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Obituaries of Bastrop Residents

  Smithville Times, 5/10/2001:
  Alvin "Sonny" Frerich, 80, a highly respected parishioner of Sacred Heart
  Parish Rockne, passed away in the South Austin Medical Center on Thursday,
  April 19, 2001.
  The Rev. Jozef Musiol, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish Rockne, was the main
  celebrant for the Mass of Christian Burial held in Sacred Heart Church Rockne
  on Saturday, April 21. Helping celebrate with his brothers-in-law, the Rev.
  Msgr. Alois Goertz and the Rev. Victor Goertz, along with the Rev. Msgr.
  Clyde Holtman, and the Rev. Bernard Goertz. Deacon Roger Muehr, brother-in-law,
  also assisted.
  Rodney Kadura, grandson, was the lay reader for the service. Acolytes
  were his niece and nephew Stephanie and Kevin Wolf. Gifts were carried by
  his granddaughters, Susan Hancock, Michelle Frerich, Sheila Kadura, Tracie
  Kadura and Tanya Coleman. Special music was provided by family members and
  Deacon Roger Muehr held the Wake Service and recitation of the Rosary
  in the church on Friday evening, April 20. The homilies at the Rosary service
  and funeral Mass were given by the Revs Victor Goertz and Msgr. Alois
  Father Victor recited a poem about the home life of Sonny and his wife,
  Helen. He had written the poem in 1981 while living with them following surgery.
  The poem speaks of the warmth, the loving care, and the prayer life he
  experienced while recovering in their care. 
  Father Victor also spoke of Sonny's generosity, not only to his own family,
  but to the community in which he lived. Father Alois spoke of Sonny's early
  life in Rockne, his service in the US Navy from 1942-45. He also reflected
  on Sonny's loving care for his family, and his wonderful hospitality, expressed
  so often in his words, "You are always welcome." He also spoke of how Sonny
  and others of Rockne, who though they had departed from this world, had left
  us an example of how to live a Christian
  Interment was held in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery in Rockne. Pallbearers
  were his grandsons, Jason Frerich, Nathan Frerich, Rodney Kadura, John Kadura,
  Adam Klaus and Ron Coleman.
  Honorary pallbearers were his sons-in-law, Bill Kadura and Don Klaus,
  brothers-in-law, Elmer Goertz and William Goertz, and nephews Milburn Ferric
  and Ronnie Wolf.
  Survivors include his wife, Helen Goertz; children and spouses, Alvin
  M and Charlotte Frerich, Carol and Bill Kadura, and Marilyn and Don Klaus;
  nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Gertrude Beck of
  Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers, four sisters
  and two infant grand daughters.
  Frerich was born on 3/16/1921 to John G. Frerich and Sophie (Behring)
  Frerich. He married Helen Goertz on 1/2/1946 in Sacred Heart Church Rockne.
  He lived most of his life in the Rockne area except for being in the US Navy
  during World War II, and 12 years in the Dallas area working for Dalhstrom
  Corporation. He was a mechanic by profession. His hobbies included doing
  shop work projects for his kids and grandchildren and taking care of his
  place and cattle.
  Smithville Times, 5/10/2001:
  Bastrop County Commissioner Charles Howard "Charlie" McKeown, 66, of
  Smithville, died on Thursday morning, May 3. 
  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Talmadge McKeown; two daughters;
  Tammy Schroeder and husband Johnny Schroeder, and Karrie Probst and husband
  Henry Probst; and a grandson, Logan Charles Schroeder. 
  He was also survived by brothers, Garry McKeown, of Lubbock, and Gene
  McKeown of Shallowwater; sisters Marie Wampler of Lubbock, Nina Bineroth
  of Fritz, and Doris Harris of Abernathy. 
  Charlie was first and foremost a family man, deeply devoted to his family
  and the best friend of his grandson. Not only was McKeown a political leader
  he was a civic leader as well.
  Services were held at the First Christian Church in Smithville on Saturday
  5/5/2001 at 11:00am with the Rev. Paul Podraza presiding. 
  Interment followed at the Oak Hill Cemetery with Full Military Honors
  conducted by the Smithville Honor Guard. 
  Pallbearers were Joe Cooper, Gil Barnes, Mark Rogers, Mackie Wayne Kasper,
  Rodney Langer, Jason Harris, Kameron Saunders. 
  Honorary Pallbearers were Johnny Schroeder, Charles Penick, Charlie Ebner,
  Jim White, Danny Schroeder, Jim Cowan, Mike Morgan, G. L. Hanna, Henry Probst,
  Jr, the Bastrop County Commissioners Court, the Smithville Volunteer Fire
  Department, and the W. J. Nixon Masonic Lodge. 
  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions go
  to the First Christian Church of Smithville. 
  Arrangements were handled by Marrs-Jones. 
  Smithville Times, 5/24/2001:
  Allen Seth Thompson, 72, of Austin passed away 5/15/2001. He was born
  2/28/1929 in Bastrop. 
