obit: Edwin Joseph Schiller
Edwin Joseph Schiller
Edwin Joseph Schiller, beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, passed away while surrounded by his family, at home, on March 6, 2011. He was 94.
Edwin (Ed) was born in Industry, Texas, on February 28, 1917, to Joseph and Vlasta Janecek Schiller, and he was the eldest of 11 brothers and sisters. He graduated from Sealy High School and later from business school in Houston. He began his accounting career in both the maritime and oil and gas industries in Houston, and he retired from Suderman & Young Towing Company in 1986.
Ed grew up in the Czech Presbyterian Church of Sealy. He later attended First Presbyterian Church in Houston, where, in 1942, he met his wife, Joy. The family moved to west Houston in 1953, and Ed served as deacon, elder and treasurer at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years. When he and Joy moved to Austin in 1992, to be closer to their children and grandchildren, they joined Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, where again Ed served as elder.
Proud of his Czech heritage, Ed was a member of the Austin Czech Heritage Society. Czech was his first language, which served him well when he visited his ancestral homeland. He was an avid fisherman and an impressive gardener. He cherished his family and friends, who in turn felt blessed by his kindness and generosity. Ed lived his life by following Christ and his faith will continue to influence the generations that follow him.
Edwin Schiller is survived by Joy, his wife of 67 years, and by his children, Donna and son-in-law George Parks, Laren and daughter-in-law, Debbie, and Gail Schiller Moore; his grandchildren, Kathryn Moore, Scott Schiller, Kelly Schiller, Electro Mayo, and Halley Mayo; his brother, Wilbur Schiller of Angleton; his sisters, Hattie Dietz of Santa Fe, Gladys Leatherwood of Blanco, and Joyce Johnston and Waldine Jones of Sealy; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marilyn Schiller Mayo; his brothers, Lawrence, Melvin and Pete Schiller; and sisters, Earline Goebel and Nadine Dowdy.
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 5226 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin. This will be followed by a graveside service at Cook Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park, 6300 W. William Cannon Dr. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Edwin J. Schiller be made to Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, 4407 Bee Cave Road, Suite 520, Austin, TX 78746, (512) 476-1234 (pchas.org/supportus.php).
Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 8, 2011