Obituaries 2009
Pfeffer
Nelson Joe Pfeffer, known as “Cottie”
at work and “Slo” by all his nephews
and nieces, married Rose Wawarofsky
on April 17, 1950. They shared 58
wonderful years together. From this
union came 6 children, 10
grandchildren, and 8 great-
grandchildren. Cottie was a hard
working family man and a good
provider. He worked for Waller County
Road and Bridge Department for 30
years, retiring February 29, 1979. He
continued working for Grimes County
Road and Bridge Department for
another 9 years. Slo loved to fish in
the Brazos River using drop lines. His
children loved checking them with him.
One Saturday morning, he and his son
Bubba found a 45 lb. fish on the last
hook. Another time, Slo, his daughter
Janie and son in-law Danny made the
paper with a big catch. Nelson had a
passion for gardening. He once grew a
16 lb cabbage. He also raised
chickens, pigs, cows and rabbits.
Nelson loved his grandkids who couldn’
t wait for Papa to come home with
surprises. He kept a Shetland pony for
the grandkids to ride and even played
with them in the water tanks in
summer. Nelson was a wonderful
husband, father, grandpa, and great-
grandpa that will be missed very much.
He is survived by his wife Rose, son
Nelson,Jr. and wife Gracie, daughters:
Dianna Hawk and husband Johnny,
Janie Moore and husband Danny,
Joyce Pfeffer, Terry Hazeltine and
husband Paul, Dorease Bruner and
husband James, brother Floyd Pfeffer
and wife Evelyn, sister Dorothy Bremer
and husband James, 10 grandchildren
and 8 great-grandchildren. Visitation:
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 from 6-8
pm at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Funeral Service:
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 11:
00 am at McWilliams Funeral Home
with burial following at Hempstead
Cemetery with Steve Schrock
officiating.
Villarreal
Frank Villarreal, Sr., 85, of Hempstead,
Texas passed away Sunday, March 1,
2009. He married Margaret Mary Manuel
April 6, 1950 in New Iberia, LA. Frank was
born to Ennis, Sr. and Christine Guiterez
Villarreal in Hempstead, Texas on February
26, 1924. He was baptized on September
15, 1924 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church
in Chappell Hill, Texas by Reverend John
Wesolik. He is preceded in death by his
wife Margaret, infant daughter Sandra Gail,
brother Ennis, Jr. and sisters Clemmie,
Judy, and Maxine. He attended worship at
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in
Hempstead.  He and Margaret lived in
Hempstead until his retirement from Stran
Steel Co. (National Steel Co.) of Houston.
They then moved to Coldspring, Texas
where he worked for the National Forestry
Service until their return to Hempstead.
Frank enjoyed being outdoors and loved
gardening, hunting and fishing. He was an
avid coon hunter and was a loyal friend to
his hunting dogs. He was a devoted
husband to his wife and a devoted father to
his children.  Frank is survived by his five
children: Sharon Badeaux of Hempstead,
Debbie Mathis and husband Woody of
Hempstead, Frank Villarreal, Jr. and wife
Jana of Katy, Rebecca Blackford of
Conroe, and Brenda Felder and husband
Todd of Burton; 16 grandchildren: Robert
Badeaux and wife Tammy, Brandi Butler,
Michael Mathis and wife Monica, Jason
Mathis and wife Kristi, Melissa Holliday and
husband Ray, Steven Villarreal, Kevin
Villarreal, Charli Villarreal, Mandy Lara,
Ashley Lay and husband Kyle,  Brooke
Eckermann, Kady Felder, Mary, Jeff and
Danny Neu, and Hayley Coulter; and 14
great-grandchildren. He is also survived by
his sister Isabel Haack of Hempstead.  
Pallbearers:  Grandsons Robert Badeaux,  
Michael Mathis, Jason Mathis, Trevor
Mathis, Steven Villarreal, and Kevin
Villarreal. Visitation:  Tuesday, March 03,
2009 6:30-7:30 pm at McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead  with a Rosary @ 7:30
pm.  Funeral Liturgy: Wednesday, March 4,
2009 at 10:00 am at St.Katharine Drexel
