Roberta Ortiz Schoenhals

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Roberta Ortiz Schoenhals entered into her eternal home with the Lord on June 21, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Her funeral will be held Friday, June 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ozona, Texas, with subsequent burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and loving friend, she was known by many for her unconditional love and warm embracing hugs.

Her outgoing personality and Texas friendliness made her many friends throughout her life. She will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

Born on June 7, 1930, in Ozona, Texas, Roberta was raised and spent a great deal of her life in Ozona. She was the first Hispanic female to graduate from Ozona High School. Married to her husband of 40 years, Merlin, on April 30, 1960, in Ozona, they spent much of their life together on various Air Force bases in Maine, Oklahoma, Texas and Germany until they retired back in Ozona in the mid 1970s. Roberta enjoyed getting to know new friends from all nationalities around the world and share her cross-cultural experiences with them.

She was active in many military organizations throughout her husband’s career in the military.

One of Roberta’s most treasured gifts was her firm belief in God and Jesus which she shared with many people in her travels and various Catholic ministries. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where she served in years past as CCD teacher, parish council member and madrina/godmother to numerous young ladies in their First Communions and Confirmations.

She also spent the last several years as a member of a ladies Bible study group through the church.

Sewing and crocheting were two of Roberta’s favorite hobbies. A talented seamstress from a young age she thoroughly enjoyed sewing for herself and others as well as teaching youth, through 4-H and other organizations, the art of turning a blank piece of fabric into something to wear or use. Many infants were kept warm in her handmade crocheted blankets. She also enjoyed quilting at the Crockett County Senior Center on Thursday mornings.

Roberta (Tia Bob or Bob as she was called by many) is survived by one daughter, Larisa, of Ozona; three sisters, Angelina Valadez of San Angelo, Toni DeHoyos of Ozona and Olga Leal of Elk City; one brother, Frank Ortiz of Odessa; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin; parents, Jose and Antonia Ortiz; sisters Vivian Medina, Della Smith and Estella Ortiz; and brothers, Joe Ortiz and Onecimo Ortiz.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Crockett County Senior Center (P.O. Box 1025 Ozona, Texas 76943), the Crockett County Library (P.O. Box 3030 Ozona, Texas 76943) or other charity of your choice.

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