Obit - Rosalia Winkler Schaefer, 1942
Shiner Gazette, 8 Jan 1942 , page 1
Mrs. Rosalia Schaefer Answers Final Call
Once more we are faced with the sad duty of chronicling the news of the death of one of our beloved old mothers. Mrs. Rosalia Schaefer passed to the Great Beyond Friday, January 2, 1942 , at 9:30 p. m. at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. F. J. Kloesel, with whom she had made her home for the past 23 years. Mrs. Schaefer became ill about two months ago. Everything in the power of human hands was done for her; every care was tenderly lavished upon her by her doting children and grandchildren in a desperate effort to nurse their beloved one back to health; but all in vain. Her advanced years took their toll and she was summoned to her heavenly reward. She was 85 years, 10 months and 14 days of age.
Mrs. Rosalia Schaefer was born as Rosalia Winkler in Austria on Feb. 18, 1856 . In 1886 she came to America with her aged mother, Mrs. Andreas Winkler, settling near Hallettsville with the late Joe Stanzel. In 1889 she was united in marriage to Mr. Edward Schaefer. Ever since her immigration to America which is 55 years ago, the deceased had lived in Lavaca county. She was a loving Christian mother, always patient and ready to offer consolation to those in distress. By her noble life she set a shining example for her children to follow, for to live in Godliness was ever her effort and her hope.
Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9, from the residence of F. J. Kloesel. Requiem High Mass was said in the Shiner Catholic church by Rev. E. Bily, who also conducted the burial services. A consoling sermon in English was delivered by Mons . Netardus. Interment was in the Shiner Catholic cemetery.
Pallbearers were: J. R. Kloesel, Chas. Wagner, Chas. Kram, Wm. Zappe, Herbert Discher, and Edwin Wolters.
The attendance at the funeral was large and, together with the lovely floral tributes expressed the love and esteem in which the deceased was held, at the same time breathing fragrant messages of sympathy to the bereaved.
Mrs. Schaefer is survived by the following children: Mrs. F. J. ( Rosa ) Kloesel of near Shiner, Mrs. Henry (Minnie) Spies of Yoakum, Mrs. Adolph B. (Pauline) Halfmann of Rowena and Emil Schaefer of Witting. There are also the following step-children: Mrs. Pius (Adelheid) Albrecht of Yoakum and Henry Schaefer of Eola, 17 grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. One step-son, Ed Schaefer Jr., preceded her to the grave in October, 1938. A sister, Mrs. Theresa Heinzel and a brother, Anton Winkler also preceded her in death. Mrs. Schaefer was the last member of her immediate family.
In the passing of this good lady, many friends join in the grief of the family, and with these the Gazette wishes to extend sympathy to the grief-stricken ones.