Amanda Arhelger Zesch,of Mason, passed away on Monday, August 11, at the age of 98. Amanda was bom January 4,1910, in Mason to Richard Arhelger and Mathilda Schmidt Arhelger. She attended school in Mason County and graduated from Mason High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Women’s University and her master’s degree from Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College (now Texas State University).
For many years Amanda worked in South Texas with a government program that taught home economics and life skills to economically disadvantaged people. She returned to Mason where she taught at several of the country schools in the county. Later, Amanda taught home economics at Mason High School and science at the Junior High.
Through the years, Amanda was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she served as treasurer and was active in the women’s groups. In her spare time she loved to hunt and fish as well as quilt, can fruits and vegetables and use her skills as a seamstress. Amanda also loved to travel and was able to visit much of the United States and Europe. On November 24,1966, she married Arno Zesch and they were together for six years until he passed away on December 2, 1972.
Amanda is survived by her step-children Linda Owen and Arliss Zesch of Mason, a niece Arlene Gammill and husband Gene of Mason, a great-nephew and four step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 14, at 10:00 a.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Tim Scheffel officiating. Interment will follow in the Gooch Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Owen, Jeff Owen, Debbie Owen, John Gammill, Gene Geistweidt and Hunter Geistweidt.
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at www.masonfuneralhome.net .
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.