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Venghaus, A. E. "Al"

SANTA FE—A. E. “Al” Venghaus, 75, died Thursday in Palestine, Texas. Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at James Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, the Rev. Mack Lavine officiating. Burial will follow the service.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Venghaus was born April 29, 1911 in Altair, Texas. He was a resident of Santa Fe 36 years, formerly of Galveston. He was a retired carpet layer for Nu-way Carpet and Upholstery, member of Galveston County Beekeeper Association, member AARP Chapter 1314 of Santa Fe, past member Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Santa Fe, member Santa Fe Family Worship Center and Alta Loma Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Bell Venghaus of Santa Fe, daughter, Annabel Venghaus Williams of Clear Lake City; sons, Kenny Lee Venghaus, Alief, Doyle B. Venghaus, Spring. sisters Alpha Venghaus of Baytown, Idell Nash of Jackson, Miss., Cleo Teel of Highlands; and five grandchildren.

The Galveston Daily New, April 11, 1967, page 4-A
Submitted by Terry Jackson

Venghaus, Adelina Elisa Christine (Kramer)

Many Pay Last Respects to Mrs. A. J. Venghaus

Many friends and relatives gathered here Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 1966, to pay final tribute to Mrs. A. J. Venghaus of this city who passed away at her home at 1:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 18th. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev Mrs. Selma Burger, pastor of Eagle Lake Mission Church, officiating. Mrs. Ann Brooks of Baytown and Mrs. Vera Flowers of Eagle Lake rendered a song. Mrs. Clara Mae Nash played favorite hymns at the organ.

Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetary in Eagle Lake. Pallbearers were four grandsons, David and Gerald Teel, Kenny and Doyle Venghaus; and two nephews, Raymond and Roy Klaus.

Mrs. Venghaus, the former Adeline Elise Christine Kramer, was born on September 26, 1890, in San Bernardo, TX, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Kramer. She spent her entire life in Texas, most of it in Colorado County, living in the Columbus, Mentz, Garwood and Eagle Lake communities.

Surviving are her husband; August John Venghaus; one son, Alvester E. Venghaus; three daughters, Miss Alpha Venghaus of this city, Mrs. Riley Nash of Jackson, Miss., Mrs. Adron Teel of Highlands, Texas. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister and three brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Venghaus was a devoted wife and mother and won the love and friendship of every acquaintance. She shall be missed dearly by her loved ones and friends.

Submitted by Roy and Melissa Nast

Venghaus, August John

August J. Venghaus, born November 23, 1888 near Frelsburg, died January 4 after a ten day illness.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Mill-Bauer Fuberal Home, Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Selma Burger conducting the services. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Mr. Venghaus had lived in Rock Island for 4 1/2 years. He is survived by three daughters, Miss Alpha Venghaus, who resided with him at the family home, Mrs Idell Nash of Jackson, Miss, Mrs Cleo Teel of Highland; one son Alvester Venghaus of Alta Loma and 8 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, January 13, 1972
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Venghaus, Augusta (Sommerlatte)

Services For Garwood Woman Held In Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Augusta Venghaus were held at Columbus Funeral Home Wednesday at 3 pm with burial in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. Joe H Thompson of the Methodist church of Garwood officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Venghaus who died at Garwood Monday was born at Frelsburg on March 3, 1861, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sommerlatte. Her husband, William Venghaus, died several years ago. She had lived in Garwood for the past two years, and was a member of the Lutheran church.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. A. H. Maertz and Mrs. Walter Hennecke, Mentz, and Mrs. S. E. Shaultz, La Mesa, and one son, A. J. Venghaus of Garwood.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1945
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Venghaus, Carl Eugene Venghaus, Victor Clint

