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Minnie Lee Fisbeck

9 June, 193215 August, 2021
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Minnie Lee (Wright) Fisbeck passed away peacefully at home with all her children by her side on August 15, 2021 at age 89. She was born on June 9, 1932 to Roger Lee & Minnie Wright. Minnie grew up in Dilworth with her sister, June. She attended Dilworth School, Moulton High and later transferred to Gonzales High School, graduating in 1950. After graduation, she worked on the family farm and was an office clerk. Over the years, Minnie Lee had several business endeavors with her first husband, Norman Novosad, including Novosad Produce and Corn Cob Hill. Later she decided to venture out on her own as an independent woman. She owned and managed Wagon Wheel Café for a number of years, then also opened two successful businesses - The Dairy Treet in 1966 and then Granie’s Stuff antique shop. In 1977, she married G.G. Fisbeck. Minnie Lee worked hard to not only provide a good life for her family but to also help make her home - Moulton - the best place it could be. As an active community member, Minnie saw a need and took action. Whether it was leading the town as Mayor for many years during the 1990s, serving on city council for almost a decade or founding the Keep Moulton Beautiful organization, just to name a few, she worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all those who call Moulton home. She was proud of her town; she truly loved her town.

When Minnie Lee wasn’t busy cleaning up the streets of the city, she would be found giving her time to care for others and serve her faith community. She took many friends and neighbors to various doctor appointments and she spent many an hour planting flowers, answering phones or working VBS at Zion Lutheran Church. Minnie was faithful in her service to God and her fellow man.

Above all else though, Minnie Lee loved her family. She relished Sunday get-togethers and holidays spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She wanted nothing more than to spend time with those she loved. Her spunk, honesty, unwavering faith and loving embrace will be missed by those who had the privilege to call her Mom, Granie & friend.

Minnie Lee is preceded in death by her parents, husband G.G. Fisbeck and sister June Wright. She is survived by her children Norma Leeper, Marlon Novosad (Deborah) and Danae Kozelsky, her grandchildren Amber Nieto (Brian), Veronica Johnson (Chad), Lindsay Kasper (Steven), Cliff Kozelsky (Robyn), Joel Novosad (Ashley), Jacob Novosad (Kelley), and her great-grandchildren Kaitlyn Nieto, Emma Nieto, Felix Nieto, Brody Johnson, Dylan Johnson, John Kozelsky, Annie Kozelsky, Cadence Novosad and Autumn Novosad.

Pallbearers – Cliff Kozelsky, Joel Novosad, Jacob Novosad, Brian Nieto, Steven Kasper, Chad Johnson and Felix Nieto.

Visitation is Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral Service will be held Friday, August 20, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton at 3:00pm. Burial to follow at Moulton City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Minnie's name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.smithfuneralhomemoulton.com for the Fisbeck family.

Smith Funeral Home - 404 West Bobkat Drive, Moulton, Tx 77975 Phone #361-596-4631

  • FAMILY

  • Norma Leeper, Daughter
  • Marlon Novosad (Deborah), Son
  • Danae Kozelsky, Daughter
  • Roger Lee Wright, Father (deceased)
  • Minnie Schacherl Wright, Mother (deceased)
  • G. G. Fisbeck, Husband (deceased)
  • June Wright, Sister (deceased)
  • Amber Nieto (Brian), Grandchild
  • Lindsay Kasper (Steven), Grandchild
  • Veronica Johnson (Chad), Grandchild
  • Cliff Kozelsky (Robyn), Grandchild
  • Joel Novosad (Ashley), Grandchild
  • Jacob Novosad (Kelley), Grandchild
  • Kaitlyn Nieto, Great Grandchild
  • Emma Nieto, Great Grandchild
  • Felix Nieto, Great Grandchild
  • Cadence Novosad, Great Grandchild
  • Brody Johnson, Great Grandchild
  • Dylan Johnson, Great Grandchild
  • John Kozelsky, Great Grandchild
  • Annie Kozelsky, Great Grandchild
  • Autumn Novosad, Great Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chad Johnson, Active Pallbearer
  • Cliff Kozelsky, Active Pallbearer
  • Brian Nieto, Active Pallbearer
  • Steve Kasper, Active Pallbearer
  • Joel Novosad, Active Pallbearer
  • Jacob Novosad, Active Pallbearer
  • Felix Nieto, Active Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude's Childrens Hospital