  He graduated from Smithville High School in 1946. He attended the University
  of Texas at Austin and Durham Business College. 
  He served his country in the US Marine Corps with the rank of Corporal
  during the Korean conflict. He was wounded and received the purple
  Upon his return home, he married June McCune on 2/3/1952 at the East Tyler
  Baptist Church in Tyler.
  He was a member of Parmer Lane Baptist Church in Austin. 
  He was a lifelong member of the VFW post in Smithville. In Austin, he
  was a member of the Onion Creek Masonic Lodge AF and AM, was a 32 degree
  Mason, and was in the patrol unit in the Ben Hur Shrine. 
  His career included working for 34 years for Institutional Grocery Sales,
  Forstex, Fleming, Lone Star Meat Co. He retired to be his wife's caregiver
  during her illness with Parkinson's disease. 
  He was proceeded in death by his wife of 48 years on 12/30/2000; his parents,
  Earl and Bertha Thompson of Smithville; in-laws Earl and Bessie McCure of
  Survivors include his daughter, Terri Elizabeth Thompson; son and
  daughter-in-law, Tommy and Teresa Thompson of Austin; three grandsons, Dylan,
  Mitchell and Wesley Thompson; and brother-in-law, James McCune and wife,
  Wanda of Henderson.
  Funeral Service was held 5/19 at Marrs-Jones Funeral Home in Smithville.
  Interment followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery with full military honors by
  the Smithville Honor Guard.
  Memorials may be made to the Shrine Burn Institute, Galveston, TX. 
  Smithville Times, 5/24/2001:
  Shirley Jean Hayes was released from her battle with a brain tumor on
  5/14, 2001. She fought her disease as she lived her life--with dignity, humor,
  courage, and both giving and being surrounded by love. 
  Hayes was born on her uncle's farm outside of Cato, NY, to Herbert and
  Thelma Bush on 10/12/1931. She married twice, Richard Bowen on 8/21/1954
  and Norman Hayes on 2/25/1973. 
  Her children, both natural and by marriage, remained a focal point in
  her life even after reaching their adulthood. Family gatherings at her house
  were sure to include her special raisin cookies and/or apple cake. She loved
  baking, playing cards and visiting with family or friends and continued to
  do each until her final few months.
  She and her sister moved to Smithville in the 1990s to be closer to most
  of her children.
  Survivors include her sister, Florence Rosenquist of Smithville; children,
  Dawn McChesney of Smithville, Richard Bowen of Port Byron, NY, Debbie Borja
  of Smithville, Kenneth Bowen of Smithville, Linda MacIntyre of Smithville,
  and Connie Bowen-Mack of Smithville; mother-in-law, Ethel Wilson of Smithville;
  26 grandchildren; and one
  She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and brother,
  Funeral service was held on Wednesday, 5/16 at Pendergrass-People's Mortuary,
  followed by internment at Oak Hill Cemetery. 
  Smithville Times, May 24, 2001:
  Lydia Ebner, 91, of Giddings died Friday, 5/11/2001, at Monument Hill
  Nursing Home in LaGrange. Funeral services were held on 5/15/2001 at Martin
  Lutheran Church in Giddings with burial in the Giddings City Cemetery. Lydia
  was the daughter of John and Laura Gropp Foerster of Paige. She married Clarence
  Ebner on 9/23/1936. Preceding her in death were her husband and a sister,
  Edna Namken Vaughn. Survivors include a daughter, Joyce and Donald Newman
  of LaGrange; a sister Vera Doyle of Schulenburg; three grandchildren, Donna
  and Sam Ahart, Jr., Diana and Chris Muegge of Round Rock, and David and Amy
  Newman of College Station; and three great-grandchildren.
  Bastrop Advertiser, June 7, 2001:
  Ruthie Mae Colter died 6/2/2001. She was born to the late Henry and Clara
  Thomas in Bastrop County on 3/3/1931.
  She was a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church. 
  Preceding her in death are her husband, Curly Colter; a brother Louis
  Charles Thomas; three children, Julius Thomas, the Rev. Henry Colter and
  Louise Colter; and one granddaughter, Bridget Colter. 
  She is survived by eight children, Clara G. Ward, Donnie Colter, Charlene
  Canada, Vanessa Binger, Christine Hoodye, Lora Baynard, Betty Benford and
  Glen Colter; a brother A. C. Thomas; a sister, Bertha Davis; 20 grandchildren;
  and seven great-grandchildren.
  Service was held June 6 at Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Bastrop.
  Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.
  Mildred McPhaul, Smithville Times, 6/7/2001 
  Mildred Clopton McPhaul, 87, of Bastrop died on Friday, 5/25/2001. She
  was born 4/2/1914 in McDade.
  She attended public schools in McDade and Elgin, and graduated Elgin High
  School in 1931. She graduated St. David's Training School for Nurses in Austin
  in 1934. 
  In March 1937, she married Hugh McPhaul, Sr., who preceded her in death
  on 11/29/1989.
