Viola J McCorkle

December 30, 1930July 4, 2021
Obituary of Viola J McCorkle
Vi Jaeschke McCorkle passed away at the age of 90 on July 4, 2021. It was as though this Independence Day celebrations and firework displays seemed to emphasize Vi’s own independence beginning in her early childhood and continuing throughout her life. Her son, Joseph M. McCorkle, youngest sister, Doris Kosub, and brother-in-law, Jim Kosub, were at her bedside at the Eagle’s Trace Senior Living Community in Houston. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 10, at the Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery followed by a graveside service. Born in the early morning hours of December 30, 1930, Vi was the second of three daughters born to Edmund (Ed) Jaeschke and Isabell Gertrude Siebenhor Jaeschke. At the time of her birth, she and her family were living on the Dr. Ed Goethe farm located south of San Antonio at the confluence of the San Antonio and Medina Rivers. When Vi was almost 4 years old, her parents bought a farm on Valley Road and had a house built. They moved in their new home in October 1934. When looking at her baby pictures, Vi would bluntly and gleefully describe herself as a “chubby baby,” weighing in at 8 1/2 pounds and the “largest” of her two sisters. However, though she seemed to think she was a “chubby baby,” she was slender and elegant throughout her lifetime. Vi begin her early childhood by collecting pets. She began with Snowball, an all-white long-haired Persian cat with a black spot on top of his head between his ears. Vi recalled her mother telling the Snowball story of Vi getting a pair of scissors one day and cutting the fur off his tail. Next came a pet rooster and dog. Vi “liked butter and would open the ice box door to scoop up butter from the butter dish with her hand.” She would then run off with the butter oozing out between her fingers and eating it while her mother chased her trying to catch her. Some future cousin may wonder if Vi’s mother ever caught her. Unfortunately, “The Butter Chase” of the Jaeschke family will remain left to future generations to find an answer to the question of whether Vi was or was not caught. Vi claimed she and her oldest sister “never really got along, explaining her sister, Laura, wanted a baby brother and was expecting her to be a boy but was quite disappointed when I was a baby sister.” Vi’s beloved paternal grandmother, Sophia Jaeschke, regularly visited and would stay for three months each time. When Vi’s mother would drive her older sister to school each day, the inquisitive middle child and her Grandmother Jaeschke would ride along because on the way back home, they would stop at Sorolla’s Store in Buena Vista so her grandmother could buy bananas for Vi, who loved bananas throughout her lifetime. She added, “I think I was her favorite grandchild. She wasn’t as fond of Laura because Laura would run over her toes with her tricycle.” Farm chores filled many hours for Vi. She was responsible for shucking and shelling corn for the chickens, gathering eggs, carrying in wood and kindling for the stove. Sometimes she had to go to the field with her Dad or Mom to drive in the cows to be milked. In the summer she helped her father in the cornfield by sewing up corn sacks to be used when he was getting the corn ready to take to market. Later in the summer when the corn season was over, her Dad picked the nubbins for the chickens, pigs and mules. Vi would drive the wagon while her Dad and his workers would strip the corn stalks for any ears of corn that may have been overlooked. Vi began her educational journey at Buena Vista School from the 1st to 9th grades. While at Buena Vista she was director of the Rhythm Band and later director of the Choral Singers. She participated in the Girl Scouts and the 4-H Club. During this time, she was selected by the Farm and Ranch Committee of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to receive 26 baby turkeys to raise, take care of them, and keep a record of how much was spent on feed and medicine. Feed expenses came to $14.40. When the turkeys were large enough to sell, she earned $91.40. She kept one turkey for the family’s Christmas dinner in 1945. After completing Buena Vista, she attended Harlandale High School, completing the 10th through the 12th grades. She was voted into the Gold Battalion, the school’s drill team/pep squad. She became Second Lieutenant in the Gold Battalion and was one of two Historians. Vi also participated in the Photo Club, elected Vice President of the Spanish Club and named to the National Honor Society. College was her next step after graduating high school. She enrolled in Our Lady of the Lake College. Vi was “always bothered by their strict rules and curfews” and begged to quit college on a regular basis. Her mother always said no and decided to move Vi home during her senior year so she could “have more freedom.” Needing transportation from the farm to college, her mother bought Vi her first car - a 1952 yellow Chevrolet black hardtop at $2,500.00. Her mother gave her $500 for a graduation present (which went towards a car payment) and Vi paid her mom back the remaining $2,000.00. Vi graduated in May 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Vi was hired at Headquarters Fourth Army, Fort Sam Houston to work in Civilian Personnel, the Chemical Division, Military Personnel and MOW (Morale, Discipline and Welfare) Division. After 2-1/2 year working in Civil Service she moved on to the private sector. Vi was hired at Lone Star Brewing Company and learned to “like beer; experiencing a coffee break in morning, a beer break in the afternoon and Happy Hour from 5pm-6pm each work day.” After three years, Vi decided to “go foreign” and applied for a job with Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco). She was accepted immediately and after passing her physical and taking “umpteen” shots, she was ready to go to Saudi Arabia. It was there that she met her future husband, Joe McCorkle. He arrived in Saudi Arabia in February and was sent to Abqaiq. Vi arrived in Saudi Arabia less than three weeks later and stayed in Dhahran. She initially worked in the Steno Pool and then transferred to the Accounting Department. They dated for several years and on August 4, 1961, they were married in Kusnacht, Switzerland, and had a three-week honeymoon in Europe. Their only child, Joseph, arrived in the following year in May 1962. “Little Joe” grew up in Saudi Arabia, and when he was ready for high school, “Big Joe” retired from Aramco in 1977 and the family was relocated to Houston, Texas. After several years of being a housewife and not working outside the home, she started a part-time job with Quilts, Inc. It soon became a full-time job. She worked there with her sister, Doris, for 15 years. Vi, Joe and their son “Little Joe” returned to Europe in 2011 to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They went to City Hall in Kusnacht. The Records Administrator found their marriage license in the record book, “it was an exciting time for all three.” In 2004 Vi and Joe moved to Heritage Grand in Katy, TX and made new friends and regularly participated in social events. Her anticipated arrival of her only grandchild, Kenlee, became a reality in March 2013. Vi adored Kenlee and lovingly referred to her as “Peanut.” Vi took great pleasure in telling stories about Kenlee’s great adventures and how “smart that little girl is.” Vi looked forward to the annual family get-togethers for Easter, Thanksgiving, Annual Christmas Cookie Baking Day, and Christmas at her nephews’ home, Kenneth Kosub and his wife, Tammy, in Katy. Vi’s famous Zucchini Bread, Lemon Squares, and Corn Pudding will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, and other family members. Vi had a lifetime passion for pursuing her goals. She was driven to achieve her dreams, with the No. 1 Dream of traveling the world. And, she did…some 96 countries during her lifetime. Vi’s granddaughter can proudly tell the story of her adventurous grandmother in the years to come. Her grandmother, a trailblazer during her time – graduating from college when only men went to college and then moving to the other side of the world - by herself and getting married in another country. Vi opened herself up to welcome life into her world. Survivors include her son, Joseph M. McCorkle of Katy, Texas and one grandchild, Kenlee McCorkle of Richmond, Texas. She also leaves behind her sister, Doris Kosub of Montgomery, TX and her husband, Jim Kosub. In addition, she leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces who adored her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E. McCorkle of Houston, TX, her parents, Edmund Jaeschke and Isabell Gertrude Siebenhor Jaeschke of San Antonio, TX and her oldest sister, Laura Isabel Jaeschke Donathen of San Antonio, Texas.

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