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IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CEMETERY, POTTSVILLE

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JAHNS, EMMA EMILIE (WENDLAND)

JAHNS, FRED OTTO

OHLENBUSCH, MARTHA HENRIETTA (SCHMIDT)

ZSCHIESCHE, AMANDA OTTILIE (GROMATZKY) 

Mrs. Jahns 
JAHNS, EMMA EMILIE (WENDLAND)

The Hamilton Herald-News February 24, 2005 

Emma Emilie (Wendland) Jahns died Feb. 18, 2005 at Hamilton. Funeral services were January 21 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Hamilton with Rev. Russell A. Nebhut and Vicar Robert O. Riebau officiating. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Pottsville. 

Mrs. Jahns was born July 11, 1907 the daughter of Otto Gustav Wendland and Julia Augusta (Albrecht) Wendland in Pottsville. 

The Wendland family was blessed to have nine children who grew up in the Springdale community, working on the farm producing cotton and other crops needed for their livelihood. 

Mrs. Jahns attended school in Springdale and later in Pottsville where she played on the school basketball team. In 1929 she was married to Fred Jahns at Trinity Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death after 73 years of marriage. 

During World War II, she worked for Consolidated Aircraft assembling airplanes for the war. When the war ended Mrs. Jahns found great joy in raising her children. She often baby sat for others. 

While living in Arlington there was a need for a new Lutheran congregation in the community. Mr. and Mrs. Jahns, were charter members of Grace Lutheran Church, supporting the ministry of their congregation until moving to Hamilton in 1993 and joining St. John Lutheran Church. She loved to paint and used her gifts during the holidays, to decorate and make the Christmas season festive for her children. 

Mrs. Jahns was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Henry Wendland and August Wendland; four sisters, Clara Menzdorf, Minnie Karasek, Anna Reinert, and Helen Lucas; a grandson Jeffery and one great-granddaughter, Kimberly. 

Survivors include three daughters, Irene and husband John Zaruba of Hamilton, Margaret and husband Elton Kohler of Arlington, and Diane and husband Stanley Brown of Arlington; three sons, Ted and wife Barbara Jahns of Hamilton, Leo and wife Barbara Jahns of New Braunfels, and Charles and wife Debbie Jahns of Hamilton; a sister, Bertha Boykin and a brother, Otto Wendland; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 11 great- great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Ted Jahns, Leo Jahns, Charles Jahns, John Zaruba, Elton Kohler, Stanley Brown.
 Riley Funeral Home

JAHNS, FRED OTTO

The Hamilton Herald-News, July9, 2003

Fred Otto Jahns, 102, died at Hamilton July 4, 2003. Funeral services were held July 6 at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton with Rev. Russell Nebhut officiating. Interment followed at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Pottsville. 

Mr. Jahns was born November 18, 1900 at Lyons in Burleson County. He was married to Emma Wendland on November 2, 1929 at Pottsville. 

Mr. Jahns retired from L.T.V. in 1961. He and Mrs. Jahns were charter members of Grace Lutheran Church and now members of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Hamilton. 

Survivors include his wife, Emma Jahns of Hamilton; six children, Irene Zaruba, Ted Jahns, Charles Jahns, all of Hamilton, Margaret Kohler and Diane Brown, both of Arlington and Leo Jahns of New Braunfels; 11 grandchildren; 
25 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lilly Wendland of Arlington, Nelda Eggen of Stephenville and one brother Albert Jahns of Dallas. 

Pallbearers were Ted Jahns, Leo Jahns, Charles Jahns, Elton Kohler, Stanley Brown and John Zaruba. 
Riley Funeral Home

OHLENBUSCH, MARTHA HENRIETTA (SCHMIDT) 

From "The Hamilton Herald-News"
January 23, 2003

Martha Henrietta Schmidt Ohlenbusch, 92, died January 14, 2003. Funeral service were conducted Jan. 17, 2002 at the Trinity Lutheran Church at Pottsville with Pastor Peter Andserson and Pastor George Fischer officiating. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Pottsville.

Mrs. Ohlenbusch was born January 8, 1911 in Barron, Wisconsin the daughter of George and Anna Diestel Schmidt. She moved with her parents, brothers, and sister to McAllen when she was five years old. She confirmed her faith in God at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McAllen when she was thirteen. She graduated McAllen High School and business school.

She was married to Ernest Ohlenbusch in McAllen on March 8, 1930. They lived in Edinburg and in Brookesmith.

In Brookesmith, Martha worked with Ernest where they operated a cotton gin and later she helped in the general store that they owned with Louis and Martha Krause. In 1958 they moved to Pecan Wells in Hamilton County where they ranched until her husband’’s death in 1994, at which time Mrs. Ohlenbusch moved to Hamilton. She was a wonderful cook, homemaker and helpmate to Ernest in the ranching business.

She was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pottsville, a member of the Bible Study group and a member of the Pottsville Extension Education Club. Martha was a loving caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Her husband Ernest, her son Robert and six brothers precede her in death.

