OBITUARY

Elaine B. Wheat

July 12, 1936December 28, 2018
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Long-time columnist, Elaine B. Wheat, 82, of Victoria, Texas, passed away peacefully at Citizen’s Memorial Hospital on December 28, 2018 surrounded by loving family and friends.

Elaine was born in San Antonio, Texas, on July 12, 1936, to the late N.A. and Mattye “Budgie” (Davis) Bomar. She and her family moved to Goliad, Texas in 1945 where she and her sister, Jo Rae were raised. It was there that she excelled in high school athletics, marching band, and twirling. She attended Baylor University and earned her Bachelors and Masters of Education from Texas State University. As a teacher and coach, she raised her sons “Buck and Brad” in Kenedy and Goliad, Texas, and then continued her public school education as an athletic coach, teacher, educator, and counselor during the next three decades at Victoria I.S.D. She also taught at Nazareth Academy, Trinity Episcopal School, St Joseph High School, and Our Lady of Victory School. Elaine was teacher and mentor to many teachers, including Mary Post of Victoria. Most readers will fondly remember Elaine Wheat as the author of the weekly column, “Oceans for Emotions” that has appeared in The Victoria Advocate in every Saturday edition since the early 1980s. Elaine was very proud that she never missed writing an Oceans article for 38 years. Her column of spiritual reflection coupled with witty, personal experiences has been one of the longest-running continuous publications in the Advocate’s history. Her “Oceans for Emotions” columns were about three things that she loved: God, the ocean, and fishing. Along with her column, she is also the author of three volumes of her articles along with a publication of poetry, “And it Came to Pass.” Her articles touched the lives of many and she is an inspiration to all.

Elaine Wheat is survived by her sons, Br. Jonathan Wheat, CMJ, of Chicago (Buck), and Michael B. Wheat (Brad) and wife, Michella, of San Antonio; best friend, Mary Ann Post of Victoria; sister, Jo Rae Dwyer Lange of Victoria; grandchildren Dyanne Wheat-Bongiovanni and husband Jason of Seoul, S. Korea, Marilyn Elaine Wheat and fiancé Patrick Thompson of Houston, and Rayce Wheat of San Antonio, and two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Ezra; nephews Patrick Dwyer (Cindy), Rob Dwyer, Zach Lara, Charlie Lara and niece Abby Elaine Lara, and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in passing by her parents N.A. and Mattye “Budgie” Bomar of Goliad, and nieces Joanna Tharpe of Dallas and Shannon Lara of Victoria. Her life and her passion was exemplified by her six decades of teaching, coaching, counseling, and inspirational writing. Though her loss will be mourned, joy will always be found in the thousands of hearts of those who have learned, grown, been inspired, and have excelled in life from the wisdom and love she so freely shared. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Services are as follows, A rosary is to be recited on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 105 N. Williams, with the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 11:30 AM. Graveside services and burial will follow in Glendale Cemetery in Goliad. Pallbearers will be Charlie Lara, Zach Lara, Dusty Dwyer, Patrick Dwyer, Ron Eichorn, Tom Jansen, John Fuqua, Jackie Lambert. Honorary pallbearers are Rob Dwyer, Jerome Kotzur, Jill Lambert, Dee Skeete, Charlotte Powell, Joyce Wheeler, Barbara Sutter, Gillian McDaniels, Nancy Denison, Gloria Hernandez, Heather Jahnsen, Rosie Jahnsen, Mary Jean Seiler, Barbara Haley and Jan Lahodny. Altar servers are Jane Lambert and Julia Lambert.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com

  • FAMILY

  • Br. Jonathan (Buck) Wheat CMJ, Son
  • Michael B. Wheat (Brad) and wife, Michaella, Son
  • May Ann Post, Best Friend
  • Jo Rae Dwyer Lange, Sister
  • Dyanne Wheat-Bongiovanni and husband, Jason, Grandchild and spouse
  • Marilyn Elaine Wheat and fiance, Patrick Thompson, Grandchild and fiance
  • Rayce Wheat, Grandchild
  • Joseph and Ezra, Two great grandchild
  • Patrick Dwyer (Cindy), Nephew and spouse
  • Rob Dwyer, Nephew
  • Zach Lara, Nephew
  • Charlie Lara, Nephew
  • Abby Elaine Lara, Niece
  • N. A. Bomar, Father
  • Mattye "Budgie" Davis Bomar, Mother
  • Joanna Tharpe, Niece
  • Shannon Lara, Niece
  • Elaine is loved and remembered by many great nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Charlie Lara
  • Zach Lara
  • Dusty Dwyer
  • Patrick Dwyer
  • Ron Eichorn
  • Tom Jasen
  • John Faqua
  • Jackie Lambert
  • Rob Dwyer, Honorary
  • Jerome Kotzur, Honorary
  • Jill Lambert, Honorary
  • Dee Skeete, Honorary
  • Charlotte Powell
  • Joyce Wheeler, Honorary
  • Barbara Sutter, Honorary
  • Gillian McDaniels, Honorary
  • Nancy Denison, Honorary
  • Gloria Hernandez, Honorary
  • Heather Jahnsen, Honorary
  • Rosie Jahnsen, Honorary
  • Mary Jean Seiler, Honorary
  • Barbara Haley, Honorary
  • Jan Lahodny, Honorary
  • Jane Lambert, Altar Server
  • Julia Lambert, Altar Server

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Rosary Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Elaine B. Wheat

