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Helen I. Weiss passed away on December 27, 2013 at the age of 92. She was born on February 4, 1921 in Plainview, Texas. Helen was the daughter of the late Rev. A.B. Weiss and the late Elsie Sprain Weiss and the sister of the late Victor P. Weiss. She is survived by a number of cousins and many friends.
There will be a memorial service at Zion Lutheran Church, led by Pastor Rick Hartmann, at 1:30 P.M. on January 11, 2014. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Fredericksburg Funeral Home. Internment of her ashes in Prairie Lee Cemetery, Brenham will be at a later date.
Helen never married and dedicated her long life to the field of education. The first seven years of her career she served as a teacher in the public school system in elementary, junior, and senior high levels. The next four decades as a professor at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, she prepared students to become teachers. She initiated the college's teacher training program in elementary education and became head of the department. In 1968 Weiss was honored by the Minnie Stephens Piper Foundation as one of the 10 best professors in Texas. She was honored by the South Central Texas Reading Council in recognition of her work developing enthusiasm for reading and literature. She was also named recipient of the Jo Murphy Chair in Education. Many other honors included awards by the University of Texas as Outstanding Alumnus in Education and from Texas Lutheran as Outstanding Professor. The Seguin Community honored her for Outstanding Community Service. She held membership in four Honor Societies and at least a dozen Professional Organizations in teaching, education, literacy, and reading.
For 65 years she was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization for women educators promoting excellence in education.
Helen was a graduate of Texas Lutheran College and The University of Texas and received additional education from numerous other colleges and universities.
After her retirement, Helen moved to Fredericksburg to care for her mother and became very active at Zion Lutheran Church. She dedicated many hours as a volunteer in the church office. She was a member of the Altar Guild, Worship Committee, Flower Committee, Cheer Committee, and served as wedding coordinator.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Texas Lutheran University (1000 W. Court St. Seguin, TX 78155), Zion Lutheran Church, or Hill Country Memorial Hospital Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at www.fredericksburg-funerals.com.
Published in Express-News on Jan. 5, 2014