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Viola Gotthardt

August 23, 1932 — November 5, 2014

Viola Schmidt Gotthardt, age 82, of Seguin passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. She was born on August 23, 1932, in New Berlin, Texas to Christian and Lucille Schmidt.

Viola married Ben R. Gotthardt on April 25, 1947, they had two children, Judy and Jannett. She worked for J. C. Penny in the 1960s. In April 1970 she opened Violas Bridal Shop, where she catered to all the Brides in town. She later decided to relocate to Austin Street and expanded her business to Violas Bridal and Flower Shop. Viola was a selftaught florist and was the first florist and bridal shop in Seguin. As years went by Viola and Ben built their own shop. Viola was in business for 25 years, then she and Ben retired in 1995 and granddaughter, Patricia Thornton took over the family business. Viola and Ben shared 56 wonderful years of marriage together.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ben R. Gotthardt, parents, Christian and Lucille Schmidt and soninlaw Franky Patek, brother Bill Schmidt and sisters, Mildred Hansmann and Lou Ramzinsky.

Survivors include her children, Judy Patek and Jannett Patek and husband Bill grandchildren, Tim Patek and wife Jennifer, Patricia Thornton and husband Yancy, Lisa Boenig and husband Keith, Johnny Patek and wife Nicole greatgrandchildren, Shay Boenig, Chase Boenig, Hailey Thornton, Harley Thornton, Presley Patek, Larkin Patek, Hannah Patek and Cameron Patek brothers, John Schmidt and Franklin Schmidt, halfbrothers and numerous nieces and nephews.

Viola loved the Lord, spending time with her family and was very giving to them. She also loved babysitting her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed playing Bingo, traveling to Las Vegas, and attending the dog races.

She will be greatly missed and never forgotten by those who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be held at Palmer Mortuary, on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 4:00 p. m. to 7:00 p. m. A Funeral Service will be held at Emanuels Lutheran Church on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:00 a. m. Interment will follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.

The family would like thank the staff at Windsor Nursing Home, Gentiva Hospice, Emanuels Lutheran Church and the Mc Queeney VFW.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, the Guadalupe County Humane Society or Emanuels Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are under the care of Palmer Mortuary, 1116 N. Austin Street, Seguin, Texas 78155 830.379.9430. Please log on to, to sign and view the guest book.


Palmer Mortuary
1116 North Austin
Seguin, TX  78155
Sunday, November 9, 2014
4:00 p. m. to 7:00 p. m.


Funeral Service

Emanuels Lutheran Church
206 N. Travis
Seguin, TX  78155
Monday, November 10, 2014
10:00 a. m.


Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park
Hwy 46
New Braunfels, TX  78130

Memorial Contributions

206 Travis St
Seguin, TX  78155
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