The Brethren Journal September 1919
Industry: The Lord of life and death has chosen to call to Himself one of our dear brothers.
ERNST EDWARD MAECKEL has left us. He died the day of 8th of September on his farm in Bleiberville at three o'clock in the morning. He was born on the 26th of January, year of 1843 in Lengefeld, Germany. Year of 1852 as a nine year old youth, he moved to Frelsburg, Texas. When the Civil War broke out, he joined the Southern Army. He served 3 years as a soldier, until year 1865. In year 1874, he took as his wife, Frances Mares, daughter of Frank Mares, and lived with her in blessed matrimony, until his Lord called him from this period of 77 years of age. During his endeavors he acquired considerable property. He is mourned by his wife, as she lost a faithful life companion. Surviving also his departure are 6 children, who mourn the loss of their beloved father and 13 grandchildren who will miss their grandfather. Also 4 sisters painfully feel his departure. The church in Industry lost a faithful member and highly respected friend and neighbor.
The funeral services were held with unusually large attendance on day 9 of September. He was laid to rest in the Czech-Moravian Cemetery in Industry. In the home of the sorrowful, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. Motycka; in the church, Rev. J. Juren in the Czech language, Rev. A. Motycka in the English language. At the cemetery, the funeral services were concluded by Rev. J. Juren in the Czech language.
The weather was favorable, however, the day before the funeral, it rained hard around Bleiberville. The people did not mind the bad roads. They felt they had to accompany their dear friend to the place of his rest. The large attendance of people was evidence of his popularity and high respect in the whole community.
May God bless the grief stricken family! Blessed are the dead who die in Christ!
(Note: above obit was recorded in the Sept. 6. 1919 Issue of The Brethren Journal, "Bratrske Listy," in the Czech language and translated into the English language by James L. Hejl, 1005 N. Hwy 95, Little River Academy, Texas 76554, December 1, 2004.
Submitted by Edith