obit: Amanda Wessels Petras
Amanda (Wessels) Petras
Amanda (Wessels) Petras, 89, of La Grange, Texas, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Amanda was born in Prairie Valley, Texas on April 14, 1923.
She was the daughter of Hermann Wessels, Jr. and Annie Wessels. Amanda was baptized June 24, 1923 and was confirmed on April 12, 1937 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie Valley. Amanda attended school in Prairie Valley. She was a champion bowler; her team having won State honors in the '60's. In her later years, she enjoyed Wii bowling with family and dominos with her Jefferson Place friends. Amanda began an early career in nursing, under the watchful eye of the late Ida Reichart, Director of Nurses. She worked at Fayette Memorial Hospital and then for Dr. Leslie Boelsche for many years until she retired. Scholarships are still given to students interested in nursing at St. Mark's Hospital under the name of the late Ida Reichart. Amanda married Ike Petras on June 9, 1947 in La Grange, Texas. After their marriage, Ike and Amanda lived in Fort Worth and later moved back to La Grange to start a family while continuing her nursing career. Amanda lost the love of her life and best friend, Ike, unexpectedly on August 19, 1969. At that time, Ike Petras was serving as Fayette County Judge.
Amanda was active at St. Peter's Church. She served on the Altar Guild and was Vice-President of the Women of the Church. She served in many capacities of the VFW Auxiliary, patriotic instructor for many years and preparing food for Post and Auxiliary. In December 2011, Amanda was presented her 55-year member Auxiliary pin. Amanda loved to travel not only with her daughter, Cindy, but also with her dear friends Nita Zapalac and Virginia Adamcik. Amanda will be remembered for her grace, generosity and thankful heart.
She is survived by son, Mike Petras and wife, Norma, of Mullins Prairie; daughter, Cindy Hayes and husband, Pete, of Austin; sister, Charleen (Wessels) Koopmann of La Grange; brother-in-law, George Petras of La Grange; two step granddaughters: Addison Myrick and husband, Elijah, of Georgetown; Lindsay Taylor and husband, John Faith, of Austin; step great-grand daughter, Westlea Faith; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Amanda is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ike; two sisters: Stella Wessels and Dolores Huebel; brother, Herbert Wessels and his wife, Joyce; two brother-in-laws: Raymond Koopmann and Clinton "Bits" Huebel.
Visitations will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. Family will receive friends on Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church in West Point (Prairie Valley), Texas, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2013. Burial will follow at La Grange City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church or St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, P. O. Box 70, West Point, TX 78963 or VFW Post 5254, 7826 E. Radhost School Rd., La Grange, TX 78945. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on February 23, 2013