AUSTIN — Martha Lou Althaus Schmeltekopf, a 96-year-old Lufkin resident and former longtime Austin resident, died Tuesday, May 20 in Lufkin. Known as “Lulu” by family and friends, she was born March 12, 1921 in Pittsburg to Lloyd L. Langdon and Ora Bel Langdon.
Schmeltekopf was a graduate of Pittsburg High School in Camp County and then Baylor University’s School of Nursing. She married Herbert Otto Althaus, a medical doctor from Carmine, on March 12, 1943; they resided much of their lives in Austin where they raised their family until Dr. Althaus’ death in 1983. She later married Charlie F. Schmeltekopf, a San Marcos resident.
A member of the Kyle Garden Club, Schmeltekopf enjoyed arranging flowers and gardening as well as painting in oils and acrylics. She was an active member of Lutheran and Baptist churches throughout her life and a published author of Christian devotionals.
Schmeltekopf is survived by her son and daughter: Steve Althaus and his wife, Martha; and Amy L. Reynolds. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands; two sons, Mark Althaus and Tim Althaus; and a son-in-law, Chuck Reynolds.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the Kyle Cemetery on South Old Stagecoach Road near Kyle.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin, Immanuel Baptist Church in Kyle or Westover Baptist Church in San Marcos. Arrangements made through Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin.Email | Print