Cecilia (Heidi) Rhymer

September 17, 1928May 13, 2018

Cecilia (Heidi) Rhymer

Born September 17, 1928 in Thaling, Austria to Joseph and Maria Muehlberger.

Survived by her daughter, Mollie Bersch (husband Tom) of Copperas Cove, TX; grandson, Kevin Allen (wife Naomi) of China Spring, TX; and great-granddaughter, Kaylee Allen of China Spring, TX.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Rhymer Sr.; son, Walter Muehlberger; brother, John Muehlberger; and grandson Brian Dean Allen.

Mrs. Rhymer traveled the world as an Army wife and lived in Virginia, California, Massachusetts, France, Germany, and Texas. She moved to her forever home in Copperas Cove in 1959.

She graduated High School in Austria and attended classes at Central Texas College.

She was an English translator in Austria, a Secretary at Central Insurance Firm in San Francisco, California, a Head Cashier at the Post Exchange on Fort Hood, Texas, a Cashier at the Commissary on Fort Hood, Texas and Volunteered for the American Red Cross on Fort Hood, Texas.

The most important thing in her life was family. She doted on her grandsons and her great granddaughter. She was affectionately called “Nannie” by many.

One of her greatest talents was knitting and she gifted many socks and ladies booties to all of her favorite people including family, friends, neighbors, and her Doctors and Nurses.

She was also good at canning pickles and beets and would share these with a lucky few.

Her green thumb was apparent when Spring came and her yard was filled with blooms. She passed down that passion to her daughter Mollie.

She was an excellent cook and made her famous Schnitzel whenever family would come to visit. She loved to travel and explore new places. She and her friends would take many day trips around Texas to have new adventures. Trips with “the girls” to Las Vegas and Shreveport, LA was always fun and she made many new friends locally playing Bingo.

She also had a passion for photography. She took classes at Central Texas College and you could always count on her to take pictures at all events and on the road during her travels.

In 2001 she sat down and wrote her life story in a book of memoirs. Later it was published and she was very proud to be an author.

All in all she was fiercely independent when she became a widow, was very outspoken, and generous to a fault. For 89 years she lived a simple but rewarding life. She will be missed by many.

The family would like to thank Dr. Karen Harrison for her care and compassion. Also the Doctors and Staff at Metroplex Hospital and Scott and White Hospital especially the Staff at Hill Country Rehab and Nursing where she spent the last three months of her life.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 2:30 PM in the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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  • Mollie Bersch (husband Tom), Daughter & Son-im-law
  • Kevin Allen (wife Naomi), Grandson & Granddaughter-in-law
  • Kaylee Allen, Great Granddaughter
  • She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Rhymer Sr.; son, Walter Muehlberger; brother, John Muehlberger; and grandson Brian Dean Allen.


  • Graveside Services Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cecilia (Heidi) Rhymer

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Debbie Daniels Powell

May 29, 2018

So sorry for your loss. I loved your Mother very much. I remember playing cards with you and your family many late nights. She was so special and made everyone feel at home. I know you will miss her.
Love, Debbie