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Harry Lee Woelfel

October 10, 1938September 9, 2020
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On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Harry Lee Woelfel was called to his heavenly home at the age of 81. He passed away peacefully at his long time residence surrounded by his family.

Harry was born on October 10, 1938 in Thorndale, Texas, the fourth child of Oscar G. Woelfel and Esther (Iselt) Woelfel. He was baptized at St. Paul's Church in Thorndale on October 30, 1938. In 1939 the family moved to Houston and attended Messiah Lutheran Church downtown. Then, in 1949 the Woelfel’s moved to the Spring Branch area where they attended St. Mark Lutheran Church; Harry was confirmed there in 1953. He graduated from Lutheran High School in 1958 and on June 5, 1960 he married Miss Geraldine Freitag of Avon, South Dakota.

Harry was drafted into the US Army in 1961, serving active duty as an instructor with the Army Corps of Engineers until 1964. He was honorably discharged from Army Reserve duty in 1967. While in the army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, daughter, Lisa Dawn Woelfel was born in 1963. After returning to Houston, son, Michael Wayne Woelfel was born in 1970.

Harry worked as an electrician in Houston, for the same company,for 48 years, retiring from Pieper Houston Electric in 2006. In his free time he enjoyed antiquing, restoring old clocks, gardening, hunting, the outdoors and helping others. He was an active member of St. Mark, singing in the choir, serving as usher, assisting with communion and serving on numerous boards and committees over the years. He spent 8 years, alongside his wife, working with the prison ministry at the Jester Unit in Sugarland. He was also an active member of the Men's Retreat and Helping Hands at St. Mark. Harry was always willing to help with any projects for the church and its members.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Esther and his sister Lenora Noack. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Gerry, his brother Wilbert, sisters Lorene and Gloria; his children, Lisa (Don) Emery and Michael; three grandchildren, Aaron (Amy) Hollingshead, Rachel (Zach) Haynes and Amanda Emery; one great-grandchild, Neil, and numerous other in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones.


Family and friends came together to tell stories, and share memories during a visitation at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1515 Hillendahl, in Houston, where The Reverend Matt Popovits officiated a celebration of Harry's life at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. A private family burial followed at Woodlawn Garden of Memories, also in Houston.

Please click on the tab below this obituary, "Add a Memory," to share your favorite story, or leave your condolences for Gerry and her family.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorial donations in Mr. Woelfel's memory be directed to Texas Conservation Alliance. Please access the information below or click on "Donations" link for direct access to the Texas Conservative Alliance Website.

Donate through the website: https://www.tcatexas.org/post/woelfel - Click one time - Choose Amount - Click “Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone” - Click In Memory Of - Type Honoree Name - Harry Woelfel - Type Person to Notify - Lisa Emery - Type Recipient Email - harry.lee.woelfel@gmail.com - Add a message if you would like to do so - Click Next - Type your information (name, address…) - Click Next - Type Payment Information & click Donate Donate through the phone - (512) 327-4119 - Honoree Name - Harry Woelfel - Person to Notify - Lisa Emery - Recipient Email - harry.lee.woelfel@gmail.com Donate through the mail - Mailing address - Texas Conservation Alliance, PO Box 822554, Dallas, TX 75382-2554 - Honoree Name - Harry Woelfel - Person to Notify - Lisa Emery - Recipient Email - harry.lee.woelfel@gmail.com


  • Aaron Hollingshead
  • Mark Freitag
  • Kenneth Noack
  • Robert Noack
  • Harvey Owens
  • John Wheaton
  • Wilbert Woelfel, Honorary
  • Gerald Freitag, Honorary
  • Merle Freitag, Honorary
  • Vic Vitanza, Honorary


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020


Harry Lee Woelfel

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Peggy Andrews

September 20, 2020

Gosh, I don't know where to start since I have not only been a neighbor of Harry and Gerry for over 50 years as well as a friend. Harry was always there when I needed my out side light to work or a bulb replaced and plugs in the house replaced. I remember he showed me how to get my ceiling fan to work and so many other things. Gerry was always there for me too and we talked a lot on the street when she and Harry would walk by my house. Also, all the hugs I got from both of them at Church or when we met some where. I will miss seeing Harry here on earth but look forward to seeing him in Heaven some day. Peggy Andrews

Pam Weyant

September 20, 2020

I will always remember my Uncle Harry as a very gentle, soft-spoken, patient man who was ready to help someone in whatever way he could; always being involved in some type of ministry; having a joke or two to tell each time we visited; for planting a garden every season that produced humongous vegetables; and for choosing to make treks to the northern plains to celebrate Christmases with the rest of us northerners. And I will be forever grateful for choosing my dear Aunt Geraldine to be his wife, giving me my two Texas cousins. You will be truly missed, Uncle Harry. Rest in sweet peace.

