Isador Fritz Alvin Zander, 90, went to his eternal rest Friday evening, Nov. 5, 2010.
Born in Bellville to Herman Rudolf and Annie Schavrda Zander, Isador was the fourth of 10 children.
He was raised in the Lutheran faith, baptized June 20, 1920 and confirmed April 14, 1935. He was a lifelong member
of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Isador was married to Miss Ileene Schroeder on May 25, 1955, in St. John Lutheran Church.
He served on the church council, as Sunday School Superintendent and a teacher and was a member of the senior
choir for many years.
Isador attended the Bradberry School through the eighth grade and worked on the family farm until enlisting in the
United States Army with the start of World War II. He served our country as a glider mechanic at various places in the South Pacific Theater. After his discharge
with the rank of sergeant, he went to work for the Humble Oil and Refining (Exxon) in the Raccoon Bend Oil Field for 35 years. In 1970, he returned to school and
obtained his GED.
In retirement, he became an emergency care attendant and spent many years of service with the Austin County EMS.
For his service, ambulance Adam 6 was named “Mr. Z” in his honor. There were also many years of service with Meals on Wheels.
He was probably watching or listening on the radio, if his beloved Houston Astros were playing. Gardening, fishing
and raising a few head of cattle were a constant part of his life.
Isador is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ileene; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Wayne and Jackie of Rowlett,
Texas, Philip and Jeanne of Brenham; and three granddaughters, Casey, Jordan and Julie. Also, a brother, Harry and wife Lenora; and two sisters, Doris King and
husband Clarence, and Ora Nell Hoppe; sister-in-laws Edith Zander and LaVell Zander; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Annie Zander; mother and father-in-law Raymond and Leona
Schroeder; brothers Herman, Roy and Sterling; sisters Alwina Wienecke, Lillie Dell Deutrich and Evelyn Zander. Also brother-in-laws First Lieutenant Aaron Ray
Schroeder, Monroe Wienecke, Clifton Hoppe and Raymond Deutrich, Sr.; and, sister-in-law Erna Zander.
Visitation: 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville.
Funeral Mass: 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. St. John Lutheran Church with Pastor David Henske, officiating.
Interment: Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, Bellville.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Robertson, Allen Wienecke, Gary Zander, Ray Deutrich, Lee Reichele, Marcus Machemehl.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: WELCA Scholarship Fund, C/O St. John Lutheran Church, 520 North
Holland, Bellville, Texas 77418 or to the charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, P.O. Box 610, 12029 Hwy 36 South, Bellville,
Texas 77418. (979)865-2424. www.schmidtfunerals.com
Posted by Joy Neely