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Sophie Emily Buxkemper Leyendecker

September 27, 1922 - January 9, 2019

Sophie Emily Buxkemper Leyendecker of Columbus, Texas passed away on January 09, 2019 at the age of 96. She was born on September 27, 1922 in Colorado County, Texas to Emil Anton and Caroline Gully Buxkemper. She married Manly Owen Leyendecker on February 04, 1945.

Sophie was a dedicated wife and a 'stay at home' Mom for their three children. Claudean Marie Leyendecker Saunders, Ned Leonard Leyendecker, and Jane Anna Leyendecker Luedecke.

Gardening, along with canning fresh fruits and vegetables and cooking large meals for family and friends, was a big part of Sophie's life. Sharing fruits and vegetables was also a very important to her. Crocheting and quilting was an awesome pastime for her. Sophie made numerous afghans and tablecloths for each of her family members. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She has claim to seven grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. They all feel that everyone should experience having such a kind and compassionate mother and grandmother as Sophie.

She is survived by daughter Claudean Saunders, son Ned Leyendecker and wife Marietta, and daughter Jane Luedecke and husband James, 6 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Manly Leyendecker, and her grandson, Matthew Owen Saunders, her parents, and all of her nine siblings.

Parish Prayer Service and Catholic Daughters Rosary will be held 7:00 pm, Friday, January 11, 2019 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Visitation on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Henneke Funeral Home; and on Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019, 2:00 pm at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus, TX with Fr. Augustine N. Asante officiating.

Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers are her grandchildren, John Saunders, Richard Saunders, Lauren Luensmann, Nathan Leyendecker, Nicolas Leyendecker and Jacob Luedecke. Honorary pallbearers are Marlene Bradford, Dinah Crawford Dixon, Patsy Hodge and her twenty great grandchildren.

Thank you to the caregivers, family and friends who helped during her final years.

Donations may be made to Brazos Valley Hospice - La Grange, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, TX 78945; or St. Anthony Catholic Church, PO Box 669, Columbus, TX 78934; or Columbus Community Hospital, 110 Shult Dr., Columbus, TX 78934; or charity of your choice.


Sophie Emily Buxkemper Leyendecker
September 27, 1922 - January 9, 2019



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