Two brothers died Saturday evening in Colorado County when their car struck a cement bridge railing on County Road 106, flipped over, and burned. Dead are Carl Eugene Venghaus, 29, of Beaumont and his brother, Clint Venghaus, 19, of Rock Island. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday. According to the Highway Patrol, the two were driving south on 106 when their car, a 1981 Honda sedan, struck the bridge at about 7:35 p.m. They were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Richard C. Schmidt of Columbus. Survivors include the parents, Woodrow and Eunice Venghaus of Rock Island: their grandparents, Cecilia Venghaus and Claude and Marie Trapp of Rock Island; a sister, Marie Venghaus of Rock Island; and a brother, David Venghaus of La Porte. Services were conducted Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with the Rev. Carl Milentz, Officiating. Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island. Both were members of Woodmen of the World, and Clint was employed in Houston. Pallbearers were Jerry Hooper, Gary Henry, John Wells, Mike Ulbig, Bob Gardner and Tim Merritt. The Eagle Lake Headlight; June 3, 1982(front page)

Final rites held June 1 for Venghaus brothers

Last rites were held Tuesday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m. for Carl Eugene Venghaus, 29, of Beaumont and Clint Venghaus, 18, of Rock Island at the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with interment following in Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island. Carl Milentz conducted the services and sang a beautiful rendition of "The Lighthouse", at the graveside services. The two brothers were killed in a tragic accident Saturday evening. May 29 at 7:30 when their car struck a cement bridge railing on Colorado County Road 106, flipped over, and burned. Carl was born on April 2, 1953 to Woodrow and Eunice Venghaus in Corpus Christi but was reared in Rock Island. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1971 and attended Lamar University in Beaumont. In 1976 he graduated from Lamar with a major in psychology and minor in education. A native of Rock Island, he was currently residing in Beaumont where he was employed by N. L. Rig.

Carl's younger brother, Victor Clinton, affectionately called Clint, was born, October 14, 1963 in Columbus to Woodrow and Eunice Venghaus. He attended Rice High School and was active in the Colorado County 4-H Horse Club and the Fire Department. A resident of Rock Island, Clint was employed by Cagle Construction and, according to family members, was just beginning to realize his dream of becoming a heavy equipment operator. Survivors in Clint and Carl's family include: his parents, Woodrow and Eunice Venghaus of Rock Island; one brother, David Venghaus of La Porte; one sister, Shee Marie Venghaus of Rock Island; and grandparents, Mrs. Cecilia Venghaus and Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Trapp, all of Rock Island; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends. The two brothers, with such loving hearts, were much loved by family and friends and will be missed by all who came to know them. Carl and Clint were preceded in death by a sister, Gaye Lyn, on February 10, 1970.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 10, 1982, page 11
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Venghaus, Cecilia (Matura)

Cecilia Matura Venghaus

December 22, 1909 - January 1, 1993

Cecilia Matura Venghaus, age 83, formerly of Rock Island, died Friday, January 1,1993, in a Victoria hospital. She was born on December 22,1909, in New Taiton, the daughter of Francis and Eva Peta Matura. She was married to Mandus Venghaus and a member of the Full Gospel Church of Rock Island. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a son, Eugene Venghaus; four brothers; a sister; and three grandchildren. Survivors include two daughters, Thelma Wynn of Blooming and Jewel Trojcak of Yoakum; three sons, Raywood and Claude Venghaus, both of Columbus, and Vernon Venghaus of Alvin; a brother, Edward Matura of El Campo; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services were held Jan. 3 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Brother Emil Burger officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Pallbearers were Jim and Brett Gano, Steven, Byron and Joey Venghaus and Brad LeMay. Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, was in charge of arrangements. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 7, 1993, page 4
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Venghaus, Dean Arhur


Dean Arthur Venghaus, 69, of the Zimmerscheidt community, passed away May 29, in Houston after a brief illness.

He was born June 15, 1934 to Arthur and Emma (Brokmeyer) Venghaus in Zimmerscheidt. He attended the Zimmerscheidt School until the eighth grade and graduated from Columbus High School in 1951. He married Peggy Lou Faist Aug. 22, 1954 at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm.

Dean worked in the sand and gravel industry with Horton & Horton in Columbus, Eagle Lake, Victoria and Seadrift for many years. In 1984, he started full-time farming and ranching operations.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, having served on the church council for numerous years including the immediate past president. He was also a member of the Colorado County Farm Bureau board of directors, having previously served as president and secretary-treasurer. He was instrumental in starting ag in the classroom for third grade students. He was a charter member of the Frelsburg Volunteer Fire Department. He served as election judge of the local precinct and was a member of the Bernardo Sons of Hermann. He also served in the National Guard from 1952-62.