Church, Hempstead with Father  Joseph
Phiet-The-Nguyen officiating.                  
Burial: Hempstead Cemetery
DeGaugh
Robert H. DeGaugh, 80, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Friday, March 6, 2009 in Brenham. He
was born May 4, 1928 in Holland,
Texas to James Oscar DeGaugh and
Mary Sybil Lair DeGaugh.  He is
survived by his wife Delores,
daughters: Nancy Stoltz and husband
Don, Debbie Haedge and husband
Ron, and Linda Haedge and husband
Allan, brothers:  Roy DeGaugh, Frank
DeGaugh, and William DeGaugh, 8
grandchildren and 6
great-grandchildren. Visitation:
Sunday, March 8, 2009 5-7 pm at
McWilliams   Funeral Home,
Hempstead.     Funeral Service:  
Monday, March 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home           
Burial:  Salem Cemetery with Pastor
David Smith officiating
Canter
Anna Dora “Peggy” Clemons Canter ,
83 of Hempstead, Texas passed away
Saturday, April  18, 2009 in College
Station. She was born July 30, 1925 in
Hempstead, Texas to W. B. Clemons
and Anna Shelburne Clemons.  She is
preceded in death by her parents, her
husband John Vernon Miles, son
Jefferson Lynn Miles, and sister
Isabelle Clemons Wells. She is
survived by her daughter Lora
Wasicek and husband W.J., son John
Ashford Miles, Sr. and wife Cyndi,
grandchildren: Wesley Wasicek, John
Ashford Miles, Jr., Jamie Lynn Miles,
and Kali Brianna Woolever, 5 great-
grandchildren, sister Lorraine Clemons
Canter and Husband Jack, and a
number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Tuesday, April 21, 2009
from 5-7 pm at McWilliams Funeral
Home, Hempstead. Funeral Service:
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 10:00
am at McWilliams Funeral Home with
Pastor Bill Montgomery officiating.
Burial following at Hempstead
Cemetery.
Mary Hale Johnson, 99, formerly of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in
Angleton, Texas. She was born
December 29, 1909 in San Angelo,
Texas to William J. Hale and Ada
Brown Hale.  Mary is survived by her
son Ronnie Johnson and wife Cecile, 2
grandchildren and 3
great-grandchildren. Graveside
services were held Saturday, March
28, 2009 at Hempstead Cemetery with
Reverend Peter Conaty officiating
under the direction of McWilliams
Funeral Home, Hempstead.
Johnson
Echart
James Clarence Echart, 75, of
Hempstead passed away Monday,
April 6, 2009. He was born June 29,
1933 in Honey Grove, Texas. He is
survived by his wife Barbara Echart,
sons Michael and Dennis Echart,
daughter Lisa Rayburne, 6
grandchildren and 5
great-grandchildren. Funeral services
were held Thursday, April 9, 2009 at
2:00 pm at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead with Pastor Bill
Montgomery officiating. Graveside
services were held Monday, April 13,
2009 at 2:00 pm in Honey Grove,
Texas with Reverend Terry
Cunningham officiating under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.
Mikolajewski
Henry Chester Mikolajewski, 82, of
Hempstead, Texas passed away
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 in
Navasota. He was born October 20,
1926 in Chappell Hill, Texas to
Steve Mikolajewski and Mary
Tomczak Mikolajewski. He is
survived by his wife Helen, son
Henry Mikolajewski, Jr., daughter
Barbara Gross and her husband
Darrell, and grandson Darrell
Gross, Jr. Visitation: Friday, May 22,
2009 from 5 until 7 pm at
McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Funeral service:
Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 10:00
am at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal
Church with burial following at
Hempstead Cemetery under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral
Home.
Iselt
Kathi Sue Dodd Hare Iselt said “Hello
World” on June 26th 1959 at St. Luke’s
Hospital in Houston Texas where her
parents Moss Allen and Hilda Dodd
were anxiously waiting to adopt her.
“Just what I wanted… a beautiful little
strawberry blonde”…stated her Mother.

