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Isabell  (Brandt) Emshoff,  98, widow of Arnold F. Emshoff, passed away Jan. 26, 2011 in Gazebo Terrace Convalescent Center in Brenham. Funeral services was scheduled for 2 p.m.,  Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at St. James Lutheran Church in New Wehdem, with Pastor Jill Vivroux officiating.

Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends and relatives Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Chapel. 

Isabell Emshoff was born Jan. 15, 1913, in the Travis Community of Austin County near Kenney, Texas to Herman F. and Elizabeth Mueller Brandt. She was baptized May 25, 1913 in the Lutheran Faith by Pastor August Heinecke, and confirmed Jan. 16, 1927 by Pastor M. C. Hoermann in St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem.

She was educated in the Travis School near Kenney.

On Oct.r 19, 1933, she was married to Arnold F. Emshoff, also at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem. They made their home in the New Wehdem community, engaging in the farming and ranching business.

She was active in the community, and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the WELCA for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

After her husbandís death, Isabell moved to Brenham in 1968. She was employed at Blinn College in the bookstore, and after retiring from Blinn, she was a volunteer (pink lady) at Trinity Hospital (Scott and White) for 20 years. 

Isabell enjoyed gardening, traveling, taking care of her flowers, and playing cards. She wrote a column for the Bellville Times, reporting on the news and activities of her community. Her famous divinity candy, made in her kitchen around Christmas, was a family favorite. A former member of the Salem Senior Citizens group, she was also a loyal Houston Astros fan.

She is survived by her son, Wilfred Emshoff; daughter Bonnie Pilchiek and husband Travis, all of Brenham; son Billy Emshoff and wife Diane of Kerrville; sisters-in-law, Ruby Emshoff of Houston and Ruth Emshoff of Brenham; grandchildren: Kimberly Williams and husband Paul; John Emshoff and wife Anita, Robbie Emshoff and wife Sarah, Jeff  Pilchiek, Shelley Smith and husband Dr. Scott Smith, Steven Emshoff, Patrick Emshoff and wife Ashley, and Michael Emshoff and wife Amanda. Also surviving is special friend, Laura Fieseler and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Nelda Muth and husband John; Hulda Andreas and husband Adolph, Alma Brandt, Lena Schultz and husband Albert, Elizabeth Brandt, Gertrude Brandt, Margaret Regenbrecht and husband Woodrow, Meta Brandt, Arthur Brandt and wife Tommie, Walter Brandt, Ernest Brandt, Edward Brandt and wife Frieda, Wilhelm Brandt, Charlie Brandt and wife Sara, Herbert Brandt and wife Helen, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Erna Emshoff,  brothers-in-law W. J. Emshoff, Herbert Emshoff, Leroy Emshoff,  sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Selma and Willie Draehn, Norma and Willie Rosenbaum,  and sister-in-law, Alma Emshoff. 

Serving as pallbearers are her grandchildren: Robbie Emshoff, John Emshoff, Jeff Pilchiek, Steven Emshoff, Patrick Emshoff, Michael Emshoff, Connor Smith, and Dr. Scott Smith. 

Memorials may be directed to St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main, Brenham. To post a tribute to the family, visit

Posted by Joy Neely


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