Obituary of Elizabeth Leopold Schoellmann
- Obituary of Elizabeth Leopold Schoellmann
Colorado County Citizen Online
4 May 2004
Elizabeth Schoellmann, formerly of Nada, was found dead in her Waco
home April 17.
She was born Jan. 3, 1917 in Nada to Arthur Christian and Mary A.
(Heine) Leopold and married Henry "Ted" Schoellmann Jan. 3, 1940.
The couple had four children, two of whom, Cathryn Ann Vesely and
Jane Frances Klein, survive. Their first child, Joseph Charles
Schoellmann, was stillborn. Their last, Thomas Arthur Schoellmann,
was born with severe mental and physical problems. His care occupied
much of his mother's attention and energy from 1951 until his death
She was a lifelong member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Catholic Church in Nada, and a two-time president of that church's
Confraternity of Christian Mothers.
She began volunteering at St. Mary's School in Nada in 1970, coaching
the softball team, teaching CCD classes, and managing the lunchroom.
In 1978, she was hired to be the school's librarian. That job led her
to become active in the local history field.
Two years later, she was named to the committee to produce a 100th
anniversary book for the church, and she taught herself how to do
research at the courthouse and in archives. The book came out in 1982
and sold out.
In 1984, her commitment to community service was recognized when she
was named outstanding older Texan woman of Colorado County by the
Texas Agriculture Extension Service of the Texas A&M University
Her husband died in 1989. For the next seven years, she worked on
historical projects at the Nesbitt Memorial Library, helping locate
and catalogue cemeteries, arranging for and helping to effect the
microfilming of the records of Nada's Catholic church, pouring
through old newspapers and extracting obituary information, and many
other things. She was a faithful and effective volunteer for the
library during the 1990s.
During these years, she became a member of Colorado County Historical
Commission, German Texan Heritage Society and Live Oak Art Center.
She had been a member of El Campo VFW Ladies Auxiliary, National
Catholic Woman's Union and Nada-Garwood Homemakers Extension Club.
She had to abandon her volunteer activities when her kidneys failed
and she went on dialysis in early 1997. A few months later, she moved
to Waco, where she could undergo her treatments more comfortably. In
Waco, she produced two books. She was principal compiler of Christian
Leopold: "Der Swithe Boob," a book of family history which was
published in 2000. In 2002, she completed an autobiography, "My Life."
She was buried at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Nada, after
services at the church, on April 21.
Pallbearers were Ray Kerby, David Coulon, David Anderson, Edward
Gold, Franklin Addicks and Mark Leopold. Memorials may be made to St.
Mary's Catholic Church or the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.