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Gertrude Louise Henry

San Antonio, Texas

1927 - 2019


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Hurley Funeral Home - Pleasanton Obituary

Gertrude Louise Henry, age 92, passed away on September 3, 2019.  She was born July 1, 1927 to John and Annie Friesenhahn in San Antonio, Texas.  She married Temple Henry of Charlotte, Texas on September 4, 1948. They were blessed with four daughters - Diane, Cheryl, Karen, and Nancy - treasured daughters who were certainly a joy in her life! She was preceded in death by husband, Temple, two daughters: Diane Ciavarra and Karen Henry, granddaughter-Elizabeth Ciavarra, and sister and brother- in- law Evelyn and Clinton Bippert.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Martin Olsen of San Antonio, and Nancy Woelke (husband Allen) of Austin.  Grandchildren who blessed her life are: Kevin Ciavarra (wife Jennifer), Ryan Ciavarra, Jessica Perez (husband Ted), Nathan Martin (wife Meagan), Rebecca Cantu (husband Joseph), Patrick Woelke, Andrew Woelke (wife Meghan), and Sam Woelke.  She is additionally blessed with great grandchildren: John and Ryan Ciavarra, Conor Perez, Alexander and Gabriel Martin, and Sydney and Aubrey Cantu.  She loved being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren whenever possible!  Additional surviving relatives also includes brother- Gilbert Friesenhahn (wife-Maxine) along with numerous dear nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gertrude was a member of First United Methodist Church of Jourdanton, Texas for more than 30 years where she served in multiple capacities, including the UMW. She was an active member of the Jourdanton Women’s Auxilary and the Library Association.   Favorite activities included baking pies, arts & crafts, sewing, oil painting (she was awarded Artist of the Month multiple times), dancing (particularly square dancing), gardening, and playing bridge!

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, September 8, 2019 between 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton.  Funeral services will be conducted at the United Methodist Church of Jourdanton (705 Chestnut) on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:00 am. Interment will be in the Charlotte City Cemetery in Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers the family requests, if you wish, that memorials be sent to: ALS Association South Texas Chapter (4939 DeZavala, Ste. 105, San Antonio, TX 78249), or Jourdanton Methodist Church (705 Chestnut, Jourdanton, TX 78026). Condolences for the family may be left at:


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We met Gertrude & Temple thru sq dancing & enjoyed spending time with them. Gertrude was always so loving & kind, a delightful person. Visited with her many times when she was living on Huebner. So sorry we were unable to attend her
Services. She will be missed. Our Deepest Sympathy to all of her family.

Gertrude and Temple were special friends. Their love and smiles were always present. They are together again!

Our deepest condolences. Love, uncle paul & Aunt Betsy (We plan to be there in Pleasanton Sunday afternoon. Hugs.)

Condolences to her family. May the memories give you strength and comfort in the days ahead.

I am so sorry to learn of Mrs. Henry's passing. I knew her when I was DON at Retama Manor Jourdanton and her mother-in-law was a patient there. Mrs. Henry was always such a delightful person. May God grant you peace, comfort and strength in the coming days.

My sincere condolences to all your family. Your mom was such a sweetheart and I know you will have fond memories of her.

What a special lady. I always loved talking with her. She will be missed. I will forever remember the great memories I had with her.

My deepest condolences to Nancy on the loss of your mother. I wàs just thinking of her which made me think of Mr. Henry, what a nice man. Your mom was a very sweet lady. May all find comfort in our Lord.

RIP, Mrs. Henry. A very nice woman who was very classy. God bless her.