  She worked as a nurse in Bastrop at the F. A. Orgain Memorial Hospital
  and the Bastrop Memorial Hospital. She was then school nurse at Emile Elementary
  in Bastrop. 
  She was a resident of Argent Court Assisted Living in Bastrop at the time
  of her death. 
  Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh McPhaul, Jr and Sally
  of Buda and John McPhaul and Emily of Bastrop; a granddaughter, Jennifer
  Ferrell and husband, Marshall, of Bastrop; two great-grandchildren; and a
  sister-in-law, Grace Clopton of Bastrop. 
  Funeral service was 5/29/2001 at Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home in Bastrop.
  Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Bastrop. 
The Bastrop Advertiser, 6/16/2001:
  Celestine Goertz Matocha stabbed June 13. Suspect is grandson Barnard
  Grady Eastland.
  Celestine Goertz Matocha, 78, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at her home
  near Smithville. She was born 9/2/1922 in Rockne to Herman Paul Goertz and
  Mary Hoffman Goertz.
  She and her husband Raymond moved to Smithville where they raised 9
  She is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond' a son, Donald and a
  son, Bernard. 
  Survivors include her children, Loretta Eiben of San Marcos, Linda and
  husband Danny Masur of Rockdale, Michael and wife Dena Matocha of Red Rock,
  Kenneth Matocha of Pflugerville, Ann and husband, Jack Hancock of Smithville,
  Lucille and husband, Stanley Bartsch of Smithville and Mary Jo Matocha of
  Denver, Co; brothers, Anton Goertz and wife Jane of Red Rock and Denis Goertz
  and wife Janelle of St. Hedwig; sisters, Geneva Klaus of Red Rock, La Verne
  Till and husband Albert of String Prairie and Mary Ann Till and husband Alfred
  of San Marcos; 27 grandchildren and 12 great
  Visitation is 8 am on Saturday, June 16 at Marrs-Jones Funeral Home in
  Smithville. A rosary will be said at 7pm Sunday, June 17 at Smithville Recreation
  Center, and a Mass will be celebrated at 2pm Monday, June 18 at St. Paul's
  Catholic Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery,
  Pallbearers will be Dale Eiben, Blaine Eiben, Wayne Masur, Gary Matocha,
  Brian Matocha, Patrick Bartsch, James Eastland and Donald

  Loving Tribute. 
  To the memory of Thomas Blair McDuff, Jr, who died at the City Infirmary,
  Austin, Texas, May 4, 1910 in the twelfth year of his life, having been born
  9/14/1898. He was taken ill several months ago at his home near McDuff and
  when it was found that he was not improving advice was given to take him
  to a sanitarium and this was done immediately. After a time at the infirmary
  it was found necessary to perform an operation and for a while thereafter
  little Tommy's case seemed hopeful, however the battle was too much for his
  little constitution and while everything was done to relieve him that could
  have been done it was to no purpose. Those who loved him best could only
  remain silent and witness life's tide slowly ebbing away. Cheerful to the
  last and in response to his attendants and loved ones he would say in answer
  to how he felt, "Oh, I am getting along pretty well" or "I am better than
  yesterday." However the third day before death claimed him, little Tommy
  told them he must die and it would be best, for then the suffering would
  be over and he was going home to his Saviors. Oh! How much heart breaking
  sorrow in the parting of the ways with this bright faced loveable boy and
  yet there is much to comfort those still standing on this shore and earth's
  loss is Heaven's gain. Those who knew him best, loved him most always cheerful,
  loving and sunny in disposition and a pleasant work for
  Tommy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. McDuff and leaves his parents,
  three sisters, and three brothers and a large circle of loving relatives
  and acquaintances who mingle tears of sympathy over their loss. To these
  we would say, weep not for it was God's will and He knows
  "Brothers and sisters gone to that cline, 
  Wait for the others coming some time; 
  Safe with the angles, whiter than snow, 
  Watching for loved ones waiting below." 
  Amid a large gathering of relatives and friends, his body was laid to
  rest in the Manor graveyard (contributors note: this is J. J. Manor Cemetery
  located off of County 969) on Friday, May 6, 1910 to wait the resurrection
  morn. May God's richest blessings rest upon his loved ones left
  L. E. Booth 

  Born 3/20/1820, and died on his farm in Bastrop county, April 15, 1910,
  Mr. Ed. Weber, father of Mr. W. J. Weber, aged 90 years and 29 days. Deceased
  was born in Feudingerhittie, Providence Westfalen, Germany, and came to America
  in 1852, landing at Indianolia, and from there went in a wagon to New Braunsfels
  where he lived for several years. After leaving New Braunsfels he resided
  with a brother-in-law Adam Pelzer in Lavaca County for some time. He came
  to Bastrop county and worked in a brick yard for Mr. Highsmith. He was married
  twice. To the first union, two children were born, one of which died in infancy,
  the other now living. His first wife died many years ago. His second wife
  was a Mrs. Behring, and unto them two children were born, whom he preceded
  in death. While living in Bastrop county he was engaged in digging wells
  and burning coal fo