You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Elvira Hildegarde Bertha Zunker Schulze
Elvira Hildegarde Bertha Zunker Schulze, a lifelong resident of the Three Oaks community and Poth in Wilson County, Texas, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. in the Regency Manor nursing home in Floresville at the age of 87 years, 5 months, and 23 days. Elvira was born Dec. 3, 1923, in Three Oaks to William Alfred and Adela Fritz Zunker.
She attended the Three Oaks School from first grade through eighth grade. At the age of 42, she received her GED, and earned a degree as a dietitian.
Elvira married Melton Benard Schulze of the Three Oaks community on Feb. 7, 1942, in the St. John Lutheran Parsonage in Poth. They were blessed with three children: two daughters, Floy Dean and Sandra Faye, and one son, Gary Clark.
Elvira and Melton began their life together farming the family land in Three Oaks. They lived in the Three Oaks community for the next 20 years until 1965, when they moved “to town” in Poth. In 1960, Elvira began a new career in the dietary department in the Wilson Memorial Hospital. After five years of working in the dietary department, Elvira received her GED. She then earned a dietitian degree from San Antonio College, working during the day at the hospital in Floresville and attending night school for two years. She became the dietitian at Wilson Memorial Hospital until she retired in 1988. In those days, the Food Service Department’s meals for patients and staff were prepared from “scratch.” She was famous for her “homemade” desserts, especially her doughnuts and fresh bread.
Elvira was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Ervin Zunker, Henry Zunker, Irma Keller, Elsie Tieken, Harry Zunker, William Zunker, and Ella Russell.
She is survived by her beloved husband of more than 69 years, Melton Schulze of Poth; her children, Floy Dean Sekula and husband Raymond of Hot Springs, Ark., Sandra Smith and husband Donald of Hot Springs, and Gary Schulze and wife Kris of Cat Spring, Texas; her grandchildren, Brian Sekula and wife Kristen, Jeffrey Collin Sekula Sr. and wife Kellie, Gary Schulze Jr. and wife Mary, Patrick Schulze, David Smith, Michael Smith and wife Brianne, and Jason Smith; and her great-grandchildren, Jordan Alexandra Sekula, Kendall Michelle Sekula, Karston Cannon, Kristian Cannon, Jeffrey Collin Sekula Jr., Aleksandra May Marie Sekula, Harley Kirchner, Abigail Schulze, Cole Smith, Reed Smith, Klay Smith, Carson Smith, Victoria Smith, and Matthew Smith.
A visitation was held on Monday, May 30, at 5 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., in the Vinyard Funeral Home Chapel in Poth.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the St. John Lutheran Church in Poth with Kelly Tankersley, S.A.M., officiating.
Interment followed in the St. John Cemetery in Poth.
Serving as pallbearers were Richard Schulze, Victor Lange, Jory Lange, Billie Tieken, Alton Tieken, and Tommy Sefcik. Memorials may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 206, Poth, TX 78147.
Vinyard Funeral Home, Poth
Your Condolences, Prayers, and Memories
Please share a prayer, memory, or offer your condolences below.
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Annie M. Poenitz (June 22, 2016)
Charles W. Herber Jr. (June 22, 2016)
Erwin A. ‘Sonny’ Reinhard (June 22, 2016)
Esperanza Peña Compian (June 22, 2016)
Florence Rose Coia Burke (June 22, 2016)
Jerry ‘Moon’ Mullen Sr. (June 22, 2016)
Lorraine Christine Thomas (June 22, 2016)
Rosie Deicke Schievelbein (June 22, 2016)
Sara R. Diaz (June 22, 2016)
Selina Bosquez (June 22, 2016)
Stacy Maples Hrna (June 22, 2016)
Andres M. ‘Black’ Ramos Sr. (June 15, 2016)
Byrl H. Hester Jr. (June 15, 2016)
Chonita Flores Carvajal (June 15, 2016)
Claudette Elsie (Thompson) Miller (June 15, 2016)
Emory Carl Rauschhuber (June 15, 2016)
Janice Ann Gutz Tubbs (June 15, 2016)
Margarete Adcock Minica (June 15, 2016)
Marvin Alvin Bieck (June 15, 2016)
Maurice ‘Butch’ Kosub (June 15, 2016)
Richard James Boyle (June 15, 2016)
Robin Rene (Fowler) Braendle (June 15, 2016)
Virgil Bernard Kyrish (June 15, 2016)
Zella Mae McMahon Holmes (June 15, 2016)
Alene Ruth Carey (June 8, 2016)
Brett Alan Leondike (June 8, 2016)
Gloria Gertrude Anderson Duncan (June 8, 2016)
Jo Ann Bosanko (June 8, 2016)
Linda Lee P. Scrimpsher (June 8, 2016)
Margaret G. Thompson (June 8, 2016)
Michael Wayne Hanson (June 8, 2016)
Nannie Belle Nethery Glasco (June 8, 2016)
Paul Edward Lent (June 8, 2016)
Rev. Edward Marroquin Bernal (June 8, 2016)
Samuel William Swierc (June 8, 2016)
Sharon L. McGee (June 8, 2016)
Stanley Edwin Ahrens (June 8, 2016)
Darrell Edward Reed (June 1, 2016)
Jean Marie Deptawa (June 1, 2016)
Jim Davenport (June 1, 2016)
Josephine Quinney (June 1, 2016)
Shirley A. Seanard (June 1, 2016)