Edna Prigge Roehling
October 21, 1933
April 7, 2021
Edna Roehling, 87, of Burton, the widow of Gus Roehling, Jr., died on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at her residence.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Brenham Memorial Chapel, with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville, with Pastor Karen Buck officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Edna was born October 21, 1933, in the Sandy Hill community, near Brenham, Washington County, TX, to Willie Sr. and Augusta (Oberhoff) Prigge.
She was baptized November 14, 1933 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill by Pastor George Czerkus and confirmed on March 21, 1948 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill by Pastor Paul Gogolin.
Edna’s life is not something that can be described in this brief memorial. Looking around at her family of eight children, 17 grandchildren as well as 15 great grandchildren, that is only part of her story. A simple life but not an easy one; from a daughter born of German ancestry into a tight knit community that centered on farming and livestock. She attended Wiedeville School until 1941 when her family moved to Prairie Hill and became a student at Prairie Hill School. One of her memories there was her being the only seventh grader. She helped grade papers for her teacher in the two-room school. As a young girl, she also enjoyed softball and was the pitcher for her team. She graduated Valedictorian as an 8Th grader from Prairie Hill School. She then attended Brenham High School where she was a member of the Speech Club and FHA and graduated from there in 1951.
On December 15, 1951, Edna married Gus Roehling, Jr. at St. John's Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill. The first years of their marriage they lived in several different places due to the nature of Gus’ work with the oilfield. They then moved back to Washington County and settled in the Longpoint community at the Roehling homestead that has been in the family since the 1890’s to raise their family. Mom and Dad made a wonderful home for their family.
Some special memories are when she and her girls would get together for their annual Christmas shopping trip followed by eating at her favorite restaurant, Casa Ole, enjoying her dinner Cancun along with a margarita.
She spent many days working in the garden, planting, chopping, plowing and picking the vegetables and then would go inside and can those vegetables for their family. Her break during the day was spent watching her favorite soap operas and taking a quick nap while the kids played outside.
She was a master of so many things out of necessity…that was a way of life at that time.
There was nothing like her homemade bread, fried chicken, cinnamon rolls and coffee cake. Oh and let’s not forget her infamous Midnight Lace Cake. She always had plenty of food for her family.
She was such an accomplished seamstress, even making her daughter Nancy’s wedding dress. She sewed all her children’s clothes from dresses and shirts to double breasted winter coats. Even when her grandsons needed their jeans patched, they always knew they could take them to grandma because she could fix anything.
After Gus was gone, she used her sewing skills diversely, working for a while at the Bikini Cap Co. and later as an alterations seamstress at the Special Occasions Bridal.
Eventually, she went to work for MIC Group in Brenham as a shipping clerk for approximately 10 years. Once she retired from MIC, she spent time gardening, babysitting her grandchildren, and eventually quilting. Some added personal entertainment included her many bus trips with her gambling buddies to Louisiana.
She loved quilting and spent many hours making quilts for her family. Each one of those quilts had so much love go into it and are so special to all of us. One of her favorite quilt patterns being the “log cabin design”.
The end of her days were spent eating peanuts and drinking a Coke while watching “Wheel of Fortune”. She loved watching sports whether it was football, baseball or basketball, but loved watching her Texas teams.
Some of her sayings were: “As I always said”…. “It’s all good!” and “Let’s get it did”. Well, she got it did and it is all good for her now.
Survivors include Dennis and Beverly Roehling of Brenham and Gary and Toni Roehling of Sealy, Joanne and Don Hensel of College Station, Tommy and Carol Roehling of Burton, Jesse Roehling of Bryan, Nancy and Allen Heinrich of Cypress, Patsy and Kenneth Bonnet of Harper and Julie and Ernie Oberrender of Brenham; grandchildren, Donald Roehling and special friend, Cyndi Klausmeyer, Beth and Brad Eckelhoff, Renae and Mark Acerenza, Melanie and Wesley Pomikal, Jason Hensel and special friend Becca Gardenhire, Jessica and Chris Adams, Amanda and Wesley Stolz , Joshua Roehling and special friend Alex Franke, Barret and Sydney Heinrich, Tyson and Paige Heinrich, Amy Bonnet and special friend Andrew Brown, Ryan and Hanna Goerlitz, Jamie Goerlitz and special friend Hayden Schaper, Krystal and Chris Sodalak, Sarah and Trevor Zwahr, Allan Oberrender and special friend, Naomi DeLeon, and Jonathan and Jessica Oberrender; great-grandchildren, Cole Roehling, Isabel Eckelhoff, Ethan Eckelhoff, Amber Pomikal, Jordan Pomikal, Rowan Adams, Samson Adams, Riggs Stolz, Harper Franke, Alyssa Heinrich, Riley Heinrich, Lucy Heinrich, Chloe Zwahr, T.J. Zwahr, Will Sodalak; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and David Buck, sister-in-law, Erma Luetge and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus Roehling, Jr. on January 5, 1986; her parents, Willie Sr. and Augusta Prigge; grandchild, Taylor "Tate'" Bonnet; brothers and sisters, John Prigge, Bernita Adkison, LeRoy Prigge, Lenora Westermann, Myrtle Johnson and Willie Prigge Jr.; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gus Sr. and Ella (Drews) Roehling; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Reuben Roehling, Melvin Roehling, Lenora Roehling, Irene Steinbach, Rosa Lee Belcher, Bernice Raines, Elenora Riley and Marvin Roehling.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Donald Roehling, Jason Hensel, Barret Heinrich, Tyson Heinrich, Ryan Goerlitz, and Joshua Roehling.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Cyndi Klausmeyer, Beth and Brad Eckelhoff, Renae and Mark Acerenza, Melanie and Wes Pomikal, Becca Gardenhire, Jessica and Chris Adams, Amanda and Wesley Stolz, Alex Franke, Sydney Heinrich, Paige Heinrich, Amy Bonnet and Andrew Brown, Hanna Goerlitz, Jamie Goerlitz and Hayden Schaper, Krystal and Chris Sodolak, Sarah and Trevor Zwahr, Allan Oberrender and Naomi DeLeon, and Jonathan and Jessica Oberrender.
Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church of Zionsville.