OBITUARY

Ronald W. Friedel

May 26, 1964January 8, 2021
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OBITUARY – RONALD WADE FRIEDEL

Ronald Friedel, 56, passed away January 8, 2021 in a Houston hospital. Born May 26, 1964 to Stanley and Georgie Lee Friedel in Victoria, Texas. Attended Our Lady of Victory School through 8th grade. Graduated from Victoria High School in May 1982. Entered Immaculate Heart of Mary seminary in Santa Fe, New Mexico in fall of 1982 taking classes at The College of Santa Fe. Graduated from College of Santa Fe in Dec. 1986 with a degree in Religion Studies. He took some time to look into Religious order priesthood. Spent one semester with the Franciscans in Quincy, Illinois. Decided that was not for him. He was asked to teach the spring semester (theology) at St. Joseph High School in Victoria. He realized he loved teaching so he got his Master’s Degree in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He taught theology at St. Joseph High School for over 20 years. Then he became the Director of the Spiritual Renewal Center. After leaving the Spiritual Renewal Center he taught 1-1/2 years in Mission, Texas at Juan Diego Academy. There was an opening for a theology teacher at St. Joseph High School in Victoria so he returned to Victoria. After two years back at St. Joseph High School his health was failing so that ended his teaching career. He taught Pastoral Institute night classes for adults throughout the Diocese of Victoria for several years. Served in Prison Ministry for several years at the Stevenson Unit in Cuero, was a Lector at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. Survivors: Mother, Georgie Lee Friedel, sisters Pam Pfeil(William), Jennifer Talley(Darrell) , Nephews, Clayton Pfeil(Ashley) , Shane Pfeil(Leah), Neice , Aubrie Shugart(Cody), Great nephews and niece, Jaiden Pfeil, Gavin Pfeil, Adelynn Pfeil, Bob Wayne Shugart, William Shugart, Miles Shugart, Step niece Stacey Grass and her children Ashlyn, Wyatt & Daxton. Preceded in death by grandparents, Otto & Emma Friedel, George & Tonie Klimitchek, father, Stanley Friedel, great-nephew Colt Shugart. Services: Our Lady of Victory Cathedral – January 16th at 10:00 a.m. Service will be live streamed. Burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Hwy 87, Victoria, Texas. Pallbearers: William Pfeil, Darrell Talley, Cody Shugart, Clayton Pfeil, Shane Pfeil, Glen Chilek To St. Joseph High School faculty, staff, students and parents, Ron always felt your love and he loved you too. Honorary pallbearers: Aubrie Shugart, Sr. Emily Eilers, Nancy Peters, Mike Shimek, David Pozzi, Chuck & Sandra Bitner. We know these are difficult times with COVID-19, and we do not expect anyone to risk their health attending the services. We ask for your prayers that eternal rest be granted unto him. Masks and social distancing will be required for those that do attend.

Memorials: St. Joseph High School, Our Lady of Victory Cathedral or Juan Diego Academy (Mission, Texas) Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Stanley Friedel, Father (deceased)
  • Georgie Lee Friedel, Mother
  • Pam Pfeil (William), Sister
  • Jennifer Talley (Darrell, Sister
  • Clayton Pfeil (Ashley), Nephew
  • Shane Pfeil (Leah), Nephew
  • Aubrie Shugart (Cody), Niece
  • Jaiden Pfeil, Great nephew
  • Gavin Pfeil, Great nephew
  • Adelynn Pfeil, Great niece
  • Bob Wayne Shugart, Great nephew
  • William Shugart, Great nephew
  • Miles Shugart, Great nephew
  • Stacey Grass and her children Ashlyn, Wyatt & Daxton, Step-niece and her children
  • Otto and Emma Friedel, Grandparents (deceased)
  • George & Tonie Kimitchek, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Colt Shugart, Great nephew
  • PALLBEARERS