He enjoyed working with his cattle, hunting, playing dominoes and visiting friends. Most of all, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren's various activities including ball games, concerts, recitals and drama performances.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; son and daughter-in-law Gregory and Edna Venghaus of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law Patti and Steven Glaeser of Columbus and Donna and Frankie Krumrey of Bellville; grandchildren: Jessica Burris, Jennifer and Evan Venghaus, Amanda and Hannah Glaeser, all of Columbus, and Ashley and Morgan Krumrey of Bellville; brother Emmit Venghaus of Columbus; and mother-in-law Frieda Faist of New Ulm.

Funeral services were conducted at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg June 1 with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Lance Taylor, Ronald Venghaus Jr., Leslie Heinsohn, Leon Hattermann, Marvin Becker and Russell Lindquist.

Honorary pallbearer was close friend Eddie Glover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, June 4, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Venghaus, Edward

County Native Buried At Frelsburg

Funeral services for Edward Venghaus were held Sunday afternoon at the Venghaus home and at the Lutheran church in Frelsburg with burial in Frelsburg Lutheran cemetery, the Rev. W. Wolfe of Welcome officiating.

Mr. Venghaus died early Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Lepp, at Sealy where he and his wife had made their home for the past five years. A native of Colorado county, he was born near Frelsburg on May 14, 1864. On November 26, 1889 he was married to Miss Ida Brutigam[sic]. Mr. and Mrs. Venghaus celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1939.

Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Arthur, Edmund and Walter, all of near Frelsburg; two daughters, Mrs. Lepp and Mrs. Charles Tiedt of Sealy; two brothers, Reinhard of Columbus and Fred of Fryburg; two sisters, Mrs. John George of near Frelsburg and Mrs. Henry Moebes of El Campo. Twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

Colorado County Citizen, March 28, 1946

Venghaus, Emma M. (Brokmeyer)

Emma Venghaus

Funeral services for Emma Venghaus were held Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. The Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiated.

Burial was in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

Mrs. Venghaus. was born in Frelsburg Aug. 28, 1894, the daughter of Anton and Ida Steinmetz Brokmeyer. She was married to Arthur Venghaus on Oct. 14, 1915.

She was a housewife and a lifetime resident of Frelsburg. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.

She passed away Saturday in Columbus Hospital.

Survivors Include her husband. Arthur of Frelsburg; two sons, Emmit Venghaus of Columbus and Dean Venghaus of Frelsburg; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Leroy Weishuhn, Lester Weishuhn, Ruben Suchadoll, Raymond Krueger, Delmar Warschak, Clarence Warschak. Honorary pallbearers were her nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, June 26, 1978, page 2

Venghaus, Fred

Altair Local News

Mr. Fred Venghaus, formerly of this place, died Monday at his home near Columbus of pneumonia following an attack of influenza. He is survived by his widow and several small children, his mother and father, a sister, Mrs. Kretzschmar, and brother, all of this place. The remains were taken to Vox Populi for burial. To the bereaved wife and relatives, we extend sympathy [Interment in Lehrer Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 25, 1919

Venghaus, Edmund Henry

Funeral Service For E. Venghaus

Funeral Services for Edmund H, Venghaus were held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. from the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Burial was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Venghaus passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Columbus Hospital. He was 86 years of age.

Born at Frelsburg April 27, 1895, he was the son of the late Edward and Ida (Bruedigam) Venghaus. He married the former Frieda Gross December 26, 1918 at Post Oak Point. He was a retired farmer and rancher.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Frieda Venghaus of Columbus; one daughter, Mrs. Clemons Noska of Columbus; two sons, Milroy Venghaus and Elroy Venghaus, both of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Lepp of Sealy and Mrs. Charlie Tiedt of La Grange; one brother, Walter Venghaus of Columbus; 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry, Kenny, David, Brad and Ryan Venghaus, Donald Nelson, Gary and Ricky Noska.

