Ollie Bernita Viereck Keding was born July 10, 1917 in Bellville, Texas, the daughter of Charlie F. and Dollie Buchtien Viereck. She grew up and attended school in Bellville graduating from Bellville High School. A lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Ollie was baptized and confirmed there. On October 25, 1941, she was united in marriage with Cleveland Keding in a ceremony in Bellville. Ollie and Cleveland made their home in Bellville where Ollie was employed for many years by Cameron's Store until its closing. She then worked at Jane's Treasurers for several years. A devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Ollie enjoyed meeting and visiting with people, and never meet a stranger. She was always willing to reach out to those in need, and for a number of years had assisted with delivering Meals-On-Wheels. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, but was happiest when she was able to share the fruits of her labor with others. Ollie passed away Saturday, February 26, 2005 in Brenham at the age of 87. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Donald and Lynda Keding of Houston; daughter and son-in-law: Diana and Randy Markwardt of Brenham; grand-children: Renee Mutscher and her husband, Kevin, Melissa Boland and her husband, Chris, Stacy Keding and Scott Keding; and many other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Lenora Viereck, and her granddaughter, Sephanie Markwardt. Funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville with Pastor Jennie Jones and Pastor David Henske officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Knoll Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Viereck, Michael Viereck, David Chovanec, Glenn Markwardt, Burton Miles and Kevin Hanath. In lieu of usual remembrances, friends who wish may make memorial gifts to St. John Lutheran Church, 520 North Holland, Bellville, TX 77418 or to the charity of their choice. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville.
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