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Wendell Schorlemer

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Wendell Carroll Schorlemer, M.D. passed away May 28, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Dr. Schorlemer was born August 6, 1930 to William Louis and Marie Wendell Schorlemer in Yoakum, Texas and moved shortly afterwards to Yorktown where his family had the Schorlemer Dairy. W.C. graduated from Yorktown High School where he played football and also played the saxophone in the band. He learned to read from the Bible, in German, with the help of his Grandmother at the kitchen table. There were six boys and two girls in this big family and Wendell Carroll was the fifth child born. After high school graduation the aspiring physician attended Texas Lutheran College, at his mothers request, as they were strong Lutherans. He transferred to the University of Texas in Austin and upon graduation he attended the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He joined the United States Air Force and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Walter Reed Army Hospital,Washington, D.C. Lifetime friendships were formed in the twelve years he served and acquired the rank of Major in the Air Force. In 1967 Dr. Schorlemer left the USAF and became the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Santa Rosa Clinic where he delivered hundreds of babies and met many wonderful patients whom he has stayed connected to. He continued to practice Obstetrics and Gynecology for fifty years and cherished and adored all the patients, nurses and physicians he shared time with on a daily basis. He had a peaceful and calming effect on patients as he shared in their joys and sadness. Dr. Schorlemer kept up with all the latest medical techniques and was a Bexar County Medical Society delegate to the Texas Medical Association. He was also an active member of the Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology and other professional organizations. He had a zest and enthusiasm for life, a beautiful and inquiring mind and a wonderful sense of humor. He was an avid fan of UT football and baseball and was looking forward to watching the College World Series. He loved to read and enjoyed listening to classical and German music. He had fond memories of hunting and fishing with dear friends in Colorado, South Texas and Rockport. We would like to thank Dr. Denton Cooley for performing lifesaving bypass surgery on Dr. Schorlemer in 1978. During his illness he was cared for by the finest physicians and nurses, and the family is grateful to Dr. Marvin Smith, Dr. Randy White, Dr. Randy Singleton, Dr. Edward Wolf, Dr. Andrew Cottingham, Dr. Calvin Mein, Dr. Chris Finke, Dr. Russell Havarnek, Dr. Charles Andrews and all the staff at Texsan Heart Hospital, Methodist Hospital and START. He is survived by his wife Wendy, his daughter Janis and husband Jim Ploetz, his daughter Beth Schorlemer, his daughter Lindsay Young and son Austin Young, his brother Rev. Daniel Schorlemer, Dr. Robert Schorlemer and wife Ann, Dr. Roger Schorlemer and wife Tatianna, his sister Berta and husband Hubert Menn; grandchildren, Jordan and Jarrett Ploetz. He dearly loved his numerous nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Walter and Woodrow, and Demeris, and sister-in-law Faye, Georgianna, Caroline, and Vern; brother-in-law, Herbert Baschanagel. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the church or charity of your choice.
Published in Express-News from June 1 to June 3, 2010