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Zahradnick, Aaron Ray


Funeral services for infant Aaron Ray Zahradnick were held May 31 at Eagle Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Runk officiating. Burial was at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Aaron Zahradnick was a new born who passed away soon after birth in a Houston Hospital. He was the son of Alicia and Lloyd Zahradnick.

Survivors include his parents, Alicia and Lloyd; two brothers, Anthony and Colt Lee Zahradnick; grandparents, Geraldine Janus of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Zahradnick of Eagle Lake; great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Zahradnick of Eagle Lake, and other relatives and loved

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, June 6, 1985

Zahradnik, Agnes

Final Rites To Be Held for Mrs. Agnes Zahrodnik[sic] Friday

Mrs. Agnes Zahradnik, 70, a past 35-year resident of Weimar, expired early Wednesday morning at the family residence near Weimar.

A native of Moravia, Europe, the deceased, who was born Jan. 21, 1870, came to this country at an early age, along with her parents. In 1905, she moved to this area where she had since made her home.

Funeral services are to be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Michael's Church, with Rt. Rev. Monsignor J. J. Szymanski officiating. Burial will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery.

Survivors Include a husband, Joe Zahradnik of Weimar; two sons, John Peter of Weimar, and Frank Peter of El Campo; and four daughters, Mrs. Lena Vasek of Richmond, Mrs. Mary Gadbois of Houston, Mrs. Bettie Herzik of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Julia Walchar of Weimar.

The Mercury extends to her survivors Its sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1940, page 1

Zahradnick, David Joe


David J. Zahradnick, age 74, of Eagle Lake, passed away Saturday, November 14 at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held for David J. Zahradnick Tuesday, November 17 from the Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Pastor Allen Flathmann, of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Zahradnick was born October, 1913 in Sealy to Ferdinand and Marie Hinze Zahradnick. He married Mary Ella Schmidt in Columbus on November 8, 1932 and had just celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Mr. Zahradnick was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Eagle Lake and had been active in the American Legion. He served with the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two grandchildren, Dave Allen Hunick and Diana Sue Newsom.

Survivors include, wile, Mrs. Mary Ella Zahradnick of Eagle Lake; daughters, Daphne Vasut of Garwood, Dorothy Newsom of Eagle Lake and Evelyn Hunick of Jacinto City; son, Robert Zahradnick of Richmond, Virginia; thirteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Paul Vasut, Ray Zahradnick, Rusty Cook, Robert, Tobin, Carl Seaholm, III and Marvin Hunick. Honorary pallbearers were Tim Braun, Mike Thomas, Phillip Hartman and Emil Vasut, Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1987, page 2

Zahradnik, Joseph


Funeral services of Joseph Zahradnik, 92, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church Friday morning, Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiating. Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Zahradnik, a retired farmer who was living in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Will W. Walchar, died Wednesday after an illness of four days.

Born Nov. 8, 1855, in Bohemia, Austria, he was the son of Evan and Marie Zahradnik. He came to this country with his parents in 1870, who landed at Galveston and went to Cat Spring, Austin County to make their first home in America. Later they moved to Moravia and then to Hallettsville. In 1891, Mr. Zahradnik became a naturalized citizen of this country. In 1904 he moved to the Weimar area and married Mrs. Agnes Peter. For the past 45 years he had lived in this vicinity. His wife preceded him in death Dec. 18, 1940.

Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. Will W. Walchar; three step-daughters, Mrs. J. Vasek, Richmond, Mrs. A. V. Gadbois and Mrs. F. J. Herzik of Houston; and two step-sons, John Peter, Sr., of Weimar and Frank Peter of Taiton, Texas. Twenty grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Pallbearers were his grandsons; George and Willie Walchar, Johnnie, Emil and Joe Peter, all of Weimar; and Alfred Gadbois of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1949, page 1

Zahradnick, Lillian (Melton)


EAGLE LAKE -- Lillian Melton Zahradnick, 73, of Eagle Lake, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001.

She was born March 18, 1928, in Lissie, to the late Sam and Minnie Williams Melton. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake.

Survivors: sons, Alan Zahradnick of Eagle Lake and Lloyd Zahradnick of Sealy; sisters, Dorothy Cleveland of Yorktown, Lucy Graves of Temple, Ruth Hattenbauch of Houston, Edna Davenport of Tomball, Jodie Beam of Edna and Betty Moore of Victoria; brother, Sammy Melton of Victoria; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Ray Zahradnick; and parents.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Dulany Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Al Flathmann officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery. Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, 979-234-2011.

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, December 1, 2001
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Zahradnick, Ray

Ray Zahradnick, 77, of Eagle Lake, passed away Sept. 27 at the Spring Branch Medical Center, in Houston following a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 16, 1924 in East Bernard to Alfred and Effie Herrington Zahradnick. He attended local schools and worked the family farm until entering military service. He served with the US Army during World War II and was highly decorated. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge on Nov. 1, 1944, served and saw combat in the Southern Philippines, Luzon, and Bismarck Archipelago. Along with a Presidential Unit citation and other medals, Ray was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on March 1, 1945 in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

Following the war, he and Lillian Melton were married on May 10, 1946 in West Columbia. He led a distinguished career in custom carpentry and owned and operated Ray's Decorating Service prior to his retirement. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 89783 of Eagle Lake.

Zahradnick was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

He was survived by wife Lillian Zahradnick; sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Jennifer Zahradnick of Eagle Lake, and Lloyd Zahradnick of Sealy; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 1 from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Al Flathmann of Hallettsville officiating. Military honors and interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery under the auspices of VFW Post 8783.

Pallbearers were Roger Birdwell, David Devoe, Phil Osborne, Melvin J. Stancik, Cornell Green and Tommy Guthman.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 2001
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Zajicek, Adolph Frank


Funeral services were held Friday afternoon in Columbus Funeral Home for Adolph Zajicek, 55, who was found dead by his wife in his pickup truck on the south side of the courthouse square about 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.  Mr. Zajicek had apparently suffered a heart attack.  He had had heart trouble for the past 5 years.  The Rev. George Ricker of First Methodist church officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.  Mr. Zajicek had joined the Methodist church in 1941.  Born March 9, 1904, Mr. Zajicek was a son of Frank and Pauline Laake Zajicek of Columbus, both of whom survive.  He and his wife, the former Florence Leyendecker, celebrated their silver wedding anniverary last Jan. 28, at the camp house of Mrs. Zajicek's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Leyendecker.  Mrs. Zajicek is employed in the office of Marion Lee Briscoe, county auditor.  Death came the same day his son, Robert Arthur Zajicek, and bride, the former Mae Dene Chollett, returned from their honeymoon.  He had attended their wedding the previous Sunday.  Besides his wife, his parents and son, Robert Arthur, he is survived by another son, David Manly; 3 sisters, Mrs. Walter Meyer, Columbus; Mrs Willie Noska, Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Archie Baker, Houston, and 2 brothers, Willie Zajicek of Glidden and Paul Zajicek of Gladewater.  Pallbearers were C.A. Williamson, Oliver Wegenhoft, M.L. Briscoe, Howard Schindler, O.P. Moore, Jr. and Lester Hastedt.

Colorado County Citizen, April 16, 1959
From the files of David Hahn

Zajicek, Agnes A. (Schmidt)


Agnes A. (Schmidt) Zajicek, 95, of O'Fallon, Ill., died Tuesday, August 4, 1998, at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea, Ill.

Born Jan. 20, 1903 in Frelsburg, she was the daughter of Thomas and Frances Schmidt. In June of 1933, she married Paul Zajicek. Prior to moving to Illinois in 1985, Mrs. Zajicek lived in Columbus and White Oak, where she was a member of St. Theresa's Catholic Church and Ladies Altar Society. At the time of her death, she was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O'Fallon.

Services were held at Aug. 8 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and cemetery in Frelsburg. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Paul Zajicek, Bobby Zajicek, David Zajicek, Donnie Schmidt, Bill Schmidt, Tom Schmidt, Bob Schmidt and Johnny Canik.

Mrs. Zajicek is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Nita Zajicek of O'Fallon; grandchildren Paul Zajicek of Olmstead, Ill. and Renee Zajicek of Dayton, Ohio; brother Ewald Schmidt of the Pisek Community; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; grandson Sydney Zajicek; sister Elizabeth Kollmann; and brothers Paul Schmidt, Richard Schmidt and Mickey Schmidt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Nicholas Building Fund, St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O'Fallon, Ill. 62269.

Colorado County Citizen, Wednesday, August 12, 1898

Zajicek, David Manly


David Manly Zajicek Sr., 63, of Columbus passed away Jan. 29 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

He was born Aug. 12, 1944 in Columbus to Adolph Frank Zajicek and Florence Gladys (Leyendecker) Zajicek. He was a general contractor.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by wife and life-long companion, Beckey Zajicek of Columbus; sons, Bennie Joe Zajicek and wife Sylvia, David Manly Zajicek, Jr. and wife Tawanna; brother, Robert "Bobby" Zajicek and wife Mae Dene; six grandchildren, Lindsey, Lauren, David Wayne, Dylan, Mason and Madelein; and one niece and nephew.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 2 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Clayton Wallin officiating. [Cremated]

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Colorado County Citizzen, February 6, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

DAVID MANLY ZAJICEK, SR. lifelong resident of Columbus, TX born August 12, 1944 died peaceably on January 29, 2008 after a long struggle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife and life long companion Beckey, loving sons, Bennie and David, Jr.; brother, Robert; 6 grandchildren; numerous cousins and other family.

During his time on earth he touched the lives of many. He loved life to the fullest, experiencing things most people only dream about.

Memorial service Saturday February 2, 2008 at 1:00 PM at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, TX. Henneke Funeral Home Columbus, TX 979-732-2143.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 31, 2008
Contributed byRosemary Ermis

Zajicek, Delores Ann (Grose)

Delores Zajicek

Delores Zajicek passed . away Monday in Methodist Hospital in Houston
Funeral services, were held at 12 noon Wednesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, with The Rev. John Schulz officiating. Interment and graveyard services were scheduled that afternoon at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, underthe direction of Co!ombus-Day Funeral Home. Mrs. Zajicek was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Houston.

Survivors iuclude her husband, Glen H. Zajicek of Houston;one son, Boyd Zajicak of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Betty Cincinnati of Montgomery, W. Va., Mrs.Wanda Joyser of Raleigh, N.C. and Mrs. Patricia Walters of Houston;and two brothers, Clifton Grose of Montgomery, W. Va. and Paul Grose of Clay, W. Va.

Colorado County Citizen, November 29, 1979
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Zajicek, Florence (Leyendecker)


Florence Leyendecker Zajicek, 91, of Columbus, passed away Sept. 10 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Dec. 29, 1912 on the Florenz Brune farm on Cummins Creek to Arthur and Annie E. (Brune) Leyendecker. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church of Columbus in 1926 by the Rev. W.A. Flachmeir and graduated from Columbus High School in 1931. She married Adolph F. Zajicek Jan. 28, 1934. She worked in the Colorado County Auditors office from July, 1956 thru Dec. 31, 1990 as first assistant and then the last four years as County Auditor.

She and her husband joined the Methodist church in April 1941 where she served on various boards, taught Sunday School for several years and served in many capacities of the United Methodist Women. She was also a Charter Member of Daughters of the Republic of Texas and served from 1969-85 as the registrar, treasurer for Colorado County Historical Commission from 1985-90, a docent for Magnolia Homes Tour and charter member of the German Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Charline Lichey; and brother, Jack Leyendecker.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Robert A. and MaeDene Zajicek of Columbus, and David M. and Beckey Zajicek of Columbus; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nona Etheridge Schmidt, Emma and Nottie Schneider, Annie and Fred Franta and Betty Sens; brothers and sisters-in-law, Manly and Sophie Leyendecker and Crockett and Dorothy Leyendecker all of Columbus; and sister-in-law, Gladys Leyendecker of Columbus; grandchildren, Neal Zajicek and wife Kelly, Melinda Schielack and husband Chris, Bennie Joe Zajicek and David Zajicek Jr. and wife Tawanna; and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 14 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Neal Zajicek, David Zajicek Jr., Smokey Leyendecker, Bennie Zajicek, Chris Schielack and Will Schneider.

