2010-08-25 / Obituaries


Beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Isabella O. Buxkemper was born April 10, 1924 in Frelsburg and married James L. Wilde (D 2-23-05) June 18, 1947.

Bolstered by their faith and Dad's sense of adventure, they moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1948 to pursue the life of a cotton farmer. She became a dedicated partner in a new land and raised seven children with a strong Christian faith, hard work and toil. Education was important to her, in fact all seven children received college degrees.

Mom was our ROCK, always positive in her outlook to face the trials and tribulations of depending on the ups and downs of farming, including droughts, floods and boll weevils. Her faith sustained and comforted her and instilled that trust in the Lord to all of us.

She was active in the Altar Society and choir at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Raymondville, TX. She was also past president at the Stillman Home Demonstration Club. Mom's hobbies included quilting, crocheting and sewing. She always had a huge garden and canning became a big part of her and Dad's life. Her canned beets, dill pickles and peaches, etc. were enjoyed by all of us. Their record ... 99 quarts of pickles in one month. She also became an avid fisherwoman to keep up with her husband.

Following the death of her husband of 58 years, Mom moved back to the childhood area of her youth, the Oaks Assisted Living Residence in Columbus, TX. Sheloved her new home, enjoying the new friends and siblings she cared so much about. She enthusiastically joined in all the activities, especially her love of dominoes and bingo. As visitors, you were strongly encouraged to participate in all the fun.

Mom was surrounded by her seven children when she passed away at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital on August 20, 2010.

Isabella is survived by her two daughters, Jane Wilde Brady of Rhinebeck, NY and Judy Wilde Lullo of Houston, TX; five sons, James Wilde and wife Agnes of Caldwell, TX, David Wilde and wife Laura of Cat Spring, TX, Douglas Wilde and wife LeAnn of Rockdale, TX, Glenn Wilde and wife Julie of Lyford, TX, Keith Wilde and wife Wanetta of Sanger, TX; sisters, Irene Henneke of Frelsburg, TX, Sophie Leyendecker and husband Manly of Columbus, TX, Viola Warschak of Frelsburg, TX and Cora Wostarek of Frelsburg, TX; brother, Leonard Buxkemper and wife Juanita of Schulenburg, TX; brother-in-law, Frank Lesikar of Columbus, TX; sister-in-law, Loreda Buxkemper of Columbus, TX; twelve grandchildren, Jeff Wilde, Jaqlyn Lullo, Hunter Wilde, Caroline Wilde, Andrea Wilde, Jennifer Wilde, Bryce Wilde, Kathryn Wilde, Richard Lullo II, Barret Wilde, Annie Wilde and Jack Wilde. Preceding her in death were her parents, Emil and Caroline Gully Buxkemper; her husband, James Louis Wilde; son-in-law, Patrick Brady; brother, Felix Buxkemper; sisters, Elenora Brokmeyer and Ottilia Lesikar, brothers in-law, Alois Henneke, Clarence Warschak, Justin Wostarek and Clemons Brokmeyer.

Visitation will be from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday August 24, 2010 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus and also with a Parish Prayer Service and Rosary at 7:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, Texas with Father Wayne Flagg officiating.

Also there will be visitation on Thursday, August 26, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Raymondville, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 2:00 PM with Father John Hickey officiating. Burial will follow in Raymondville Memorial Cemetery in Raymondville. Pallbearers are Jeff, Bryce, Barrett, Jack and Hunter Wilde and Eric Payne.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Anthony Catholic School, 635 Bonham St., Columbus, Texas 78934. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas 979-732-2143.

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