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Friederichs, Herbert Aschenbeck, Leslie GIaeser, Clemons Venghaus, Dean Venghaus, Lew Ellyn Gross and Max Rogers.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, February 25, 1982, page 1

Venghaus, Gaye Lyn

Gaye Lyn Venghaus, 4, Dies Feb. 10

Little Miss Gaye Lyn Venghaus, 4 year old daughter of Woodrow and Eunice Venghaus of Rock Island, passed away Tuesday February 10th at 2:20 after four weeks of tests, and treatment for a lung condition. These were being made to prepare her for heart surgery in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She went into heart surgery Monday, Feb. 9th at 2:00 p.m. and came out at 5:25 p.m. and was doing fine until midnight when she developed complications and she passed away at the . . . Hospital at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. Gaye and Mrs. Venghaus made many friends from all over the world while they were spending the time in the hospital-people which Mrs. Venghaus says she will never forget. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. last Thursday, Feb 12th from the Untermeyer-Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. The Rev. Esler, a Chaplain from the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, was in charge of the services. He was a good friend of the family as he visited and played with Gaye several times each day. He encouraged the family during the time of her illness. Gaye made friends with many doctors and nurses during her time in the hospital. She was referred to the Junior League clinic by local doctors. The clinic is sponsored by the March of Dimes program and family members say that Gaye received the very best of care through this clinic. Mrs. Jay Holbrook was with Gaye and Mrs. Venghaus for most of the time spent in the hospital. Gaye was placed to final rest in the Myrtle Cemetery near Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were: John Henry III, Manual Spann, Dan Hooper Jr., and Wilbur Henry. Surviving are her parents; three brothers, Carl, David, and Clint; and other relatives and friends. Friends join in extending deepest sympathy to the family in the passing of this one who came to be loved so much in her short time in this world.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Feb 19. 1970, page 8
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Venghaus, Hermann Heinrich "Henry"

Mr. Henry Venghaus, who died Tuesday morning at his home in Columbus, was brought here for burial in the [Trinity] Lutheran Cemetery.

He was 76 years old and had been ill for last 28 years. Many friends join in to offer sympathy to the bereaved family of such a courageous pioneer and esteemed citizen.

Colorado County Citizen, Nov 17, 1911, Frelsburg News
Contributed by Shirley Jackson

Venghaus, Ida (Bruedigam)

Mrs. Ida Venghaus, Frelsburg Native Succumbs at 91

Last rites for Mrs Ida Venghaus, who had lived to be 91 years, 6 months, 12 days old, were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg Monday at 2 pm with the pastor, Rev Milroy Gregor officiating.

She died in St Anthony's rest home in La Grange last Saturday after a long illness. She was born in Frelsburg Jan. 13, 1871.

Survivors include 3 sons, Arthur Venghaus of Frelsburg, Edmund Venghaus of Columbus and Walter Venghaus of Frelsburg; 2 daughters, Mrs Erna Tiedt of La Grange and Mrs Lillie Lepp of Sealy.

Burial was in the Lutheran cemetery at Frelsburg with Untermeyer Funeral Home in charge.

Colorado County Citizen, August 2, 1962
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Venghaus, Johanna (Schubert)


Columbus, Texas, March 6.--Mrs. Johanna Venghaus, born in Germany and 82 years old, died at the residence of her son, north of town, Thursday night and was buried Saturday afternoon in the Frelsburg Cemetery. Rev. Gustav Szillot of the Lutheran Church of Frelsburg officiated. She is survived by seven children--two daughters, Mrs. Mary Moebes of El Campo and Mrs. Ida George of Frelsburg, and five sons, William of Altair, Rheinhart and Fred of Columbus, Edwin of Frelsburg and Henry Venghaus of Sandy. She is also survived by forty-one grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 9, 1918

Venghaus, Lester Neal “Doc”


Funeral services for Lester Neal "Doc" Venghaus, age 82, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, were held on Saturday, Feb. 23. Interment was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with local arrangements under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

He died Feb. 21 in Carlsbad.