Colorado County Citizen, September 15, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Zajicek, Joe John

John Zajicek, a young man who for a year or more has conducted a boot and shoe repair shop in this city, died last Friday morning, after an illness of several weeks, caused by an abscess inside the skull. The young man had no relatives in this country, but was well thought of by our people, and he was given the best of attention in every way, every effort being put forth to save his life. He was a member of the Weimar fire department, and on Saturday morning the funeral took place at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, under the auspices of that organization, Rev. F. Piepenbrok of the Lutheran church performing the burial service. Young Zajicek was insured in the S. P. J. S. T., a Bohemian lodge, for $1000, and after his debts are paid, according to the terms of his will the remainder will be remitted to relatives in the old country. He was a clever young man, honest and straight in his dealings, and numerous friends sincerely deplore his death. He was about 24 years of age.

Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1908, page 4

Zajicek, Paul O.


Funeral services for Mr. Paul O. Zajicek were held Tuesday, July 30, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Werner Bockholt officiating. Burial was held at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mr. Zajicek was born In Frelsburg, March 4, 1906 to Willie F. Zajicek and Pauline Laake Zajicek.

He married Agnes Schmidt Zajicek in June of 1933. Mr. Zajicek was retired from Sun Oil Company. He was a resident of Columbus for three years.

Survivors include his wife Agnes Zajicek of Columbus' one son, Thomas Zajicek of Ofallon, Illinois; two sisters, Pauline Baker and Helen Meyer both of Columbus; one brother, Bill Zajicek of Glidden and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Elenora Noska and one brother, Adolph Zajicek.

Colorado County Citizen, August 1, 1985, page 2

Zajicek, Pauline M. (Laake)

Mrs. Zajicek, Native of Germany, Funeral Is Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Zajicek, 83, were held in St. Anthony's Catholic church here last Saturday with Rev. Alex Kraus officiating.

Mrs. Zajicek, who was born in Germany, died last Thursday in Columbus hospital after an illness of about 2 months.

Mrs. Zajicek was baptized by Rev. Adeburt Renlien in the Erinnerung Catholic church in Germany, and at the age of 3 came to this country with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Laake. They settled at Frelsburg.

Her husband died about 10 months ago, and a son also preceded her in death.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. Willie Noska of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Archie Baker of Houston and Mrs. Walter Meyer of Columbus; 2 sons, W. A. (Billy) Zajicek of Glidden and Paul Zajicek of Gladewater; a sister, Mrs. Frank Christen of Weimar; 3 brothers, Paul and Alvin Laake of New Ulm and Alex Laake of Corpus Christi; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Burial was in St. Anthony's Catholic cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Willie and Clements Noska, Thomas Paul, David and Glen Hayes Zajicek and Larry Fruge.

Colorado County Citizen, May 21, 1964
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Zajicek, William A. "Bill"

W. A. (Bill) Zajicek, 89 of Glidden, died Thursday, May 5, 1994 in Columbus.

Born March 14, 1905 in Frelsburg, he was the son of Frank and Pauline (Laake) Zajicek. On Dec. 11, 1929, he married Enola Huls in La Grange. A life-long resident of the area, Mr. Zajicek, was a retired railroad car inspector for Southern Pacific Railroad and a member of St. Paul Lutheran church in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 7, 1994 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Glenn Zajicek, Dr. Tom Hancher, Bobby Zajicek, Lawrence Wilson, Howard Chollett and Wilbert Chollett. Honorary pallbearers were Victor Stavinoha, Leo Hoegemeyer, Tommy Stewart and Barney Kuhn.

Mr. Zajicek is survived by his wife, of Glidden; son and daughter-in-law Glenn H. and Shelley Zajicek of Houston; and a grandson, William A. Zajicek, also of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, May 11, 1994, page 12

Zajicek, William Frank

William Zajicek Dies at 87; Burial Here Friday

Funeral services were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Friday for William Frank Zajicek, 87, who died in his sleep at his home early Wednesday after a short illness. Continued services were held in St. Anthony’s Catholic church, the Rev. Joseph Deane officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony’s parish cemetery. Rosary was recited in the funeral home Thursday evening.

Born at Frelsburg, Mr. Zajicek’s birth date was Dec. 6, 1876. He was a son of Tom and Anna Zajicek.

His widow, the former Pauline Laake, whom he married in 1901, survives along with 2 sons, W. A. “Bill” Zajicek of Glidden and Paul Zajicek of Gladewater and 3 daughters, Mrs. Willie Noska of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Archie Baker of Houston and Mrs. Walter Meyer of Columbus. Fourteen grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren survive. A son, Adolph, died in 1959. Surviving sisters are Mrs. Louise Schneider of El Campo and Mrs. Albina Martinka of Houston.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Willie Noska Jr., Glenn Hayes Zajicek, Thomas and David Zajicek, Richard Meyer and Conrad Bertsch.

Colorado County Citizen, August 1, 1963, page 2

Zalesky, Louise (Dedek)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Zalesky Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Zalesky, 74, of Houston were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here Saturday, Oct. 1, with interment in the church cemetery.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Jordarski of Tallahassee, Fla., Mrs. Lucille Lieck of San Antonio and Mrs. Margaret Rabel of West Columbia; four sons, Raymond of San Antonio and Cyril, Zigmund and Alois of Houston; four sisters, one brother, 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1960, page 1

Zamora, Esther M. (Longoria)


Services for Mrs. Esther M. Zamora, 30, were held Tuesday, August 12 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with Rev. Timothy Kosler officiating. Burial was in the St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Mrs. Zamora passed away August 10 in Austin.

Esther Zamora was born in Columbus on January 31, 1955 to Pilar Longoria and Mary Gonzales Longoria. She married Juan Zamora on June 5, 1979.

Survivors include her husband, Juan, of Austin; a daughter, Sandra Zamora, of Austin, and two sons, Manuel George Martinez and Roger Martinez, both of Austin; two sisters, Linda Vega of Houston and Helen Rios of Columbus; three brothers, Roy Hernandez, Houston; Richard Cortez, Eagle Lake; and David Andrade, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Pete LIeverino, Jimmy Garcia, Juan Zamora, Emeteraio Vega, Richard Cortez and Roy Hernandez.

Colorado County Citizen, August 22, 1985

Zapalac, Anna (Konvicka)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Zapalac 81[sic], Held Aug. 11

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna (Joe) Zapalac, 86, were held Saturday, August 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Walsh officiated.

Mrs. Zapalac, who was making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Bessie Oeltjendiers, died there Thursday, Aug. 9. She had been bedridden 10 months.

Born Feb. 2, 1876, in Czechoslovakia, she came to this country with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Konvicka, when she was about 5 years old. They settled first in the Moravia section, later moving to Hackberry and then County Line near here. After her marriage to Mr. Zapalac, they continued to live in this area. He died in 1949. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church.

Surviving are three sons, Joe and Frank of Weimar and Louis of Praha; two daughters, Mrs. Emilie Wasek of Wharton and Mrs. Bessie Oeltjendiers of Weimar; 21 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Annie Barcak, preceded her in death by three weeks.

Pallbearers were Erwin and Joe Zapalac, Eddie Barcak, Edward Wasek, August Gold and Roland Schaefer.

Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1962, page 1

Zapalac, Ben J.


Ben J. Zapalac, 91 of La Grange, passed away Feb. 13 in La Grange.

He was born on May 4, 1912 to John P. and Betty (Hubenak) Zapalac and married Lillie Millie Kulhanek on Nov. 10, 1936.

He was a butcher/meat cutter for Kreuz Market, Schulze Grocery and Bon Ton Restaurant and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dominoes, dancing, cattle and ranching.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Isabell Knippel and Lillian Balzar.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Kay and husband James Karstedt of La Grange; grandchildren, James Jr. and wife, Julie Karstedt of La Grange, Katina Kunetka and husband Kenny of La Grange and John and wife Bonny Karstedt of Weimar; sister, Ruby Burrough of La Grange; brother, Alfred J. Zapalac and wife, Bernice of La Grange; great-grandchildren, Calley Karstedt, Kolby Karstedt, Barrett Kunetka, Kris Kunetka and Madelyn Karstedt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 16, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange with Father James Olnhausen and Deacon Mike Meismer officiating. Interment followed at the La Grange City Cemetery.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 18, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Zapalac, Crystal Lea

Last Rites For Crystal Lea Zapalac Wed.

Graveside services and interment for Crystal Lea Zapalac, stillborn infant daughter of Judy Fay Greak Zapalac and Randy Edward Zapalac of Sealy, were held Wednesday morning, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.  The Rev. Father Ray Widacki of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church officiated with arrangements under the direction of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

The infant was born Sunday, April 11th in the Bellville Medical Center.

Survivors include: her parents; two brothers, Edward James and Eric Alan Zapalac of Sealy; grandparents, Mary and Dan Greak of Eagle Lake and Muriel and Clint McCollister of Sealy; great grandmothers, Mrs. Joe Zapalac of Sealy and Mrs. Lilly Barrett of Waskom, Texas; and a number of aunts, uncles and other relatives.

     Friends extend sympathy to the family in their unfortunate loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight April 15, 1982, page 16
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Zapalac, Darrin Dean

Funeral for Zapalac Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Darrin Dean Zapalac, 15, who was killed in a one-car-accident near here early Saturday were held Monday morning from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Father Charles Carolan officiating.

Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Darrin was born at Weimar on June 16, 1966, a son of Erwin J. and Sophie Lillian (Hanzelka) Zapalac. He was a sophomore at Weimar High School, where he was very active in the Vo-Ag II class. As a project for the recent shop show he built a hay hauler for his employer and good friend, Albert Janak. The project won the championship of the Vo-Ag II metal works and the reserve championship In metal projects of the entire show.

He also showed the grand champion single capon in the recent FFA stock show and had a sixth-place hog.

A Future Farmer of America Scholarship Fund has been established in his name at Hill Bank & Trust Co. here, to be presented in his memory to a deserving 1984 FFA graduate.

Darrin Is survived by his mother; two brothers, Dale Edward and Chad Erwin, both of Weimar; one sister, Mrs. Cynthia Montgomery of Pasadena; and his grandmother, Mrs. Joe Zapalac of McAllen. His father died in 1978.

Serving as pallbearers were Joey Sula, Leland Hasse, Kevin Fishbeck, Keith Janecka, Jimmie Kunschick, and Duayne Fishbeck.

Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1982, pages 1 and 14

Zapalac, Frank

Frank Zapalac Funeral Held Here Aug. 17

Funeral services for Frank Zapalac, 76, a resident of Sweetbriar Nursing Home at Columbus the past seven months, were held Tuesday, Aug 17, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Zapalac died at 6:50 a.m. Aug 14 in Diagnostic Hospital at Houston, after a long illness. He had been hospitalized five weeks.

Born June 16, 1900, at Moravia, he was a son of Joseph and Annie (Konvicka) Zapalac. He married Vlasta Pustejovsky here on Oct. 19, 1926. He had lived in the Weimar area the past 32 years.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mose Vlasta Zapalac of Columbus, is one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Mathews of LaPorte, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and three great-granddaughters and two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Oeltjendiers of Weimar and Mrs. Emilia Wasek of Wharton. Three brothers and four sisters and two grandsons preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Butch Schmidt, Herman Hebbe, Zeke Rodrigue; Roger Kram, Carl Gold and Floyd Gold, all grandsons.

Weimar Mercury, September 9, 1976

Zapalac, Joe F.

Final Rites for Joe F. Zapalac, 75, Saturday

Funeral services for Joe F. Zapalac, 75, who died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Mauritz Memorial Hospital, Ganado, were held here Saturday.

Services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Gerald Hubertus officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers were members of VFW Post 5875: Alvin Prause, Daniel Ulbricht, Justin Verunac, Harvey Bartosh, Joe Adamcik and Charlie Allen. Mr. Zapalac was an overseas veteran of World War I.

He had been ill since last September and was in the hospital three days.

Born March 3, 1896, in Moravia community, Lavaca County, he was a son of Joe and Annie Konvicka Zapalac. As a young man he lived for a time at Hackberry. He married Mary J. Pustejovsky here Oct. 3, 1921, and they settled on a farm at Oakland, where they lived until retiring and moving to Weimar in 1956.

Mrs. Zapalac survives him, along with one son, Erwin J. of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. LeRoy (Marie) Fitzgerald of Laredo and Mrs. Jerry (Jossie) Janca of Edna; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank Zapalac of Weimar and Louis of Praha; and two sisters, Mrs. Fritz (Bessie) Oeltjendiers of Weimar and Mrs. August (Emilia) Wasek of Wharton. A son, Joe V., died in 1964 at Houston. Also preceding him in death were three sisters, Mrs. John Zapalac of Hallettsville, Mrs. John Barcak of Oakland and Mrs. Jim Wasek of Wharton; and a brother and a sister as infants.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, March 18, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Zapalac, Josef

Funeral Services For Joe Zapalac, 83, Held Monday

Funeral services for Joe Zapalac, Sr., 83-year-old retired farmer of the New Bielau section, where held from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church Monday morning, with Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiating. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Zapalac, who retired from active farming about three years ago because of failing health, had been seriously ill since June when death came to him early Sunday morning, Oct. 3.

