Gwendolyn Butler

Gwendolyn Butler

Female 1915 - 2003  (87 years)

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  • Name Gwendolyn Butler 
    Born 23 Nov 1915  Helena, Karnes Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 26 Mar 2003  San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Buried 29 Mar 2003  Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 7
    FamilySearch ID L5CK-KWT 
    Person ID I2725  Wendel Voigt Family Tree
    Last Modified 16 May 2016 

    Father Henry C. Butler,   b. 20 Aug 1886,   d. 9 Feb 1938  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Jane L.,   b. 17 Dec 1892,   d. 16 Jun 1974  (Age 81 years) 
    Family ID F3549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Otto Julius Hierholzer,   b. 20 Dec 1896,   d. 12 Jul 1977, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [2, 8, 9
    Married 15 Jun 1938  [3
    Children 
     1. Ernest Joseph "E. J." Hierholzer,   b. 17 Dec 1923, The Family Farm, Bexar Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 2015, Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [Stepchild]
    +2. Rosalie Hamilton Hierholzer,   b. 23 Oct 1925, Wilson Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 2014  (Age 89 years)  [Stepchild]
    +3. Otto Julius Hierholzer, Jr.
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F792  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Nov 1915 - Helena, Karnes Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Rosalie Hamilton Hierholzer - 23 Oct 1925 - Wilson Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Mar 2003 - San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 29 Mar 2003 - Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Wilson Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S6] NEW BRAUNFELS: THE FIRST FOUNDERS, VOL II, p. 180.
    2. [S450] Family Information from Ann Little, [Schaefer p. 478].
      Date: 12 October 2002
    3. [S940] Find A Grave, 16 May 2016; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=46283055.
      Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer; Birth: Nov. 23, 1915, Helena, Karnes County, Texas, USA; Death: Mar. 26, 2003, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA; Note: From the April 9, 2003 edition of the Wilson County News, Floresville, Texas: Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer was born in Helena, Karnes County, Texas, on Nov. 23, 1915, the daughter and oldest child of Henry Carlton Butler and Janie Lou Gentry Butler. She passed from this life into eternity on March 26, 2003, in San Antonio, Texas. Following her birth, the family lived in Karnes City for a short time before moving to a farm just south of Fairview in Wilson County, Texas. She grew up in a Christian home, attended school at Fairview, and graduated from Fairview High School in 1933. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to San Antonio where she continued her education, graduating from Brackenridge High School. She then attended Westmoreland College in San Antonio, which later became Trinity University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree and later a Master of Arts degree. The family having returned to Fairview, she began her teaching career in 1935, teaching in the Maxwell School near Loire, west of the Fairview community. She later taught at Hierholzer School, Fairview School, and Black Hill School. Following the consolidation of Black Hill, she taught primarily math at Pleasanton High School, but occasionally other subjects, including Spanish. Upon completion of 30 years of teaching, she retired from Pleasanton High School. Shortly afterwards, she was asked to teach math at Floresville High School for a semester when one of the regular teachers was on leave. Afterwards, she was offered a contract and taught math another 17 years at Floresville High School, retiring in 1984 for a total teaching career of 47 years. During that time, she helped guide many a young person by precept and example into the professional world. Even now, one often hears, "She was my teacher, " and "She was my teacher, too." She also taught piano lessons at home for several years. Mrs. Hierholzer was very proud of her family, some of whom were the relatives of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas." There is in her family a beautiful old sampler with the lettering, "Talitha Jane Austin, 1846, " made by her great-grandmother. On June 15, 1938, she was married to Otto J. Hierholzer Sr. The ceremony was performed by his cousin, the Rev. Elmer J. Hierholzer, who was at that time the pastor of the Hackberry Street Methodist Church in San Antonio. In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Hierholzer then assumed the duties of a housewife and the rearing and education of three children. She was a very devoted wife and mother, and theirs was a happy home. Their home was on a farm between Floresville and Pleasanton, and she often worked in the field alongside her husband and children. In early life, Mrs. Hierholzer became a member of the Fairview Methodist Church. An accomplished musician, she often was called upon to play the piano during revival meetings at the Methodist and Baptist churches at Fairview. In later years, she transferred her church membership to the Floresville United Methodist Church, where she faithfully attended services as long as her health permitted. She was a longtime member of the Wesleyan Service Guild and later became a charter member of the Womans Society of Christian Service. Preceded in death by: husband on July 12, 1977; father on Feb. 9, 1938; mother on June 16, 1974; brother, Milton H. Butler, on June 11, 1963. Survivors include: three children, E.J. Hierholzer, Rosalie H. Bourland (Leslie), and LTC (retired) Otto J. Hierholzer Jr. (Jo Carolyn); sister, Dorothy Elizabeth Butler; her niece, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Gail Butler; seven grandchildren, Terry Bourland, Linda B. Keen (Billy), Hugh Hierholzer, Chris Hierholzer (Sandra), Kirk Hierholzer (Aubrey), Brian Keen (Rachel), and Devin Keen; six great-grandchildren, Travis Lee Bourland, Dawn Janese Bourland, Natalie Jo Hierholzer, Christopher Hierholzer, Winter Hierholzer, and West Hierholzer. Services were held on Friday, March 28, 2003, at 7 p.m. in the Roy Akers Funeral Home with Dr. Malford Hierholzer officiating. This was followed by services at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2003, in the Floresville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Andy Tyson officiating. LTC (retired) Otto J. Hierholzer Jr. gave the eulogy. One of her favorite hymns, "Amazing Grace" was sung by her niece, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Gail Butler. Interment followed in the Floresville City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Hugh Hierholzer, Chris Hierholzer, Terry Bourland, and Billy Keen, and nephews J.C. Hierholzer and Gary Butschek.; Burial: Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Wilson County, Texas, USA; Created by: H M G; Record added: Jan 03, 2010; Find A Grave Memorial# 46283055.
