Posted: Mon 1:21 PM, Oct 14, 2013
Funeral Home: Callaway-Jones Funeral Home
January 5, 1938 – October 5, 2013
Karola Hildegard Anna Sorg Feltz passed away peacefully at home on October 5, 2013 with her husband and daughters at her side. A memorial service for Karola will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:00pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 220 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, Texas. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Karola was born January 5, 1938 in Berlin, Germany to Margarete and Karl Sorg. At the end of World War II, her family relocated to Grossauheim/Hanau, Germany. She continued her education at St. Joseph's School in Grossauheim. She attended Hanau Business College in Germany, receiving an associate degree in International Business, Accounting, English, and French. At age seventeen, she was employed by the U.S. Air Force Provost Marshall Office at the Rhein-Main airbase as a German-English interpreter. It was at this time in early 1955 Karola met her future husband, Donald, a soldier in the U.S. Army Occupational Forces stationed in Hanau, Germany. On October 29, 1955 they married at the Protestant Church in Grossauheim, Germany. In early 1956, Karola came to America with Donald on a U.S. Navy troop ship. In January of 1957, they made their home in College Station. In April of 1957, her eldest daughter, Diana, was born, and seven years later her daughter Tanya was born.
Karola was employed by Texas A&M University for forty-five years, with the last thirty-eight years as Office Manager and Administrative Assistant in the Department of Mathematics. She served eight different department heads throughout that time. For two years during this period she reduced her employment to part-time to teach German at Bryan High School. While working full-time, Karola attended Texas A&M University. In 1981 she received a B.A. degree in Modern Languages, graduating Magna cum laude. She was a lifetime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Karola was honored as a University Undergraduate Fellow, and was a recipient of the Association of Former Students Distinguished Faculty/Staff Achievement Award.
Throughout her life in College Station, her joy and love for the Arts led to her becoming a charter member and tireless volunteer for many years of Friends Association Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the support organization for the symphony. Karola was a charter board member of the former Bryan/College Station Chamber Orchestra. She served on the board of directors for the Arts Council of Brazos Valley and the Brazos Valley Symphony Society, Recipient of Arts Council of Brazos Valley Volunteer of the Year Award.
Karola is survived by her loving husband of fifty-eight years, Donald Feltz of College Station, daughters Diana Feltz of Fort Worth, Tanya Sellers and son-in-law Douglas Sellers of Missouri City, TX, and her two grandchildren, Alexandra and Jason Sellers, whom she so lovingly adored. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Vera and Tom Crippen of Tyler, TX, and Ellen and Bruce Houghton of Tampa, FL, nephew Mark Crippen of Houston, TX, niece Saskia Houghton of Atlanta, GA, and cousins who reside in Germany.
Karola was very proud to sponsor her two sisters who also settled in America. Her selfless character from childhood contributed to her never-ending dedication to helping others. She loved nature, especially flowers and plants. She enjoyed painting, sewing and cooking. Many will remember her as an avid reader, enjoying a wide range of subjects, especially geography and history. All will remember her as determined, kind, feisty, very
efficient, witty and fun to be near. Her concern and love for others radiated.
Karola was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed serving as a greeter at Sunday services and delivering meals for those in need.
Karola's happiest accomplishments were simply being a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and doting grandmother, while cherishing a lifetime of wonderful friends.
The family would like to sincerely thank the administrators and staff of Scott & White, Dr. Robert Whiprud, College Station Medical Center, The Isle at Watercrest, Compassionate Care Hospice, and Crestview Home Health for their loving care during her illness. Through their care, Karola made many new friends, whom were pleasantly rewarded with her true wit and wonderful sense of humor. Words cannot express how grateful the family is for the many friends who visited and provided support in so many different ways, truly helping to fill this time with overflowing love and wonderful memories.
Although Karola loved flowers, contributions in her honor can be made to the Friends Association Symphony Orchestra (FASO), P.O. Box 3524, Bryan, TX 77805, or to a charity of one's choice.