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Gloria Faye Hofmann Lehmberg
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012

Peace-keeper, gifted musician, tradition-keeper, the family’s baby girl, Gloria Faye Hofmann Lehmberg was born in Grit, Texas, on July 27, 1925, and went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2012. She attended the Grit School, graduated from Mason High School, and attended college at Texas Woman’s University for one year and one and one-half years at Trinity University. She married Victor Lehmberg, August 8, 1946, they were married for 43 wonderful years before his death in 1989. Gloria is survived by her only son, Paul and wife Sherry of Mason, and grandchildren: Lex Lehmberg and wife Christie, and his step-son Kirby O’Connell of Mason, Texas; Otto Lehmberg, of Amarillo, Texas, and Ashley Lehmberg Osbourn and husband Collin, of Mason/San Antonio, Texas. She is also survived by her sister Jane Hofmann Hoerster, of Mason, Texas, brothers-in-law Rae Lehmberg and Roy Lehmberg, of Mason, Texas, dear friend Nellie Rogers of Palestine, Texas, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was truly loved and respected by all. Gloria was an honorary member of the Riata Service Organization. For over thirty years Gloria joined in with other members in fundraising to enhance the beauty of the Mason square and to provide in the community. She organized the first cookbook by the group that was published in 1971. Gloria was best known in the community of Mason for her sweet spirit and her welcoming heart. She inherited the gift of Christian hospitality. There were “no strangers” in Gloria’s life – at least not for more than five minutes. A name as an introduction never satisfied her; she needed to know who is behind the name; where they come from, what they do, and all about their family. She was Aunt Dutch or Aunt Gloria to many nieces and nephews that remember her chatty letters that she wrote to them while attending college or in the service to keep them connected to the family in Mason. Gloria was the keeper of family traditions. She treasured the Sunday family dinner table and passed along that tradition to her three grandchildren Lex, Otto, and Ashley. “This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.” As a grandmother, Gloria always instilled her strong Christian values in her family. From Sunday lunches, to family get-togethers her steadfast love for her family and her God was always at the forefront. Her grandchildren will remember being proud of her musical abilities of her singing at church, weddings or playing the organ and piano; leading the family in Christmas hymns before opening presents, and the Hofmann tradition of singing “Praise God from Whom all Blessing Flow” at the family get-togethers. Her family will always cherish the family history and memoirs, which were passed down. Gloria was proud of her family, and was proud to be one of the Hofmann sisters. Her grandchildren will remember Sunday lunches, her famous “Fragile” dessert, hot dinner rolls, and the colored chickens that their Grandmother and Granddaddy would get them at Easter, and the many trips that they took sight-seeing around the state and country sides of the Texas Hill Country. “God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.” Gloria always tried to make the best of all situations that she was confronted with; she worshiped and praised the Lord with all her heart. When asked if her only son Paul was a good boy, she would shrug her shoulders and say he was a normal typical boy, she was proud of him and his accomplishments. She always welcomed her grandchildren with hugs and kisses and if ever they were in trouble for something they had done her kind voice would say, “Should have stopped by and picked me up,” she didn’t show her anger or disappointment she used encouraging words of wisdom to make her point. As a peace-maker, Gloria often used the words of her father to disgruntled family or friends, “You two just need to kiss and make-up.” Music was part of Gloria’s life from the time she was a young child when she and her sisters were required to listen with their mother to the opera on the radio every Saturday. Her first church solo was “M-O-T-H-E-R”, which was just the beginning for the decades of demands in singing at weddings and community events. She sang in the church choir and played the organ for the First United Methodist Church for many years. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Della Hofmann, husband Victor Jordan Lehmberg, sisters Della Moneyhon, and Mary Maude McMillian; brothers-in-law Hilton Moneyhon, Franklin Hoerster, and Norris McMillian, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Walton and La Belle Lehmberg, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Fritz and Billie Lehmberg, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Kurt and Benellen Hofmann, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roy and Bernice Schmidt, sisters-in-law Jean Lehmberg and Lou Lehmberg. She will also join her special friends Hazel Martin and Grace Thompson in heaven. Funeral services for Gloria were on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Officiating were Rev. Margaret Persky, Tim Farenthold, and Buster Terrell. Visitation with the family was Tuesday evening at 5:00p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Burial followed at Gooch Cemetery. Acting as pallbearers were Lex Lehmberg, Otto Lehmberg, Collin Osbourn, Glen Martin, Todd Martin, and Brandon Moneyhon. Honorary Pallbearers were Skipper Martin, David Hoerster, Roy Lehmberg, Rae Lehmberg, Martha Vacek, Margaret Persky, Sunshine Class, Doris Cole, Pauline Hasse, Beth Martin, Carl Moneyhon, Charles Hoerster, Randy Lehmberg, Silas Brandenberger, Mark Lehmberg, and Nurses and Aides at Windcrest Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net.

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