Born March 19, 1865, in Czechoslovakia, he was the son of Jim and Mary Zapalac. He came to this country at the age of 20, settling at Moravia. After his marriage on October 26, 1892, to Miss Annie Konvicka, he and his wife moved to Hackberry, where they bought a place and lived for a number of years. In 1913, they moved to their present home at New Bielau. Mr. Zapalac was a member of St. Michael's Church and the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge.

Surviving him is additions to his wife are three daughters, Mrs. John Barcak of Oakland, Mrs. A. R. Wasck of Wharton and Mrs. Fritz Oeltjendiers of New Bielau; three sons, Joe of Oakland, Louis of Praha and Frank of Weimar; one brother, Steve Zapalac, 86, of Moravia; and a number of grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. John Zapalac of Wed, died in 1947 after lightning struck her as she was picking cotton. Another daughter, Mrs. Jim Wasck of Wharton, died 13 years ago; and two children died in infancy.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Frank, Ed, August, Victor and Clifford Melnar, and Woodrow Einkauf.

The Weimar Mercury, October 8, 1948
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Zapalac, Kimberly Denise (Adams)

Memorial services for Kimberly Denise Adams Zapalac, 28, of Cat Spring will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Father Eddie Winkler officiating.

Ms Zapalac died Dec. 20 in Eagle Lake. She had lived in Colorado County for a short time.

She was born Feb. 15. 1955 on the Sioux Indian Reservation near Siseton [sic.], S.D., and had no immediate family as survivors.

Colorado County Citizen, January 6, 1994

Kimberly Denise Adams Zapalac

February 15, 1955 – December 20, 1993

Kimberly Denise Adams Zapalac, 38, of Cat Spring, was found dead in Eagle Lake December 20, 1993.

She was born February 15, 1955, on the Sioux Reservation near Sisseton, South Dakota.

She had been a resident of Eagle Lake for a short time.

No family had been located at the time of publication.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 6, at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating.

Her remains will be cremated and the ashes returned to the Sioux Reservation for burial.

Dulany Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 6 Jan 1994, page 5
Contributed by Matt Cross

Zapalac, Mary Magdelena (Juchelka) Kubala

Final Rites for Mrs. Zapalac, 71, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Magdalena Kubala Zapalac, 71, were held Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, at Hubbard Funeral Hone and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Thomas Flanagan officiated, assisted by the Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan.

Mrs. Zapalac died Monday night at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rabel, with whom she, had lived the past 25 years. She had been bedridden seven years and was seriously ill about four weeks.

Born July 22, 1888, at Hackberry, Lavaca County, the daughter of John and Mary Juchelka, she was married in 1906 to John Kubala, who died in 1916. In 1921 she was married to John Zapalac, who died in 1926. After her first marriage she had lived at Skidmore, Bastrop and Kenedy before moving to Holman in 1917. She had lived in this area since that time. She was a member of St. Michael's Church here.

Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Rabel; one son, Willie J. Kubala of Columbus; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Mrs. Joe Psencik of Georgetown and Mrs. Amelia Tobola of Rosenberg. A daughter and two sons died as infants; one brother and one sister also preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Louis Mazoch, Jeff Adamcik, Randy Kotrla, Henry Rabel, Ernest Kubesch and Pete W. Huepers.

Weimar Mercury, January 1. 1960, page 1

Zapalac, Vlasta Annie (Pustjovsky)


Funeral services were held for Vlasta Annie Zapalac Wednesday, July 16 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating.

Vlasta Annie Zapalac was born February 20, 1904 in Moravia, Texas to Joe Pustjovsky and Vera Mikulench Pustjovsky. She married Frank Zapalac October 1924.

She was a housewife and she was a Lutheran.

Burial was at Weimar Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Zapalac (died August 13, 1976).

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn J. Gold of Luling; one sister, Lillie Rokeyta of Port Lavaca; one brother, Julius Pustjovsky of Port Lavaca; seven grandchildren, Carol Schmidt, Joyce Hebbe, Roger Karm, Carl Gold, Janet Gold, Floyd Gold and Sharon Baejo; and ten great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers, were Butch Schmidt, Herman Hebbe, Paul Hahn, Roger Karm, Floyd Gold and Carl Gold.

Colorado County Citizen, July 24, 1986

Zaskoda, Alwine Marie (Reinhardt)

Mrs. Zaskoda Dies After Long Illness; Last Rite Today

Last rites for Mrs. Raymond Zaskoda, 52, of the Bernardo community will be held today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. at Untermeyer Funeral home. Rev. Martin Ottmers of the Cat Spring Lutheran church will officiate and burial will be in the Cat Spring Lutheran cemetery. Mrs. Zaskoda was a member of the Cat Spring church.

She died in Columbus hospital Tuesday at 6 p.m. after an illness of about 6 months.

Born Alwine Marie Reinhardt Feb 6, 1906, in Germany, she came to America at the age of 3, settling with her parents in the Bernard-Mentz area. She and Mr. Zaskoda were married Dec. 16, 1931 in St. Paul’s Lutheran church here.

Survivors include her husband of Bernardo; a son, Raymond A. Zaskoda, and a daughter, Anita Zaskoda, both of Bernardo, and a brother, Henry Reinhardt of Route 1, Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 1958, page 7

Zaskoda, Joe Jim

Joe Jim Zaskoda, 25 of Garwood Dies Of Accident Injuries

GARWOOD. Last rites for Joe Jim Zaskoda, 25, of Garwood, victim of a traffic accident in El Campo, will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic church tomorrow (Friday) at 9 a.m.

Mr. Zaskoda died in a Houston hospital Tuesday from injuries he suffered when his car and one driven by Librado R. Barriente of Brownwood collided. Barriente also was killed.

Two passengers in the Barriente care were also reported seriously injured.

Mr. Zaskoda is survived by his widow, and a small son, James Zaskoda.

Colorado County Citizen, May 26, 1960, page 1

Last Rites Held For Joe Zaskoda

Funeral services were held Friday morning May 27th in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Nada for Joe Jim Zaskoda, who died in the Methodist Hospital in Houston early last Tuesday morning as a result of injuries in an automobile accident Saturday, May 21st while en route home from a fishing trip to the coast.

He was born in Fayette county on August 7th, 1934. The services were conducted by the Rev. Father E. J. Bily with interment in the Nada Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Addrina Orsak Zaskoda and a son, James; his mother, Mrs. Steve Horelica; five sisters, Mrs. Ann Conley and Mrs. Mike Nolte of San Antonio, Mrs. Irene Ward of Waco, Mrs. Alvin Kauskopf of Temple and Mrs. Ed Quitman of Dallas; and a brother, Daniel, in the U.S. Army and two half brothers, Vernon and Steve Horelica of Garwood.

The sisters and brothers were here to attend the funeral. Many relatives and friends came to attend the funeral coming from Houston, Victoria, La Grange, Palacios, Shiner, Yoakum, Hallettsville, Fayetteville, Ellinger, Columbus, Plum, Schulenburg, Wharton, Midfield, Louise, El Campo and many local relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers were: Emil and Paul Srubar of Plum, Water Skutca of Midfield, Joe Janek of El Campo, Eugene Rek, Randolph Waligura of Garwood. Honorary pallbearers named were: Ronnil Peter, Fred Krpec, Jerry Winzenreid of El Campo and Buck Dugie, Emil Piepzyca of Garwood.

The brother, Daniel, who is stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany, arrived home in time to attend the funeral and is spending the time with his mother and father.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, June 2, 1960
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Pallbearers Named In Zaskoda Funeral

Funeral services for Joe Jim Zaskoda, victim of a traffic accident at El Campo, were held May 27 in El Campo with Rev. Edmund Bily of St. Mary’s Catholic church, Nada, officiating. Requiem high mass followed at St. Mary’s church and interment was in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Emil Paul Srubar of Plum, Walter Skutca Jr. of Midfield, Eugene Rek and Randolph Waligura of Garwood and Joe Janak Jr. of El Campo.

Honorary pallbearers were Emil Pieprzcyea and E. Dugie of Garwood and Ronnie Peters, Fred Krpec Jr. and Jerry Winzenried of El Campo.

Mr. Zaskoda was born in Fayette county Aug. 7, 1931. He was employed at the Lazy K ranch for 8 years before his death.

Besides his wife, Addrina, and his son, James, He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Steve Horelica of Garwood; a brother, Daniel, with the U. S. Army, and 5 sisters, Ms. Ann Conley and Mrs. Eugene Nolte, San Antonio; Mrs. Alvin Krauskopt, Temple; Mrs. Irene Ward, Waco, and Mrs. Ed Quintana, Dallas; also 2 half brothers, Vernon and Steve [Horelica] Jr. of Garwood.

Colorado County Citizen, June 9, 1960, page 10

Zaskoda, Joseph Vincent
Kennedy, Thomas Samuel Jr.

[I find nothing to substantiate the names Joseph Vincent. His death certificate states Joe Jim as does his obit. DA ]

2nd Crash Victim Dies in El Campo

El Campo—A two-car crash here claimed its second victim Tuesday when Joe Jim Zaskoda, 25, of Garwood, died at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Zaskoda was one of the drivers in the Saturday night wreck which killed Librado R. Barriente, 25, of Brownwood, and seriously injured two passengers in Barriente’s car, Martin Rangel, 23, and Francisco Arroyas Jr. 17.

The wreck was one of two fatal accidents in Wharton County Saturday night. Tom S. Kennedy Jr., 25, of Rock Island was killed when his car overturned on Farm Road 1160, 10 miles northwest of El Campo. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Requiem High mass for Zaskoda will be held at 9 a. m. Friday in the Nada Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Adrian Zaskoda, and a son, James Zakoda[sic], both of Garwood.

Weimar Mercury, May 27, 1960, page 5

Zatopek, Billy Joe

Funeral Services Are Held Monday For Zatopek Child

Little Billy Joe Zatopek, two months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Zatopek, died in an Austin Hospital, Sunday night, April 2nd.

Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon at 3:30 at the home of Mrs. Ada Zatopek with Rev. M. O. Davis officiating. Interment in Odd Fellows Rest. Columbus Funeral Home had charge.

Colorado County Citizen, April 6, 1939
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Zatopek, Grace Mae (Prause)


Grace Zatopek, 80, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 10 at Christus St. Catherine Health & Wellness Center in Katy.

She was born in Frelsburg, July 24, 1925 to Milam and Minnie (Krenek) Prause and married Jerry W. Zatopek, June 10, 1948.

She was a retired beer distributor and was a farm and ranch supply store owner in Columbus. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, the St. Anthony Altar Society and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Auxiliary 6113.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Joyce Duge; and brother Dan Prause.

She is survived by her daughter, Fritzie Kulhanek of La Grange; sister, LaVerne Michalk of Milburn, Fla.; and grandson, Casey Kulhanek of La Grange.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 13 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating.

Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Michael Kocian, Scott and Kirk Yariger, Johnny Camacho, Mike Kulhanek, Keith and Pam Michalk, Ty Prause and Dawn Hurley.

Colorado County Citizen, January 18, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Zatopek, Ignac

Ignac Zatopek, 55, Father of Druggist Here, Is Buried

Funeral services for Ignac Zatopek, 55 of Columbus, father of Norbert Zatopek of Weimar, were held at the Columbus Funeral Home Tuesday morning, with Rev. Joe Love officiating. Burial was in Columbus Cemetery.

Mr. Zatopek died at Columbus Hospital early Sunday morning.

A native of Ellinger, he moved to Columbus in 1920. where he was one of the organizers of the Columbus Gravel Company, known today as the Texas Construction Materials Company. At the time of his death he was serving as superintendent of the Columbus division of the company.

In addition to his son here, owner of Zatopek’s Pharmacy, he is survived by another son, Dr. Leland F. Zatopek, of La Grange, two sisters, Mrs. Anton Meduna of Columbus and Mrs. Russell Davis of Los Angeles, Calif; and two grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1949

Zatopek, Jerry W.

Zatopek Rites Held, Columbus

Funeral services for Jerry W. Zatopek, 56, of Columbus were held Saturday, Oct. 8, from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Columbus, with burial in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery at Frelsburg.

