Margaret Balderach

Margaret Ann  Winkler Balderach of Hondo died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at a Hondo nursing home. She was in her home until Feb. 7th. She was 78 years, 7 months and 25 days old.

She was born June 27, 1938, at Sturm Hill, daughter of Henry John and Frieda Elisa Koehler Winkler.

Margaret loved and served her Lord Jesus Christ. She was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hondo, by Rev. Czerkus and also confirmed by Pastor Lorfing at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

She attended, all in Texas, the rural Vandenburg school, Hondo schools and high school, and graduated at D’Hanis High School. She took several courses at Palo Alto College in San Antonio. She attended a number of the Hondo High School reunions and in September 2016, she enjoyed being at the 65th Hondo High School Reunion.

Margaret was employed at the Medina County Courthouse in Hondo, was a waitress, assisted people in their homes, and also worked at the Collins of Texas handbag factory in Medina, for a number of years.

She helped at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hondo, doing the Sunday School records, and typed the bulletins during Pastor Hanneman’s pastorate.

Margaret attended the Single Young Adults retreats for a number of years at Lutheran Camp Chrysalis near Kerrville. On the Labor Day retreat in 1975, on August 31st, she met Rev. Louis Balderach. They talked at the campfire three hours after everyone else left.

On December 14, 1975, Louis first met the Winkler family. Louis ate supper with Margaret at the Henry and Frieda Winkler home, with the Charles Winkler family, north of Hondo. That evening at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hondo, Margaret and Louis attended the Christmas singing together with Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Quihi members. That evening at the park on the hill called The Cut, Louis, unplanned, proposed to Margaret.

May 1, 1976, Margaret and Rev. Louis Balderach were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hondo, by Pastor Ervie Braun. They were blessed with a son, Henry Louis, born December 17, 1977. Now they have been blessed with a beautiful daughter-in-law, Ishna, on Labor Day weekend with the marriage of Henry and Ishna Gonzalez on September 3, 2016.

Margaret loved sewing, quilting, crocheting, taking pictures, arranging flowers, and her flower garden. She travelled with Louis and Henry and saw nearly 40 states. 

All in Texas, she quilted at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Poth; Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Weslaco, while at Faith Lutheran Church,Weslaco; and at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She helped in congregations at the St. John Lutheran Parish of Westhoff and Lindenau; Salem Lutheran Church, Rosebud; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Malone; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Poth; Faith Lutheran Church in Weslaco; and now at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Pleasanton, where Rev. Louis Balderach serves as supply pastor.

She attended worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Quihi, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Pleasanton, until February 5th.

Margaret and Louis read the devotionals, “Daily Bread” and “Portals of Prayer” with Bible readings each day. Louis read the devotions to Margaret at the nursing home.  She was a loving wife and mother.

In her pain, Margaret would say “God Bless America”. While watching television in bed with Christmas shows, she would sing “Silent Night.”

Four hours before her death at 3:35 p.m. on February 21st, she told Louis many times, “You cannot be with me.” Margaret was married to Louis for 40 years, 9 months, and 21 days. Our loving Lord Jesus Christ has taken her home. Thanks be to God for her life and memory.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Ronald Re Balderach Jr.

Survivors are her husband, Rev. Louis Balderach; son, Henry and wife Ishna Balderach of San Antonio; brother, Charles and wife Evelyn Winkler of Hondo; nieces, Karen and husband Skip Longstaff of Mississippi, Lori Bradley of Hondo, and Julie and husband Scott Barraza of Sandia; brothers-in-law, Walter Jr. and wife Nancy Balderach  of  Kingwood, and Dr. Ronald Re Sr. and wife Linda Balderach of New Castle, Pennsylvania; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hondo, at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 27th. Burial followed at Hondo Cemetery, Woodmen of the World Section.

Funeral arrangements were directed by Guinn-Horger Funeral Home, Hondo. Funeral services were led by Pastor Steve Schur of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Quihi, and Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, president of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, Plymouth Minnesota. The family suggests memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2507 East Highway 97, Pleasanton, 78064.

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