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Leroy Louis Schwenke, 89, of Bellville, died Jan. 21, 2011, in St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24 at St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem with Pastor Jill Vivroux officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.

Mr. Schwenke was born June 12, 1921 in Austin County, to Adolph and Annie (Poehl) Schwenke.

He was baptized and confirmed in St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem and attended New Wehdem School. Mr. Schwenke was a member of St. James Lutheran Church of New Wehdem and worked on the family farm.

Survivors include his nieces, Dorothy Krause and husband Otto and Virgia Mae Wienecke and husband Allan; niece-in-law, Sandra Schwenke; six great-nephews and great-nieces; and many great-great-nephews and nieces, friends and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Elmer and Verlin Schwenke, and nephew Earl Schwenke.

Pallbearers will be Otto Krause, Allan Wienecke, Keith Krause, Lenny Krause, Glenn Schwenke and Terrell Schwenke.

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

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, (979) 836-4564. To post a tribute to the family, visit


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