Msgr. Thomas Collins of San Antonio officiated, assisted by Msgr. Alex Kraus of Victoria, Rev. Brian Crookes of Columbus and Rev. Edward Geiser and Rev. Werner Buckholt of Frelsburg.

Members of the American Legion and VFW posts of Columbus rendered military honors.

Pallbearers were Dan Prause, James Duge, Edgar Muesse, Jesse Michalk, “Buck” Burt, Johnny Comacho, Joe Buxkamper, and Chris Stein for LeRoy Stein.

Zatopek died at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston after a lengthy illness.

Born Dec. 25, 1926, at Columbus, he was a son of John and Minnie (Hlinsky) Zatopek. He married Grace Prause of Columbus in June 1948.

Zatopek owned and operated Zatopek Feed & Supply from December 1949 until his retirement in April 1982. He was also a beer wholesaler from 1956 to 1982, serving Colorado County, and owner of J&S Recycling Co. at Columbus. His beer distributorship won the Schlitz “Inner Circle Award,” for business excellence and civic leadership, six years straight, 1872 through 1977.

A World War II Air Force veteran, he was active in many local and state civic projects. He had served as a director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Association and was a member of the county committee of Farmers Home Administration.

His wife survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Jerris (Fritzie) Kulhanek, his son-in-law, Mike Kulhanek, and grandson Casey Kulhanek, all of La Grange, his mother, Mrs. Minnie Zatopek of Alice; two brothers, James Zatopek of Alice and Joel Zatopek of Vidor, and one sister, Mrs. Edgar (Juanita) Muesse of La Marque. His father and a brother, John Zatopek Jr., preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, October 13,1983

Zatopek, Jessie V. (Austin)


Funeral Services for Jessie Austin Zatopek, 68, of Weimar, were held August 14 at the First Baptist Church in Weimer[sic], with Rev. Chet Purdy officiating. Burial was at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Columbus. Mrs. Zatopek passed away August 12 at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Zatopek was born April 8, 1917 at Post, Texas. She married Norbert E. Zatopek and was a homemaker. She was also very active in Pink Ladies and the Weimar Literary Guild.

She is survived by a son Harvey Lee Zatopek of La Grange and a daughter, Judy Zatopek Toland of Houston, and a brother, John David Austin of Viena, Virginia. She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe, a brother, Joe Wesley Austin, and a sister, Sammie Lee Austin Stout.

Pallbearers were Robert F. Kalous, Frank C. (Buddy) Seifert, Henry Ed Rabel, Werner J. Stavinoha, Henry Beken, Jr., Jeff Carroll, Ernest Scott, Walter Scott, and Milton Booth.

Colorado County Citizen, August 22, 1985

 Zatopek, John


John Zatopek Drowns In Colorado River Near Town

Funeral services for John Zatopek, 75, who died from suicidal drowning in the Colorado River near town Monday night, will be held Friday afternoon
at two o’clock at the residence of Antone Meduna here, Rev. Kiefer, Catholic priest of Smithville, officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest under the direction of Untermeyer Bros.

Mr. Zatopek was found in the river shortly after five o’clock Wednesday afternoon behind the sunken garden. He left home late Monday afternoon, and since he was last see[sic] a few minutes later in town, it is thought that he drowned Monday night.

He was born in Czechoslovakia. He arrived in the United States December 5th, 1882, and he had been a resident of Columbus for five years.

Mr. Zatopek is survived by one son, Ignac Zatopek; six daughters, Mrs. Matilda Peters of West Texas, Mrs. Rosa Gehrig of West, Mrs. Louise Mueth of Smithville, Mrs. Stazie Renger of Smithville, Mrs. Antone Meduna of Columbus and Mrs. Hattie Davis of Sacramento, California; a sister, Mrs. Vera Jasek of Fayetteville.

Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 1940

Zatopek, John R.

Mr. John Zatopek

Mr. John Zatopek died suddenly at the Alleyton pit of the Texas Construction Material Company Tuesday morning at about seven thirty. He was oiling the engine of the drag line of which he was the operator, when he fell to the ground and life was extinct when other employees reached his side. He had been suffering with heart disorder and was under the care of a local physician, but had been able to continue his labor at the pit.

Funeral services were held at the residence at 3:30 P.M. yesterday, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating, and burial took place at Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Zatopek had been employed by the gravel company for a number of years, having worked for Horton & Horton as early as twelve or thirteen years ago and later going to the Columbus Gravel Company which was later merged with the Texas Construction and Material Company.

He was about 33 years of age a man of strict application to the duties of his position with the company, a valuable industrious citizen of this city and a loving husband and fond father. He is survived by the heartbroken wife, five little children, one brother and five sisters, to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, May 28, 1931, page 1

Zatopek, John R. Jr.

John Zatopek

The community was saddened yesterday morning by the death of John, the 16 year old son of Mrs John Zatopek, from pneumonia. The young man had been attending school up to about Christmas, since which time he has had eye trouble. He contracted pneumonia some nine days ago.

Funeral services ill be held this afternoon. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

He will be laid beside his father who passed away about three years ago. The mother and other relatives have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 1934


Columbus, Texas. March 24--The funeral of John Zatopek, Jr. 15, son of Mrs. Minnie Zatopek of this city, who died early Tuesday, was held Thursday from the family residence. Deceased was fishing on the Colorado river and got his clothing wet. He built a fire on the bank of the river and lay down to dry, falling asleep. He awoke next morning suffering from pneumonia. He is survived by the widowed mother and three brothers and sisters. Interment was made in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery here.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1934

Zatopek, Lanny R.

Funeral services for Lanny R Zatopek, 32, was held from the Untermeyer Funeral Home Wednesday at 4 pm with Rev Thomas Collins of Victoria officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Zatopek died Tuesday at his home in Columbus.

Zatopek, born Aug 31, 1937 was a son of T H and Elsie Cook Zatopek of Fayette County. He lived in Columbus the past 7 years and was a member of the Catholic Church and Woodmen of the World Lodge.

Survivors are his widow, Verina Georg Zatopek; 2 sisters, Mrs Ruby Johnson of Ellinger and Mrs Vivian Rinne of Fayetteville; one nephew and one niece.

Serving as pallbearers were Clyde Werland, Floyd Schleching, Larry Werland, Joe Sobova, Hugh Wagner and Harry L Cook.

Colorado County Citizen, November 6, 1969
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Zatopek, Leland Frank


Leland Frank Zatopek, M.D., 85, of La Grange, passed away June 30 in La Grange.

He was born Jan. 12, 1921 in Ellinger to Ignac Zatopek and the late Ada (Buenger) Zatopek and married Elizabeth “Betty” Drachenberg, of Rosenburg, Sept. 7, 1946. He attended Columbus public schools and graduated in 1938. He participated in high school track, baseball, and football. He lettered four years in football, was captain his junior and senior years, and made all district team selection for two years. In 1941, he received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin. In 1945, he earned his doctor of medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he was a member of the Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity.

He was a World War II veteran and served from 1942-48 in the U.S. Armed Forces. As a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he spent two years in Japan. After returning from the service in 1948, he practiced family medicine for 38 years in La Grange and retired in 1986.

In addition to private practice, he served as the Selective Service Medical Examiner for Fayette and Colorado Counties and received several special meritorious service awards from the U.S. Presidents for his service. He also served as the County Health Officer of Fayette County for 23 years, later served as the City of La Grange Health Officer for 15 years, and served as the City Health Officer for the City of Fayetteville for two years.

He served as Chief of Staff of Fayette Memorial Hospital for several terms and was vice president of the Post Graduate Medical Assembly of South Texas. In addition to other officer positions, he was a past president of the Colorado-Fayette County Medical Society. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.

In 1953, he was raised to the degree of Master Mason. In 1960-61 he served as Worshipful Master of La Fayette Lodge 34 A.F. and A.M. On May 7, 2002, he received the Golden Trowel Award, the highest award bestowed upon an individual member by a local lodge. Additionally, he was a 32nd Degree York Rite Mason, a member of the Houston Arabia Shrine, and a member of the Colorado Valley Arabia Shrine.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of La Grange and served on the church board. He was also a charter member of the La Grange Evening Lions Club and a former member of the La Grange Chamber of Commerce. In 1990, he was selected the outstanding senior citizen of the Trinity Hill E. E. Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Norbert and Harvey Frank Zatopek; and a nephew.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Thomas E. Marburger of San Antonio and Shara and H. Porter Everts, Jr. of Houston; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. David L. and Cynthia Zatopek of La Grange; grandchildren, C. Dayton Kring, II of Houston, Elizabeth Zatopek of La Grange, and Rebekah Zatopek of La Grange; sister-in-law, Jane Zatopek, of Volente; nephew, Harvey Lee “Buck” Zatopek and his wife, Patricia, of La Grange; and niece, Judy and husband, Dr. Dennis Toland, of Houston.

Memorial services were July 8, in the First United Methodist Church in La Grange. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the charity of one's choice. [Cremated]

Colorado County Citizen, July 12, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Zatopek, Minnie Annie (Hlinsky)

Zatopek Funeral Services

Minnie Annie (Hlinsky) Zatopek died May 28, 1993 in River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus. She was 98 years and 8 days, celebrating her birthday with her children last week.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Zatopek were held Sunday, May 30, at 4:00 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Milton Maly officiating.

Burial followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Born May 20, 1895 in the Ellinger Community, she was the daughter of Annie and Thomas Hlinsky. She was the oldest of six children and received her education in the Ellinger schools. She married John H. Zatopek in Ellinger in 1917 and shortly afterward moved to Colorado County.

Grannie, as she was called by her many friends throughout the years, spent most of her married life in Columbus. She had a great love for flowers and was a great seamstress.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Fayetteville Brethren Church of Ross Prairie of which she was still a member.

Her husband passed away in 1931 in Columbus.

She is survived by her sister, Ella Zapalac of La Grange; daughter and son-in-law, Juanita and Edgar Muesse of La Marque; son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Pat Zatopek of Vidor; and son, James Zatopek of Alice; daughter-in-law, Grace Zatopek of Columbus; sister-in-law, Leona Hlinsky of Shaws Bend; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great - great -grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Johnnie and Jerry Zatopek of Columbus; her parents, Annie and Thomas Hlinsky of Ellinger; brothers, Bill of Ellinger and Harry of Shaws Bend; sisters, Betty Pokorny and Irene Cook of La Grange.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, June 3, 1993, page 2

Zbranek, Ben I.

Ben Zbranek Body Found Late Thursday

The body of Ben Zbranek, who disappeared in the area of the Colorado River near Nada last Tuesday evening, was located at around 3:30 p.m. last Thursday some eight miles down stream from the point where it is believed that he entered the river waters.

Cause of death was not determined, however, Justice of Peace W. A. Hefner held an inquest at the scene and ruled that death was from accidental drowning.

Mr. Zbranek's truck was found on the Zbranek farm near Nada last Tuesday afternoon. His wallet and other personal belongings were found in the truck.  Later searchers found his hat and other clothing on the banks of the river.

Game Management Officer Sam Center and Eagle Lake Police Officer Russell Sillavan located the body eight miles downstream lodged in a pile of drift wood.  The body was partially clothed and he had on rubber boots indicating that he was wading in the river when for an undetermined reason he was drowned.

Garwood Volunteer Firemen, numerous other volunteers from Nada and Garwood, the Columbus, Glen Flora, El Campo, and Wharton fire departments and officers from throughout the area, including the County Sheriff's Office, Highway Patrol and Game Wardens and others participated in the two day search.

Mr. Zbranek was born Sept. 26, 1925 and was 46 years old at the time of the accident.  He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ignatz Zbranek of Nada and had resided in that area for all of his life but was residing at the time of the accident at the home of a sister in Wharton.

He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada and the Nada K. J. T.  Lodge.  He was not married.

Funeral services were held at 5:30 p.m. last Friday, June 23rd from the Triska Funeral Home and later at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Henry Rolf officiating.  He was placed to final rest in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jerry Shimek, Jr., Ronnie, Bobby and Ricky Shimek of Wharton; Mel Fajkus, Ervin Fucik, Kenneth Kainer, Jerry Kainer and Gary Kaluza of El Campo; and Jerry Janish of Nada.

His parents preceded him in death, his father having passed away just recently.

Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. John Fucik, Mrs. Melvin Fajkus, Mrs. J. G. Kainer of El Campo, Mrs. Jerry Shimek of Wharton and Mrs. Bill Kaluza of Columbus; and other relatives and friends.

Sympathy is offered to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight June 29, 1972, pages 1 &12
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Zbranek, Ignac

Ignaz[sic] Zbranek

Ignac Zbranek, resident of the Garwood community for the past 62 years, passed away at his home Jan. 30 at the age of 73. He was born Dec. 24, 1898 in Fayette County.

