Funeral Services for Miss Leona Roesler, 89, of Nelsonville, were held Friday, October 29, 2004, at 10 a.m. from Nelsonville Brethren Church with the Rev. Mike Groseclose officiating. Interment was at National Cemetery near Nelsonville. Serving as pallbearers were George Tiel, Delvin J. Syptak, Leeland Schramm, Leebert Brune, Charlie Zettel and Alfred A. Zettel. Honorary pallbearer Edwin Kuehn. Born in Nelsonville, Leona Ida Roesler was the daughter of Robert Roesler and Eleonora Wotipka Roesler. Early in Leona's life, as a child, she worked on a big family farm, helping her family with all the work, raising farm animals and different field crops. Leona attended Santa Anna School, across from the National Cemetery, and then graduated from Industry High School. She attended Abilene Christian College in Abilene, and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sul Ross State Teachers College. Leona went on to further her education by receiving her Master of Education Degree from the University of Houston. She taught school for thirty-two years in various places in Texas. Leona first taught school in a one teacher school in Germania School, close to Kenney and Brenham. She later returned to where she started, and taught in the one teacher school called Santa Anna, across from National Cemetery. Leona belonged to a Presbyterian church before she retired and returned to her country home in Nelsonville, where she then joined Nelsonville Brethren Church, which she enjoyed going to as long as she was able. She was a kind and considerate person, and she helped take care of sick family members in her home as well as in their homes. Leona Ida Roesler died Monday, October 25, 2004 in Bellville. She is survived by her two step-nephews, Joe Max Honish and his wife Doris of Hallettsville, and Ervin Thomas ''Tom'~ Honish, who lived in the house with her, and took good care of Leona as well as taking care of her sister, Lina M. Honish before she passed away. Also surviving her are her cousins Edwin Coldoff and wife Katherine of Alice, Walter Mahimann and wife Doris of Houston, Arthur Mahimann and wife Lydia of Needville, Elsia Mahlmann also of Needville, Agnes Wotipka Sawyer of Smithville; 7 step-great nieces and nephews; and other relatives, many friends, and numerous ex-students. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Eleonora Roesler; sisters Elva Roesler, Lina Honish, and little brother Leon Roesler. Funeral Services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels, Bellville.
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