  • William Pfeil
  • Darrell Talley
  • Cody Shugart
  • Clayton Pfeil
  • Shane Pfeil
  • Glen Chilek
  • Aubrie Shugart, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Sr. Emily Eilers, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Nancy Peters, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Shimek, Honorary Pallbearer
  • David Pozzi, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chuck and Sandra Bitner, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Joseph High School
  • Our Lady of Victory Cathedral
  • Juan Diego Academy

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Mass of Christian Burial (Masks will be required)

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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  • Come and Go Visitaiton

    Friday, January 15, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • We know these are difficult times with COVID-19, and we do not expect anyone to risk their health attending the services. We ask for your prayers that eternal rest be granted unto him. Masks and social distancing will be required for those that do attend.

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Irene Bernal Sargent

January 16, 2021

I loved Ronnie. We were high school friends and classroom neighbors. He always sat behind me in our classes and his faith always shined. He made me believe that I could do great things even though my environment would be considered poverty. I would visit him when I visited while I was in the military. I always knew he had a heart for God and he loved his family. Our last meal we talked about his teaching and the milestones I had reached. I was so sad to hear that he was moving so soon to God. He will never be forgotten and I pray that God comforts you all.

Richard and Gail Scheibelhut

January 16, 2021

Our whole family is so sad to hear of the death of Ronnie. Especially Randy because they were such close friends in high school. He was always inquiring about him. He was such a good teacher in the RCIA group. We all will miss him. God bless his family who will miss him even more.

A. Jeannine Atzenhoffer

January 14, 2021

To all the Friedel family...
Was truly saddened & shocked to hear of Ronnie's passing. What a wonderful legacy he leaves, having touched so many lives w/what he loved & studied (Theology) for so long! I hope it brings comfort knowing he had to have felt tremendous peace w/his passing, knowing Our Savior & Lord welcomed him w/open arms. I hope the many happy memories spent together help you through this difficult time. And though it has been many yrs, please know my thoughts & prayers are w/ea of you. Sending you all a much-needed hug.

Sister Clementine Henke

January 14, 2021

Ron and I go way back to when he was in 1st grade at OLV. I remember him as a quiet and gentle soul. I think he was probably contemplating what he was going to do in life. He did accomplish a lot and I was always so very proud of him when I got updates on his achievements. He was truly an example of the Single Life Vocation. His faith and trust in God carried him through. What an example he was to everyone who knew him!

My sincere sympathy to his Mom and the rest of the family. I know you will miss him but are at peace in knowing he is free from his suffering. May he rest in peace in the loving embrace of the Trinity.

Sister Clementine Henke

Dee Stuart

January 14, 2021

Sending our deepest sympathy to the Friedel family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Roger and Dee Stuart

Bill White

January 14, 2021

I met Ron back in the mid 1990s at OLV Church. We were both lectors. We weren't really friends, but acquaintances. We ran into each other every once in a while somewhere in town and caught up a little. I last spoke with him maybe 3 years ago or so outside the office building where I was working. I feel sure I last saw him lectoring at the 6:00 pm Sunday night Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church within the last 6 months or so. Would someone please tell me what happened to Ron? I did not know him well enough to know about any health problems he was having. God bless Ron and his family! He was a good man.

Bill White, Victoria, TX

Jaclyn Charles

January 14, 2021

Mr. Friedel was my Theology teacher my freshman year at St. Joseph High School.
He was inspiring, kind, and funny. He always had a way of making you feel at home in his class.
My condolences to his family, for I know he will be greatly missed.

Carlos Soto

January 13, 2021

I attended Juan Diego Academy when Mr. Ronald started teaching theology, and I wholeheartedly believe he was one of the small highlights of attending JDA in my two years. He was bright, lighthearted, and a great mentor. My best memories at JDA included Ronald Friedel, and I will carry his memory and teachings into the future.