Last rites ere held in Triska Chapel in El Campo Feb. 2. They were continued with a Mass in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada. Officiating was The Rev. Henry Rolf. Burial was in Nada Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Lydia Fucik, Mrs. Alvina Fajkus, Mrs. Edith Kainer and Ms. Viola Kaluza, all of El Campo, and Mrs. Leona Shimek of Wharton; one son, Ben Zbranek of Nada; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Paul Zbranek of Nada; and 2 sisters, Ms. Claudia Vesely of Victoria and Mrs. Tina Mascheck of Fayetteville.

Colorado County Citizen, February 10, 1972

Zbranek, James L.

EL CAMPO – James Louis Zbranek, 32, of Garwood, died Thursday in a Houston hospital following an extended illness.

A native of El Campo, he was born May 16, 1955, to Garwood residents Jerry and Ann Millard Zbranek. A design draftsman for Dow Chemical Co., he had attended Rice High School, Wharton Junior College and Texas A&M University.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. at the Lehrer Memorial Methodist Church in Garwood with the Rev. James Galloway Edgar officiating. The body will lie in state at the Triska Funeral Home Chapel until 1:30 p.m. Saturday when it will be taken to the church for services.

Burial will follow the services in Lehrer Memorial Cemetery in Garwood under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a paternal grandmother, Mrs. Frank Zbranek of Garwood; and two sisters, Sharon Marie Cooke of Corpus Christi and Nina Conway of San Marcos.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Victoria Advocate, Friday, August 21, 1987
S ubmitted by Rosemary Ermis

Zbranek, Julia Ann (Kasmiersky)

Julia Ann Zbranek, 87, of Garwood, passed away on Sept. 15, 2012. She was born Oct. 13, 1924 in Colorado County to Frank and Emilia Bubela Kasmiersky. She married Ludwig Paul Zbranek on June 11, 1946. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Christian Mothers and KJZT.

She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Rucka and husband Michael; sons, Gary Zbranek and wife Madilyn and Billy Zbranek and wife Jamie; grandchildren, Zach Zbranek and wife Shari, Grady Zbranek and fiancé Jordan Hayes, Robyn Rucka Machac and husband Aaron, John Michael Rucka and wife Amanda, Brandy Zbranek Slater and husband Jeff, Dustin Zbranek and wife Christie and Garrett Zbranek and wife Jackie; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank Kasmiersky and wife Anna Lou and Raymond Kasmiersky and wife Margaret; sisters, Clara Lobpries, Leona Swoboda and husband Bill, Mary Hoffman and husband Meth, Ernestine Schneider and husband Ed Lee, and Janie Mae Popp and husband Gus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ludwig Paul Zbranek; sister, Annie Socha; infant son, Stanley Zbranek; great-grandson, Max Kolbe Machac and brother-in-law, Howard Lobpries.

Visitation was 1-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Triska Funeral Home and 6-8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with Rev. Joseph Vrana and Rev. Robert Guerra officiating. Burial followed at the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Grady Zbranek, Zach Zbranek, Dustin Zbranek, Garrett Zbranek, John Michael Rucka and Jeff Slater.

Words of condolences may be shared with the family at

Arrangements by Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.

El Campo Leader News
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Zbranek, Ludwig


Ludwig Zbranek, 86, of Garwood passed away on July 22.

He was born on July 16, 1920 in Ellinger, the son of Paul and Albina Prihoda Zbranek.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a retired owner-operator of a sand and gravel trucking operation.

Mr. Zbranek was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, the Nada Knights of Columbus, K.J.T., and the V.F.W.

He is survived by wife, Julie Kasmiersky Zbranek of Garwood; daughter, Sylvia Rucka and husband, Michael, of Eagle Lake; sons, Gary Zbranek and wife, Madilyn, of El Campo and Billy Zbranek and wife, Jamie, of Cypress; sisters, Mary Ann Schoellmann of Nada and Lucy Kubecka of El Campo; brothers, Clarence and Edmund Zbranek of Nada; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Stanley Zbranek; sister, Nollie Kubecka; and brother, Bill Zbranek.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday, July 24 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Joe Vrana officiating. Burial followed at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion.

Pallbearers were Grady Zbranek, Zach Zbranek, John Michael Rucka, Aaron Machac, Dustin Zbranek, Garrett Zbranek, and Jeff Slater.

Honorary Pallbearers were Brandy Zbranek Slater and Robyn Rucka Machac.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your favorite charity.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 27, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Zbranek, Mary (Prihoda)


Funeral services were held in El Campo Oct. 8 for Mrs. Ignac Zbranek, 71, who died Oct. 6 in Nightingale hospital. Continued services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Nada and burial was in Nada Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Zbranek was born in Colorado county Aug. 14, 1897, and was a longtime resident of the Nada community.

She is survived by her husband; 5 daughters, Mrs. Lydia Fucik;, Mrs. Albina Fajkus, Mrs. Edith Kainer and Mrs. Viola Kaluza, all of El Campo, and Mrs. Leona Shimek of Wharton; a son, Ben Zbranek of Nada, and 22 grandchildren. Other survivors include 2 sisters, Mrs. Albina Zbranek of Nada and Mrs. Betty Korenek of Ellinger and 4 brothers, Louis and Vince Prihoda of Damon, Rudolph Prihoda of Nada and George Prihoda of Ellinger.

Pall bearers were Harry Buzek, Frank Milan, Alfred Prihoda, Lawrence Korenek and Clarence and Edmund Zbranek.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Oct. 31, 1968
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Zbranek, Paul A. Jr.


Paul A. Zbranek, Jr., age 92, passed away December 13 at Sweetbriar Nursing Home in Columbus.
Mr. Zbranek was born in Burton December 11, 1896 to Paul A. Zbranek, Sr. and Emilia (Janda) Zbranek.

He married Albina (Prihoda) Zbranek October 10, 1916.

Services were held Thursday, December 15 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating. Rosary was held Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Henneke Funeral Home and Thursday, Dec. 15 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Nada.

Surviving are his wife, Albina Zbranek of Nada; two daughters, Mary Ann Schoellmann of Nada and Lucy Kubecka of El Campo; three sons, Ludwig Zbranek of Garwood, Edmund Zbranek and, Clarence Zbranek both of Nada; one sister, Claudia Vesely; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Mr. Zbranek was preceded in death by one son, William and one daughter Nollie.

Pallbearers were Alan Zbranek, Gary Zbranek, James Korenek, Daniel Kubecka, Randel Kubecka and James Schoellmann.

Colorado County Citizen, December 21, 1988, page 2

Zbranek, Robert

Nada News Notes

Robert,the five months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ignatz Zbranek, died of pneumonia last Friday night. Interment was made in the parish cemetery after all burial rites were administered to the child by Rev. C. J. Benes, pastor. The little boy was taken ill with flu a week ago, which developed into pneumonia. The best of attention and medical aid was given, but to no avail. We extend our deepest sympathy to the heartbroken parents and other members of the family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 11, 1933

Zbranek, William

Nada News Notes.

William, the two-weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Zbranek, died here Thursday. Burial services were conducted Friday morning at 8:00 o’clock, with interment in the local cemetery [burial place unknown]. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved parents, and a brother and sister, who also survive.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Saturday, May 26, 1934
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Zeigler, William "Bill"


Bill Ziegler, Former Lissie Boy, Died Suddenly During Night When Thought Not To Have Been Seriously Injured When Horse Fell On Him In Morning

William (Bill) Ziegler, 19.son of Pete Ziegler of Rock Island, died at 11 o'clock Sunday night from injuries sustained Sunday morning when a horse reared and fell on him.

The horse had been broken for riding, but had not been ridden for some time. Young Ziegler mounted the horse Sunday morning, and hardly had he gotten on the animal when the horse reared up and fell back on the rider.

The young man was not thought to have been seriously injured, as he was up and walking around in the afternoon. Sunday night, about 11 o'clock, he is said to have gotten up from bed and expired within a few minutes.

The young man's death was a distinct shock to his family and his friends.

The Ziegler family formerly lived near Lissie, where the father of the unfortunate youth was engaged in rice farming.

The funeral was held at Rock Island Monday afternoon. [Interment Myrtle Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 6, 1935

Zeiner, Ben


Last Friday morning two young ladies were driving near Brushy creek, about four miles south of here on the Columbus road, when their attention was turned to an opposite[sic] side the road, where, to their astonishment they saw a man lying. They immediately informed two gentlemen whom they met and who were looking for one Ben Zeiner. On going to the spot as directed, they found the object of their search as they supposed. Yet the dead man was in such a decomposed state as to be hardly recognizable. An inquest was held but as the body was so far gone he was buried on the same spot where found.

Colorado Citizen, May 14, 1896, page 3

Zeiner, Frank


April 22.
Frank Zeiner, who died on the 15th of April at the home of his son-in-law, Wm. Gutman near Wildwood section, was buried the next day at the Catholic cemetery at Frelsburg, Rev. D. Berberich officiating.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1912, page 2

Zeiner, Jack Lee


Funeral services for Jack Lee Zeiner, 56, were held Monday, September 2 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating.

Burial was held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

He died Aug. 30 at his home in Columbus.

Mr. Zeiner was born August 23, 1929 in New Ulm to Tom Zeiner and Eldyss Dippel Zeiner. He married Virginia Lee Moeckel on January 15, 1951.

He was a crane operator for an off-shore oil company. Mr. Zeiner served in the Army in World War II and in the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lee Zeiner of Columbus; three daughters, Mrs. Deborah Mann of Loughborough, England, Mrs. Karen Anderson of Cairo, Egypt, and Mrs. Suzan Pavlicek of Katy; one son, Rev. Russell W. Zeiner of Brenham; one brother, Harvey Warren of Ingleside; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Tommy Zeiner.

Pallbearers were Robert Trotti, Warren Moeckel, Adam Moeckel, Billy Haven, Donald Kirkpatrick, Fritz Willms, Charles Dippel, and Gordon Heintschel.

Colorado County Citizen, September 5, 1985

Zeiner, Thomas Henry

Thomas H. Zeiner of Columbus, a switchboard operator for Holiday Inn Jr died Saturday in Columbus Hospital. He was 41.

Services were held at 4 pm Monday in St Paul's Lutheran Church with Rev H L Anderson offciating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Zeiner was born in New Ulm, but lived most of his life in Columbus. He was a member of the VFW, the Columbus Volunteer Fire Dept and the American Legion.

He is survived by his father Tom Zeiner, his mother Mrs Raymond Warren, one brother Jack Zeiner of Columbus and a half-brother Harvey Warren of Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers were Robert Hahn, Roy Hahn, Jerry Havel, Fritz Willms, Gordon Heintschel and Donald Kirkpatrick III.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Dept.

Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 1969
Contributed by Shirley Jackson

Zellers, Lucille (Langvin)

Graveside services for Lucille Zellers were held April 23 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Father Arnold Anders officiated.

Interment was in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Zellers passed away April 19 at Sharpstown General Hospital in Houston at the age of 89. She was a resident of Sweetbriar Nursing Home.

She was a retired registered nurse and a member of the Catholic Church.

She was born Sept 15, 1890 in Canada, the daughter of Eli and Frances Herron.

Survivors include two nephews, Lawrence Zellers of Frazier Park, Calif., and Robert G. Zellers of Fort Logan, Colo.; one great niece, Mrs. Kenneth Zellers of McAllen; and two great nephews, Robert D. Zellers of Denver, Color. and Robert K. Zellers of McAllen.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Zemlicka, John


Mr. John Zemlicka, 54 years of age, ill for more than a year, passed away at noon at his home in this city on Wednesday.

He was born in Czechoslovakia, May 30. 1878, and came to America in 1898. He settled at Schulenburg and was a blacksmith and machinist by trade. He was married In 1902 to Miss Mary Klecka and to this union five children were born.

Mr. Zemlicka and family moved to Eagle Lake in 1905, his wife passing away in 1916. He was married in 1918 to Miss Fannie Binova. Mr. Zemlicka and family made their home in Eagle Lake for many years. and for a long time he was connected with the Townley machine shops. The family left Eagle Lake and for ten years made their home near Weimar, returning to Eagle Lake again in 1929, and have resided here since that time.

Mr. Zemlicka was a good man and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him, and his death is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.