Survivors include daughters Marilyn Kensing of Hamilton, Louise Genz and her husband Ralph of Pflugerville; a daughter-in-law Mary Ann Ohlenbusch of San Antonio; eight grandchildren, Kerry and Kathy Kensing of Hamilton, Dr. Kelly and Angela Kensing of Lubbock, Kristi and Jim Brown of Pflugerville, Keith and Beth Knippa of Austin, Darryl Ohlenbusch of San Antonio, Kendra Code of Hamilton, Dr. Michael and Becky Power of Billings, MT, Curtis and Robin Genz of Round Rock; 13 great-grandchildren, Klayton Kensing, Haley Kensing, Christian Kensing, Ben Kensing, Jarrod Brown, Justin Brown, Jacob Brown, Katelyn Knippa, Brian Knippa, Mason Code, Travis Genz, Lindsey Genz, Bethany Power and two sisters-in-law, Wilma Ohlenbusch of Oglesby and Corine Schmidt of Weatherford.
Pallbearers were Kerry Kensing, Kelly Kensing, Keith Knippa, Jim Brown, Curtis Genz, Darryl Ohlenbusch, Klayton Kensing, Michael Power and Donald Krause.

The family has designated the Trinity Lutheran Church Worship/ Life Fund or the Lutheran Hour Ministry for memorial donations.

ZSCHIESCHE, AMANDA OTTILIE (GROMATZKY) 


The Hamilton Herald-News February 3, 2005 

Amanda Ottilie Zschiesche 100, died Jan. 22, 2005 at Hamilton. Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton with Pastor Russell Nebhut and Vicar Robert Reibau officiating. Burial followed in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Pottsville. 

Mrs. Zschiesche was born on July 11, 1904, the daughter of August and Emilie (Schrank) Gromatzky in Aleman. She was one of eight children born to the Gromatzky family. Mrs. Zschiesche was baptized on August 7, 1904 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Aleman by Pastor D. E. Schwecke. The family were faithful members of the Lutheran Church where Mrs. Zschiesche grew up attending Sunday School and worship each week. Mrs. Zschiesche loved music, which was evident to all who knew her, and when she was eleven years old her church was in need of an organist. Mrs. Zschiesche's pastor taught her how to play the organ, and for approximately fifty years she led the people of God in worship through the gift of music He had given to her. 

Mrs. Zschiesche attended Clifton Jr. College and then taught school in Lyons until she married Herbert Zschiesche on Dec. 7, 1922. 

The couple stood before the altar of Immanuel Lutheran where Pastor J. T. Schmidt pronounced them to be husband and wife. The young couple was blessed with six children who learned quickly the value of hard work as they grew up on the family farm in Pottsville. 

Tragedy struck the young family on April 20, 1940 when Herbert was taken from Mrs. Zschiesche after eighteen years of marriage. As a young widow with six children Mrs. Zschiesche struggled to provide for her family. When she was in the midst of great trial, she read a passage of scripture which would sustain her for the rest of her life. "Cast all your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you." These words helped Mrs. Zschiesche to see her Lord was always with her, ready and willing to sustain her through the difficult days she faced. 

Mrs. Zschiesche was blessed by God to use her m any gifts to be a blessing to so many. She served her Lord many years as organist and choir director, Sunday school teacher, as a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, and by her faithful support of her church throughout her life. Among her many gifts was her ability to quilt. Over the years she provided countless gifts for Lutheran World Relief as well as providing gifts of quilts to her family and friends. Even at the age of one hundred she still quilted and baked every day. A birthday hardly ever passed without a gift of her famous sugar cookies or a loaf of freshly baked bread. 

Long life has many blessings, but also many hardships. Mrs. Zschiesche faced the trial of losing her parents and all her siblings. She also grieved as only a mother can when she lost two of her children. In addition to this she survived the Great Depression, a tornado which destroyed the family farm, and in 1986 while returning with other ladies from an LWML rally the group suffered a major car wreck. Mrs. Zschiesche was thrown from the car, suffering a broken neck and many other injuries. It seemed she might not survive, but even in the hospital she spoke with confidence of getting better. Each step along the way she found her Lord present in His Word to comfort her with His hope and His promises. Even during the most difficult times of her life she spoke with confidence of God's love and she knew He would take care of her. 

Mrs. Zschiesche was blessed to live in her own home for more than one hundred years. The last few weeks were difficult for her. An accident resulted in a fracture in her back which kept her from walking. Confined to a bed and unable to put her gifts to use as she had in the past, she continued to speak words of hope to those who came to visit her. 

She spoke with confidence of God's blessings each day and of her confidence of going to heaven. Saturday morning God answered her prayer and the prayers of her family. The pain and suffering ended as Jesus received her into eternity. It is with joy and thanksgiving we celebrate her life today - the life of a sainted child of God. 

Mrs. Zschiesche is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her four brothers and three sisters, two sons Milford Zschiesche and Carroll Zschiesche; two daughters-in-law, Helen Zschiesche and Ruth Zschiesche; one son-in-law, Wally Hobratsch; and one grandson, Cliff Zschiesche. 

