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Pearl Katherine Zievert

October 17, 1937October 14, 2019
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Pearl Katherine Zievert, 81, of Shiner, Texas passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at Shiner Nursing & Rehab in Shiner, Texas.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas and will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:00 am at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Joe Machacek officiating. Interment will follow at Shiner City Cemetery in Shiner, Texas. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am on Thursday prior to the Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Buffington Funeral Home.

Pearl was born on October 17, 1937 in Lavaca County, just west of Shiner, Texas. She was the daughter of Alfred and Katherine (Vincik) Sembera. At the age of four, she and her family moved to Houston, where she grew up. Pearl married Raymond Zievert on April 21, 1956. In 1979 the family moved to the Nickel community, where they lived for over thirty three years. Raymond passed away in Dec. 2006. Pearl and Raymond, Jr. moved to Shiner in 2012. Pearl enjoyed Czech music, dancing, when she was able, and vacations with her family.

Pearl is survived by her son, Raymond Zievert Jr., two sisters Lillie Krebs of Shiner, Texas, Joyce and Lev Jackson of Shiner, Texas, two nephews, Aaron Krebs and his wife, Michele of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Paul Vanek and his fiancé, Lorie of Little Rock, Arkansas, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Katherine Sembera, her loving husband of 50 years, her brother-in-law, Robert Krebs, and an infant niece,

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be given to the Shiner Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 308, Shiner, TX 77984.

To join the family in celebrating Pearl’s life, and to offer words of comfort, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomeshiner.com


  • Alfred Sembera, Father (deceased)
  • Katherine Sembera, Mother (deceased)
  • Raymond Edward Zievert Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Raymond Zievert Jr., Son
  • Joyce Jackson, Sister
  • Lev Jackson, Brother-in-law
  • Lillie Krebs, Sister
  • Robert Krebs, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Paul Vanek, Nephew
  • Lorie Vanek, fiance'
  • Aaron Krebs, Nephew
  • Michele Krebs, niece-in-law
  • Pearl also leaves several nieces, nephews, and cousins to cherish her memory.

  • Shiner Animal Shelter



  • Visitation Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 17, 2019


  • Interment


Pearl Katherine Zievert

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      Pearl Katherine Zievert was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Pearl was born on October 17, 1937 at at home in Lavaca County, Texas. Her parents were Alfred and Katherine Sembera. Pearl was raised in Houston, Texas. he was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Zievert household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Pearl was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Pearl was raised with two. She had two younger sisters, Lillie and Joyce. Pearl was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Pearl and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Pearl was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Pearl was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Pearl developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Pearl's memorable achievements included Drawing. However, what Pearl enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Pearl as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Reagan High School in Houston, Texas in 1955. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Art Class. Pearl was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Pearl always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Pearl was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Pearl was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Pearl to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were Erwin Vincik. Later in life, she had many friends from High School.

       Compassionate and devoted to Raymond, Pearl held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Raymond and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Pearl brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Pearl was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Pearl was blessed with one child, one son, Raymond Edward Zievert, Jr.

      Pearl greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Pearl enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Pearl was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was a homemaker. She was employed for one year gift wrapping atFoley's Department Store in Houston, Texas. Pearl worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Pearl as a member, since she always brought with her a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Pearl was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that she was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. She always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout her later years, Pearl was an active member of the Western Dance Club in Moulton, Texas.

      Pearl was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of the Catholic Church. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Pearl enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Pearl appeared effortless. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Pearl always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included trips to Kake Taho and Las Vegas.

      Pearl was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Pearl’s favorites was Baby, a chihuahua dog. They were best friends for twelve years. Her family was rounded out by her two dogs, Shotsie and Rosie.

      Pearl Katherine Zievert passed away on October 14, 2019 at Shiner Nursing & Rehab in Shiner, Texas. Many problems led to heart failure. She is survived by her son, Raymond, Jr., her sisters, Lillie and Joyce. Services were held at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas. Pearl was laid to rest in Shiner City Cemetery in Shiner, Texas.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Pearl Katherine Zievert. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.