Larry Charles Schwenke


Larry Charles Schwenke of High Hill was called to Heaven by God leaving his family and loved ones to mourn his passing. Larry was born on Sunday, Oct. 21, 1951, to Emil and Angelina (Klesel) Schwenke in Weimar. He passed away at the age of 68 on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, at Dell Seton Hospital in Austin, with his wife Berni and their four children by his bedside.

Larry was raised in Engle on the family farm. He was a 1970 graduate of Schulenburg High School. He married Bernadette Marie Mazoch on Saturday, May 25, 1974, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg and to this union of love, they were blessed with an angel and four children. He was part of the Men’s Acts Retreat where he was proud to call everyone his brother. He was an officer of the High Hill/Schulenburg Catholic Life Branch No. 1 for 25 years. Besides being a devout Catholic and a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church of High Hill, he spent lots of time on his knees installing different types of flooring for over 35 years. He started installing for Dixie Carpets of Houston, then opened his own business called Craft-Masters Carpets of Houston and Schulenburg. In 1988, he moved back to Schulenburg with his family to become co-owner of Baumgarten-Matula Lumber Company of Schulenburg. In 2002 he started the business of Larry’s Floor Coverings, then later he worked at UTEX Industries Inc., Prime Products, and Stardust Carpet Cleaning. Out of the many years of flooring installations, Larry’s biggest accomplishment was installing the flooring in the Fayette County Courthouse in La Grange when it was renovated.

His favorite pastime over the last few years included watching his grandchildren playing various sports including soccer and Little League baseball and their talents including marching/concert band and dance.

His survivors include his wife of 45 years: Bernadette “Berni” Schwenke; children and spouses: Edward Schwenke of High Hill, Ashley Hanslik and husband Paul of Moulton, Megan Jackson of Weimar, and Derek Schwenke and wife Dorothy of La Grange; five grandchildren: Makenzie and Ty Jackson, Logan Schwenke, and Braylee and Brynna Hanslik; mother: Angie Schwenke of Schulenburg; brother, Lloyd Schwenke of Schulenburg; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda Kutac and husband Lawrence of Houston and Laurie Trench and husband Carl of Engle; mother-in-law: Mildred Mazoch of Schulenburg; uncle, aunts, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Larry was preceded in death by his infant daughter: Erica Marie Schwenke; his father: Emil Schwenke; his brother: Leonard Schwenke; nephew: Keith Kutac; sister-in-law: JoLane Schwenke; and father-in-law: Edmund Mazoch.

A public visitation was held on Friday, Dec. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, followed by a rosary service starting at 7 p.m. led by Rev. Tim Kosler and The Brothers of the ACTS Community. On Saturday, Dec. 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill, a Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Rev. Tim Kosler and Deacon John McCourt, was held at 10 am. Lectors were Eamon McCourt and Edward “Ed” Kusy. Offertory gifts were carried up by his grandchildren. Altar servers were Evan and Claire Oeding and Eucharistic minister was Lad Trojacek. Musicians and singers were Chris Nava of Sealy, and the members of D’Vine Testament. Pallbearers were grandsons Ty Jackson and Logan Schwenke; nephews Grant Schwenke, Kevin Kutac and Craig Mazoch; best friend Michael Lapham; and cousins Kenneth Berger and Ronnie Hollas. The honorary pallbearers included The Brothers of the ACTS Community. Interment was in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery followed by a reception at the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to be made to the St. Mary’s Church Restoration Fund, to the family’s wishes or to a charity of one’s choice.

Services were under the direction of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg. CHG