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    Obituary of Elva Oeding Koenig Houston Chronicle Online 3 Sep 2003 Elva Oeding Koenig ELVA OEDING KOENIG, age 90, passed away Friday, August 29, 2003, in
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      Obituary of Elva Oeding Koenig
      Houston Chronicle Online
      3 Sep 2003

      Elva Oeding Koenig

      ELVA OEDING KOENIG, age 90, passed away Friday, August 29, 2003, in
      LaGrange.

      She was a daughter of Paul and Margaret Munke Oeding. She was born
      September 14, 1912, and grew up in the Freyburg Community. She had
      two brothers, Felix and Archie, and one sister, Mae Oeding Carby.
      Felix and Mae predeceased her. She married John H. Koenig January 24,
      1933, and lived in the O'Quinn/Black Jack Springs Community all of
      her 51 years of marriage. Her husband, Johnny died in 1984. She and
      Johnny had two sons, Rear Adm. J. Weldon Koenig, married to Nancy
      Koenig, and Rodney C. Koenig, married to Mary Koenig. She has five
      grandchildren, Christopher and wife Cristina; Jennifer and husband
      Will Hill; Andrew and wife Dawn; Erik and Jon (J.T.) and two step
      grandchildren, Jill and Joshua. She has one great-grandchild, Andrew,
      Jr. (Drew), and three step great-grandchildren, Sierra, Noah, and
      Nathan. Her surviving brother, Archie Oeding and his wife Myrtle live
      in the Freyburg area. Three brothers of her husband Johnny, -
      Charlie, Paul and Walter, as well as a sister, Hattie Krischke,
      survive her. A large number of nieces and nephews, as well as
      relatives from the Laux, Oeding, Munke Albrecht, Koch, Suhren,
      Mueller, and Greulich families survive her. Her Oeding roots are from
      Schulau-Wedel, Germany and the Laux roots are from Elz, Germany. She
      and her husband Johnny lived and worked on the family farm and ranch,
      tending to cows, chickens, hogs, garden and crops such as cotton,
      corn, milo and hay. She was active in her church, Trinity Lutheran at
      Black Jack Springs, where she taught Sunday School, was President of
      the Frauen Verein, and was church organist for over 30 years. She
      also played organ at sister congregations, Salem Lutheran and
      Philadelphia Lutheran, all of which merged into United Evangelical
      Lutheran at Swiss Alp. She was President Emeritus of Black Jack
      Springs Cemetery and was President when the campaign to build the
      Stone Chapel was started. She served as an election judge with her
      husband for several decades at the O'Quinn precinct. She enjoyed
      cooking, gardening, canning, baking bread, quilting, doing crossword
      puzzles, playing the piano, singing, playing games such as 42,
      straight dominos and chicken foot with neighbors and friends. While a
      resident of Jefferson Place, she played the piano for the enjoyment
      of all. She was a member of United Evangelical Lutheran Church, AARP,
      German Texan Heritage Society, Texas German Society and the Frauen
      Verein of her church. She was an outstanding senior citizen of
      Fayette County in 1999 and was a member of the troupe of "Fate of
      Fayette". For many years she brought home blue ribbons from the
      Fayette County Fair in the plant and flower division.

      Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM Saturday, September 6,
      2003, at the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp with
      Reverend Lamae Higgs, Reverend, Walter Hildebrandt, Reverend Clement
      Richards, and Reverend Arlyn Hausmann officiating. Interment will
      follow in the Black Jack Springs Cemetery near LaGrange. Pallbearers:
      Christopher Koenig, Erik Koenig, Jon T. Koenig, Andrew Koenig, Will
      Hill, Gary Oeding.Visitation will begin after 8:00 AM Thursday from
      Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home with the family to receive friends
      Friday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

      Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Medical Center, 485
      N. Jefferson, Ste.5, LaGrange, TX 78945; United Evangelical Lutheran
      Church/ Swiss Alp Lutheran Heritage Foundation, 2038 FM 3171,
      Schulenburg, Texas 78956; Fayette Public Library/ Museum and
      Archives, 855 South Jefferson, LaGrange, TX 78945. Funeral
      arrangements by Koenig & Strickland, 208 W. Pearl St. LaGrange, TX
      78945 (979) 968-3121.
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