Yvonne Symank

September 18, 2020

Harry was one of the finest, kindest, caring and gentle man I ever knew. Harry, Gerry and I reconnected about 5 years ago at my brother's funeral. Gerry said to me, "We should get together sometime" and from that time on, the three of us started having lunch once a month at Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant. Gerry and I would chat like two little girls while Harry was happy to just sit and listen, eating his red salsa and chips. He wasn't much of a talker, but I could always tell he was enjoying himself. What a sweet spirit he had. The three of us would never part without sharing hugs and saying, "I love you".
Harry, my dear friend, you will truly be missed.

Marie Zander Watson

September 18, 2020

Harry and Gerry have been close personal and family friends for over 60 years. I was blessed to be a part of their wedding. You could always feel the love they shared for their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for each other, their children, their family, and for all people.

Harry and Gerry were very active in church activities. Always willing to do whatever it took to get the job done. As a member of the church's Board of Trustees (those people who use their God - given talents to make sure everything is kept safe, functioning, and pretty at the church), Harry was always there to do his part and more.

After Harry retired, he and Gerry made it their mission to help others by taking them to the doctor, explaining confusing paper work, helping with projects around the house, bringing homegrown vegetables, visiting the sick and dying, and in general spreading joy to everyone they knew. When our quite independent 90+ year old Uncle Arthur ran into a problem he needed help with, and since Ken and I lived 5 hours away, he would say "Don't worry. I'll get Harry and Gerry to help me." And they did. They came to visit Uncle Arthur hours before he went to be with Jesus and brought him, my brother Wayne, Ken and me the comfort of God's Good Word. What joy it gives us to know that Harry and Uncle Arthur and so many others that Harry loved, helped, and told about the love of Jesus, are celebrating God's Goodness together in Heaven with Jesus. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Gerry, family and friends, God Bless you and keep you in His tender, loving care.

Marie Zander Watson

Joe Skelton

September 18, 2020

First of all, let me share my condolences to all who knew Harry.
Harry had a wonderfully positive mindset, was a great mentor, lead by example, and had an amazing work ethic. He was probably the hardest working man that I have ever worked with. I remember it impressed me that all the way up to his retirement, he would be the first, if needed to, climb into an attic, or grab a shovel and start digging, without hesitation. Harry believed in the value of an honest days work. In sharing with another member of the Pieper family, I learned how he and Harry where digging in the hot sun one day. He told Harry, "Take a break Harry, I can finish the digging myself." To which Harry replied, "Nope. I have to earn my keep as well." Just one example of why I believe that Harry's direct and indirect impact will live on at Pieper.

You will be sorely missed sir.


Peggy Stockton

September 18, 2020

Terry and I feel honored to have known Harry. I thank God for being able to worship with Harry and Gerry at St. Mark. Surely Jesus is saying “ Well done, thou good and faithful servant” to Harry. Harry lived his faith. We will never forget him.

Merle Freitag

September 17, 2020

Sweet Geraldine, my favorite sister. Of all the memories we (you, Harry, Phyllis and I) shared, my favorite was the Alaskan Cruise to celebrate your 50th Wedding Anniversary. The meals we shared, the sight-seeing and the impact of "family" sharing together were very meaningful to me at that time and even today. I still recall the Steward and his "washy-washy" greeting at every meal. I'm not sure what Heaven will be like, but I look forward with anticipation to the joy that will be there for each of us and for our families.
Phyllis and I loved you and Harry very much, and still do. May God Bless you now and always, Merle

Daniel Emery

September 17, 2020

Mr. Woelfel always had a smile. One of the nicest men I ever knew. He will be missed. What an honor to have known him.

Cyndee (Jensen) Bratton

September 17, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Woelfel family. Gerry, you have always held a special place in my heart. May the Lord bring you peace knowing that Harry is with his Savior. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family.
St. Mark 4th Grade Class 1967-68.

Willie Cyr

September 17, 2020

A story, confession and sermon.
The Story:
Harry had a keen eye for spotting "good junk" on the side of the road that had been discarded, fallen off a vehicle or just ended up there. We're talking about items like bungee straps with just on hook, bent up tools or a piece of wood that was just right for something. Harry could always find the value in these items even if they had been run over a few times.
When you were assigned to work with Harry he drove and you were the passenger. One of your responsibilities was to gather up the items when Harry spotted them all the while risking your life in the Houston traffic. Please note that there are no recorded incidents of death or injury during one of these missions.
One day in 1978 or 79 I was assigned to work with Harry. After completing our work for the day we headed back to the shop. We were traveling East on Hammerly Blvd when a HL&P line truck passed us in the opposite direction. Before I knew it Harry had that truck on two wheels while performing the perfect u-turn. He had spotted a 20' X 3/8" chain with hooks on both ends fall off the HL&P truck. As instructed I hopped out of the truck and gathered up the chain. (I hope Charlie Kahanek doesn't read this)
The Confession:
Harry kept that chain..........until we got to the shop, then he gave it to me. I still carry that chain in the back of my truck. I think I'll keep that chain. (Sorry Charlie)
The Sermon:
How impressive was it that Harry was always able to find the good in cast off items that he rescued from the side of the road. Whats more impressive was that this was the same way that Harry treated people. He found the best in people and treated them with love and compassion. The world could sure use some more Harrys right now.

Thank you Harry for being such a great example,



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