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Melrose Grace Leifeste
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 • Posted August 8, 2012

Melrose Grace Leifeste was born on August 12, 1921, in Hilda, Texas, to Eugene Geistweidt and Meta Zesch Geistweidt. She passed away in Fredericksburg with her family by her side on Wednesday, August 1, at the age of 90.

She was a life-long member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason where she was baptized and confirmed. Melrose was raised in Mason County and was a 1939 graduate of Mason High School and attended Tarleton State College. On October 12, 1940, she married Dietrich Charles “D.C.” Leifeste in Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg. Melrose and D.C. moved to many places during D.C.’s WWII military service. They settled in Mason after the war and purchased a furniture, appliance and gift store along with a propane gas dealership.

Melrose was involved in her church and community. She enjoyed playing bridge and 42, gardening and taking care of her family. She lived in Mason until failing health brought about a move to Fredericksburg. She maintained a clear mind and sharp wit till the very end of her life.

Melrose is survived by her children Rodney and Betsy Leifeste of Floresville, Randy and Phyllis Leifeste of Fredericksburg and Dale and Rheba Pence of Floresville along with her grandchildren Audra and Brian Vasek, Keva and Eddie Kramer, Marsha and Jess Porter, Dustin and Veronica Durst, great-grandchildren Colton and Connor Vasek, Ellroy Kramer, Blake, Camry and Keylee Porter, Carson and Ryan Durst, a brother Gordon Geistweidt and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and numerous brother and sisters-in-law.

Funeral services for Melrose were held on Saturday, August 4, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Dustin Durst, Jess Porter, Brian Vasek, Eddie Kramer, Wayne Geistweidt, Gary Geistweidt and Ted Geistweidt.

Memorials in her honor may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason, Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, Hill Country Memorial Hospice or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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