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Ivy Anna Andreas Kollatschny was born Nov. 10, 1917, in Bellville, to Adie and Arthur Andreas.

She is a descendent of early German settlers in Austin County. Her family moved to Bartlett, Texas when Ivy was young.

Ivy gained a much loved brother, Lynwood, when she was 11. When Lynwood married his wife, Wanda, she became an important member of the family. Ivy graduated from Bartlett High School and attended Mary Hardin Baylor for three years. Ivy began a teaching assignment in Bland, Texas, where she taught elementary school.

On March 7, 1942, she married Cat Spring native, Alva George Kollatschny, son of Paul and Mary Kollatschny.

They settled in Schertz, Texas following his discharge from the air force at the end of WWII. Ivy worked at various times in civil service, substitute teaching and as a church secretary. They had one daughter, Karen Thomas in June, 1948.

Ivy was very active in the Schertz Methodist Church, serving as President of the WSCS and on the church board in addition to being the church secretary.

In 1972, Ivy and George retired to Cat Spring and joined the Bellville United Methodist Church. She participated in the Cat Spring Firemanís auxiliary, attended womenís circle at St. John Lutheran and volunteered a number of years as a greeter at First National Bank.

In 1978, Ivyís only grandchild, Justin Paul Nelson, was born who was to become a source of much joy for her and George. In that same year, she established, through correspondence, a friendship with Gunther and Helmtraut Kollatschny of Munich, Germany. Ivy and George visited them twice and Gunther and Helmtraut came to Texas and visited them and other Kollatschnys. They were never able to establish through records a direct family connection. However, the Kollatschnys in Munich said they had been told that some of the family immigrated to Texas in the 1800s. Ivy and Helmtraut had continued their correspondence with each other even after their husbands were gone.

In 2000, Ivy moved to Clarewood House in Houston, a Methodist retirement facility. There she participated in a writerís club and womenís circle. She had a number of close friends, Mimi and Louis Pister and Audrey Jones, who continued to visit her even in her last days.

Ivy was a letter writer all her life and recently had just purchased her third typewriter, having worn out two others. She loved to write and viewed it as a way to connect with others. Ivy also enjoyed baking, gardening, reading and travel when she was younger. She always thought of herself as a country girl and she often marveled that she had come to live in the big city. She valued education and continued learning throughout her life.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jerry Thomas, and grandson Justin Nelson. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and husband, Wanda and Eric Posey and by sister-in-law, Mary Andreas. She leaves her nephew, David and Ginger Andreas and their children, Eric and Shayla Andreas and nephew-in-law Murray Nelson and his daughter, Jessica Schulke, and numerous cousins who remained in contact with her until her recent illness.

Ivy had long awaited her reunion with her beloved husband, brother, parents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who had been important to her throughout her life.

Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

The funeral service was at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 at the Bellville United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Stutes and Pastor Joseph Ray, officiating.

Interment was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Cat Spring.

Pallbearers were Justin Nelson, Jerry Thomas, Eric Posey, David Andreas, Larry Uhlig, and Herbert Kollatschny.

Honorary pallbearers were Fritz Engelking and Walter Probst.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Bellville United Methodist Church, PO Box 188, Bellville, Texas 77418, or to the: Bellville General Hospital, PO Box 977, Bellville, Texas 77418, or to the: Clarewood House General Resident Fund, 7400 Clarewood, Houston, Texas 77036.

Posted by Joy Neely


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