August 27, 1942 – January 11, 2020
Carolyn Sprenger Matte, Age 77, passed peacefully from our family’s hands to the Lord’s hands on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at her home. She was born August 27,1942 to John Henry Sprenger and Merle Modesett Sprenger in San Antonio, TX. She attended Thomas Jefferson High School where she graduated in 1960. Carol had a very active social life in her youth and could frequently be seen in her beloved 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible with the top down and her blonde hair flowing as she sped through town. She was awarded 3rd runner up and Miss Congeniality when she competed in the 1960 Miss San Antonio Pageant. Following her older sister, Jeanene, she moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1964 where she worked as a Secretary at the University of Alaska- Fairbanks and met her future husband, Army Lieutenant John F. Matte from Missoula, Montana. On July 31, 1965 at Fort Wainwright; Carol married John, her best friend and the love of her life. Their marriage would last 55 years and produce two beautiful daughters, Dawn and Michelle. After the birth of their first daughter Dawn, Carol convinced John to leave the cold weather behind and return to San Antonio. In 1969, John and Carol both got their real estate licenses and the following year their youngest daughter Michelle was born. John worked full time in Real Estate while Carol chose to stay home and raise her two daughters. She was an outstanding Mother with high morals and became the foundation of their home and family. After raising both of her daughters, Carol and John worked tirelessly to develop and launch, The Home Team Realtors (now Home Team of America). She was a night owl who loved playing golf and spades, dancing, sunbathing, The Golden Girls, rooting for The San Antonio Spurs, Sunday broadcasts of Cornerstone services and spending summers with her grandchildren. Carolyn was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister Jeneane M. Ricketson, and many Aunts and Uncles. She is survived by her husband, John F. Matte; her two daughters, Dawn E. Jackson and Michelle (Jason) Ruhnke. Four Grandchildren; Kayla L. Matte, Andria (Michael Randle) Jackson, Brittany (Michael) Vesely, and Colt R. Ruhnke. Four Great-Grandchildren; Aubree L. Ritchie, Macie-Rae Randle, Avery M. Ritchie and Mackenzie F. Vesely. She is also survived by her Neice, Patricia “Patsy” Smith and numerous cousins in both the Granger and San Antonio area as well as her cherished cat Skitten. She was always the most beautiful woman in the room and loved by all who met her; She will be deeply missed. At her request, services will be held at Condra Funeral Home; Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:30am followed by the interment at the Beard Family Cemetery in Granger, TX.
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020
January 20, 2020
I loved her so much and she was like a mother to me. I'm so glad that I got the chance to see her one last time. Wouldn't change for the world. I will forever miss her and her smile. Such a beautiful person. Such a big part of my life.
January 19, 2020
I have so many fond memories of Carol. Having spent many, many hours hanging out at the Matte household during high school, the big thing that comes to mind is that I was always welcome there. If the family was going somewhere I was always welcome to come along. Carol was fun to talk to and always interested in what I was up to. There is much sadness at this time, but I pray for sadness to be replaced with all the happy memories that she helped to create. Love you all!
January 19, 2020
Im so sorry for the loss of your beautiful and beloved mom. It sounds like she led an amazing life and while at it, created an amazing family. May she Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father.
January 16, 2020
Carol was always Sweet and Kind. For many years she answered the phone after hours for Home Team and she always recognized your voice. She made you feel special when she talked to you. She was a real Trooper for putting up with all of us all those years. We will miss her deeply.
John please know she will never be gone just touch your Heart and her Heart is beating with yours now. Love is so special it never dies.
My Families Heart and Prayers are with you and your Family.
Charli, Bob and Keith Kiser