Ora Dell Strieder died early Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. She was born on July 12, 1926, in the Rexville Community west of Sealy and went to the Cleveland school.
She would tell stories of riding her favorite horse to school. She was the third of four sisters of Emil and Lydia Ludwig, all who preceded her in death: Edna Zander in 2009, Alvina Kabell in 1984 and Alice Lee Hamm in 2007.
Ora Dell married Frank Strieder in 1948 and were married 68 years. He died in 2017. His family had a western swing band and they met at one of the dances they played at. They had four children, Leon, Cathy, Donnie and Willie. They lived next to Cathy in Needville, Texas, these past years.
Leon is a Catholic Priest and professor at the seminary in Houston. Cathy is a retired registered nurse and married to Allen Hanzik and he runs Hanzik Hydraulics, an oilfield service company. They have three boys, Cody, Travis and Spencer. Cody is married to Theresa, works for Schlumberger. Travis is married to Monica, works for his father, and they have five children, Ruth, Marie, Lee, Anne and Elizabeth Joy who was just born. Spencer is a computer whiz and is married to Mackenzie and they are expecting their first child. Donnie lives in Sealy, works for Shoppa’s Farm Supply in East Bernard, and has two boys, Wyatt and Blake. Willie is married to Robbie and is the retired trumpet professor at Texas Tech University and a pilot and flight instructor. They have four boys, Cameron, Colin, Sean and Noah.
Ora Dell, being one of four girls, learned everything about farming and ranching from her father. In many ways she knew more than most about cattle or crops. She was an excellent cook. She went on to study to be a dietary specialist and worked as a cook at the Azalea Manor nursing home in Sealy and the Bellville Hospital.
She was very active in her church, Immaculate Conception, in Sealy. She was a charter member of the local court of the Catholic Daughters and went on to be the Grand Regent and District Deputy. She was an active member of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, both in the Diocese of Austin, before Austin County became part of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1991, and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She often was in charge of community affairs. She was also a part of Catholic Clerical Student Fund, serving as an auditor for several years.
The funeral was Wednesday Nov. 2, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 608 Fifth St. in Sealy with the vigil the night before at Knesek Bros. Hwy 36 Chapel, 1140 Meyer St., Sealy. A rosary starting at 7 pm. Fr. Leon Strieder presided.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel, 768 Fourth St. Sealy, TX 77474; 979-885-3535; www.knesekfuneralhome.com.