Kathi attended Hempstead Schools
achieving a good academic record.
She was a junior high cheerleader and
a  twirler for all 4 years in high school.  
She played the flute in the band from
5th grade on and raised lambs in the
Hempstead 4-H club.

She married Bill Hare in 1978 and to
this union was born a son, Brandon,
the apple of her eye.  In 1989, after
marrying Mike Iselt, Kathi and Brandon
shared a wonderful husband and
father for 20 years.

Kathi enjoyed being a stay at home
mom but sometimes worked part-time
jobs.  She also enjoyed working with
her cousin Wilburn at Willie Stefka
Appraisals as a partner in a successful
appraisal business.  In the latter years,
she conducted a successful EBAY
business from her home computer
which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Kathi had an appealing personality
therefore making friends easily.  She
was always ready to help in times of
need, to transport people to their
doctor’s appointments, cook meals,
and help with medical paperwork.

She was a baptized, confirmed
member of Trinity Lutheran Church of
Hempstead where she enjoyed many
youth activities growing up and still
enjoyed participating in special events.

Kathi leaves to mourn her, her
husband Mike Iselt, her son and
daughter in law, Brandon and Erica
Hare, her “Mamma” Hilda Dodd , her
brother Larry Dodd, her beautiful
grand-daughters Haleigh and Hannah
Hare, and cherished grand-sons
Tanner and Brandt Story.  She was
preceded in death by her father Moss
Allen Dodd Jr. , her maternal
grandparents, Fritz and Fannie
Hartman, paternal grand-parents Moss
A. and Ida Dodd, Sr. and grandson
Trevor Wade Iselt.

Kathi made her residence in God’s
House on Wednesday, May 27, 2009.  
A memorial service was held at Trinity
Lutheran Church at 10 am. On
Saturday, May 30th 2009 with Pastor
Virgil Pecht and Pastor Lee Hartman
officiating. McWilliams Funeral Home of
Hempstead handled arrangements.  
The family wishes to thank all who sent
condolences, food, and offers of help
during this time of extreme sorrow.  
They were and always will be
appreciated.
Mathis
Woodrow E. Mathis, Sr. of Hempstead,
Texas passed away Sunday, August 9,
2009 at the age of 89.  He was born
November 13, 1919 to S.G. Mathis and
Rosa Lie Shupak Mathis. Mr. Mathis
served in the US Army during World
War II. He is preceded in death by his
wife Estella Mikeska Mathis and is
survived by his sons Woody Mathis
and wife Debbie and Johnny Mathis
and wife JoAnn, sisters Katherine
McDonald, Rosa Lee Walton, and
Annie Mae DeGaugh, five
grandchildren and 10 great-
grandchildren. Visitation: Tuesday,
August 11, 2009 from 6:00 until 8:00
pm at McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead. Funeral Service:
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 10:00
am at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal
Church, Hempstead with Father Bob
Merrill officiating. Burial: Salem
Cemetery under the direction of
McWilliams Funeral Home.
Massey
Robert Nathan Massey, passed away
peacefully on Friday August 14, 2009
at the age of 85. He was born
December 24, 1923 in Walnut Springs,
Texas to Nathaniel and Lula Massey.
Robert Served in WW II with distinction
as an infantryman 2nd Armored "Hell
on Wheels” division in the European
theatre.He was married to Nita L.
Monferdini of Hempstead, Texas on
October 7 1949 and remained so for
53 years. They had two sons Nathan
and Neil and were long time members
of the Episcopal Church.Robert loved
to read, travel and play bridge
achieving the distinction of National
Life Master. He worked his entire
career for United States Gypsum
Corporations and retired as Vice-
President of Manufacturing in 1988.
Robert is preceded in death by his
brother Jake, wife Nita and his
youngest son Neil who died suddenly
in 2008.He is survived by his son
Nathan and wife Diane, two grand-
daughters Sara and Lauren, two
sisters Virginia and Jacqueline, and his
daughter-inlaw Darcy.Robert was a
loving Father, Husband, Brother, and
Grandfather and will be missed by all.
Funeral services will be held Friday,
August 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm at St.
Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church,
Hempstead with burial to follow at
Hempstead Cemetery under the
direction of McWilliams Funeral Home,
Hempstead.