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Betty Dowlearn Coleman

Obituary for Betty Dowlearn Coleman

April 24, 1926 - January 6, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 93

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Betty Dowlearn Coleman, age 93, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. Betty was born April 24, 1926 in San Antonio to Mamie DeConnick and Elmon Dowlearn. She attended St. Mary's School, elementary through high school, graduating in 1943. She then attended Our Lady of the Lake College. During that time, she worked at Brooks Field in the chaplain's office, where she was introduced to her first love, Robert Klein, as he returned from serving as a pilot at the end of WWII. They married and had two children, Sharon and Chuck. Serving as a pilot in the Texas National Guard, Bob was stationed in Korea early in the conflict and lost his life when shot down behind enemy lines. Within a few years time, Betty met and married for a second time her husband of 26 years, Erwin J. Carle. Together they welcomed their son Tommy to the family of five. They divorced and afterwards Betty married for a third time her husband of more than twenty years, Randolph Coleman.

Professionally, she was employed for many years as a bookkeeper in the oil industry locally with Tom Turner's offices and others at the Petroleum Center. She worked for Doug Jaffe Industries at the San Antonio International Airport and finally for Dr. Rowe Smith.

Betty loved to travel with those she loved, especially New Mexico, Acapulco, California, Canada, Colorado, Florida, New York, and many countries in Europe. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, accompanying choirs and congregations at Our Lady of Grace and St. Pius X Catholic Churches for many years. She was an active member of Holy Spirit and finally St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Churches until her death. She was an avid reader, taught piano and organ to her beloved young pupils, and loved to deer hunt well into her seventies.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and spouses: Robert C. Klein, Erwin J. Carle, and Randolph Coleman. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Klein Linnartz; sons, Charles "Chuck" Klein (Patty) and Thomas "Tommy" Carle (Jacque); grandchildren, Melissa "Missy" Linnartz Kerlick, Daniel "Chip" Linnartz, Jr. (Karen), and Mitchell "Mitch" Klein (Kat); great-grandchildren, Madeleine "Maddie" and Sarah Linnartz, Owen and Olivia Klein, and Huston Kerlick. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

ROSARY
MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020
6:30 PM
PORTER LORING MORTUARY NORTH
2102 NORTH LOOP 1604 EAST

MASS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020
11:00 AM
ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA CATHOLIC CHURCH
102 LORENZ ROAD

Rev. Kevin Shanahan, M.S.C., will officiate. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chuck Klein, Tommy Carle, Chip Linnartz, Mitch Klein, Huston Kerlick, and Jimmy Spalten. Betty's family wishes to express their profound gratitude to the administration and staff at The Forum at Lincoln Heights over the past fourteen years for their loving and devoted care for Betty in both Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Sections, especially Kristi, Liz, Cheryl, Debbie, Christian, Josie, Claudia, and Mariana, and to Kristi, Nicki, and Jaimie from Heart to Heart Hospice. Your kindness, compassion, and never failing sense of humor and patience will never be forgotten! In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of Divine Providence Retirement Center and/or the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Madonna Center for Retired Priests, both in San Antonio, Texas.

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