She is survived by four of her children: Alice Hobratsch of Dallas, Ollie Zschiesche of Hamilton, Frances Farley and husband Robert of Austin and Evelyn Olsen and husband Cliff of Georgetown. Granny Zschiesche, as she was fondly known by all, is also survived by twelve grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and a host of extended family. 

Pallbearers were Mrs. Zschiesche's Grandsons: James Zschiesche, Dr. Jerry Zschiesche, David Zschiesche, Herbert Zschiesche, Wilbert Zschiesche, Mark Olsen, Rev. Dale Farley. Riley Funeral Home

The Hamilton Herald-News January 27, 2005 

Amanda Ottilie Zschiesche 100, died Jan. 22, 2005 at Hamilton. Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton with Pastor Russell Nebhut and Vicar Robert Reibau officiating. Burial followed in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Pottsville. 

Mrs. Zschiesche was born on July 11, 1904, the daughter of August and Emilie (Schrank) Gromatzky in Aleman. She was one of eight children born to the Gromatzky family. Mrs. Zschiesche was baptized on August 7, 1904 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Aleman by Pastor D. E. Schwecke. The family were faithful members of the Lutheran Church where Mrs. Zschiesche grew up attending Sunday School and worship each week. 

Mrs. Zschiesche loved music, which was evident to all who knew her, and when she was eleven years old her church was in need of an organist. Mrs. Zschiesche's pastor taught her how to play the organ, and for approximately fifty years she led the people of God in worship through the gift of music He had given to her. Mrs. Zschiesche attended Clifton Jr. College and then taught school in Lyons until she married Herbert Zschiesche on Dec. 7, 1922. The couple stood before the altar of Immanuel Lutheran where Pastor J. T. Schmidt pronounced them to be husband and wife. The young couple was blessed with six children who learned quickly the value of hard work as they grew up on the family farm in Pottsville. 

Tragedy struck the young family on April 20, 1940 when Herbert was taken from Mrs. Zschiesche after eighteen years of marriage. As a young widow with six children Mrs. Zschiesche struggled to provide for her family. When she was in the midst of great trial, she read a passage of scripture which would sustain her for the rest of her life. "Cast all your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you." These words helped Mrs. Zschiesche to see her Lord was always with her, ready and willing to sustain her through the difficult days she faced. 

Mrs. Zschiesche was blessed by God to use her many gifts to be a blessing to so many. She served her Lord many years as organist and choir director, Sunday school teacher, as a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, and by her faithful support of her church throughout her life. Among her many gifts was her ability to quilt. Over the years she provided countless gifts for Lutheran World Relief as well as providing gifts of quilts to her family and friends. Even at the age of one hundred she still quilted and baked every day. A birthday hardly ever passed without a gift of her famous sugar cookies or a loaf of freshly baked bread. 

Long life has many blessings, but also many hardships. Mrs. Zschiesche faced the trial of losing her parents and all her siblings. She also grieved as only a mother can when she lost two of her children. In addition to this she survived the Great Depression, a tornado which destroyed the family farm, and in 1986 while returning with other ladies from an LWML rally the group suffered a major car wreck. Mrs. Zschiesche was thrown from the car, suffering a broken neck and many other injuries. It seemed she might not survive, but even in the hospital she spoke with confidence of getting better. 

Each step along the way she found her Lord present in His Word to comfort her with His hope and His promises. Even during the most difficult times of her life she spoke with confidence of God's love and she knew He would take care of her. 

Mrs. Zschiesche was blessed to live in her own home for more than one hundred years. The last few weeks were difficult for her. An accident resulted in a fracture in her back which kept her from walking. Confined to a bed and unable to put her gifts to use as she had in the past, she continued to speak words of hope to those who came to visit her. 

She spoke with confidence of God's blessings each day and of her confidence of going to heaven. Saturday morning God answered her prayer and the prayers of her family. The pain and suffering ended as Jesus received her into eternity. It is with joy and thanksgiving we celebrate her life today - the life of a sainted child of God. 

Mrs. Zschiesche is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her four brothers and three sisters, two sons Milford Zschiesche and Carroll Zschiesche; two daughters-in-law, Helen Zschiesche and Ruth Zschiesche; one son-in-law, Wally Hobratsch; and one grandson, Cliff Zschiesche. She is survived by four of her children: Alice Hobratsch of Dallas, Ollie Zschiesche of Hamilton, Frances Farley and husband Robert of Austin and Evelyn Olsen and husband Cliff of Georgetown. Granny Zschiesche, as she was fondly known by all, is also survived by twelve grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and a host of extended family. 

Pallbearers were Mrs. Zschiesche's Grandsons: James Zschiesche, Dr. Jerry Zschiesche, David Zschiesche, Herbert Zschiesche, Wilbert Zschiesche, Mark Olsen, Rev. Dale Farley. 
Riley Funeral Home


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