Gilbert Frederich Haberer
Gilbert Frederich Haberer, 98, retired farmer/rancher of the Kyle area, passed away June 10, 2013 at 4:50 a.m. in the Regent Care Nursing Center in San Marcos. He was born March 24, 1915 to Alfred John Haberer and Lydia Johanna Schletze in Kyle. He was baptized Aug. 8, 1915 by Pastor Herman Barnofske in what is now St. John Lutheran Church.
After a brief illness of about two months involving many trips to the CTMC Emergency Room as well as short stays in the Progressive Care Unit at CTMC, Gilbert was transferred to Regent Care Nursing Center where he succumbed to the effects of aggressive acceleration of his long standing peripheral artery disease and failing leads to his pacemaker after a one week stay.
Not only to the CTMC, Regent Care and Angels for Elders in Wimberley, much praise is also deserved by the doctors and nurses of the CTMC Wound Care Center where Gil was under care starting January 2011 by Drs. McKenzie, Kimbrill, Robbins, Reynolds and staff. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Paul Tucker of Texas Heart & Vascular who gave Gil an extra 19 years of life by installing his first pacemaker after having a series of three cardiac arrests on June 3, 1994.
Gil was the inveterate farmer, proud of what he was doing and enjoying it. After his grandparents died a decision was made to sell the farm and place it on the market and advertise for buyers. Gilbert and his younger brother purchased the farm with two Veterans Land Board loans and some pooled savings. This was a tremendous opportunity to keep the farm in the family and allow continued visits by all the uncles and aunts who were born and raised there, a sort of mini-home comings to everyone’s enjoyment, including all the cousins from the cities, sometimes staying for weeks at a time. Another big plus was that our farm was to qualify for entry in the Texas Family Land Heritage Program for continuous ownership and operation for more than a century. This ceremony was in January 1993, and every participant received their certificate from the then Agricultural Commissioner, Rick Perry.
Survivors include a brother, Alfred Haberer of San Marcos; niece Mary Ann Haberer Arnold and husband, Milton; great-nephew Jason Michael Arnold and wife Cherrie Ann Bennett; great-niece Jennifer Michelle Arnold and husband Greg Dreiss and their children, Colton Michael Dreiss and Chelsea Elizabeth Dreiss, all of New Braunfels. Survivors also include cousins LaVerne Haberer Eilers of Lockhart and her sister Dorothy Haberer Henderson of Wimberley; and Lottie Krueger Smith of Austin.
He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents Johann Haberer and wife Louise Marie Tietze of New Braunfels; brother George Herbert Haberer and wife Elien Emma Luersen and their son George M. (Sonny) Haberer of Buda; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 6 to 8: p.m. Friday, June 14. Graveside Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at the Live Oak Cemetery in Uhland, with the Rev. David Goeke officiating.
Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX, 78666, (512) 353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com.