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Willie Etlinger

Willie Joe Etlinger

Sunday, April 8th, 1945 - Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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Obituary

Willie Joe Etlinger, 75 of Victoria, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020. He was born in El Campo, Texas April 8, 1945 to the late William H. and Albina Rosenauer Etlinger.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 pm at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Highway, Victoria, Texas. Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory with interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his nephews Adam Janak, Brent Etlinger, Ryan Krejci, grandsons Brian Matthew Etlinger and Ethan Etlinger and family friends Bruce Pooley and Tom Preiss. Honorary pallbearers are his granddaughters Amber Lucia Etlinger, Erin Emilia Etlinger and Madeleine Etlinger.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, he loved to go fishing with his sons and grandchildren.

Willie Joe was a devout Catholic and had a passion for serving the Lord. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council in Victoria, Texas. He was a faithful Wednesday night BINGO worker and a NAMI member. He was always willing to help someone with mental illness.

He enjoyed a varied work history including a bank teller at Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Route Salesman for Little Brownie Cookie Company, owner of the Etlinger Supermarket in Moulton, Texas as well worked for HEB in Victoria from 1976 - 2002.

Willie Joe is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara Fojt Etlinger; his sons Brian Etlinger and Darren (Tatiana) Etlinger; his 5 grandchildren Brian Matthew, Etlinger, Ethan Etlinger, Amber Etlinger, Erin Etlinger and Madeleine Etlinger and his brother Robert Etlinger.

Thoughts and memories may be shared online at www.gracefuneralhome.net.
Arrangements and services under the personal care of Grace Funeral Homes & Cemeteries.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Grace Funeral Home
    Address
    2401 Houston Highway
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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    Notes
    ROSARY TO BE RECITED AT 6:00PM. Grace Funeral Home is following the recommended health protocols in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's issued Executive Order No. iGA-18 relating to COVID-19. MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ENFORCED.
  • Service

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Our Lady of Victory Cathedral Catholic Church
    Address
    1309 E. Mesquite Lane
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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    Notes
    Grace Funeral Home is following the recommended health protocols in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's issued Executive Order No. iGA-18 relating to COVID-19. MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ENFORCED.
    Officiant
    Father Gary Janak
  • Interment

    Location
    Resurrection Cemetery
    Address
    Laurent & Mockingbird
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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Pbatessps@yahoo.com

Posted at 03:04pm
Barbara and family. So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Joe during the Annual Christmas Bunco Party. He was always so quite, happy and polite. Many prayers for all. Love Patty Bates
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Brian & Melinda McAfee

Posted at 06:22pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Mary

Posted at 09:06pm
To Barbara and family,
I will always remember Willie Joe as a sweet and kind boy. I went through the parochial school years with him and high school. I am positive that he was a wonderful husband, father, and friend as well as an honorable man. I know the heartache and pain you and your family are suffering. I am praying that the Holy Spirit holds you in his arms in the coming days. God bless you and yours.
Mary Ann Simper Michalec Havel
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Logan Neitch and Donna Neitch

Posted at 02:03pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Etlinger was always nice & brought a smile to those around him.
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Posted at 04:17pm
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