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.
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, past president 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 Wiprud, 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 ones choice.
To express our deep sympathy to you on the loss of your love one. We thank Karola for her many contributions to the U.S. Air Force Provost Marshall Office at Rhein-Main Airbase as a German-English interpreter as well as her many contributions to Texas A&M University & the Bryan/College Station area. We thank Donald for serving our country in the U.S.Army occupation force when he met Karola. May God’s Speed Be With Karol & Her Family. cjo
Dear Diana, So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. While these coming days and months will be be painful, you and your family can recall good times and fond memories of time you shared together. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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