Virginia Helen (Holick) Kettler

Posted: Mon 11:16 AM, Nov 04, 2013
Funeral Home: Hillier Funeral Home
October 19, 1923 - October 30, 2013

Virginia Helen Holick Kettler, 90, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, in Plano, Texas. Services will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bryan. Visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan. Officiating will be Rev. Monsignor John McCaffrey. Interment will follow at Rest Ever Cemetery in Bryan.

Virginia was born Oct. 19, 1923, to Mary V. "Olie" and Edward W. Holick in Dallas. Her paternal grandfather was Joseph F. Holick, the original bandmaster of the Texas Aggie Band. Virginia attended Blinn Junior College in Brenham and TSCW, now Texas Women's University. Prior to her marriage, she was employed as a steel purchasing agent at Peden Iron & Steel in Houston and as a chief clerk at Texas A&M University where she met her husband, William (Bill) Kettler. They were married on Jan. 29, 1944. They often joked about their "trial" marriage of 64 years.

Together they raised three children. As the wife of a career Air Force officer, Virginia often found herself moving to new locations and setting up her household on different military bases. She and the children moved with Bill when possible during his 28 years of service. They lived in Germany, Italy, the Azores, Bermuda and Japan as well as in seven states before retiring to Bryan in 1969.

Virginia was an active volunteer serving over 1,000 hours in both the Red Cross and Air Force Family Services. She served more than eight years with the American Cancer Society and over 20 years with MHMR. She was twice the president of the Officers' Wives Club and served on many of the club's boards. She edited Contact Magazine at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Virginia also regularly attended her children's activities. In the Azores, she was Prefect of St. Arms' Guild.

Virginia was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bryan. During the 44 years she lived in Bryan, she was active in many local organizations including the American Legion Auxiliary. An avid golfer, she helped start the Brazos Ladies Golf Association serving as president and board member. She also was an active member of several bridge groups.

Virginia often said she loved God, her family, her country, her state and her friends. A tireless worker, she was ever ready to lend a hand for a good cause. Her friends and family were constantly inspired by her selflessness and loyalty. You could always count on Virginia. She was admired and loved by many. Virginia enjoyed reading, playing bridge, music, gardening, painting, needlework, writing letters and caring for her beloved pets. This avid birdwatcher could identify most birds on sight. Her ability to recall names, events, dates, facts and travels amazed her family.

Virginia was preceded in death by husband, Bill Kettler, her parents and her brother Donald H. Holick. She is survived by her son Bill Kettler Jr. and wife Thelma of Allen, Texas; daughters Mary Carol Wier of Bryan; Virginia Ann Kettler of College Station; grandchildren Billy Kettler, Kristen Kettler and Johnny Kettler. She is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law Marion and Charles Wagamon of Huntsville, Texas, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army at 2506 Cavitt Ave., Bryan, TX 77801 or to MHMR, 804 S. Texas Ave., Bryan, TX 77803 or the charity of your choice .

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