Mr. Venghaus was a retired owner and operator of NW's Trading Post in Carlsbad, and was a veteran of WW II. He was born In Frelsburg on July 2, 1902 to Reinhardt and Ruby Neal [Venghaus].

He is survived by one niece, Bernadine Fehrenkamp Pyland of Irving, Texas. and one brother-in-law, Rev. W. C. James of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, February 28, 1985, page 2

Venghaus, Leroy L.
Meyer, Homer Ellis

Homer E Meyer, Leroy Venghaus Killed in 3 Car Crash Near Columbus

It will be the saddest of all Christmases for the Edmund Venghaus and Homer Meyer families. Their sons, Leroy Venghaus, 35, and Homer Ellis Meyer, 21, were killed in the 3 vehicle crash about 9:30 pm Saturday night about 2 miles east of Columbus on Hwy 20.

They were the 17th and 18th traffic deaths in Colorado county this year.

Ellis Edgar Uhlig, driver of the 3rd vehicle and David Meyer, younger brother of Homer, who was riding with young Uhlig were not hurt when their vehicle brushed the crashed vehicles.

Officers could only speculate about the cause of the accident. Homer Ellis Meyer, a 1951 graduate of Columbus high school was killed instantly and Mr Venghaus died about 30 minutes later, according to Patrolman J O Tanner.

The front of young Homer Meyer's Chevrolet was crushed into the right door of the pickup driven by Mr Venghaus. Wreckers were neccesary to pull the vehicles apart, deputy sheriffs Marvin Buller and Ed Potter helped clear the wreckage and direct traffic at the scene.

Apparently the pickup belonging to Wilbert Schultz of Alleyton was turning or had swerved across the highway, officers speculate. The pickup was bent into a modified "V' and the Meyer's car's front end was crushed towards the dash.

Mr Venghaus had been requested by Mr Schultz, operator of Schultz Place in Alleyton, to come to Columbus for some ice.

Young Meyer was reported en route to see a movie. He had asked his brother and young Uhlig to come with him but they decided to come in Uhlig's car.

Funeral services for Homer Ellis Meyer, a member of the national guard's company C were held at Columbus Funeral Home with Rev Martin Ollmeyer of Cat Spring officiating.

Last rites for Mr Venghaus were held at the Untermeyer Funeral Home with Rev G Wolf of Columbus officiating.

Young Meyer was born Aug 27, 1934. He was a member of the Lutheran church and the Sons of Herman Lodge, in addition to the national guard and was employed by Barten's machine and welding shop in Columbus.

He is survived by his parents and brother.

Lt Arthur Untermeyer and Sgt Gene Teague presented the American flag to Mrs Meyer. Burial was in the Zoar Lutheran cemetery in Mentz. Pallbearers were Dennis Meyer, Douglas Lilie, Ernest Lee Boehme, Al Cholett, Oscar Henicke, Jr, Virgil Neuendorff, Herb Kollaschny and Travis Abel.

Mr Venghaus, an army veteran, was employed as a carpenter by Percy Middlebrook of Eagle Lake.

He is survived by his parents, a sister, Mrs Clemons Noske of Columbus, 2 brothers, Elroy and Milroy of Columbus, 14 aunts and 11 uncles.

He was buried in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery at Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, December 22, 1955
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Venghaus, Lorene (Moeckel)


Lorene Moeckel Venghaus, 66 of Frelsburg, passed away Sept. 19.

She was born in Columbus, July 17, 1937 to Louis J. and Laura (Gundelach) Moeckel. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus and had been employed by Children's Clothing Outlet in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Randell Louis Venghaus.

She is survived by her husband, Elroy Venghaus of Columbus; daughters, Laurel Venghaus Cantu of New Braunfels, Diana Venghaus Hartnett of Giddings, Audrey Venghaus Broz of Grand Falls, Vicky Venghaus Novak of Weimar, and Denise, Kelly and Nan Venghaus of Columbus; sons,Mark Venghaus of Austin, Ryan Venghaus of New York and Brad Venghaus of San Marcos; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Milroy Venghaus of Columbus; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus Sept. 22 with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John Hartnett, Derek Hartnett, Jacqueline Novak, Wendy Novak, Kyla Broz, Michelle Fruzia, Cara Hartnett and Darius Stevens.

