Obituary: Bessie Biehunko Kotzebue
- Victoria Advocate Online, 5/7/02:Bessie B. Kotzebue
May 7, 2002
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She was born in Moulton, Texas, on January 3, 1907, to Frank Biehunko, Sr. and Annie McKeown. She was married to Henry Kotzebue on January 18, 1933, in Moulton.
After moving to Victoria in 1940, she worked as a secretary in Base Operations, Foster Field, during World War II. After the war, she went to work as secretary for the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. She then was employed in the Industrial Relations Department of the Seadrift Plant of Union Carbide, from which she retired in 1972.
She was a long time member of First English Lutheran Church in Victoria, and was very active in Altar Guild, Circles, and other activities in the church.
She is survived by her daughter, Earline Oertli and husband Charles of Austin; grandchildren, Cindy and David Thomas of New Braunfels, Diane and Eric Sterit of Houston, Chuck and Lori Oertli of Austin; Great grandchildren Brad, Kellie and Whitney Thomas and Blaine, Courtney, Jack and Kristin Oertli, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Kotzebue. Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at First English Lutheran Church, with Rev. Sam Zumwalt of St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas, officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Victoria.
Pallbearers will be Walt Teinert, Oliver Koenig, Franklin Wehlmann, David Thomas, Chuck Oertli, and Eric Streit.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to First English Lutheran Church.
Rosewood Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements.