Betty Kissling

  • Born: January 29, 1931
  • Died: May 17, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Betty Lois Kissling passed from this life as the sun rose on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Mrs. Kissling was born in San Antonio January 29, 1931 to Jesse Poston and Henrietta Nocker Poston. She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Gerald W. Kissling; son, Carl; daughter, Elizabeth Scruggs; and grandson, Gerald Wayne Kissling III.

As a child, Betty attended Blessed Sacrament Academy and St. Henry's School where she made many lasting friendships. She also sang in the choir at San Jose Mission. After completing Durham Business School, Betty worked for the Archdiocese of San Antonio in the Chancery office. She met the love of her life, Gerry, and they married Feb. 4, 1950.

Betty was never idle. In addition to raising 12 children - with guidance, patience and love - she was a consummate crafter - particularly with stained glass and ceramics - an excellent seamstress and enjoyed gardening. When the nest began to empty, she went to work as payroll bookkeeper at Galloway Research. She also participated in the Immaculate Conception Guild; the Blessed Sacrament Parish Church Altar Society, Regina Guild, Meals on Wheels and St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Betty will be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor, honed by the trials and tribulations of a 12-child household.

She left behind - to celebrate her life - her children (and their spouses), Gerald W. Kissling, Jr. (Laura), Paul Kissling (Linda), Mary Ann Lochte (Richard), Susan Michel (James), Cynthia Bain (Ralph), Joseph Kissling (Suzanne), Louis Kissling (Elizabeth), Theresa Pace (Frank), Stephanie Kolodzinski, and Leslie Kissling; as well as 26 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren - with two more on the way. She is also survived by siblings, James Poston (Judy), Judith Poston, and Joyce Yanta (Joseph) ... and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass and interment will be held for the immediate family. A public memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

The family wishes to thank Christus Santa Rosa Hospice and Beverly, Andrea, Julie and Delores as well as caregivers Gracie and Diana. They ask, too, that you pray for families separated during the pandemic in hopes they will soon be able to share each other's company. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Sacrament Parish Church or to Meals on Wheels.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I enjoyed our phone chats and loved her musical laugh. It always made me laugh too. To all who remain here, she is in good company and couldn't be happier. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Posted by Janel Jordan Lanzen - San Antonio, TX - Friend   May 29, 2020

My maiden name was Carole Crouch (now Parker), and I was the drama teacher at Lee High School. I have many fond memories of Cindy, and acquaintance with some of her siblings. They were a beautiful family, and I send my condolences to all of them. Cindy, I would love to hear from you again. My email address is My prayers to all of you as you say goodbye to your dear mother.

Posted by Carole Parker - San Antonio, TX - Friend   May 23, 2020

It was pleasure knowing Betty. She was such a joyful, kind and generous person. We enjoyed her company during her trips with us to the casino and at our VSP meetings. We will truly miss her. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for her family

Posted by Jesse and Virginia Garza - Friend   May 22, 2020


The world has lost a dear, wonderful woman. I wish we could be together to celebrate her life and to grieve the loss. Sending my love to all of my cousins, and keeping you in my prayers.

Posted by Ellen Kissling Sawko - Denton, TX - Family   May 21, 2020

Mr. Kissling, Gerry, MaryAnn, Paul, and the rest of the family, our Moms were childhood friends. I will always remember my mother said: " Betty always had the most beautiful maternity dresses." She was a very kind person, and I enjoyed the times i was around your house. Of course, she probably didn't even know i was there with at least 12 other kids around. God bless her and God bless the rest of the family.

Posted by Jerry Range - Houston, TX - Friend   May 21, 2020

May you rest in peace, Mrs. Kissling. Carl was a classmate of mine for twelve years and I enjoyed being in your home on many occasions. Your spirit will live on in all who knew and loved you. I am very blessed in being a part time member of your tribe.

Posted by Frank Cosgrove Cosgrove - Austin, TX - Family Friend   May 21, 2020

Our condolences to the Kissling and Poston family from the Havel and Doerfler family.

Posted by Darrell Havel - San Antonio - Family Friend   May 20, 2020

I've known your Mom my entire life! Our parents became lifelong friends through the Immaculate Conception Guild. I still remember a Christmas party at your home when we were children. Your Mom was such a wonderful person; always with a smile on her face! She was a very good friend to my Mom, Evelyn Jordan when they both became widows. Having made her "exodus to our homeland" we have faith that your Mom is now rejoicing with friends and family in the presence of Our Savior, Jesus Christ. May our holy mother, Mary bring you peace and comfort as you say good-be to your Mom...for now.

Posted by Joe and Vicki (Jordan) Guidry - Blanco, TX - Family Friend   May 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss in this crazy time. I know Ms. Betty will be missed.

Posted by Cindy and Cary Margaron - Bridgeview, IL - Family   May 19, 2020


Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Kissling family. Granny was such a good person and will surely be missed. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Tom and Yvonne Thompson - Schertz, TX - Family   May 19, 2020

MaryAnn and family,
Betty was a beautiful soul. What an inspiration she was to all who knew her. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy in you and your children. I know there was much rejoicing up in heaven as she arrived Sunday. She will be greatly missed, but will live on in your heart until you are reunited again one day in paradise. Sending you all much love and healing prayers.

Posted by Marci Aune - Austin, TX - Family   May 19, 2020

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