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Amy Eckerman

January 8, 2019

Mrs. Wheat was my 8th grade Speech coach at Our Lady of Victory. She allowed me to read her poem, The Children, Yes (a tribute to Carl Sandburg) for competitions in middle and high school. Her encouragement and confidence in me made me feel so special. It was the first time I realized I like public speaking and that I could do a good job at something I put hard work into. That confidence helped me so much through high school, college, and in my career. She is always the answer to the question, "who inspired you growing up." I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I will never forget her and the difference she made in my life. -Amy Bluntzer Eckerman

Mary Post

January 1, 2019

Belinda Waters

January 1, 2019

Ms. Wheat also taught several years in Goliad ISD. She not only was my amazing teacher, but also my neighbor! She was my speech teacher in middle school and then she moved to high school where she provided lots of advice and guidance when I needed it!! I will cherish the impact she had on my life as well as her mom, Budgie!!! Two quotes I try to still live by are "No Stinkin' Thinkin'" and "If you do nothing, you get nothing"! Rest in peace, sweet lady!!!

Elizabeth Metting

December 31, 2018

Just a few months ago, I had brief memory emails with Elaine! I found her email address in another obituary of a mutual acquaintance from Goliad. She was our star pitcher on the softball team at Goliad High School and our summer team. With her as pitcher, we seldom lost a game! I was in the grade between Elaine and Jo Rae. Although I was a couple of years older than Elaine, I have many fond school memories of her and her parents who were wonderful people. Living for many years in Goliad and Refugio, I read her articles in the Advocate while in the area.

My condolences to all the family as I am very much aware of the loss felt of losing one who shares all our memories from birth to present.

Elizabeth Gottschald Metting

Dr Edward Walker

December 30, 2018

Dear John and the rest of the Wheat family,

I am sorry to read of your Mom's passing. You may not remember me from Texas State, but we were students of Dr. Whalen.

I read your Mom's column for many years and marveled at her spirituality. Though I am not a fisherman, I loved her allegorical references to the sea and the power of her prayers.

You will miss her earthly presence, but she will live on in each of you until you are reunited in God's presence again. Meanwhile, my prayers are with all of you. May His Grace and Peace surround you.

Ed Walker

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Biography

Long-time columnist, Elaine B. Wheat, 82, of Victoria, Texas, passed away peacefully at Citizen’s Memorial Hospital on December 28, 2018 surrounded by loving family and friends.

Elaine was born in San Antonio, Texas, on July 12, 1936, to the late N.A. and Mattye “Budgie” (Davis) Bomar. She and her family moved to Goliad, Texas in 1945 where she and her sister, Jo Rae were raised. It was there that she excelled in high school athletics, marching band, and twirling. She attended Baylor University and earned her Bachelors and Masters of Education from Texas State University.
As a teacher and coach, she raised her sons “Buck and Brad” in Kenedy and Goliad, Texas, and then continued her public school education as an athletic coach, teacher, educator, and counselor during the next three decades at Victoria I.S.D. She also taught at Nazareth Academy, Trinity Episcopal School, St Joseph High School, and Our Lady of Victory School. Elaine was teacher and mentor to many teachers, including Mary Post of Victoria.
Most readers will fondly remember Elaine Wheat as the author of the weekly column, “Oceans for Emotions” that has appeared in The Victoria Advocate in every Saturday edition since the early 1980s. Elaine was very proud that she never missed writing an Oceans article for 38 years. Her column of spiritual reflection coupled with witty, personal experiences has been one of the longest-running continuous publications in the Advocate’s history. Her “Oceans for Emotions” columns were about three things that she loved: God, the ocean, and fishing. Along with her column, she is also the author of three volumes of her articles along with a publication of poetry, “And it Came to Pass.” Her articles touched the lives of many and she is an inspiration to all.

Elaine Wheat is survived by her sons, Br. Jonathan Wheat, CMJ, of Chicago (Buck), and Michael B. Wheat (Brad) and wife, Michella, of San Antonio; best friend, Mary Ann Post of Victoria; sister, Jo Rae Dwyer Lange of Victoria; grandchildren Dyanne Wheat-Bongiovanni and husband Jason of Seoul, S. Korea, Marilyn Elaine Wheat and fiancé Patrick Thompson of Houston, and Rayce Wheat of San Antonio, and two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Ezra; nephews Patrick Dwyer (Cindy), Rob Dwyer, Zach Lara, Charlie Lara and niece Abby Elaine Lara, and many great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in passing by her parents N.A. and Mattye “Budgie” Bomar of Goliad, and nieces Joanna Tharpe of Dallas and Shannon Lara of Victoria.
Her life and her passion was exemplified by her six decades of teaching, coaching, counseling, and inspirational writing.
Though her loss will be mourned, joy will always be found in the thousands of hearts of those who have learned, grown, been inspired, and have excelled in life from the wisdom and love she so freely shared.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Services are as follows, A rosary is to be recited on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 105 N. Williams, with the Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 11:30 AM. Graveside services and burial will follow in Glendale Cemetery in Goliad.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Lara, Zach Lara, Dusty Dwyer, Patrick Dwyer, Ron Eichorn, Tom Jansen, John Fuqua, Jackie Lambert. Honorary pallbearers are Rob Dwyer, Jerome Kotzur, Jill Lambert, Dee Skeete, Charlotte Powell, Joyce Wheeler, Barbara Sutter, Gillian McDaniels,
Nancy Denison, Gloria Hernandez, Heather Jahnsen, Rosie Jahnsen, Mary Jean Seiler, Barbara Haley and Jan Lahodny. Altar servers are Jane Lambert and Julia Lambert.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com