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Funeral services for Lydia M. Witte, 89, of Bellville, Texas were held
at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 1997 from the Knesek
Bros./Etlinger Funeral Chapel in Bellville with Rev. Ann Dwelle Ward
officiating.  Pallbearers for the service were John R. Mikeska III,
Danny Jacob, John Christopher (Chris) Mikeska, Jason Jacob, Glenn Gore
and Robert Mahnke.  Born April 22, 1908 in the Coshatte Community, Lydia
Minna Carolina Mahnke was the daughter of Henry and Emma (Grube)
Mahnke.  She was raised in the Coshatte Community and attended the Piney
and Coshatte schools.  January 2, 1929, the former Miss Mahnke and Mr.
Arthur Witte were united in marriage in Bellville.  Mrs. Witte was a
homemaker and worked many years on the farm with her husband.  Lydia was
a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville.  Lydia M. Witte died
Monday, November 10, 1997 in Bellville.  She is survived by her
daughter, Reva Nell Gore of Bellville; grandchildren, Dana and John
Mikeska III.  Donna and Danny Jacob, Glenn and Stacey Gore; great
grandchildren, Chris, Kaci and Allison Mikeska, Jason Jacob and Mitchell
and Cameron Gore; sisters-in-law Louella Kirkpatrick and Della Musick;
numerous nieces and nephews; and her friend and neighbor, Mrs. Trude
Asaf of Bellville.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and
Emma Mahnke, and her husband Arthur Witte.  Memorial contributions may
be made to the St. John Lutheran Church Scholarship fund, the Pilot Club
"Life Line", or a charity of your choice.  Funeral services were under
the direction of Knesek Bros./Etlinger Funeral Chapel of Bellville.

Submitted by Cheryl Gross

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