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2010-08-19 / Obituaries

Gertrude Amanda Wilhelmine Nimtz

October 28, 1913 - August 15, 2010

Subscrib ing Ger trud e p assed away on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at her home in Giddings.

Gertrude Amanda Wilhelmine Mitschke Nimtz was born on October 28, 1913 in Loebau, Texas to Oswald & Emma (Benad) Mitschke. She was baptized on November 9, 1913 by Rev. Carl Durow at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau and confirmed on May 28, 1926 also at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau. Her confirmation verse was 2 Corinthians 4:17 “The light trouble of this moment is preparing for us an everlasting weight of glory greater than anything we can imagine.” On January 2, 1931, Gertrude was united in marriage to Albert Nimtz at Martin Luther Church in Dime Box, Texas by Rev. William Mueller. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Margie, Grace and Gary.

Lovingly known as Granny and Auntie Gertrude, she was a second mom to many nieces and nephews. She was always willing and ready to help anyone. Gertrude enjoyed an active life and was known for her love of bingo and her aggressiveness in playing 42 dominoes with her friends and family. She was blessed with many talents such as cooking, baking, quilting and gardening. She has been employed at the Dime Box ISD School Cafeteria, Lee Memorial Hospital, Invader Boat Factory and also babysat her nephews, Travis Mutscher and Troy Mitschke. Albert and Gertrude were married for 66 years when Albert was called to his eternal rest on October 7, 1997 at the age of 92 years. They were both active members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings and always provided a happy home and a welcoming place for family and friends to visit.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert; son-in-law, Roy Ripple; brothers, Charlie Mitschke and Walter Mitschke; sisters, Rubyle Rost and Leona Knippa; sistersin law, Ella Mitschke and Amanda Mitschke and brothers-in-law, Edwin Nimtz, John Davenport, Isedor Knippa and Bubba Rost.

She is survived by her children, Margie Ripple of Giddings, Grace & Fred Lehmann of Hendersonville, Tennessee and Gary & Faith Nimtz of Allen, Texas; granchildren, Hal & Elena Ripple of Dallas, Terri & Doug Joyce of Giddings, Michael Ripple of Austin, Tom & Siri Lehmann of Lakeville, Minnesota, Ken & Joy Lehmann of Brentwood, Tennessee, Amanda Nimtz of Allen, Texas and Katlyn Nimtz of Allen, Texas; great grandchildren, Candice, Erin & Jared Joyce of Giddings, Chelsea & Brittany Lehmann of Brentwood, Tennessee, Luke, Ben & Jason Lehmann of Lakeville, Minnesota and Josh Lehmann of Nashville, Tennesse; sisters, Minnie Nimtz of Giddings, Joyce “Mickey” & Marvin Mitschke of Giddings, Rose Davenport of Walburg and Ella & E.B. Schaefer of Austin; brother, Arthur “Sonny” & Marie Mitschke of Giddings and by numerous nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

Funeral services for Gertrude Nimtz, 96 of Giddings, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Keith Aschenbeck and Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Burial will follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The Nimtz family will be present for visitation Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Hal Ripple, Mike Ripple, Tom Lehmann, Ken Lehmann, Travis Mutscher, Dwayne Mitschke, John David Mikulin and Eugene Mitschke. Honorary pallbearers will be Troy Mitschke and Milton “Pete” Nimtz.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 North Grimes, Giddings, Texas 78942 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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