Fred Koestler PhD.

fred koestler

March 16, 2021

Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Fred Koestler, 86, of Bryan, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in College Station. Visitation will begin at 5pm, with the Rosary Recited at 5:30pm, on Friday, March 19, 2021 at the funeral center. Funeral Service will be at 10 am, Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Msgr. Gleissner Memorial Mausoleum in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

Born in Venezuela to Giovanni and Mary Herrera Cannavo on December 23, 1934. He would leave the world he knew for sixteen years and come to America where he was adopted by the Koestler family. Speaking both Spanish and Italian as his childhood languages Fred learned English through accelerated courses. Prior to his educational endeavors Fred served in the US Army and later became a police officer in Arlington. Fred received his three degrees, Bachelor of Science, his master’s degree and Doctorate from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He spent many years in the university systems as a Director of International Programs at North Texas State University and Tarleton State University. Dr. Fred retired from Tarleton State University after 16 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his father, Giovanni Cannavo of Italy; his two sisters, Enza Agati and Matilde Corsi, both of Italy.

Fred is survived by his wife, Lena DeLuke Koestler; his three children from his previous marriage, Leo “Chip” and wife Kathy Koestler, Melissa and husband Jose Munoz, and John Koestler and partner Amy; a niece, Lucia Agati of Italy; his nephew, Pino Agati, of Turkey; his seven grandchildren, two great granddaughters, two great nieces; his sisters-in-law, Sarah DeLuke, Pat and husband Charlie Salvato, and Geri DeLuke; and close friends.


Visitation: March 19, 2021 5:00 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Chapel

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Rosary: March 19, 2021 5:30 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Chapel

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Entombment: March 20, 2021 10:00 am

Msgr. Gleissner Memorial Mausoleum
2811 Old Kurten Road
Bryan, Texas 77803


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  1. My dear sweet sister, I love you. You and all of us will get through this. My dear brother in law thank you for loving my sister and all of us so dearly. You were the big brother I never had. It breaks my heart that your life had to turn out like it did. You were so smart and intelligent it’s just not fair to have that awful disease. You are at peace now, no suffering or pain. RIP my buddy. I love you, G

  2. Lena,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May your loving memories help during this time of grief. May God bless you and your family. Hugs!!

  3. Lena,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Fred. Mom & I would see you both at Mass. You took such good care of him & as respectful as he was to you, his appreciation to you was truly shown by his love and your love in return.
    I will let mom know of Fred’s passing

  4. My thoughts and prayers are sent for your family on the loss of a wonderful man. Please accept my condolences.

  5. Dear Lena and family, sending my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband. I pray God will be with you and the family during this.
    Jo Louise Piraino Burley

  6. Lena

    I was so sorry to hear about Fred. I’ve always enjoyed the few chances we were able to see him and speak with him. He was one of those people that was always interesting to talk to and be with.

    My sincere condolences for you loss of such a great man.
    I’m sorry I was unable to attend this weekend as I had a prior commitment out of town Saturday.

    Hugs my sweet cousin.

    Angela =)

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