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Goldie Bertha (Kretzschmar) Altman, 88, of New Ulm, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.  

Goldie was born in New Ulm on Feb. 13, 1923, the daughter of the late Gustav and Isabella (Rinn) Kretzschmar.

She married Lester Altman on April 18, 1944.

She was co-owner of the Altman ARCO Station for 40 years, and was also a rancher, along with her husband. She was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA), the New Ulm Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and Hermann Sons.  She enjoyed quilting and gardening.  She loved and cared for her family, always putting them first.

She is survived by three sons: Larry Altman and wife, Ann Marie of Houston, Ricky Altman and wife, Fay of Columbus and William Altman and wife, Danguole of Houston; one brother, Bert Kretzschmar and wife, Viola of Huntsville;  9 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 3 sisters: Violet Buechmann, Nadine Kretzschmar and Bertha “Tootsie” Mieth.

Visitation was Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 from 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Zaskoda Chapel in Industry. Family received friends from 5-7 p.m.  A prayer service followed at 7 p.m. 

Funeral Services was held at St. John Lutheran Church, New Ulm, Texas, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.   Burial followed at New Ulm Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 1270, New Ulm, Texas, 78950; Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945; New Ulm Volunteer Fire Department, 540 Taylor Street, New Ulm, Texas 78950 or St. Mark’s Medical Center Foundation Fund, One St. Mark’s Place, La Grange, Texas 78945.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at
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