Esther Seidel
September 20, 1940  -  August 21, 2018

Esther Seidel

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Rockne, TX  
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Rockne, TX  
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Funeral Service
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Rockne, TX  
Friday, August 24, 2018

Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Rockne, TX  

Esther Lucille Seidel of Austin Texas went to be with our Lord Tuesday August 21st 2018 surrounded by her Husband, Children, Brothers and Sisters. She was born September 20th 1940 to Matthew Bartsch and Mary H Beck in Rockne Texas. She is survived by Her husband of 59 years Leroy Frank Seidel of Austin Texas, Her sons Darryl and wife Teresa Seidel of Blanco Texas, Johnny and wife Helen Seidel of Dayton Texas, Daughters Bonnie and husband Heiki Moorlat of Austin Texas and Cherryl Seidel of Austin Texas.

Grand Children: Adam and wife Megan Seidel of Kingwood Texas and children Michael and Benjamin, Anthony and wife Wendi Seidel of Rogers Arkansas, Sabrina Seidel of Nacogdoches Texas, Timothy and husband Jeustin Caguioa-Seidel of Austin Texas, Michelle and husband Buddy Vance of Martinez Georgia. She is also Survived by 2 Brothers Ernest and wife Dean Bartsch, and her twin Lester and wife Olivia Bartsch, 2 sisters Mary Ann Townsend and Margie Tucker, Brother in law Jake Frerich, Sister in law Mary Gail Bartsch and Numerous Nieces, Nephews and Friends.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Brother Allen Bartsch, Brother Kenneth Bartsch, Sister Nellene Frerich Brother in law Dan Tucker and Brother in law Tommy Townsend.

Esther was born and raised in Rockne Texas 1 of 8 brothers and sisters, she attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, she spent 25 years with the IRS as a Tax Examiner. She Married Leroy Seidel after the war and moved to Houston in 1959. Shortly after their oldest child Darryl was born they moved to the house on Banister lane in Austin where they would make their home for the next 57 years and raise their 4 children. Esther enjoyed cooking for her family and anyone really, quilting, cross stitching, growing flowers, painting, decorating cakes, and making people happy. You would never show up for a Sunday dinner after church and leave hungry. Some of her more passionate hobbies were her Christmas village and running. She took great pride in her Christmas village it was a massive expanse of joy that took 4 weeks to assemble and brought visitors from all over Texas. Her other great passion was her running she took up running later in life than most but that did not slow her down. She has hundreds of blue ribbons from marathons, ½ marathons, 5K’s and 10K’s. She found a great community of friends in the Austin running club and it became a huge part of what defined Esther, the shirts she made “Run Granny Run” were especially special to her family.

Her 5 Grand Children were her pride and joy. She was very proud of each one’s accomplishments and she was always very supportive of their activities. Every year she would keep all 5 grandkids for her weeks vacation, they would spend time in the country and 1 day would always be dedicated to Schlitterbahn, with lots of memories being made that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.

She was dedicated to her family here on earth but her treasure was in Heaven, she was a devout Catholic woman and prayed the rosary multiple times weekly. She shared God’s love in everyone she came to know.

Esther was a great Woman who held a special place in the hearts of many, she was dedicated to her family and her church. We are comforted knowing that she is now with Jesus Christ. She will be missed.


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  1. Barb Reeder
    Cedar Creek, TX

    My sympathies to the family. I worked with Esther for many years and she was always a bright spot in the day!

  2. Thomas Stark
    Austin, TX

    You enjoyed and created so many beautiful things on earth. So you must have such joy at what you are now seeing in paradise. As your neighbor of 31 years I have so many happy memories of working with you on some of your projects-especially making wood bases for your Christmas village hills, cliffs, and mountains. You were so talented in many crafts, sewing, decorating, quilting, cooking, and baking. May you forever enjoy your Heavenly rewards for sharing the fruits of those talents with so many. I will miss you for now but hope to work with you again some day!

  3. Maureen Mansfield
    Buda, TX

    Your mom was such a special lady. I just loved loved her. She has always been a special part of my life. I will miss her. I know what a difficult time this is. God bless you all.

  4. Rodney Wagner
    Austin, TX

    She was my second mother growing up, proud to be who I am because of her love.

    Love You, Pepper

  5. Billie Smith Williams
    Nacogdoches, TX

    Helen, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss of your loved one. My love ❤️ & Prayers 🙏 to be with each of you as you walk through this valley & time of your lives. May God Bless Y’all!!! Love, Billie.

  6. Brenda Bennett
    West Columbia, TX

    Sending my condolences to you and your family. So sorry for your loss. Love you all

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