Elizabeth Obelgoner, 73, of Hallettsville, Texas, passed away on January 28, 2015. She was born on October 24, 1941, in Luling, Texas, to the late Merl and Frances (Rumpf) Pegg. Immediate family survivors are Russell Obelgoner, her beloved husband of 54 years; daughter Nancy Obelgoner; son Tim Obelgoner; and grandchildren Heather, Andrew, and Matthew Obelgoner.
Affectionately known as “Ms. O,” Elizabeth taught mathematics for over 45 years at Hallettsville and Weimar High Schools, St. Philip’s Junior College in San Antonio, and Blinn Junior College in Schulenburg. She also tutored privately. She loved to be in the classroom and helped countless students of all ages overcome their fear of mathematics.
Elizabeth, “Liz,” was active in the Alpha Phi Chapter 45 of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International; Friends of the Library; Lavaca County Historical Commission; Lavaca County Retired Teachers Association; Reading Club; Supper Club; and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sublime.
Elizabeth loved to travel. She and Russell took numerous trips alone and with family and friends. Liz also traveled with the Texas Tracers of Victoria researching genealogy at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Elizabeth enjoyed playing Rummikub with the grandkids, spending afternoons with her girlfriends playing bridge, and working crosswords and Sudoku. She was a photographer and took many pictures of family, friends, and foliage.
Elizabeth was an avid birdwatcher who loved feeding goldfinch this time of year. She and Russell spent many evenings in the swing watching the bluebirds and cardinals, and she made gallons of nectar for hummingbirds throughout the year.
Elizabeth loved to sew and cook. Her bourdon pecan pie was Russell’s favorite. On warm days, you would find her outdoors in the garden and yard “digging in the dirt” as she called it.
Elizabeth was a woman of faith. She looked forward to attending services at Zion Sublime, helping with church celebrations, making aprons or baked goods for the silent auctions, making Lutheran World Relief quilts with the ladies of the church, and was recently elected to the Church Council.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sublime.
Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 547 CR 146, Sublime, Texas 77986 or donor’s choice.