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, 19 August , 2021

  • Funeral Services

    Friday, 20 August , 2021

  • Burial

    Friday, 20 August , 2021

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Norma Leeper

1 September 2021

Mom I will miss our calls and all the updates on what is happening in Moulton. I thought about calling you today. You were always supportive of me all through school and even when I left to move to New Mexico. Thank you for loving my dear husband, Dave, as your own son. I am so happy for you now that you are finally home and dancing and praising Jesus with all the other saints in heaven. We will miss you here but will see you soon. Till then I love you❤✝️🕊😇

Kay Pavlicek

26 August 2021

Minnie Lee was a good friend and close cousin. She was never too busy to call or stop by and visit when she was in Shiner.
As a kid I spent a lot of time at her house with Norma and I can remember the occasion my mother and Minnie Lee had her kitchen cabinets and dining chairs in the yard and we were putting paint remover on them and scraping paint. Norma inadvertently sat on one of the chairs and had to be hosed off.
One adventure we shared was flying to Albuquerque together where I was going to attend a wedding in Santa Fe. Minnie Lee, Norma, and I visited a resale shop where Minnie Lee bought a cast iron skillet. How did she get it home--in her suitcase, of course.
This majestic matriarch was a blessing to many and will be mightily missed.

Lindsay Kasper

23 August 2021

Granie,
It's only been a few days, and already we miss your warm hugs, daily phone calls (and voicemails!) and all your hilarious Granie-isms. We were so blessed to have had you in our lives for as long as we did. We love you and miss you so much, but we know that you're happy and well in heaven (and that heaven has the cleanest yard now!!!).

Love always,
Lindsay and Steve

Amber Nieto

23 August 2021

Granie- You have been such a constant in my life that it is hard to say goodbye. You and I have shared many moments of laughter, tears, and even the occasional disagreement. Through is all though, you loved me unconditionally. Your influence helped me become who I am today. My children were also blessed to grow up having you in their lives, caring for them and teaching them through the years. They cherish this gift that they know few great-grandchildren get. Thank you for all that you have done for me, for the sacrifices you made, and for the example you gave me and my children of what it means to be a strong, faithful, hardworking, independent person. It is hard to imagine the world without your presence, but I know you are happy now. And I am happy for you.
I love you, Granie❤

Always,
Amber

Danae Kozelsky

23 August 2021

MOM….not much to say….I Love You, I Miss You, and I’ll see you and be with you AGAIN! I Can Only Imagine ♥️🙏😇

Kathy Hughes

20 August 2021

This is from Keep Moulton Beautiful winning the Governor’s Community Achievement Award. We were so proud and had worked so hard.

Kathy Hughes

20 August 2021

We loved her so much. She was so special. I loved that she said it like it was. She was also hilarious. I loved listening to her opinion on things. I missed seeing her after she quit driving around town. She always had her finger on the pulse of Moulton and was a great resource for what was going on in town. She was a tough judge. You do not see ladies like her anymore. She will be missed.

Mary Gardovsky

19 August 2021

Sincere sympathy to the family. Minnie Lee was always so kind. Prayers for the family.

Jeff and Melissa Dearinger

19 August 2021

Our deepest condolences for your loss!

Rosa Velasquez

19 August 2021

Minnie Lee will truly be missed! Had the pleasure of doing her hair for many years! She would come to my shop in Flatonia! ( Heads or Tails) always made the comment she wanted the heads part done not the Tails! When she wasn’t able to come to the shop I went to her house, or nursing home! Until I wasn’t able to go because of the virus! I have to say she spoke her peace and had many interesting tails! My deepest condolences to the family May she Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

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Biography

Minnie Lee Fisbeck was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Minnie always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Minnie was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Minnie was born on June 9, 1932 in a house in Dilworth, Texas. Her parents were Minne and Roger Lee Wright. Minnie was raised around Dilworth and Gonzales, Texas. Always able to express herself well, Minnie possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Minnie was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Minnie was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Minnie was raised with one sibling. She had a younger sister, June Wright. Minnie had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Minnie showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Minnie enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. She took part in Volleyball. She was in FHA, Secretary training, Christmas program, Senior Play and GAA Club. In her spare time she liked playing around the cabin in the woods.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Minnie was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She attended Dilworth School, Moulton High School and later transferred and graduated from Gonzales High School in 1950. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Friends and acquaintances found Minnie an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Minnie was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of her best friend was Ruby Pavliska. Later in life, she became friends with Louise Garrett, Stella Braeuer, Mildred Petras, Charlene Biehunko, Meryl Bauer, Cindy McIntosh, Pat Migl and Lorene Dierschke.