Colorado County Citizen, September 24, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Venghaus, Mandus August

Venghaus Rites Held, Jan. 21

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 21st, for Mandus August Veghaus of Rock Island, who died of a heart attack in Victoria at 11 a.m. January 19th, he had been in ill health for a month. The services were held at 2 p.m. January 21st from the Untermeyer Funeral Home in Columbus, with the Rev. Clarence James, officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Serving as pallbearers were Walter Opperman, Julius Kurtz, Dan Hooper, Wilbur Henry, Edwin Venghaus, and Ermine Pilsnek. Mr. Venghaus was born October 26, 1904 in Columbus, Texas, the son of Fred and Bertha Venghaus. He was employed as a guard in Houston prior to his heart attack. He was united in marriage Nov. 25, 1926 with Miss Cecelia Louise Matura. Survivors Include: his wife, Cecelia Venghaus; 2 daughters, Mrs. Thelma Whitefield of Oliva and Jewel Trojcok of Victoria; 4 sons, Claude and Ray wood of Columbus, Vernon of Manvel, and Woodrow of Rock Island; 2 sisters Mrs. Laura Pilsner of Houston and Mrs. Regina Biaschke of Columbus; 2 brothers, Edwin Venghaus of Schulenburg and Irwin Venghaus of Port Arthur; and 15 grandchildren

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 30, 1969
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Venghaus, Mary Ann (Kollmann)


Mary Ann Venghaus, 77 of Columbus, passed away Jan. 15 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

She was born in Columbus, June 21, 1926 to Percy and Mary (Leyendecker) Kollmann and married Emmit Venghaus Nov. 15, 1943.

She is survived by her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jane and Lance Taylor of The Colony; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and

Mary Ann Venghaus Sr. of Beasley; sister, Ernestine Green of Angleton; brother, Charles Kollmann of Bellville; and four grandchildren, Ronald

Venghaus Jr., Leslie Venghaus, Sabrina Stuckey and John Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Doris Schmidt.

Funeral services were Jan. 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Green, Robert Schmidt, Jack Green, Dale Kollmann, Thomas Schmidt and Gregory Venghaus.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Venghaus, Peggy (Ramm)


Peggy Ramm Venghaus, 71, of Cat Spring, passed away Dec. 1 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Sealy, Dec. 3, 1935 to Otto and Ester (Thomsen) Ramm and married Clemons Venghaus, May 15, 1955 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cat Spring.. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus and the Cat Spring Agricultural Society. She was baptized April 3, 1938 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cat Spring by the Rev. H. Schliesses and was confirmed May 16, 1948 at St. John's Lutheran Church by Pastor Harold Wernecke. She attended school in Sealy and graduated in 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sons, Owen Arthur and Russell Lynn Venghaus.

She is survived by her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia (Cindy) Ann and Glenn Weishuhn of Frelsburg; granddaughter, Lora Weishuhn of Columbus; and aunts, Louise Knipple of Columbus and Oridell Ekarius of Sealy.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 4 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Cat Spring.

Pallbearers were Vernon Ekarius, Larry Uhlig, Bruce Dittert, Stephen Reichardt, Kyle Kuenstler, Ron Sopchak.

Honorary pallbearers were Emilian Kaminski, Henry Davis, Gene Remmert and Doug Green.

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Venghaus, Randall Louis

Randy Venghaus Succumbs Sunday After Long Illness

Death brought to an end early Sunday, the suffering of 2 year old Randall Louis Venghaus, who had been ill since July with a malignant liver tumor.

He died in Texas Children's Hospital in Houston where he had spent much time since August after an operation August 22, the day before his 2nd birthday, he was treated with radium and x-rays at Baylor Medical Center in Houston.