    4. [S559] E-mail from Carolyn Hierholzer to Wendel Voigt, [Schaefer p. 494].
      Date: 28 March 2003
    5. [S560] Obituary of Gwendolyn B. Hierholzer, [Schaefer p. 494].
      Gwendolyn B. Hierholzer passed from this life into eternity on March 26, 2003. Survivors are children: E.J. Hierholzer, Rosalie Bourland and Otto J. Hierholzer Jr; sister, Dorothy Elizabeth Butler; niece, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Gail Butler. Services: Friday, March 28, 2003 at 7:00 P.M. at Roy Akers Funeral Home and Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 5:00 P.M. at Floresville Methodist Church, Floresville, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association.
      Date: 28 March 2003
    6. [S560] Obituary of Gwendolyn B. Hierholzer, [Schaefer p. 494].
      Date: 28 March 2003
    7. [S940] Find A Grave, 16 May 2016; https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46283055.
      Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer; Birth: Nov. 23, 1915, Helena, Karnes County, Texas, USA; Death: Mar. 26, 2003, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA; Note: From the April 9, 2003 edition of the Wilson County News, Floresville, Texas: Gwendolyn Butler Hierholzer was born in Helena, Karnes County, Texas, on Nov. 23, 1915, the daughter and oldest child of Henry Carlton Butler and Janie Lou Gentry Butler. She passed from this life into eternity on March 26, 2003, in San Antonio, Texas. Following her birth, the family lived in Karnes City for a short time before moving to a farm just south of Fairview in Wilson County, Texas. She grew up in a Christian home, attended school at Fairview, and graduated from Fairview High School in 1933. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to San Antonio where she continued her education, graduating from Brackenridge High School. She then attended Westmoreland College in San Antonio, which later became Trinity University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree and later a Master of Arts degree. The family having returned to Fairview, she began her teaching career in 1935, teaching in the Maxwell School near Loire, west of the Fairview community. She later taught at Hierholzer School, Fairview School, and Black Hill School. Following the consolidation of Black Hill, she taught primarily math at Pleasanton High School, but occasionally other subjects, including Spanish. Upon completion of 30 years of teaching, she retired from Pleasanton High School. Shortly afterwards, she was asked to teach math at Floresville High School for a semester when one of the regular teachers was on leave. Afterwards, she was offered a contract and taught math another 17 years at Floresville High School, retiring in 1984 for a total teaching career of 47 years. During that time, she helped guide many a young person by precept and example into the professional world. Even now, one often hears, "She was my teacher, " and "She was my teacher, too." She also taught piano lessons at home for several years. Mrs. Hierholzer was very proud of her family, some of whom were the relatives of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas." There is in her family a beautiful old sampler with the lettering, "Talitha Jane Austin, 1846, " made by her great-grandmother. On June 15, 1938, she was married to Otto J. Hierholzer Sr. The ceremony was performed by his cousin, the Rev. Elmer J. Hierholzer, who was at that time the pastor of the Hackberry Street Methodist Church in San Antonio. In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Hierholzer then assumed the duties of a housewife and the rearing and education of three children. She was a very devoted wife and mother, and theirs was a happy home. Their home was on a farm between Floresville and Pleasanton, and she often worked in the field alongside her husband and children. In early life, Mrs. Hierholzer became a member of the Fairview Methodist Church. An accomplished musician, she often was called upon to play the piano during revival meetings at the Methodist and Baptist churches at Fairview. In later years, she transferred her church membership to the Floresville United Methodist Church, where she faithfully attended services as long as her health permitted. She was a longtime member of the Wesleyan Service Guild and later became a charter member of the Womans Society of Christian Service. Preceded in death by: husband on July 12, 1977; father on Feb. 9, 1938; mother on June 16, 1974; brother, Milton H. Butler, on June 11, 1963. Survivors include: three children, E.J. Hierholzer, Rosalie H. Bourland (Leslie), and LTC (retired) Otto J. Hierholzer Jr. (Jo Carolyn); sister, Dorothy Elizabeth Butler; her niece, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Gail Butler; seven grandchildren, Terry Bourland, Linda B. Keen (Billy), Hugh Hierholzer, Chris Hierholzer (Sandra), Kirk Hierholzer (Aubrey), Brian Keen (Rachel), and Devin Keen; six great-grandchildren, Travis Lee Bourland, Dawn Janese Bourland, Natalie Jo Hierholzer, Christopher Hierholzer, Winter Hierholzer, and West Hierholzer. Services were held on Friday, March 28, 2003, at 7 p.m. in the Roy Akers Funeral Home with Dr. Malford Hierholzer officiating. This was followed by services at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2003, in the Floresville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Andy Tyson officiating. LTC (retired) Otto J. Hierholzer Jr. gave the eulogy. One of her favorite hymns, "Amazing Grace" was sung by her niece, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Gail Butler. Interment followed in the Floresville City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Hugh Hierholzer, Chris Hierholzer, Terry Bourland, and Billy Keen, and nephews J.C. Hierholzer and Gary Butschek.; Burial: Floresville City Cemetery, Floresville, Wilson County, Texas, USA; Created by: H M G; Record added: Jan 03, 2010; Find A Grave Memorial# 46283055.
    8. [S389] Letter from E.J. Hierholzer to Wendel Voigt, [Straach ].
      Date: 14 May 1986
    9. [S6] NEW BRAUNFELS: THE FIRST FOUNDERS, VOL II, pp. 175, 180.
      Date: 14 May 1986




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