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Obituary for Mrs. Barbara P. Dielmann

August 8, 1928 - June 27, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 89

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Barbara P. Dielmann passed into Jesus' loving arms on June 27, 2018, just two months before her 90th birthday.

Barbara was born in Houston, Texas on August 8, 1928 to Angus and Hertha Pluecker. She had a wonderful childhood and adolescence in Houston, attending Blessed Sacrament Academy and Incarnate Word Academy where she graduated valedictorian. At the age of 16, she was admitted to and attended Rice Institute (now Rice University). Her maternal Grandparents lived on a working farm in Maxwell, Texas and Barbara delighted in her frequent visits to the farm. Shortly after she began her college education, Barbara's beloved father died and she was forced to quit school to work and help support her family. She met her future husband, Leo through a mutual cousin. Leo was a student at A & M College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) and their courtship included frequent visits to Galveston beach. They married in Houston on July 14, 1951 and moved to San Antonio where Leo joined his father in the practice of Architecture. In the early days of marriage, Barbara was active in the Sultanas and the AIA auxiliary, serving as president. Together Barbara and Leo raised three children and made many lifelong friends. They were actively involved with many Catholic organizations, including Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Oblate Seminary, Knights of Columbus, Holy Family Guild and many others. Barbara enthusiastically supported Leo in his 1954 run for Texas State Representative.

With encouragement from family and friends, Barbara returned to college while working full time and raising three children. In 1967, she graduated with high honors from Our Lady of the Lake University with a degree in Library Science. She continued her education, earning an M Ed in Counseling and further certification in school administration. Through the years, she touched countless lives as a teacher at Blessed Sacrament Parish School and Colonial Hills Elementary and as librarian at Woodridge Elementary and Jackson Middle School. Her final position in education was as an Assistant Principal at Churchill High School, a period in time that she often described as "the best days of my life." She remained in contact with many members of the '76 Charger football team until the end of her life. She never lost her love of education; in fact one of her first questions in meeting a new friend was always, "Where did you go to high school?" Barbara began a new career in 1980, when she was recruited to join Tesoro Petroleum's Human Resources department where she worked in various roles, including Benefits Manager until she finally retired in 2003. In HR, she continued to impact many lives as she always listened and provided wise, compassionate and caring counsel to all who sought her assistance.

Barbara was hard working and driven, highly intelligent, incredibly strong in spirit, direct in her style, creative, fun-loving and passionate. Most importantly, she loved fiercely and deeply. Her passions included learning, reading, entertaining, and all forms of needlework. Barbara passed these traits to her children who in turn have passed them to their children. She was a loving and devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Leo M. J. Dielmann, Jr., her father and mother, Angus and Hertha Pluecker, her sister, Kathleen Lazare, and granddaughter, Caitlin Elizabeth Davies.

She is survived by her beloved "little" brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Claire Pluecker. Her children were her heart: daughter, Barbara Ann Dielmann; son and daughter-in-law, Leo and Jackie Dielmann; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Scott Davies. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy and were the loves of her life: Max and Jane Davies, Zachary Dielmann and Samantha Delicati; Trevor Dielmann and Marcella Arellano; Taylor (Davies) and Luke Jones; Lucas Dielmann. She was blessed to know and love her first great-grandchild, Clayton Davies Jones. Numerous nieces and nephews will also miss her greatly.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to those who tenderly cared for her in the last years of her wonderful life: the staff at Brookdale Alamo Heights and Brookdale Hospice. You loved her well and lightened our burden considerably.

The following poem beautifully expresses Barbara's views regarding death:

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
By Mary Elizabeth Frye
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Honorary Pallbearers: Lee Mueller, Mark Mueller, Max Davies, Zachary Dielmann, Trevor Dielmann, Lucas Dielmann, Luke Jones, William Pluecker, John Pluecker.

Private Burial at St. Joseph's Society Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to time of Mass. Celebration of Life and Memorial Mass on July 12, 2018, at 3 o'clock at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, 102 Lorenz.

Please wear your brightest colors as we are be celebrating Mother's life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice.

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