Funeral services were conducted on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at. the Eagle Lake Catholic church, with Rev. Father C. P. Sullivan officiating, interment was made in the Lakeside cemetery,

The deceased is survived b his wife and five children, Raymond Zemlicka of Houston; Mrs., Anton Pavlik of Richmond; Mrs. Elby Springs of Seguin; Mrs. Talmadge Foster of Columbus and Miss Frances Zemlicka of this city, five grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

The Headlight joins people of this section in extending sympathy to the surviving relatives.--Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1933, page 7

Zenker, Shad Buck


Memorial services were held for Shad Buck Zenker, Thursday, March 27 at First United Methodist Church in Columbus, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. [Place of interment unknown]

Shad Zenker was born April 22, 1966 in Alpona, Michigan to Larry Zenker and Catherine Fell Zenker.

Shad Zenker was a student and he was affiliated with First United Methodist Church in Columbus. He was also a resident of Alleyton for five years.

Survivors include his parents, Larry and Catherine Zenker of Alleyton, and five sisters, Debbie Klein of Bernardo, Dawn Kent of Columbus, Denise Rush of Clarkston, Michigan, Dottie Stoddard of Columbus and Delana Zenker of Alleyton.

Colorado County Citizen, April 3, 1986

Zetik, D. J.


D. J. Zetik, 83, of Columbus, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 1996 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Nov. 20, 1012 in Wesley, he was the son of John and Francs (Adamek) Zetik. On Nov. 1, 1944, he married Hilda Martinek. Mr. Zetik, who had lived in Columbus for 45 years, was a retired truck driver for Flintex Oil Co., a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, the Woodmen of he World, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113 and American Legion Post 383. He was also retired from the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Zetik was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, and the recipient of a Purple Heart.

Funeral services were held Jan. 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Raymond Zajicek, George Poppe, Warren Wilburn, Lucian Lacourse, Tommy Zatopek and Edgar Miksch. Honorary pallbearers were member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, members of Columbus VFW Post 6113, and members of Columbus American Legion Post 383.

Mr. Zetik is survived by a sister-in-law, Evelyn Meyer of Lone Oak; six nieces and four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, on July 23, 1995; his parents; brothers Edwin, Marvin and Johnnie Zetik; and sisters Olga Hartmann, Hermina Meyer and Frances Barron.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1996, page 12

Zickuhr, Annie (Schneider)

Funeral services for Annie Schneider Zickuhr of Columbus were held May 5 at Henneke Funeral Home. Interment was at Brune Cemetery in Shaw’s Bend.

The Rev. Clarence James officiated at the services.

Mrs. Zickuhr passed away May 3 at Columbus Community Hospital.  She was 99 years of age.

She was born June 3, 1890 in Colorado County, the daughter of Charles William Schneider and the former Lena Sommerlatte.  She resided in Columbus all of her life.  Her husband, Herman Sickuhr, preceded her in death in 1936.

She was member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Chester (Laura) Burris of Columbus; two sons, Alfred Zickuhr and John Zickuhr, both of Columbus; one brother, Fred Schneider of Columbus; 10 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ronald Wick, Charles Dippel, Jarius Zickuhr, Joe D. Orsak, Larry Burris and Gerard Bruton.

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Zickuhr, Billy

Billy Zickuhr, 46, a local resident, died Wednesday, March 30, in a Bellville nursing home.

Born July 25, 1947 in Alleyton, he was the son of Charlie and Elizabeth (Matuska) Zickuhr. He was a farmer and a Lutheran.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 2, 1994 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in Columbus City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wes Zickuhr, Luther Bass, Paul Minor Jr., Jimmy Zickuhr, Marc Lanning and Johnny Talamantes.

Mr. Zickuhr is survived by brothers George Zickuhr and wife Marie of Katy, and Jimmy Zickuhr of Columbus; sisters Elizabeth Ann Drescher of Katy and Mary Lucille Zickuhr of Salado; nephews Wes Zickuhr and Herman Zickuhr, and nieces Trisha Zickuhr and Ann Minor.

Colorado County Citizen, April 6. 1994



Zickuhr, Estella (Buxkemper) Dippel


Estella Buxkemper Zickuhr, 93, of Columbus, passed away, Feb. 6 at Columbus Community Hospital.
She was born in Frelsburg, Aug. 25, 1914 to Frank and Katie (Schobel) Buxkemper.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lee Roy Dippel and Alfred Zickuhr; daughter, Wanda Flowers; brothers, Gerhard Buxkemper and Frank Buxkemper; sisters, Hilda Meyer, Helen Howe, Lonie Mahalitic, Olga Mahalitic and Annie Bankston.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Kay and Ronnie Wick of Shaws Bend; son, Charles H. Dippel of Columbus; sister, Hattie Mahalitic of Eagle Lake; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-granchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Feb. 9 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers were Robert Johnson, Allan Woytek, Scott Bloxom, Craig Wick, Gerard Burton and Fritz Willms.

Colorado County Citizen, February 13, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Zickuhr, Paul


Funeral services for Paul Zikuhr, 74, were held Tuesday at Shaws Bend Lutheran church, with interment in Shaws Bend [Brune] cemetery, Rev. G. Wolf officiating.

Mr. Zikuhr died at a Houston hospital at midnight Sunday.

He is survived by his widow Mrs. Frances Zikuhr of Garwood, a daughter, Mrs. Willie A. Wetz, a brother Otto Zikuhr, Alleyton, and a sister, Mrs. Jake Foster, Shaws Bend.

He was a member of Shaws Bend Lutheran church.

Colorado County Citizen, August 22, 1946

Ziekuhr, Albert

Albert Zikuhr[sic], WW I Veteran, Buried June 17

Funeral services for Albert Zikuhr, 75, a World War I veteran, were held June 17 at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial at Ijams Cemetery southeast of Weimar.

Rev. H. L. Anderson of Columbus officiated.

Mr. Zikuhr died June 16 at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient three days.

Born Sept. 15, 1891, at Shaw’s Bend, he was a son of Ernest and Bertha Zikuhr. On Oct. 8, 1925, he married Miss Annie Emmel and they settled in the Osage-Weimar area, where they had lived since.

His wife survives, along with two brothers, Henry of Weimar and Fritz of Hallettsville; and three sisters, Miss Annie Zikuhr, Miss Emma Zikuhr, and Mrs. Paul (Mathilda) Kremmei, all of Hallettsville. A brother, August, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Alvin Zikuhr, Johnny Emmel, Willie Emmel, Leo Emmel, Anton Rabel and Charlie Wanjura.

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 1967, page 1

Zikuhr, Herman A.

Herman A. Zikuhr, Sr., age 78 of Rock Island, passed away Friday, November 22,1991, at 11:39 p.m. at the Columbus Community Hospital following a lengthy illness. A native and lifelong resident of our area, he was born March 27, 1913, in Columbus, to Otto and Julia (Renner) Zikuhr. He was baptized into the Lutheran Church, attended local schools and later married Mary Vaclavik of Shiner on Nov. 11,1934, in Columbus. Mr. Zikuhr farmed and ranched for over 36 years, living in Garwood and working for the T Cattle Co. and later moved to Rock Island in 1978. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Jake, Louie and Charles Zikuhr.

Survivors include his devoted wife of over 57 years, Mary Zikuhr of Rock Island; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann Fmka of Bay City, Ann and J.D. Henry III of Atlanta, Ga., Dorothy and Don Tomson of Colorado; sons and daughter-in-law, Herman Zikuhr Jr. of Rock Island, Leroy and Nancy Zikuhr of Liberty; his sisters, Mrs. Tillie Black of Angleton, Mrs. Lissie Howell of Santa Fe, ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, from Dulany Funeral Home Chapel, Eagle Lake, with Rev. John Anderson, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Eagle Lake, officiating. Carol Joyce Ripper served as organist and son-in-law Don Tomson was soloist. Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery, Rock Island. Pallbearers were Gary Henry, David Tomson, John Perry, Larry Otradovsky, Alfred Zikuhr and Curtis Tate. Honorary pallbearers were R.L. "Bobby" Baird Jr., A.E. Otradovsky, Kevin Duke and Wilfred Frnka Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; November 28, 1991
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Zieten, Leo A.

Death of Leo A. Zieten

Leo A. Zieten, a citizen of this place for the past five years, died Sunday at the family residence, after a long and continued illness. Mr. Zieten had been in ill health almost ever since he came to Weimar, and although not unexpected, his death was a source of regret to many friends of the family throughout this section. His wife preceded him to the grave by two months. He was a cotton buyer by profession and up to the time of his death was actively engaged In that business. Mr. Zieten was a quiet, unobtrusive man, an honorable, upright citizen, a devout christian gentleman, a member of the Christian church for many years, a devoted husband and father, and well thought of by everyone who knew him. His death is deeply and sincerely deplored. The funeral took place at the Masonic cemetery Monday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which he had been a member for many years. Rev. Isaac Sellers, Baptist minister and long time friend of the family, also participated in the funeral services at the grave. Mr. Zieten was a Mason, a Woodman of the World, and member of Ben Hur Temple of Shriners of Austin. Mr. Zieten was born in Dresden, Germany, Nov 6, 1870. His father Lieutenant von Zieten, was killed in the Franco=German war. His mother died when he was a small child. He was a direct descendant of the famous General Zieten of Germany. After receiving his education he served one year in a German cavalry regiment. He came to Texas about the year 1890; was married to Miss Louise Duve in 1895; live in Bastrop from 1892 until 1903; then moved to Brenham, where he resided until March, 1911; then moved to Weimar, where he resided up to the time of his death. He is survived by two children, Arthur and Miss Helen Zieten, an a brother, who lives in Valaparaiso, Chile. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1916, page 1

Zieten, Louise (Duve)

Death of Mrs. Louise Zieten

Died at her home in Weimar on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 o'clock p. m., Mrs. Louise Zieten, wife of Mr. Leo Zieten, in the 41st year of her age. Mrs. Zieten had only been ill for two months, and confined to her bed for a short time, before her death, which was rather sudden, stomach trouble being the cause. [Interment in Masonic Cemetery]

She leaves a husband, Leo Zieten, son, Arthur, daughter, Miss Helen, sister, Mrs. H. P. Stoddard of New York City, and two brothers, Dr. C. E. Duve of this city, and G. C. Duve of Oklahoma City. Mrs. Zieten was born in Bastrop Feb. 23, 1875, and married to Leo Zieten Dec. 11, 1895.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Such was our beloved sister and friend, Mrs. Louise Zieten. She had been a member of the Christian church for eighteen years. She had been a member of the Christian church for eighteen years.{sic] She lived her faith, and ever tried to walk in the footsteps of her Savior. Her pathway had its thorns. Her companion has been a sufferer for years, and she has been as closely confined as he has, for every minute of her time was devoted to him. His condition filled her heart with anguish. Her life was a beautiful example of sacrifice and devotion to her family. The past few months she had to lean on her daughter and son, who never tired of their labor of love in attending to the wants of their invalid parents. Mrs. Zieten was beloved by all who knew her. She had a smile and welcome for every one, and whenever her duty to her husband premitted[sic], her greatest pleasure was to attend church. She was ever ready to be about the Master’s business. We who knew and loved her best should rejoice, because of the welcome she is receiving among the Angels. We can almost hear the plaudit of our Redeemer when He greets her with, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant; enter the joys thy Lord has prepared for those who love and serve Him.” Peace, rest and life everlasting are her portion, for He said He would prepare a place for the faithful where they could dwell with Him forever more. To her children, I would say, be patient; bear your cross. Mother has only gone before. God knows how she loved and prayed for you. He says His love for you is greater than her’s. He will take care of you and lead you to her bye and bye. If sympathy of friends and our people in general could heal your broken hearts, they would cease aching. But alas, God’s love and time alone can do that for you. For her devoted brother, Dr. C. E. Duve, we would ask a special blessing. He has helped her bear her burden more than most brothers. May a Divine Providence deal kindly with all her sorrowing loved ones and relatives is our sincere wish.
From a Friend.

Weimar Mercury, December 24, 1915, page 1

Zifcak, Sue E. (Hodges)

Sue E. Zifcak Funeral Services Held March 21

Sue E. Zifcak, 88, of Arlington, died March 18 at Grand Prairie Health Care, in Grand Prairie. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 21 at St. Michael Church in Weimar with Rev. John C. Bily officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Zifcak was born April 11, 1915, in Brewton, Ala. to David Curtis and Willie (Robison) Hodges.

She is survived by her husband Francis M. Zifcak; one daughter, Suzanne Staples of Homewood, Ala.; two sisters, Johnny Huette of Schulenburg and Mary Wynne of Birmingham, Ala.; one brother, David Hodges of Alabaster, Ala.