Little Randy was home for Thanksgiving with his parents, Mr and Mrs Elroy Venghaus, but was suffering so intensely that his father and an uncle, Johnny Moeckle, walked the floor with him day and night.

Funeral services were held Monday at Untermeyer Funeral Home with continued services at St Paul's Lutheran Church with Rev G Wolf officiating and burial was in Odd Fellow Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wayne Lipperdt, Iva Lee Guthman, Gary Louis Gross and Delroy Gross.

Besides his parents, Randy is survived by a yonger brother, Mark; his grandparents, Mr and Mrs Louis Moeckel of Columbus and Mr and Mrs Edmund Venghaus of Alleyton; great-grandmothers, Mrs Emil Moeckel of Frelsburg and Mrs Ed Venghaus of Sealy and great grand-parents, Mr and Mrs John Gundelach of Alleyton also uncles, aunts and cousins

Colorado County Citizen, December 12, 1957
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Venghaus, Reinhold

Rites Pending For Reinhard[sic] Venghaus Who Died Tuesday

Funeral plans were pending late yesterday for Reinhard[sic] Venghaus, aged 95, who died in Columbus hospital Tuesday after an illness of more than a year. The family was trying to locate his son, Lester, who lives in New Mexico.

Columbus Funeral home will have charge of the services and the Rev. H. L. Anderson of St. Paul’s Lutheran church will officiate.

Mr. Venghaus’ wife, the former Ruby Neal, daughter of old Dr. Ben Neal of Frelsburg, died in 1931. He is survived by the son and 2 daughters, Mrs. Clarence James and Mrs. Adolph Fehrenkamp of Columbus; a granddaughter, Mrs. James B. Pyland of Irving, and a brother, Fred Venghaus of near La Grange.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1963, page 10

Reinhold Venghaus Services Held Here Sunday

Reinhold Venghaus, 91, was buried in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery Sunday afternoon, following services in Columbus Funeral home. The Rev. H. L. Anderson of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiated.

Mr. Venghaus died in Columbus hospital Jan. 15 after a year’s illness. Funeral services were held up in an attempt to locate his son, Lester, who lives somewhere in New Mexico. The son was never located. He had visited his relatives here last year.

Born in the Frelsburg community Jan 12, 1872. he was a son of Henry and Johanna Schubert Venghaus and was one of 8 children. A brother, Frederick of La Grange, survives. Mr. Venghaus’ wife, who died in 1931 was a daughter of old Dr. Ben Neal of Frelsburg.

Other surivors[sic] are 2 daughters, Mrs. Clarence James and Mrs. Adolph Fehrenkamp of Columbus and a granddaughter, Mrs. James B. Pyland of Irving.

Pallbearers were Fred Walling, Willie Taylor, Otto George, Clemons Noska, Ed Stallman and Henry Vogelsang.

Colorado County Citizen, January 24, 1963, page 10

Venghaus, Ruby (Neal)

Mrs. R. Venghaus

Mrs. R. Venghaus passed out of this life at the family home here early yesterday morning, following an illness of about nine days with erysipelas[sic] and complications.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at three at the house, Rev. J. E. Morgan of the Methodist church officiating, and burial will take place at Odd Fellows Rest.

Miss Ruby Neal was born in Frelsburg September 12th., 1876, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ben Neal of that place. She was married to Mr. R. Venghaus on October 18, 1898 and they moved to this city in 1908, where Mr. Venghaus conducted a store on the present site of the new post office building for a number of years. They later went into the hotel and rooming house business.

Mrs. Venghaus was a home builder, a devoted wife and mother, and one of the substantial characters of the city.

She is survived by the husband and three children, Mrs. Clarence James, Lester Venghaus of Harlingen and Mrs. Adolph Fehrenkamp, and one grandchild. There are also one brother, Mr. Ben Neal of Frelsburg and five sisters, Mrs. Tom Lee of San Marcus, Mrs. Rose Taylor of Osage, Mrs. Lee Ramsey and Mrs. Jim Elliott of Houston and Miss Annie Neal of Frelsburg.

The Sympathy of the community goes out to the sorrowing ones in their loss.

