(Seguin) -- The matriarch of a prominent Seguin family has died. Jackie Koehler died on Saturday. She was 82. Her son, Jeff Koehler, says his mom was the real deal and brought gentleness and strength in everything that she did. He says his mom always worked behind the scenes and along the sidelines supporting each member of her family including her husband, Charlie Koehler, of the Koehler Company.
"I think in the real world, our mother wanted no attention drawn to her -- was very unassuming. She was the secret of all of our successes -- even my father's. My mother was his backbone and his life blood and she let my brothers and I and my sister be who we were going to be and she didn't try to change us. She didn't try to make us something we weren't. She just let us be us and helped us grow into who we are today. I hope we have taken on some of the caring, sweet and gentle spirit that my mom was," said Koehler.
Koehler says it's no surprise that his mom made an impact on people throughout the community. He says his mom always met a new friend.
"On all my Facebook posts, where I've updated people about what was going on over the last two and a half weeks -- almost invariably or if I talked to somebody, everybody said your mother is so sweet and I think that's a word that is thrown around casually and easily but I guess for my mother, it was a real identifier and I've never heard my mother raise her voice and I'm talking as far back as I can remember. She was just an extra special, quiet, gentle, sweet spirit and as I told lots of people today, she has prepared us for this moment for her raising up to God and to Heaven and she left us in a position where it's hard to let her go because she was such a force in our lives that she prepared us to let her go and be able to continue on and continue that legacy that she has given us," said Koehler.
Perhaps her real strength remained on her family. Koehler says his mom has always been the definition of a good wife, mom and grandmother.
"She was a great cook. I'll miss her cooking like crazy. Holidays were extra special. Once the grandkids came along, she planned some kind of Christmas pageant every year with her grandkids. There was a baby and they played Baby Jesus. We had three boys and they were the Wise Men and somebody would stand in for everything else -- the dyeing of Easter eggs and all of those traditions. My mother just made them extra special in creating memories that we just treasure today," said Koehler.
In addition to her husband, Charlie and son, Jeff; Jackie leaves behind sons, Steve and Greg; and daughter, Nancy Koehler. Jackie was not only a leader at Faith Lutheran Church, but also a strong community volunteer. Koehler says his mother's kindred spirit was more than obvious having served various charities and non-profits throughout the years. They included the Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, the Christian Cupboard, Guadalupe Regional Medical Center and the Salvation Army.
The family will receive friends on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Fritz House at Texas Lutheran University on Prexy Drive from 4:30 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Paul M. Cross officiating. A lunch reception will follow in the LEC at Faith Lutheran. Private interment will be held at a later date in the Faith Lutheran Church Columbarium.