Pallbearers were Robert Huette, Jason Huette, Scott Huette and Chris Garmoe.

The Weimar Mercury March 24, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Zikuhr, Adam Lincoln

Leroy Zikuhr baby passes away Friday

Little Adam Lincoln Zikuhr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Zikuhr of Alvin died Friday, September 8 in the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston at 2 p.m. He was born in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital- August 24th. Services were held Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with burial in the Lakeside Cemetery. Survivors include, his parents; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Zikuhr and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Baird of Houston; great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Baird of Houston and Mrs. Esther Green of Eagle Lake and a great -great grandmother, Mrs. Frankie McGlothlin of this . . .[?]

Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight; September 14, 1972
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Zikuhr, Clinton Robert


Clinton Robert Zikuhr, 22, of Katy, passed away Tuesday, May 9 in Richmond.

He was born June 16, 1983 in Katy, the son of Leroy and Nancy Baird Zikuhr.

Clinton was an electrician employed by Steve Parmley Electrical Services and of Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by brother, Adam Lincoln Zikuhr; and his grandfather, R.L. (Bobby) Baird.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Zikuhr of Katy; parents, Leroy and Nancy Zikuhr; daughter, Alanah Jade Zikuhr of Katy; sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Anthony Ray of Katy; sister-in-law, Kristen Valerio of Katy; father and mother-in-law, Daniel Jonathan Valerio and Sylvia of Katy; grandmother and friend, Ruth Baird of Katy and Roy Speck; grandparents-in-law, Albert and Ester Valerio; grandparents, Herman and Mary Zikuhr; aunts, Frankie Jobe and husband, Cowboy, of Eagle Lake, Anne Henry of Rock Island, Dorothy Thomson of Kermit, Texas and Mary Ann Frnka of Bay City; uncles, Robert L. Baird III and wife, Cindy; and Herman Adam Zikuhr of Rock Island; and a niece, Shelby Ray.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 12 at 1 p.m. from Kingsland Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Fling officiating. Mercy Fling offered a musical selection. Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island on Saturday, May 13. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers are Jay Johnson, Ryan Bode, Josh Maddoks, Dusty Henry, Colt Wilson, Buck Tate, Braden Ray, James Ray, Ethan Ray and Scott Litzner.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 18th, 2006 
Submitted by John Konesheck

Zikuhr, Henry

Final Rites for Henry Zikuhr, 67, January 15

Funeral services for Henry Zikuhr, 67, of Weimar Route 3, were held Thursday, January 15, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. L. G. Wehman of Columbus officiated.

Mr. Zikuhr died at 10 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, in Youens Hospital of a stroke. He had been in the hospital since January 4.

Mr. Zikuhr had lived in the Weimar area since 1936, moving here from Hallettsville.

Born January 5, 1909 at Hallettsville, he was a son of Ernest and Bertha Zikuhr. He married Sophie Emmel at Oak Grove on Sept. 3, 1935. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus.

Mr. Zikuhr is survived by his wife; one son, Alvin, and one daughter, Beatrice of Weimar; a brother, Fritz and two sisters, Mrs. Paul Kremling and Miss Emma Zikuhr, all of Hallettsville.

Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Dennis Berger, Carlton Hoerig, Henry Kremling, Calvin Doby, Herman Thumann Jr., and Leon Hattermann.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1976
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Zimmermann, Annie Marie (Pilsner)


Annie Zimmermann, 82, of Weimar, passed away Feb. 5 at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange.

She was born May 13, 1920 to Annie and August Pilsner Sr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers August Pilsner Jr. and Frank Pilsner; two sisters, Mary Rose and Elsie Solansky; and son Herbert Lee.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert Zimmermann of Weimar; daughters and son-in-law, Marjorie and Daniel Kuhn of Glidden and Anne Schultz of La Grange; grandsons, Kevin Kuhn and wife D'Nita of Houston, Keith Kuhn and wife Christy of Cat Spring, Steven Schultz and wife Elena of Bastrop, Kris Kuhn and fiancé Amber Wilson of Columbus; granddaughters, Kim Kuhn of Columbus, Sondra Huelsebusch and husband Don of Bryan; 11 great-grandchildren, Mandy, Isaac and Zachary Kuhn of Cat Spring, Kelli Naumann of Columbus, Jaime, Kaylee, Aimee, Tori and Andy Kuhn of Houston and Ashlie and Courtnie Huelsebusch of Bryan; and one step-great-grandson Carlos Callahan.

Funeral services, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, were conducted Feb. 7 at St. Michael's Church in Weimar with Father John Bily officiating. Interment followed in St. Michael's cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin, Keith and Kris Kuhn, Steven Schultz, Don Huelsebusch and Ron Naumann.

Colorado County Citizen, February 12, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Zimmermann, Helen M. (Schneider)

H. Zimmermann Funeral services Held Nov. 10

Helen M. Zimmermann, 66, of Weimar, died Nov. 7 in Columbus of a heart attack. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 10 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Father John C. Bily officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Zimmermann was born June 7, 1937 in Weimar to Reinhart and Adelia (Guenther) Schneider.

She attended Weimar High School. She married Franklin L. Zimmermann on July 26, 1956 in Weimar. She was a very devoted wife and mother.

Mrs. Zimmermann is survived by her husband, Franklin Lee Zimmermann of Weimar; one daughter, Donna Stephens of Americus, Ga.; three sons, Stanley Zimmermann, Warren Zimmermann and Thomas Zimmermann, all of Katy; and five grandchildren.

She is also survived by sisters, Virginia Kroboth of Houston, Mildred Kallus of Houston, and Agnes Laake of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Chris Kuhn, Keith Kuhn, Kevin Kuhn, James Kroboth, Richard Kroboth and Michael Laake.

The Weimar Mercury, November 13, 2003
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Zimmermann, Herbert O.


Herbert O. Zimmermann, 84, of Weimar passed away March 24 in Monument Hill Nursing Center in La Grange.

He was born in Muldoon June 29, 1918 to Frank and Anna Zimmermann and married Annie Marie Pilsner April 22, 1941.

He was a retired truck driver for Herder Truck Lines and a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar, and Knights of Columbus of Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Herbert Lee Zimmermann; son-in-law, Victor Schultz Jr.; brothers, Charlie and Clarence Zimmermann; and sister, Louise Theumler.

He is survived by daughters, Marjorie and husband Daniel Kuhn of Glidden and Anne Marie Schultz of La Grange; sisters, Lourine and husband Ted Cotton of Amarillo and Junell Strakos of Shiner; brother, Franklin and wife Helen Zimmermann of Borden; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one step great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 26 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar with Friar John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Kevin Kuhn, Keith Kuhn, Kris Kuhn, Steven Schultz, Don Huelsebusch and Ron Naumann.

Colorado County Citizen, April 2, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Zimmermann, Herbert Jr.

3 BFH Students Killed As Car Skids Into Bridge

Three 16-year-old Bishop Forest High School students, two of them from Weimar, were killed and two others injured when their car skidded on wet pavement and hit a culvert on Highway 90 at the western edge of Schulenburg Wednesday night.

Dead are:
Lawrence (Larry) Bartosh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kunz of Weimar.
Herbert Zimmermann Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Zimmermann sr. of Weimar
Jimmy Hajovsky, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. V. Hajovsky of Schulenburg.

Another Weimar youth, Freddie Berger, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Berger, was brought to Youens Hospital.

Least hurt was the driver of the car, Richard Lee Pavlas, 16, of Schulenburg. He received cuts and bruises but was not hospitalized.

The tragic accident occured[sic] at about 10 p.m. at the culvert just this side of Lakeside Cafe. Highway Patrolman Charles Polansky said the boys had been cleaning up the Knights of Columbus Hall, where their junior class had sponsored a prom for the seniors two nights earlier, and were on their way to Bob Adamcik’s Cafe, west of Schulenburg.

Young Pavlas told Patrolman Polansky that as he was passing a car in front of him his car went into a skid and as he applied his brakes it began to skid broadside toward the culvert railing on the south side of the highway.

The car had almost straightened out again when it hit the culvert. The back part of the car on the right side was crushed in, killing the three occupants in the back seat, probably instantly.

Pavlas and Berger were thrown out of the front seat by the impact. Pavlas told the patrolman he got Bartosh out. The other two boys were pinned in the back seat and it was sometime before officers were able to extricate them.

The car, a 1951 Ford sedan owned by Pavlas’ parents, was demolished.

Patrolman Leonard A. Swann and Schulenburg Police Chief Fritz Prilop collaborated with Patrolman Polansky in the investigation.

Double Funeral Set for Weimar Wreck Victims

Double funeral services will be held Saturday morning April 8, for Herbert Lee Zimmermann and Lawrence Frank Bartosh, at Hubbard Funeral Home at 10:30 and at St. Michael’s Church at 10:45.

Herbert will be buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Lawrence in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery at Holman.
Rosary will be recited tonight (Thursday) and Friday night, at 8 o’clock.

Services for Jimmy Hajovsky will be held Saturday also, at 8:45 a. m. in Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and at 9 a. m. in St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1961, page 1

Funeral Rites Held for Two Wreck Victims

Double funeral services for Herbert Lee Zimmermann and Lawrence (Larry) Barosh[sic], both 16, were held Saturday morning, April 8, at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Herbert was buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Larry in the Catholic cemetery beside St. Wenceslaus Church, Holman.

The Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. F. Drozd was celebrant of the mass and was assisted in the services by the Revs. Thomas Flanagan, Thomas O’Callaghan, Louis Fritz, Roman Janak, and eight other priests.

The two boys, juniors at Bishop Forest High School, lost their lives April 5 when the car in which they were riding skidded on wet pavement and crashed into a culvert bannister on the outskirts of Schulenburg. A third victim was Jimmy Hajovsky, a classmate, of Schulenburg.

The other two occupants, Richard Lee Pavlas of Schulenburg and Freddie Berger of Weimar, were not seriously hurt, although Berger was hospitalized for awhile.

Pallbearers for young Zimmermann were Marvin Janda, Pete Stavinoha, Victor Vacek, Eugene Berger, Thomas Janek and Daniel Binder. Larry’s pallbearers were William Neiser, Marcus Neiser, Eugene Janecka, Eugene Holub, Jimmy Vornsand and Francis Joe Janacek.

Herbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Zimmermann, was born Sept. 27, 1944, at Columbus and had lived here all of his life. He was a member of the CYO and of the football team at Bishop Forest. Surviving him in addition to his parents are two sisters, Mrs. Daniel (Marjorie) Kuhn of Houston and Annie Marie, who is a freshman at Bishop Forest.

Larry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kunz, was born Oct. 13, 1944, at La Grange. His father, the late Ivan Bartosh, a Holman merchant at the time, drowned in a fishing accident in 1949. At Bishop Forest, Larry was treasurer of the Library Club and report of the junior class. Beside his mother and setp-father[sic], he is survived by a sister, Veronica Bartosh; a brother, Kenneth Kunz; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vacek of Holman and Mrs. Mary Bartosh of Ammannsville.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1961, pages 1 and 8

Zinca, John


Mr. John Zinca, old time citizen of this place, had been in ill health for several years, and was under the doctor’s care. Monday of last week he reported at the doctor’s office, was given medicine, and ordered to bed. Tuesday night his wife found him unconscious on the floor of the kitchen of their home, where he had wandered some time in the night. The family physician was summoned and did everything humanly possible for his comfort and welfare, but “ John Ginger”, as he was often called, had run his race, and there was little to build on, so the poor, tired spirit of this good man and old time resident of our community, passed away on Thanksgiving Day. Uremic poisoning was the cause of his death. The funeral took place on Friday of last week, at St. Michael’s Cemetery, with Rev. John Morkovsky officiating.

John Zinca was about 69 years of age. We understand he was born in the old country, but had lived in Weimar for many years. He was a hard-working, upright, good man and citizen, an employe of the John Janak Gin for a longtime past, and was highly though[sic] of by our people. His death is sincerely regretted.

He is survived by his widow and one adopted daughter, Mrs. F. H. Dostal of Eagle Lake. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, December 2, 1938

Zinglemann, Evelyn P. (Noska)

Funeral Rites Held For Young Mother At Frelsburg

Funeral services were held at Frelsburg Monday for Mrs. Evelyn Zinglemann who died in childbirth at a Houston hospital Friday night.

The baby, a boy, is living.

Mrs. Zinglemann is also survived by her husband, Albert Zingelmann[sic]; a three-year-old daughter, Betty Jean, and her mother, Mrs. Frances Noska of Frelsburg. Other surviving relatives are a sister, Miss Bertha Noska, and three brothers, Elo of Frelsburg and Eddie and Willie of Houston.

