroy Joseph Sebesta, 72, passed away Saturday, October 2, 2004, at MD Anderson Hospital after a short illness with cancer.
Sebesta's death came as a blow to those with whom he served on the City Council.
"To me, the city has lost one of its most loyal supporters," said Councilman Richard Heffley, a long-time friend of Sebesta. "Leroy loved the city of Columbus and his wisdom will be deeply missed."
Heffley's sentiments were echoed by other members of Council.
"He loved this city and did a lot for the city," said Councilman Milton Wavra.
"He loved being on the City Council," said Councilman Brian Berger. "He really cared about this city. He'll be a hard person to replace, that's for sure."
Mayor Paula Frnka said she was particularly impressed with Sebesta's strong involvement in the city's budget process in August and early September.
"He worked diligently on the budget through all the pain," Frnka said. "He put on a strong face through it all because he loved this city and knew how important the budget process was."
Heffley added that Sebesta's word carried a lot of weight with other members of Council.
"To the four new people on Council, it became immediately clear that his grasp on the issues that face this city was very deep," Heffley said. "Leroy's opinions carried a lot of conviction."
Councilman Dwain Dungen said the loss of Sebesta will be felt in many areas.
"Our hearts go out to his family," Dungen said. "It's a loss not only for his family, but for the entire city as well."
Sebesta was born August 19, 1932, in Weimar to John and Pauline Guenther Sebesta, and his family moved to Columbus when he was 1 year old.
He attended Columbus schools and graduated from Columbus High School in 1950.
In 1954, he received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M College and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, where he served three years as a navigator in military air transportation.
He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1957 and went to work for HB Zachary as a project engineer.
In September 1957, he married JoAnn Darilek of Columbus.
In 1958, he went to work for the Texas Highway Department, where he helped in the design and construction of Interstate 10 through Columbus and obtained his license as a professional engineer.
In 1963, he went to work for Texas Construction Materials in Columbus.
In 1966, he moved to Houston to work as a production manager for Lone Star Industries, Inc.
In 1978, he was transferred to south Florida and became the operations manager of the newly formed Lone Star Florida.
In 1981, he became regional vice president of Aggregate Concrete Product Production and president of New York Trap Rock, a subsidiary of Lone Star Industries, Inc., in West Nyack, N.Y.
In 1983, he was transferred to Dallas to join Lone Star Industries' Texas operations as manager of engineering services.
In 1986, he moved to Houston and retired from Lone Star in 1987.
In 1990, he joined Alamo Cement in San Antonio and later became vice president of Alamo Concrete Products, Ltd.
From 1995 to 1996, he served as chairman of the Board of Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association.
He retired in March 1998, and moved back to Columbus, but continued as a consultant for Alamo.
Sebesta and his wife were delighted to be back in their hometown among their many friends. His achievements as a civil engineer were very satisfying but his greatest enjoyments were in retirement where he had been using his skills, knowledge and experience to better the community he and his wife so love, and spending time with the friends and grandchildren he cherished.
"The fact that he loved this city and came back says a lot for him," Frnka said.
"He dedicated a lot of his time to the city and had a lot of affection for the city," Dungen said. "That was apparent by his moving back to his hometown."
In 2001, he was elected as a Columbus city councilman and was re-elected in 2003.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 2971, where he was recently elected as grand knight. He was also a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
Sebesta is survived by his wife, JoAnn, his daughters, Susan Peletz, of Columbus, and Nancy Williams, and her husband, Jeff, of Boca Raton, Fla.; son, William T. Sebesta, and his wife, Margaret, of Cypress; grandson, David Peletz, of College Station; granddaughters, Diane Williams, Mary Kate Williams, Constance Sebesta, Paige Sebesta and Grace Sebesta; sister, Hilda Naiser of El Campo; brothers George Sebesta of Bernardo and Leonard Sebesta of Angleton; step-brother, Joe Sebesta, of Tomball; and stepsister, Barbara Beard, of Tomball.
His mother, father, and oldest brother, Alvin Sebesta, preceded him in death.
Funeral Mass will be conducted on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.
Father Dan Kahlich will officiate with the assistance of Deacon Doug Tromblee and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky.
The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will serve as honor guards at the Mass and the cemetery. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery where "Taps" will be played by his grandson, David Peletz.
Pallbearers will be Larry Sebesta, Matt Sebesta, Woodrow Sebesta, Erwin Knippel, G. Duncan Lott III, William Plagens, Allen Walsh and Michael B. Harrison.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Colorado County Citizen, SOctober 6, 2004
WELL KNOWN YOUNG LADY DIES IN HOUSTON HOSPITAL
The sad news of the death of Miss Rosie Sebesta, a well known and popular young lady of the Osage section. who died In a Houston hospital, was received here Tuesday afternoon. Miss Rosie had been in ill health for some time past and it was thought best to send her to Houston for treatment, but it was of no avail.
The body was brought to the family home near Osage Wednesday afternoon, and this (Thursday) morning at 10 o'clock will be interred in St. Michael's Cemetery, this city, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.
Miss Rosie was 26 years of age, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sebesta, respected residents of the Osage community, a young lady of most pleasing personality, a dutiful, helpfull daughter, and one whose presence was welcome in every gathering. Death coming to her so early In life, at a 'time when the future looked so bright and promising, is indeed a sad blow to the family and many friends.
Our heartfeIt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.
Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1926
Roy J. Sebesta, 81, of Houston, passed away Aug. 24 at his residence.
He was born in Calliham, Aug. 23, 1924 to Charles F. and Mary (Michalke) Sebesta and married Rubylean Nelson, March 21, 1945.
He was a retired operations specialist for Shell Oil Company, served in the United States Navy and was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers-in-law, William and J.D. Nelson; sisters-in-law, Wilma and Betty Jean Nelson; nephew, Randy Nelson; and niece, JoAnn Nelson.
He is survived by sisters-in-law, Vernell Kucherka and husband Wilbert of Eagle Lake and Ruby Nelson of Columbus; and brother-in-law, Milton Nelson of Bernardo.
Funeral services were conducted Aug. 26 at St. Roch's Catholic church in Mentz with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Murray, Kenneth, Gerion, Travis, David, Charles D. and James Ray Nelson and Wilbert Dave, Paul and Mark Kucherka.
Colorado County Citizen, August 31, 2005