      Minnie exchanged wedding vows with her first husband Norman Novosad on November 14, 1950 and second husband Gus (G.G.) Fisbeck on July 27, 1977 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas. Minnie was attentive to Norman and Gus's feelings, and she charmed Norman and Gus and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Minnie was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationships.

      Very much like a kid herself, Minnie identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Minnie was blessed with three children; one son, Marlon and two daughters Norma and Danae. She was also blessed with six grandchildren; Amber, Lindsay, Joel, Jacob, Cliff and Veronica and nine great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Emma, Felix, Brody, Dylan, John, Annie, Cadence and Autumn.

      Minnie was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Minnie’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Minnie was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Minnie could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. After graduating from high school, Minnie worked on the family farm and was an office clerk. Over the years, she had several business endeavors with her first husband, Norman, including Novosad Produce and Corn Cob Hill. Later she decided in venture out on her own as an independent woman. She owned and managed Wagon Wheel Cafe' for a number of years, then also opened two successful businesses - The Dairy Treet in 1966 and then Granie's Stuff Antique Shop. She was employed for about 35 years as a business owner. Minnie worked hard to not only provide a good life for her family but to also help make her home - Moulton - the best place it could be.

      Minnie enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were hand crafts, reading/studying the Bible, yard work, feeding the ducks at the park, gardening, baking (apple pie especially), puzzles and yo-yo quilting. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Because she liked to take risks, Minnie was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. She was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Minnie played Volleyball. Minnie was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the high school basketball games.

      Minnie was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Minnie worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. In high school, Minnie was a member of the FHA Club, Secretary Training, Christmas Program, Senior Play and GAA Club. Throughout her later years, Minnie was an active member of the Golden Crescent.

      Minnie was a generous woman who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that she was so active and giving in her community. Minnie was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Keep Moulton Beautiful, Yule Trail and Moulton Chamber of Commerce. Politically, Minnie was Mayor of Moulton twice and Moulton City Councilwoman for a decade. She worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all those who call Moulton home. She was proud of her town; she truly loved her town.

      Minnie held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for many years. During that time, she was a volunteer at VBS & Sunday School, host of Bible Study at home and leader/organizer of prayer service at Moulton High School. She took many friends and neighbors to various doctor appointments. She was faithful in her service to God and her fellow man.

      Minnie’s natural leadership qualities placed her in consideration for public recognition, earning her accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards included Moulton Citizen of the Year and Keep Texas Beautiful, Governor's Award/Governor's Community Achievement Award.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Minnie truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Her favorite vacations included going to the beach and to Albuquerque, NM to visit Norma.

      Minnie was a lover of animals and one of her favorite things to do was to feed the ducks at the City Park.

      Minnie never retired! She was always involved in something! She used logical analysis of her later years to ensure they would be fulfilling. Still, she was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. Above all else, Minnie loved her family. She relished Sunday get-togethers and holidays spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She wanted nothing more than to spend time with those she loved. Her spunk, honesty, unwavering faith and loving embrace will be missed by those who had the privilege to call her Mom, Granie and friend.

      Minnie passed away on August 15, 2021 at home in Moulton, Texas surrounded by her children. She died of natural causes. She is survived by her children, Marlon (Debbie), Norma and Danae; her grandchildren, Amber (Brian), Lindsay (Steven), Joel (Ashley), Jacob (Kelley), Veronica (Chad) and Cliff (Robyn); and her great-grandchildren. Services were held at Zion Lutheran Church in Moulton, Texas. Minnie was laid to rest in the Moulton City Cemetery.

      Minnie was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Minnie had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Minnie Lee Fisbeck.