2015-04-16 / Obituaries

Martin Henry Menzel

Martin Henry Menzel was born on February 1, 1918 in Serbin, Texas to Gerhard & Martha (Wukasch) Menzel. He was baptized on February 9, 1918 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. H.T. Kilian and confirmed on March 20, 1932 also at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Herman Schmidt. His confirmation verse was 1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses”. He served in the Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart. Martin was united in marriage to Gliceria “Cherry” Villaluz on February 1, 1985 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin by Rev. Paul Hartfield. He was a farmer and rancher, carpenter, the school bus driver for St. Paul Lutheran School in Serbin and worked at Northrup Store. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir and was a member of the men’s club. He was also a member of the Giddings American Legion York Post #276 and enjoyed farming, fishing, traveling, watching Texas Longhorn football and spending time with his family. Martin passed away the afternoon of Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Giddings Residence and Rehabilitation Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard & Martha Menzel; his wife, Cherry; two brothers, Herman Menzel & Arthur Menzel and nephews & niece, Melvin & Bonnie Menzel and Milton Mersiovsky.

Martin is survived by his sister, Hermine Zoch of Northrup; two nieces, Doris Fritsche & her husband, Erwin of Northrup and Elaine Mersiovsky of Serbin; two nephews, Donald Menzel of Serbin and Eugene Menzel & his wife, Lorna of Alabama, as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services were April 12, 2015 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin with Rev. John Schmidt officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, followed in the church cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Rodney Fritsche, David Fritsche, Tim Menzel, Troy Menzel, Russell Kappler and Justin Mersiovsky.

Memorials may be made to The Lutheran Hour or the charity of one’s choice.

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