Ella Otelia Alma Zwahr Flentge
Ella Otelia Alma Zwahr Flentge was born February 27, 1922 to Kurt and Alma Franke Zwahr of the Klump Community near Brenham, in Washington County, Texas. She grew up on the family farm along with her six brothers, two sisters, her parents, and her beloved Grandpa George A. Zwahr. There, she participated in all of the farm and home chores and family activities common to rural family life in Texas at that time. Ella was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in the nearby Ebenezer Lutheran Church of Berlin, Texas. She made her public confession of faith in Jesus Christ in 1936 as part of her Confirmation. Ella was educated in the Klump Community School, and had fond memories of her schoolmates and teachers. Ella was married to Ed Flentge of Greenvine, Texas, which is also located in that area of Washington County. During the early years of their marriage, Ed and Ella lived on the Flentge farm for a while, and then in various areas of Fort Bend and Harris Counties, working on dairy farms. In 1946 the couple and their children moved back to Greenvine where they operated their own dairy farm for many years. Ella also worked in Brenham as an industrial seamstress for Mattox Brothers Furniture Company and Sealy Mattress Company. In 1963 the couple moved to the St. Paul Community in Falls County near Marlin. For a number of years, Ella was employed as an Upholstery Seamstress in Houston, and would travel back and forth to Marlin on weekends. Later, she was a seamstress for Powel Embroidering in Riesel until she retired in 1986. Ellas was preceded in death by an infant son, Hilton Flentge; her husband, Ed Flentge; her parents, Kurt and Alma Zwahr; her daughter, Canelia (Patty) Flentge Peters; her son, Ray Allen Flentge; and her great grandsons, Jeremy Hartley and Jeffrey Hartley. She was also preceded in death in death by her brothers and her sistersin- law, Reinhardt and Rosie Zwahr, Walter and Rosie Zwahr, Herbert and Adela Zwahr, Albert and Hulda Zwart, Alwin and Hilda Zwahr; and her brother, Bruno Zwahr; her sisters and brothersin- law, Elsie and Henry Schonert, and Erna and Erwin Weckwerth. Ella is survived by her son, Clark Flentge of Marlin; her son-in-law, Glenn Peters of Brenham; her daughter-in-law, Elaine Flentge Kunlke of Waco; her six grandchildren, Glenda Peters- Do, Carol Peters Hartley, David Peters, Andria Peters Pena, Tricia Flentge Stephenson, and Paul Flentge; her great grandchildren, Rachel Eilenfield Schroeder, Joshua Eilenfield, Peter Do, Cailey Hartley, Lisa Hartley, David Hartley, Anyssa Pena, Christopher Pena, Parker Flentge, and Abigail Flentge; and her great great grandson, Nicholas Schroeder. She is also survived by her dear sister- in-law, AnNell Zwahr and by many dear nieces and nephews and their families. Mrs. Flentge dearly loved all her family. They were the most precious things on earth to her. She was a devoted, sweet, and loving Mama and Grandma! She liked music (and on rare occasions would sing, although she claimed she couldn’t), art, sewing, and cooking for her family. She enjoyed the everyday beauties of nature; the trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, and baby animals of all kinds. After a fall in her home resulting in a broken hip, Ella spent the last two years of her life in a skilled nursing home in Waco. She passed away to meet the Lord there on Thursday morning, January 4, 2018 Ella was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ of Marlin. Family visitation and viewing was held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Adams Funeral Home located at 129 Coleman St. in Marlin, Texas. Graveside Service was held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 7 at the St. Paul Cemetery with a Memorial Service to follow in the Church at St. Paul United Church Of Christ: 212 FM 2307 Marlin, Texas 76661. A reception following the service will be held in the sanctuary. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the St. Paul Restoration fund at the Church address or at the service.