Among relatives going from Columbus to the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. A. O Pridgen and W. L. Pridgen and Miss Mildred Frnka. [Interment in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, January 2, 1947

Zumwalt, Malzena Ann (Gregory)

Mrs. Zumwalt Expires Here at Age of 101

Matriarch Lived Under Governments of Texas in Past Century

For the first time in many years April 29th will not be celebrated in Columbus. Mrs. Malzena Ann Zumwalt, whose birthday has assumed the proportions of a civic holiday during the past decade, died at her home at 6:30 Monday morning at the age of 101. Mrs. Zumwalt had been confined to her bed since Christmas Day, when she fell from her wheel chair.

Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church, with Rev. C. F. Bohmfalk officiating, assisted by Rev. J. W. E. Alrey, rector of St. Anthony's Episcopal Church, Houston, and Rev. Richard A. Park, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church here. Addresses were made by Mr. Bohmfalk and Mr. Alrey, and Mr. Park read from the scriptures. A quartet consisting of Mrs. Brandon Fitzpatrick, Mrs. A. W. Hahn, Mrs. H. B. Field and Wayman Kindred sand "Lead Kindly Light" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," accompanied by Mrs. J. H. Wooten. Arrangements were in charge of Columbus Funeral Home and interment was in Odd Fellows Rest. Pallbearers were J. H. Wooten, Sam K. Seymour Jr., Aubrey Chapman, Ned Burford, W. Kindred and Q. W. Hahn.

Mrs. Zumwalt is survived by: a son, O. A. Zumwalt; a daughter, Mrs. Erma West; five grandchildren, Misses Hattie and Malzena Mathee of Houston, Mrs. Irma Caldwell of El Paso, Mrs. Arthur H. Copeland of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Thurmond West and two great-grandchildren, Arthur Copeland, Jr., and Mary West.

The centenarian was born at Gregory's Landing on the Mississippi in Clark County, Missouri, on April 29, 1841. She was one of 21 children of Umbleton Gregory who brought his family to Texas in March 1845. Mr. Gregory purchased an 800-acre tract of land between Rutersville and Fayetteville and built what was an imposing home for such pioneer territory. Here were entertained many makers of Texas history including Sam Houston, R. M. Williamson, Gail Borden, Gen. John Baylor and Albert Sidney Johnson.

Mrs. Zumwalt lived under four governments in Texas and remembered attending ceremonies at Fayetteville when the Texas flag was lowered and the United States flag raised, when news was received that the Republic of Texas had become a part of the United States.

The Gregory children were instructed by tutors but attended school at Fayetteville when there were enough pupils to maintain a teacher. Later, she attended the First college of Texas at Rutersville, which was subsequently moved to Chappel Hill and eventually incorporated as a part of Southwestern Methodist University at Georgetown.

Malzena Ann was married to Andrew Cochran Zumwalt of Lavaca County in her nineteenth year. She was one of the first women to serve in an official capacity in Texas, having been appointed postmistress at Petersburg to succeed her husband when he was commissioned to raise Company I of the Second Texas Infantry under the Confederacy.

Since 1900, Mrs. Zumwalt has been prominent in the United Daughters of the Confederacy of which she was an honorary president of the Texas Division at the time of her death. She served on the building committee and later on the board of trustees for the Home for Confederate women at Austin, and turned the first spade of earth when construction began of the institution. She served two years as state vice president and won medals for competitive papers on Confederate subjects.

One of the last surviving Real Daughters of 1812, she was affiliated with the James Asbury Tait Chapter in Houston. Her father served in Green's Company of infantry, Fifth Regiment, during the war of 1812 and was such an intimate friend of Gen. Andrew Jackson that the two exchanged locks of hair. The family here still possesses the lock which Jackson gave Mr. Gregory.

Her earliest ancestors in America were members of the Clan McGregor who came from Scotland in 1630, settling in the 10-year-old Plymouth colony.

The Zumwalts came to Columbus in 1871 and Mr. Zumwalt engaged in contracting until his death in 1905. Her son, O. A. Zumwalt, served as the town's mayor from its reincorporation in 1927 until a few years ago.


Many From out of town attend Zumwalt funeral

Out-of-town relatives here to attend funeral services for Mrs. Malzena Ann Zumwalt Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs. Seamon Eidman of Bay City, Guy Eidman, Misses Hattie and Malzena Mathee of Houston, Mr. Colbert Coldwell of El Paso. Others present from out-of-town included Mrs. Suvie Stewart, Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Seifert, Weimar; Mrs. Aubrey Leon Carter, Mrs. Ray Dudley, Mrs. Bart Jones, Mrs. Court Norton, Miss Irene Moore, Mrs. J. W. E. Alrey, Houston.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1943
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Zwiegel, Dorothy Mozelle

Death of Dorothy Mozelle Zwiegel

Our sincere sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Zwiegel in the loss of their youngest child, Dorothy Mozelle, who died Saturday afternoon about 2:30 o'clock. She became ill with influenza which developed into pneumonia and lingered about two weeks.

All that loving friends with tender care and the best medical attention could do was given, but to no avail, and her sweet spirit took flight to her eternal home.

The bud is nipped from the parents stem in all its beauty and purity by our loving Heavenly Father's Hand, and is transplanted in the Paradise of God, where it will bloom and mature perfectly. Ho desolate the hearts and home, but you must look to where your darling has gone, and see her surrounded by the angelic "cradle roll" host, beckoning with her beautiful little hands, come home mamma, come home papa.

Your darling is not dead, but sweetly pillowed on the bosom of Jesus where no blight can settle on her precious spirit.

The funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from St. Mathias Church Rev. F. S. Strobel reading the last, sad rites at the church and cemetery. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

The pallbearers were Messrs E. G. Miller, A. L. McCormick W. J. Wirtz and R. L. Hastedt.

Colorado Citizen, February 21, 1919
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Zwiegel, Hattie (Ordner)

Stroke Claims Life Of Mrs. Zwiegel; Burial Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. J. W. Zwiegel Sr., 68, were held Saturday afternoon in Columbus Funeral Home, Rev. Alex J. Kraus officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Rosary was recited in the funeral home Friday evening at 7.

Mrs. Zwiegel, who seemed in good health, suffered a stroke at 6 p.m. Thursday and died several hours later in Columbus hospital.

She was a native of the Buescher community north of Columbus, born April 3, 1891, to Frank F. and Lizzie Heyne Ordner. She and Mr. Zwiegel were married Feb. 26, 1911. She had spent her entire life in the Columbus vicinity.

Her husband survives, along with a son, J. W. Zwiegel Jr. and a daughter, Mrs. R. C. Tolbirt, of Columbus, also 5 grandchildren, R. C. Tolbirt Jr. and John Marcus, Linda, Nora Beth and Billy Zwiegel. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Ed Rau of Columbus, and a brother, Tom J. Ordner of Galveston. A daughter died in infancy in 1919.

Pallbearers were Lester Hastedt, Gus Miller Jr., Gus L. Sronce, Louis Voskamp, J. D. Seymour and Jack Allen.

Colorado County Citizen, November 12, 1959, page 8

Zwiegel, Johann

DEATH OF MR. JOHN ZWIEGEL.--With great regret we announce the death of this useful citizen and intelligent gentleman, the sad event occurring about 5 o’clock last Sunday morning. He was an old citizen of Colorado county, a gentleman of intelligence and literary acquirements, honest to a scrupulous nicety, and gifted with enterprise and a spirit to do his duty to whatever position he was asked to fill. His interest in schools and the education of the rising generation was one of his distinguishing traits, and he took a peculiar pride in laboring for the cause. He loved to work for the public good. We can ill afford to lose such citizens from our midst. His remains were committed to the dust in the City [Odd Fellows Rest] Cemetery last Monday morning at 10 o‘clock by Kosmos and Columbus Lodges, I. O. O. F., of this place. Peace to his remains.

Colorado Citizen, May 8, 1884

Zwiegel, John Jefferson

The CITIZEN regrets to record the death of Mr. J. J. Zwiegel, an old citizen and prominent merchant of this place, who died last Saturday of pneumonia. He was a native of this county, an honest and upright citizen, and universally esteemed. His remains were interred in the city [Odd Fellows Rest] cemetery at 4 1/2 o’clock last Sunday afternoon, Rev. G. H. Collins officiating. Our deepest sympathies are extended his bereaved wife and children.

Colorado Citizen April 7, 1892

Zwiegel, John W. Sr.

J. W. Zwiegel Sr., County Native, Succumbs at 82

J. W. Zwiegel Sr., who was born in Colorado County June 14, 1882, died quietly in his favorite chair on the front porch Monday morning.

The retired farmer and rancher had been in failing health for some time but was able to move about. His daughter, Mrs. R. C.. Tolbirt of Columbus, found him when she went to call Monday.
Funeral services were held, at Columbus Funeral home at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with Rev. J. Wesley Jones, pastor of the Methodist church here, officiating. Mr. Zwiegel was a member of the Methodist church.

Mr. Zwiegel operated a grocery store here from 1911 to 1939. He was married to Hattie Ordner Feb 26, 1911. Mrs. Zwiegel died in 1959, and a daughter, Dorothy, died in 1919.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Tolbirt; a son, J. W. Zwiegel Jr.; and grandchildren, Ruthven Tolbirt, John, Linda, Nona Beth and Bill Zwiegel.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Pallbearers were James Dun Seymour, Harvey Lee, Gus Miller, Jr., Gus Sronce, Mack Allen and Richard Schmidt.

Colorado County Citizen, November 12, 1964

Zwiegel, Lula

Little Lulah, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Zweigel[sic], of this city, died last Sunday night, and her remains were committed to the dust in the city [Odd Fellows] cemetery last Monday afternoon.

“She is not dead--the child of our affection,
But gone to that school,
Where she no longer needs our poor protection
And Christ himself doth rule.
In that great cloister’s [illegible] and seclusion
By guardian angels led,
Safe from temptation, safe from sin’s pollution,
She lives, whom we call dead.”

Colorado Citizen, August 16, 1888, page 3

Zwiegel, William F.


William F. "Bill" Zwiegel of Columbus, pissed away August 27 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Mr. Zwiegel was born January 1, 1954 In Houston to John and Connie Schindler Zwiegel.

He had lived his lifetime in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 29, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife. Marjorie Zwiegel of Columbus; mother Mrs. Connie Ilse and step-father Mr. Jim Ilse of Columbus; Grandmother, Constance Schindler of Katy; one son, Todd Zwiegel of Columbus;. two sisters, Linda Zwiegel of Columbia, South America, and Nona Artusy of Houston; and one step-sister, Diane Ilse Jones of Katy; and one brother John Zwiegel of Houston.

Pall-bearers were Mike Gordy, Wade Prause, Roger Wienken, Dwayne Blair, Alvin Pavilcek, Leete Etheridge, Gary Hardy, Ned Barten, Greg Busselman, and John Hooper.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1984, page 2

Zwiener, Ida M. (Dietrich)


Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Dietrich Zwiener, 82, who expired in a Columbus hospital, were held Sunday at Columbus, with the Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, Lutheran pastor there, officiating Interment was in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery.

Pall bearers included Willie Miekow, R. L. Hastedt, Henry Buescher, Bennet Hastings, S. K. Seymore, Jr. and Henry J. Laas of Weimar.

The deceased was a native of Fayette county, having been born in Fayetteville, but had spent the major portion of her life in Columbus.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lillian Auerbach and Mrs. Charles B. Stafford of Columbus; two sons, Chas. Zwiener of Austin and Dr. Leon Zwiener of Fredericksburg; a brother, William Dietrich of Cleburne and a sister, Mrs. Isolde Zapp of Houston.

Funeral arrangements were under direction of the Columbus Funeral Home, managed by Preston K. Shatto.

Weimar Mercury, April 28, 1939

Zwiener, Otto

With regret the Citizen chronicles the death on Saturday last of little Otto, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Zwiener, of this city. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest] Dear child--

“Thou wast a flower too fair for earth,
Too tender for a world like this;
Thy maker marked thee from thy birth,
And thou are now forever His.”

Colorado Citizen, September 13, 1888, page 3

Zwiener, Wenzel Frank

W. F. Zweiner[sic], a well-known and popular citizen of Columbus, died last Tuesday after a long and painful illness. Mr. Zweiner[sic] was injured several months ago by the breaking of a large rope while the big railroad bridge at Columbus was in course of construction, and never recovered from said injuries. His death is sincerely regretted by numerous friends in this city. [Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, July 5,1902
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