obit: Joseph "Jody" Friedel
Joseph "Jody" Friedel
Joseph "Jody" Friedel passed away at his home on March 26, 2007 at the age of 68.
A life-long and proud Texan, Jody, a long-time resident of New Braunfels, was born in Fort Worth and grew up in Weimer. Jody was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. For him family came first. His devotion to God and his community were never in doubt as was evident in the many volunteer projects he gave his time to. He never turned anyone down for help and often offered it without any prompting or expectation of repayment. He defined the word neighborly and no one was a stranger to him. He was an avid classic car fan and rebuilt many cars with his family and friends in the New Braunfels Area Car Club. His pride and joy was his lovingly rebuilt 1938 Chevrolet Coupe; he was a Chevy man through and through. A great dancer, Jody was never at a loss for conversation and advice. He built many homes for his family and took real pleasure in woodworking and donating his time to church projects.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Monica, son, Bobby and wife Kim, daughters Donna Wise and husband Dean, Cheryl Scholze and husband Larry, Carol Holder and husband Damon and Nancy Friedel and partner Consuelo Allen; brother Ben Friedel and wife Allene, sister Irene Oncken and husband Norwin; and grandchildren, Kim Hutchinson and husband Jared, Josh Wise and wife Carrie, Clint Wise, Amy and Michael Scholze, Matthew and Catherine Friedel and Isaac and Sarah Holder.
He was preceded in death by his parents Anton Friedel and Helen Pavlik, brother Louis "Buddy" Friedel and step-father Herman "Lefty" Pavlik.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2007 with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home on Thursday evening. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Friday, March 30, 2007 at noon. Burial will take place at the Holy Rosary Church Cemetery in Hostyn, Texas on Friday March 30, 2007 at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Gabriel Project of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, The Mission of Divine Mercy of Canyon Lake or Hope Hospice of New Braunfels.
Published March 28, 2007 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung - New Braunfels, TX