Marcella Langhamer


Marcella Magdalena Langhamer, age 84 years, 1 month, 5 days, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Sunday, Feb. 9.

The funeral was held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m., with Fr. Tim Kosler officiating.

Organist was Nicole Michalke, and vocalists were Bruce Lebeda and Dennis Stryk. Acolytes were Ava Bubela (granddaughter) and Meredith Magliolo. Lectors were Taylor Langhamer, Chip Bubela and Brad Venghaus (grandchildren). Leading the prayer of the faithful was Colton Bubela (grandson). Great-grandchildren presenting the gifts were Lyssa Stromanis, David Butler, Zoe Langhamer, Joe Venghaus, Carter Venghaus, Tyler Venghaus, Ava Bubela, Brynn Bubela, Chandler Bubela, Kase Bubela, Grant Langhamer, Waylon Langhamer, Cora Venghaus and Kolson Venghaus. Placing of the pall was by granddaughters Deanna Langhamer, Stephanie Butler, Taylor Langhamer and Micayla Harden.

Entombment took place in the St. Rose Mausoleum. Pallbearers were grandsons Zachary Langhamer, Bradley Langhamer, Dennis Venghaus Jr., Brad Venghaus, Adam Venghaus, Chip Bubela, Chad Bubela, Colton Bubela, Dylan Langhamer, Jacob Langhamer and Micah Harden. The parish, Catholic Daughters and St. Rose Altar Society rosary was

The parish, Catholic Daughters and St. Rose Altar Society rosary was recited on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by members of the Catholic Daughters and Altar Society.

She was born on Jan. 4, 1936 in Praha to James and Barbara (Stasney) Surman. She graduated from St. Ludmila High School in Shiner and married Leon Langhamer of High Hill on July 26, 1954. Marcella worked at Watzlavick Clinic and then she and Leon opened their business, Leon’s Electric & Plumbing, in 1959 where they worked together as a team. Her family was a priority, so she helped with the bookkeeping at home, along with managing the household while Leon worked long hours to support the family. She also managed to make numerous trips to Houston with the children to pick up freight for Leon’s, driving the company’s standard transmission pickup. She did whatever it took to help make the business a success.

Marcella loved God and her Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, the St. Rose Catholic Daughters Court 1597 and the St. Rose Altar Society. She went to Mass daily. A rosary was always in her hand or in her pocket. She was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and delivered the Holy Eucharist to the homebound. She believed in the Golden Rule and always treated others with compassion and love. When traveling, a rosary was always recited. She was patriotic and pro-life. She was a strong supporter of St. Rose Catholic School and Bishop Forest High School. She was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts and supported the Girl Scouts by helping whenever needed. She volunteered and donated to many organizations as she had a loving heart and was filled with kindness. She was also ready to help families that had cancer and other health issues, either by providing rides for treatments, taking care of their children, and providing food or whatever they needed. If she thought few people would be at someone’s rosary, she made a point to attend, even if she didn’t know the person well. She delivered many poppyseed rolls to funeral repasts in the area.

She cherished her grandchildren and often watched them after school and during the summer. The grandchildren, along with the great-grandchildren, looked forward to the annual Rockport trip every July. Leon and Marcella did this until a few years ago when they were no longer able to travel. They loved seeing family having fun together.

Marcella is survived by sisters-in-law Gladys Surman of Schulenburg and Elizabeth Kotrola of San Antonio; brother-in-law Alvin Langhamer and wife Lynette of Schulenburg; and five children, Greg Langhamer and wife Kelly of La Grange, Ron Langhamer and wife Lisa of Schulenburg, Phyllis Venghaus and husband Dennis of Schulenburg, Sherry Bubela and husband Corky of Schulenburg, and Leon John Langhamer and wife Shelly of High Hill. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon; her parents; five brothers, Jimmy Surman and wife Wilma, Daniel Surman and wife Margaret, Joe Surman, Herbert Surman, and Ernest Surman and wife Bernice; and baby sister Norma Lee.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The family requests donations be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, St. Rose Catholic School, Parents As Teachers or a charity of one’s choice.