Obituary of Francis Berckenhoff
- Obituary of Francis Berkenhoff
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
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.
- Obituary of Francis Berckenhoff
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
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
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
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
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
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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