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Funeral Services for Gilbert Kollatschny, 78, Saturday, March 5, 2011 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville with Rev. David Henske and Rev Jennie Jones officiating. Interment in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Cat Spring. Pallbearers are Chris Clayton, Ken Horwedel, Carl Sebesta, Stanley Kollatschny, Larry Uhlig, and Mark Bolten.  Honorary pallbearers are Wilfred Eckardt and Warren Conner. 

Gilbert Kollatschny Sept. 19, 1932 — March 2, 2011

Gilbert Kollatschny was born Sept. 19, 1932 to parents E.O. and Emma Amsler Kollatschny in Cat Spring, TX. He was baptized in the Richland Lutheran Church on Jan. 22, 1953. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith by Pastor A. Weber at St. John Lutheran Church in Cat Spring.

He attended school in the Cat Spring public school through the eighth grade and then enrolled at Sealy High School, graduating in 1950. After his growing up years of working on the farm and stacking watermelons in boxcars at the Cat Spring railroad sidings as a youth he took a full time-job working as a plumber apprentice for W.G. “Kelly” Engelking in Bellville.

He served in the U.S. Army from May 25, 1953-April 14, 1955 and advanced to the rank of Corporal. Upon his return he again went to work in the plumbing trade in Houston, TX. There he taught night school two nights a week in the Union apprentice program for many years and was sent to Purdue University in Purdue, Indiana for refresher/continuing education courses. He was an estimator-draftsman and a member of the UA-68.

In 1965 he married Jeanette Bischoff and found his lifetime partner. They enjoyed many of the same pleasures such as hunting, fishing, traveling, especially cruises and trying their luck at the tables and machines in Louisiana, as well as Las Vegas. Gilbert was an avid historian and made several trips back to Europe and became acquainted with many of the Kollatschnys still living in Germany. They also visited friends in the Czech Republic.

They moved back to Cat Spring in 1973, and Gilbert started the long commute to his job in Houston. He attended Blinn Junior College and received his real estate license and joined Jeanette in her Oak Prairie Real Estate firm. They also owned and operated Our Place Restaurant in Cat Spring for seven years.

After fulltime retirement in 1994, Gilbert enjoyed his life on the farm where he raised cattle and in general enjoyed the outdoors. They took great pride in their hunting property in the Hill Country on the Llano River where they would spend time throughout the year and especially during hunting season.

In spite of Gilbert’s many health setbacks they continued to enjoy those trips and he was able to make his last trip to the Hill country in Jan. 2011.

He served on the St. John Lutheran Church Congregation Council, Cat Spring, and held numerous positions including president, property committee chairman and secretary before transferring to St. John’s in Bellville. Gilbert was also a member of the American Legion, German Society and Cat Spring Wildlife Cooperative. 

While hunting and the outdoors were his great pleasures in life, his pride and joy were his children Tim and Teresa… and later his grandchildren Sasha and Nicko Opela.

Gilbert was preceded in death by parents E.O. and Emma Kollatschny and in-laws Ervin and Lena Bischoff. He is survived by his wife Jeanette, son Tim and partner Stephen Goldberg, daughter Teresa and husband George Opela, grandchildren Sasha and Nicko Opela, brother Herbert Kollatschny and wife Elrose; sister in laws Geraldine Abel and husband Charles and Linda Clayton and husband Richard and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends and caregivers.

Knesek Funeral Home in Sealy in charge of arrangements and at

Posted by Joy Neely



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