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Leona W. Boenker, 95, of Brenham, widow of Albert Weiss and Gerhardt
Boenker, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2007 in Trinity Medical Center.
Mrs. Boenker was born May 11, 1912 to William and Minnie (Frier) Gaskamp in
.   She was baptized and confirmed in Salem Lutheran Church of Welcome.  On
Oct. 15, 1932 she was married to Albert Weiss  in St. Paulšs Evangelical
Church of Brenham.  He preceded her in death on May 27, 1973. She married
Gerhard Boenker on March 22, 1975 in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of
William Penn.  He preceded her in death in November of 1987. Mrs. Boenker
was a homemaker, and also worked in a bakery for a number of years. She
served as a pink lady volunteer for many years at St. Jude Hospital and
Trinity Medical Center. She was also a member of the Wesley Brethren Church
and the Christian Sisters. Mrs. Boenker loved to sew and make quilts.  She
also loved to travel.
Survivors include daughters Janet Pomykal and husband Verde; Natalia Van
Meter and husband Paul of Stanwood, Washington;  grandchildren: Theresa Clay
and husband Phil, Elizabeth Pomykal, and Kathie Boehnemann;
step-grandchildlren David Van Meter and wife Theresa Van Meter; Paulette
Campbell and husband Bernie; Deborah Morales and husband Martin; Michelle
and Ferman Garcia, Brant and Jennifer Oertlie, Brian and Alynda Long, Sarah
Long, Lisa Long, Stephen and Eve Boehnemann, Lauren and Josh Hadley, and
Rachel Rudin; great-grandchildren: Dylan Ingham, Kathryn Long and Elisa
Garcia; five great-grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildraen; a
sister Viola Lawson of Brenham; sisters-in-law Bernice Weiss and Lydia
Platzer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Boenker was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son Lilburn
Weiss; grandson-in-law Larry Boehnemann; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law
Robert and Christine Weiss, Alvina and Hugh Light, Raymond Platzer,
Granville Weiss, Drew and Alvina Weiss, and Alice and John Grounds.
Funeral services for Leona W. Boenker will be held Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 at
10 a.m. at Wesley Brethren Church with Pastor Michael Groseclose
officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation with
family and friends will take place Sunday, Nov. 18 at Memorial Oaks Chapel
from 6-8 p.m.
Serving as pallbearers are Brian Long, Stephen Boehnemann, Josh Hadley,
Fermin Garcia, Dylan Ingham and David Korth. Honorary pallbearers are her
granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and great-great grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the Wesley Brethren Church or Wesley Cemetery
To view the obituary online or to post a tribute for the family, go to  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to
Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham.
Posted by Joy Neely


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