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Gladys Marie Hoelscher

January 15, 1933 - July 5, 2018

Gladys Marie Guenther Hoelscher, 85, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Albert Emil Hoelscher and her parents Otto and Josephine Guenther.

Gladys was born on January 15, 1933 in Borden, Texas, the cherished only child of Otto and Josephine Guenther. In 1950, she graduated from Columbus High School in Columbus, Texas as Valedictorian of her class and thereafter went to work for The First State Bank in Columbus.

Gladys married Albert Emil Hoelscher on May 19, 1952. Gladys and Albert were lifelong residents of the Columbus community where they owned Hoelscher Oil Company and Hoelscher Car Care Center. Gladys was the bookkeeper for the business balancing daily reports in her Penny Record Book. She was an equal part of their successful business and continued keeping the books for her sons after they bought the family business. Customers will remember driving up to the station and seeing Gladys sitting in her small office space at the station everyday. She loved being at the station, especially when customers walked in and asked, "Mrs. Hoelscher, how are you doing today?" Gladys and Albert thoroughly enjoyed taking Goodyear sponsored trips to Spain, the Bahamas, Coronado, California and Marco Island, Florida. After Albert passed away in March, 2000, the Columbus community honored Gladys and Albert by asking Gladys to be the Grand Marshall of the FFA parade.

Gladys's faith was very important to her and it gave her strength. She was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where all of her children were baptized, made their first communion and were confirmed. She believed in Catholic education, and was involved in St. Anthony School while the children attended first through 8th grade. In recent years, she was active with St. Anthony Altar Society.

Gladys was a talented homemaker in every aspect of the word. She was a wonderful seamstress and made many outfits for her children. It delighted her to take the girls to pick out patterns and fabric for special Easter dresses and prom dresses. She was an expert at putting in zippers and buttonholes and had the patience to teach her girls about sewing before they had home economics in high school. She enjoyed teaching her daughters embroidery during summer months and she continued her crocheting once her children grew up. She was a wonderful baker and the family favorites were her apple pie, dewberry pie, pear cake and famous iced sugar cookies. Christmas time was a happy time at home and having grandma's sugar cookies was a favorite! When she was in the kitchen, baking was her favorite activity, but her delicious pot roasts with vegetables were the best Sunday lunches.

With nine children, there were plenty of activities to keep Gladys busy and occupied. She enjoyed attending her children's piano recitals, participating in boy scouts and brownies, and little league baseball during their youth. During high school years, she loved watching the children in the Columbus High School marching band at Friday night football games, twirling, tennis matches, volleyball, softball games and FFA shows. She had so much joy attending grandchildren's football, baseball, softball, tennis and volleyball sporting events, ballet recitals, one-act plays and musicals, and she supported her grandchildren in raising steers, pigs, and rabbits for FFA. Gladys took great pride in attending her children and grandchildren's high school and college graduations.

One of Gladys's outstanding qualities was the love and commitment to her family. Her favorite place to be with the family was at the farm on Easter, July 4th, and Thanksgiving holidays. Gladys had a special place in her heart for her Goddaughter and niece Debbie Jennings. She was also a special Godmother to her grandson Brett Jordan. She's leaving behind nieces and nephews whom she loved visiting with at family reunions and family weddings.

Gladys was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her beautiful smile and kind eyes will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her son Thomas Hoelscher, grandchild Daniel Hoelscher and wife Emily, great-grandchildren Megan and Daniel, Jr.; daughter Jeanette Burrell and husband Jerry, grandchildren Jared Burrell and wife Meredith, and Jacy Hawes and husband Jeff; daughter Marilyn Melnar and husband Michael, grandchildren Michelle Melnar, and Matthew Melnar and wife Melissa, great-grandchildren Madison, Macy and Max; daughter Carolyn Hilscher and husband Fred, grandchild Henry Hilscher and wife Claire, great-grandchild Barrett; son Kenneth Hoelscher and wife Stephanie, grandchild Trevor Hoelscher; son Larry Hoelscher and wife Rochelle, grandchildren Kyleigh Hoelscher and Lissa Beth Hoelscher; daughter Suzanne Clopton and husband Ray, grandchildren JP Clopton and wife Natalie, Brittany Clopton and fiance Sean Ragsdale and Jenny Clopton; daughter Karen Jordan and late husband Brad Jordan, grandchildren Ryan Jordan and wife Hanna, great-grandchild Elijah, Christine Jordan and fiance Thomas Simons and Brett Jordan; son Allen Hoelscher and wife Judy, grandchildren Nick Hoelscher and wife Hillary, Shelby Hoelscher and Nicole Hoelscher.

Services for Gladys Marie Hoelscher will be held on July 11, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, Texas with Father Timothy Kosler officiating. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers are Gladys's nine grandsons, Daniel Hoelscher, Matthew Melnar, Jared Burrell, Henry Hilscher, Ryan Jordan, JP Clopton, Nick Hoelscher, Brett Jordan and Trevor Hoelscher.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Anthony Catholic School Capital Campaign Fund, 635 Bonham St., Columbus, Texas 78934, or to a charity of your choice.


Gladys Marie Hoelscher
January 15, 1933 - July 5, 2018



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