Colorado County Citizen, October 15, 1931

Venghaus, Victor Clint

See joint obituary with brother, Carl Eugene Venghaus

Venghaus, Walter F.


Funeral services for Mr. Walter F. Venghaus, 85, were held Saturday, October 19 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiating.

Burial was held at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mr. Venghaus was born December 6, 1899 in Frelsburg to Edward Venghaus and Ida Bruedigam Venghaus. He married Lora Meyer on November 3, 1927.

Mr. Venghaus was a retired farmer and he was also a resident of Columbus for 23 years. He was affiliated with Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg.

Survivors include his wife, Lora Venghaus of Columbus; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Green of Columbus and Mrs. Waldine Sopchak of Huffman; one son, Clemons Venghaus of Bernardo; two sisters, Erna Tiedt of La Grange and Lillie Lepp of Sealy; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Owen and Russell Venghaus.

Pallbearers were Ron Sopchak, John Sopchak, Douglas Green, Glen Wieshuhn[sic], Gregory Venghaus and Larry Venghaus.

Colorado County Citizen, October 24, 1985

Venghaus, William

Mr. William Venghaus

On September 16th at 5:30 in the evening Mr. William Venghaus was called away from his labours. Having been born in Frelsburg on December 10, 1859, he lived in Colorado County all his life. Here he married Miss Augusta Sommerlatte some fifty-nine years ago. Here he purchased a farm in more recent years. Here also he raised the children that mourn his death. The are: Mrs. A. H. Kramer of Victoria, Mrs. Oswald Kretzschmar of Mentz, Mrs. Walter Henicke of Mentz, Miss Marie Venghaus of Mentz and A. G. Venghaus of Garwood. He is survived also by four brothers, Ed. Henry, Fred and Reinhold, the latter two living in or near Columbus and two sisters Mrs. Ida George and Mrs. Henry Moebus. Interment was made in Odd Fellows’ Rest, September 18th, the pastor of the local Lutheran Church officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, September 18, 1930
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Venghaus, Wilma Jean (Smith)


Wilma Jean Smith "Jeanne" Venghaus, 67, passed away Nov 18 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born in Anahuac, Aug. 27, 1936 to Wilmer and Florence (Watson) Smith and married Raywood R. Venghaus, Aug. 26, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and step-father, Ben McWhorter.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Janie Venghaus of Huntsville; daughters and son-in-law, Jeanne Venghaus of Columbus, Dianna (Venghaus) and Kenneth Norsworthy of La Grange and Kimberly Venghaus of Columbus; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Henry Floyd of Huntsville; granddaughter, Cristi (Venghaus) and husband Jimmy Carter; grandson, Joshua Venghaus; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 21 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Chaplain Rick Atkinson officiating. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Joe Ybarra, Jimmy Carter, Tristan Venghaus, Kenny Norsworthy, Claude Venghaus and Vernon Venghaus.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Venghaus, Woodrow Eugene

Venghaus was accident victim

Woodrow Eugene Venghaus, 55, of Rock Island, was buried Friday in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island following funeral services at 3 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Rev. Carl Milentz officiated. Venghaus died December 22 at Eagle Lake Community Hospital as the result of injuries received in a two-car collision on U. S. 90A west of Eagle Lake. Born August 6, 1927, in Columbus, he was a son of Mandus and Cecilia Matura Venghaus. He married Eunice Schilling on November 4, 1951. He was a veteran of World War II, and was a pile driving foreman for Tellespen. Survivors, in addition to his mother and wife, include a daughter, Shee Marie Venghaus of Rock Island; a son, David Venghaus of La Porte, Texas; two sisters, Thelma Winn of Bloomington, Texas, and Jernel Trojak of Yoakum; three brothers, Raymond and Claude Venghaus of Columbus and Vernon Venghaus of Alvin, and a grandson, Joshua Venghaus. Pallbearers were Warren Moerbe, Norman Hooper, Wilbur Henry, Billie Mayes, Norris Carle and Charles Riggs.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 30, 1992, page 12
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith
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