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Renate McCraw


1939 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, on April 18, 1939, died Sept. 13, 2008, and resided in Cibolo, Texas.
She was born April 18, 1939, in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1955, she graduated from the Holbein Schule in Frankfurt. Just out of school she worked as a secretary and trained with a private instructor in piano and opera singing.
In 1962, Renate met her husband, Joel "Mac" McCraw Jr., in Buchschlag, Germany. Mac was stationed at Rhein Main Air Base at the time. They were married in 1963. As an Air Force family, they lived in Germany, England, New Mexico and Texas. In 1968, Renate became an American citizen and in 1976 received her GED. She obtained her cosmetology license and became a successful hair dresser in Alamogordo. She attended New Mexico State University-Las Cruces, acquiring a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1989 and a bachelor's in social work in 1990. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington, receiving a master's degree in social work in 1992.
She began her career as a social worker and therapist in Alamogordo in 1990, and then in 1993 began her 15-year career in civil service as a master social worker at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. She then served with distinction at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, with the Army Family Advocacy Program. In January 2008, Renate retired from federal service and she and Mac moved to Cibolo, Texas, to be closer to their children and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Anna "Annie" Röder; and a brother, Klaus Röder. She is survived by her husband, Joel McCraw Jr.; son Patrick and wife, Dawn, of Schertz; son Eric and wife, Stacey, of Leander; a daughter, Sonja Coderre and husband, Bruce, of Cibolo; and three grandchildren, Calvin, Myka and Cort; sister Christa Fickert, of Oberursel, Germany; sister Brigitte Schreiber and husband, Holger, of Obertshausen, Germany; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Family Violence Prevention Services Inc., 7911 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 21 to Oct. 5, 2008
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