Deacon Joe & MaryLou Duplan

January 13, 2021

Our condolences to the Friedel family. We met Ron when he was leaving the Spiritual Renewal Center. He was very friendly and helpful in the transition of directors.
May God rest his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. May perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.

Monica Coronado

January 13, 2021

I had the honor of having Mr.Friedel as my theology teacher during his time teaching at Juan Diego Academy. He had such a passion for teaching and he would always be there for his students whenever they needed his support or advice. Thank you Mr.Friedel for all that you have taught me and for all that you did for your students. I look forward to embodying your passion for teaching in my own classroom as an elementary teacher in the Fall. My condolences to Mr. Friedel’s family members during this difficult time. The following picture of Mr. Friedel and I was one of pure chance; I was the photographer for the school’s yearbook committee and I was going around taking pictures of the students in their classrooms. He was the only teacher I took a picture with that day and looking back, I’m appreciative for this special memory I captured so I will always remember what a great teacher Mr. Friedel was.

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Biography

OBITUARY – RONALD WADE FRIEDEL

Ronald Friedel, 56, passed away January 8, 2021 in a Houston hospital. Born May 26, 1964 to Stanley and Georgie Lee Friedel in Victoria, Texas. Attended Our Lady of Victory School through 8th grade. Graduated from Victoria High School in May 1982. Entered Immaculate Heart of Mary seminary in Santa Fe, New Mexico in fall of 1982 taking classes at The College of Santa Fe. Graduated from College of Santa Fe in Dec. 1986 with a degree in Religion Studies. He took some time to look into Religious order priesthood. Spent one semester with the Franciscans in Quincy, Illinois. Decided that was not for him. He was asked to teach the spring semester (theology) at St. Joseph High School in Victoria. He realized he loved teaching so he got his Master’s Degree in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He taught theology at St. Joseph High School for over 20 years. Then he became the Director of the Spiritual Renewal Center. After leaving the Spiritual Renewal Center he taught 1-1/2 years in Mission, Texas at Juan Diego Academy. There was an opening for a theology teacher at St. Joseph High School in Victoria so he returned to Victoria. After two years back at St. Joseph High School his health was failing so that ended his teaching career.
He taught Pastoral Institute night classes for adults throughout the Diocese of Victoria for several years. Served in Prison Ministry for several years at the Stevenson Unit in Cuero, was a Lector at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral.
Survivors: Mother, Georgie Lee Friedel, sisters Pam Pfeil (William), Jennifer Talley (Darrell) , Nephews, Clayton Pfeil (Ashley) , Shane Pfeil (Leah), Neice , Aubrie Shugart (Cody), Great nephews and niece, Jaiden Pfeil, Gavin Pfeil, Adelynn Pfeil, Bob Wayne Shugart, William Shugart, Miles Shugart, Step niece Stacey Grass and her children Ashlyn, Wyatt & Daxton.
Preceded in death by grandparents, Otto & Emma Friedel, George & Tonie Klimitchek, father, Stanley Friedel, great-nephew Colt Shugart.
A come and go visitation will be held from noon-6:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m. Service will be live streamed. Burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Hwy 87, Victoria, Texas.
Pallbearers: William Pfeil, Darrell Talley, Cody Shugart, Clayton Pfeil, Shane Pfeil, Glen Chilek
Honorary pallbearers: Aubrie Shugart, Sr. Emily Eilers, Nancy Peters, Mike Shimek, David Pozzi, Chuck & Sandra Bitner. To St. Joseph High School faculty, staff, students and parents, Ron always felt your love and he loved you too.
We know these are difficult times with COVID-19, and we do not expect anyone to risk their health attending the services. We ask for your prayers that eternal rest be granted unto him. Masks and social distancing will be required for those that do attend. If you are unable to wear a mask, then we will appreciate your prayers from home.
Memorials: St. Joseph High School, Our Lady of Victory Cathedral or Juan Diego Academy (Mission, Texas)
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.