Celesta Schluens Meissner was born July 24, 1915, in Millheim, one of triplet daughters, to parents Charles Edward
and Frieda Himly Schluens. She grew up and attended school in the Millheim area.
Celesta was united in marriage with H.P. Meissner on Feb, 28, 1936, in Austin County. She and H.P. moved to
Brookshire, where they made their home while H.P. worked on a ranch until 1942. They moved to wherever H.P.’s work took them, while Celesta raised their family
and worked as a seamstress from their home.
Celesta was baptized on Oct. 24, 1945, and confirmed on Nov. 2, 1945, at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in
Freeport. She and H.P. moved back to Brookshire and made their home there until H.P. preceded Celesta in death in May 1962.
To be near her family, Celesta then moved to Bellville where she was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening and tending to her yard everyday. She especially loved her
Celesta passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, in Bellville, at the age of 95. She is survived by her
daughter Caroline “Susie” Kemper; grandson Heath Kemper and his wife, Angella; great grandsons Nicholas and Noah Noska and Carson Lee Kemper; all of Bellville
and numerous other relatives and dear friends.
Celesta was preceded in death by her parents Charles Edward and Frieda Schluens, husband, H.P. Meissner,
son, Charley Meissner, son-in-law, Leroy “Pete” Kemper, two brothers, Sydney Schluens and Fred C. Schluens and two sisters, Anita May and Birdie Schroeder.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville.
Funeral service, 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Bellville, Father David Hoster,
Interment: Oak Knoll Cemetery.
Pallbearers: Curtis Schroeder,
Wayne Schroeder, Weldon Gaskamp, Bill Leshikar, Dennis Landua and Shannon Johnson.
Honorary Pallbearers: Nicholas Noska, Carson Lee Kemper, Noah Noska, Michael Kasprowicz and Edward Kasprowicz
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 North Masonic, Bellville,
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville,
Texas 77418. (979)865-2424. www.schmidtfunerals.com
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