2011-07-21 / Obituaries

Alfred Walter Zoch

June 13, 1931 - July 17, 2011

Alfred Walter Zoch was born on June 13, 1931 in Giddings, Texas to Carl M. & Maria (Prellop) Zoch. He was baptized on June 21, 1931 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings by Rev. G.W. Fischer and was confirmed on March 25, 1945 by Rev. Max Studtmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church. His confirmation verse was 2 Peter 3:16. Alfred was united in marriage to Vernelle Bieberstein on June 23, 1951 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings by Rev. Max Studtmann. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Denise, Clyde, Lisa and Susan.

Alfred served in the U.S. Army from April 22, 1953 until receiving his Honorable Discharge on April 21, 1955. He obtained the rank of Corporal. Alfred had been employed with Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home for the past 55 years and part owner for the past 40 years operating funeral homes in Giddings, Rockdale, Caldwell and Lexington. He took an active role in the improvement of the community and was always supportive of his church and school. Alfred served as the Mayor of the City of Giddings from 1970 until 1980 and was elected Outstanding Citizen of the Year for 1979-1980. He served on the Capital Area Planning Council, was a Past Director of the Giddings Chamber of Commerce, the Veterans Service Officer, served on the Veterans Land Board Committee for Lee County, served on the Board of Directors of Smithville Savings & Loan, was a member and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 276, Vice President of the American Legion 10th District and a member of the Giddings Noon Lions Club. Alfred was also an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he held various offices. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, liked his Astros baseball, fishing, camping and traveling.

Alfred passed away during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 17, 2011 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl M. & Maria (Prellop) Zoch; parents-inlaw, Herman & Selma Bieberstein; son-in-law, Bill Brademan Jr.; brothers & sisters, Louise & Marvin Mitschke, Alvina & Ben Lehmann, Albert & Lorene Zoch, Herbert Zoch and Marvin Zoch; brother-in-law, Oscar Menzel; in-laws, Leroy Niemtschk, Lucille & Roy Walther and Viola Church.

Alfred is survived by his wife of 60 years, Vernelle Zoch of Giddings; one son & three daughters, Denise Brademan of Lexington, Clyde & Penny Zoch of Lincoln, Lisa & Ronnie Petzold of Giddings and Susan & Glenn Karisch of Giddings; grandchildren, Elizabeth, William & Cameron Brademan, Joe & Andrea Carter, David Campbell, Jeffrey Zoch, Jessica & Colby Handrick, Donovan Prihoda & Brooke Williams, Stephen Petzold, Heather & Eulalio Perez, Lindsey & Garrett Durrenberger and Jordan, Jacob & Joshua Karisch; great grandchildren, Kayla Carter and Brianna, Alex & David Perez; sister, Hattie Menzel of Houston; sisters-in-law, Lorene Zoch of Giddings, Glory Mae Bieberstein of Houston and Elyne Niemtschk of Thorndale as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 10: 00 a. m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Robert Tiner & Rev. Keith Aschenbeck officiating. Burial followed in the Giddings City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were William Brademan, Cameron Brademan, Donovan Prihoda, Stephen Petzold, Jacob Karisch, Joe Carter, Colby Handrick and David Campbell. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings, Rockdale, Caldwell & Lexington.

Memorials may be made to Christ Our Cornerstone or Forward in Faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Christian Service Committee of the Immanuel Lutheran Ladies Aid, Immanuel Lutheran School or the charity of one’s choice.

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