obit: Paula Kallina Matthes
Paula Kallina Matthes passed away at home with her family on the morning of May 7, 2013 in Foster City, Calif. Paula was born to Buren Kallina and Dorothy Kallina Schiurring in Columbus on Feb. 23, 1952. She grew up in Garwood and attended El Campo High School. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a master’s in special education and a license in speech pathology.
She will be fondly remembered as a devout Catholic with a passion for working with children. She taught school for 35 years. Family was her first priority and she was thankful to have been able to see both of her daughters graduate and to become a “Grannie” before passing away.
She was a strong woman who fought to overcome many health conditions. Paula provided her family with many wonderful memories over the years.
Paula is survived by Michael, her husband of 35 years; her two children, Lauren and Caroline; her son-in-law, Bryan and her grandson, Jackson. She is also survived by her mother, Dorothy Kallina Schiurring; brothers, Kris, Craig, Paul, Peter and sister, Ava.
She was preceded in death by her father, Buren Kallina.
The family would like to thank their wonderful friends and family for their support these last few years and especially this last month.
Services will be held at St. Mary’s Parish in Nada on Friday, May 17 with a Rosary at 1:30 p.m. and memorial Mass at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the parish hall.
Donations may be made in honor of Paula to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
El Campo Leader-News