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Obituary of Francis Berckenhoff

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    Obituary of Francis Berkenhoff Hallettsville Tribune 31 Aug 1937 Mrs. Fritz W. Berkenhoff Mrs. Fritz W. Berkenhoff of Koerth passed away in a San Antonio
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 3, 2002
      Obituary of Francis Berkenhoff
      Hallettsville Tribune
      31 Aug 1937

      Mrs. Fritz W. Berkenhoff

      Mrs. Fritz W. Berkenhoff of Koerth passed away in a San
      Antonio hospital Sunday p.m. at 6:30 at the age of 40 years, three
      months and two days. The body was brought here and prepared for
      burial by Kubena Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted
      this Tuesday a.m. at 9:00 with a Requiem Mass celebrated by father G.
      Kuratko of the Koerth Catholic Church. Burial Catholic Cemetery at
      Koerth


      Submitted by Larry Berkenhoff
      Posted by Matt Cross

      Steve: The above notation (submitted by Larry Berkenhoff...) needs
      to go onto the one before this one for Fred "Fritz" Berckenhoff.
    • Matt Cross
      Obituary of Francis Berckenhoff Shiner Gazette 2 Oct 1969 Military Rites For WW II Veteran, F.F. Berckenhoff Francis Breezy Berckenhoff, 47 years, 2 months
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 2, 2002
        Obituary of Francis Berckenhoff
        Shiner Gazette
        2 Oct 1969

        Military Rites For WW II Veteran, F.F. Berckenhoff

        Francis "Breezy" Berckenhoff, 47 years, 2 months and 27 days, died at 9:15
        p.m. Wednesday, September 24, 1969 at his home in Shiner after several
        months illness.

        Funeral services were held from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, Friday,
        September 26, at 3:15 p.m. and continued at 3:30 p.m. in Saints Cyril and
        Methodius Catholic Church with Requiem Mass offered by the Rev. Patrick
        Maron.

        Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbeares were his
        cousins, Marvin Adamek, Raymond Kloesel and Melvin Roeder of Shiner, James
        Morin of San Antonio, Harvey Du Priest of Dallas, Ewald Effenberger of Edna.

        Military honors were accorded the World War II veteran by Shiner Veterans of
        Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts, a large number of whom attended in a
        body.

        Participating were Adolph Seidenberger, Laddie Stluka, Herman Krause, Adolph
        Pesek and Raymond Kocian, who served as color-bearers and color guards.
        Chaplain Curt Messer read the graveside ritual and presented the flag to
        Paul Berckenhoff, brother of the deceased. Ed Jaks folded the flag and
        "Taps" were sounded by recording.

        Rosary services were held Thursday evening at the Buffington Chapel where
        the body lay in state. THe parish rosary at 7:30 p.m. was led by the Rev.
        Emmett Kolodzie, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Koerth
        and Grand Knight Louis Dusek led the Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:45 p.m.

        Frank Felix Berckenhoff, one of seven children was born June 27, 1922, at
        Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, son of Felix C. and Antonia (Karasek)
        Berckenhoff, natives respectively of Praha and Fayetteville in Fayette
        County, Texas. He was reared in Shiner, attended St. Ludmila's Academy, and
        graduated from Shiner High SChool, May 17, 1940.

        He entered the armed forces August 24, 1942 and served with the US Navy
        until October 15, 1945 when he was honorably discharged at the USN Personnel
        Separation Center, Camp Wallace, Texas. He attained the rank of Aviation
        Storekeeper First Class and his foreign duty took him to the Southwest
        Pacific Theatre of Operations.

        He attended Southwest Texas State College, San Marcos; Trinity University,
        San Antonio; and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University
        of Houston on August 29, 1953. He taught in the Yoakum Public Schools for
        five years.

        In 1957, he entered Curlee's Barber College in Austin and worked for a short
        time in New Braunfels and Seguin. Since September 15, 1957, he was
        associated with the Sulphur Wells Barber Shop in Austin. He received his
        Masters License in 1967 and became manager of the shop when the owner, Earl
        Smith, retired.

        He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and was a member of the
        Knights of Columbus and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

        Survivors include his brother, Paul C. Berckenhoff; two sisters, Mrs. Isolde
        Dreyer and Miss Anne Berckenhoff, all of Shiner; two sisters-in-law, Mrs.
        Paul C. (Mary Koncaba) Berckenhoff of Shiner and Mrs. Fred (Martha Taylor)
        Berckenhoff of Yoakum.

        Preceding him in death were his father on June 3, 1936; his mother on
        February 12, 1966; a sister, Milada Berckenhoff, August 5, 1927; two
        brothers, Dr. Fred Berckenhoff, June 5, 1964; Edward "Bacon" Berckenhoff,
        October 24, 1964; brother-in-law and niece, Emmett and Patricia Dreyer, died
        June 7, 1946 in a plane crash.

        Those who were touched and benefited by his kindly deeds and influence will
        always revere his memory. His untimely departure is lamented, not only by
        his immediate family, but by a host of friends. There is a vacancy in the
        home and hearts of his loved ones, to all of whom, the Gazette joins with
        countless friends in extending sympathy.

        Submitted by Brenda Lincke Fisseler
        Posted by Matt Cross

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