2017-07-20 / Obituaries

Monroe Benno Bieberstein

Funeral services for Monroe Benno Bieberstein, 97, of Giddings, are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert J. Tiner and Rev. Christopher Nietubicz officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Giddings American Legion York Post 276, will immediately follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 7:00 am until 12:30 pm at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.

Monroe Benno Bieberstein was born on January 26, 1920 in Giddings, Texas to Benno Rogalla & Alma Louise (Herzog) Bieberstein. Monroe passed away the morning of Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange following complications from a fall.

He spoke German when he started school and the language skills were useful when he was in the military and stationed in Germany. During the late 1930’s, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and learned construction skills. Monroe served his country in the Army as a medic during World War II. He was in the European Theatre and stationed in England, Germany and Italy.

He married Clara Walther on June 29, 1941 at her home in Paige with Rev. Max Studtmann performing his third wedding for Immanuel Lutheran Church. After the war, Monroe and Clara moved to Houston where he worked in construction using his training from the CCC. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 29, 1991, and Clara passed away in 1993.

Fishing was one of his hobbies and they relocated to Chocolate Bayou where he enjoyed taking the family and friends out in his boat. Music was an important part of his life and he taught himself to play the organ and was the first in his family to have a stereo. In later years he played the keyboard at nursing homes.

In the early 1970’s Monroe and Clara retired to Giddings where he helped build their home on the family property and hosted many fish fries and family get-together’s.

Later in life he developed a special friendship with Mrs. Ivadelle Koenig and they were active in Immanuel’s Senior Singles for Jesus group, the German Club, and the Lee County Senior Citizen’s Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Clara; an infant; brother, Otis Bieberstein; and a brother-in-law, Hershel W. Doyle.

Monroe is survived by his sisters, Lillian Doyle of Giddings, and Annie Mae & Delbert Ahlhorn of Paige; his brother, Leroy Bieberstein and his wife Nancy of Giddings; special friend, Mrs. Ivadelle Koenig of Giddings; seven nieces and nephews, Barbara Doyle Wilson and her husband John of Round Rock, Gary Doyle and his wife Nancy of Giddings, Larry Ahlhorn and his wife Cathy of Wichita Falls, Donny Ahlhorn of Paige, Debbie Ahlhorn and her husband Cordell Twomey of Elgin, Brenda (Ahlhorn) Bridges of Paige, and Miles vonBieberstein of Giddings; ten great nieces and nephews; two great great nieces; one great great nephew; and members of the Bieberstein and Walther families.

Serving as pallbearers will be John Wilson, Gary Doyle, Larry Ahlhorn, Donny Ahlhorn, Miles vonBieberstein and Alber Walther.

Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran stained glass fund, 300 North Grimes Street, Giddings, Texas 78942; Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 North Jefferson Street, La Grange, Texas 78945; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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