|Patricia Kelly Polewski, 86, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2014 at Barcelona Assisted Living. She was born September 11, 1928
in Iron River, Michigan.
Patricia was a graduate of Mexico City College and the University of Wisconsin earning a master's degree in Spanish Literature. She was an
accomplished linguist, proficient in the Spanish, French, and Italian languages. She also enjoyed learning Swahili while she lived with her family
in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. After returning from Dar Es Salaam, Patricia taught for many years and loved her profession. She enjoyed writing
in retirement and authored three novels. She was a well traveled individual, touring East Africa with her family, as well as the Holy Land. Patricia
spent her last 27 years in McAllen, Texas with her beloved husband. Patricia was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-
grandmother and friend who will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Eugene; four children, Jessie, James (Mary Ann), John (Sandi), and Daniel (Nuria); six
grandchildren, Lily Ricketts (Casey), Nicholas Reyna (Glenda), Katrina, Amanda, Alexandra, and Michael Polewski; and two great-
granddaughters, Aubrey and Julia Ricketts. She is also survived by her sister Kathleen O'Brien (David).
Visitation will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 6-8 PM with a rosary to be prayed at 7 PM at Kreidler Funeral Home. Funeral mass will
be held Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Interment will be at the RGV State Veterans'
Cemetery in Mission, Texas. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen, Texas. The family wishes to
thank all those involved with Patricia's care, especially her friends at Barcelona Assisted Living.
William A. Heller of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away at his home on September 29, 2014 at the age of 97. He was born on June 13, 1917
in Dallas, Texas to William C. and Emelie E. Heller.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary; wife, Dorothy Lou; and daughter, Billie Lou Swanson.
He is survived by his grandsons, Mike (Cathy) Swanson of New Braunfels, and Bill (Jennifer) Heller of Houston; and his five great grandchildren,
Jonathan and Elizabeth Swanson, and Andrew, Katherine, and Margaret Heller.
“Big Bill” as he was called by his family, served as a Marine during World War II attaining the rank of Sergeant with the 1st Marine Division, 7th
Marine Regiment, I Company, and saw service overseas including Guadalcanal and Pelilu. After being honorably discharged from the US
Marine Corps, he joined Ford Motor Company where he rose thru the ranks, finally retiring after 28 years as the Director Marketing Operations
Bill found time both while working and after retirement, to be involved in his community. He was a 60 year plus member of Oak Cliff No 705,
Masonic Lodge in Dallas Texas, a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Detroit, Michigan for over 35 years, a member of the Noon
Lions in New Braunfels, Texas where he helped with their hearing and seeing program, and helped every year during Wurstfest even while in a
wheelchair. He served on numerous boards including the Salvation Army in McAllen, Texas for 12 years, the McAllen Cemetery Association,
and the LA Community relations Board. He also served in various capacities with his churches including Ruling Elder and Deacon.
A memorial service will be held at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church at 2pm on Thursday, October 2. A graveside service will be held at
Roselawn Cemetery, in McAllen, Texas on Friday, October 3rd at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his name to the New
Braunfels Masonic Lodge or the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club.