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September 23rd, 2013
Oleta Schmidt Roach, 1920 to 2012

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Oleta Schmidt Roach, 93, of Buda, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 21, 2013. She was born January 3, 1920, in Caldwell County, Texas, to Edwin Otto and Anna Damerau Schmidt. She married R.J. “Jake” Roach on November 15, 1937, and together they had four children.



Oleta was known by many as a dear, sweet lady who loved her family and friends. She took great pride in her work as a homemaker. For many years, she gardened, raised chickens, cooked, canned meats and preserves, sewed many clothes, cared for her home, and raised her children. Her work returned to her a large family in whom she found great fulfillment.

Spending time with her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren was among her greatest joys in life. She would often cook a favorite meal for one of them on a visit and spoil them as able. She was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and cheered for her team through thick and thin.

Oleta was a resident of Buda for more than 75 years. She was a longtime member of Buda United Methodist Church. She loved her church and could be found there most Sunday mornings lending her quiet, friendly presence to a service. Later in life, she was especially grateful that her friend, Billie Franke, would drive her to church. For many years, you could also find Oleta walking around her Old Town neighborhood in the evening with her friends, or perhaps gathering pears or pecans from the trees in her front yard. She had a special talent for pear preserves and pies, to which her family and friends would readily attest.

During her later years, Oleta performed contract work for the Comal Tackle Company of Buda together with her husband. From their kitchen table, her hands have readied countless fishing floats for anglers all across the world. Oleta lived independently until age 92, when she entered Senior Care of Onion Creek.

Oleta was small in stature but feisty in spirit and full with love. She was living proof that God imparts his love to us in the form of human hands, and hers were well worn. She had a full life and it was well lived.

Oleta was preceded in death by her parents and husband; brothers, Clifford, Joe, and Curtis Schmidt; sister Viola Schmidt Roach; and granddaughter Brenda Braune Border.

She is survived by her three daughters, Betty Braune of Austin; Mary Jo Crawford and husband Don of San Marcos; and Phyllis Patterson and husband Eric of Buda; and son, Jim Roach and wife Doris of Uhland. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Patty Stout, Sheri Brown, Gregory Roach, Jeanine Dailey, Curtis Knetsch, LaVonne Green, Gary Knetsch, Jerod Patterson, and Jason Patterson. Also, 22 great grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm on Monday, September 23, at Buda United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held at the same location, 10 am, Tuesday, September 24, officiated by the Revs. Nancy Day and Mark Green. Interment will follow at Live Oak Cemetery near Manchaca. Donations may be made in her memory to the Food Pantry of Buda United Methodist Church.

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