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Seguin Citizen: Jeff Fowler
 
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"Publisher, Seguin Gazette"
 
Who is the person that you will be portraying during the Saints Alive 2014 Cemetery Tour at the Riverside Cemetery?
"Edgar Von Boeckmann"
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Travel and hike"
 
What city and state were you born in?
"Lawrence, Kansas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Elizabeth (wife), Ian (son), Jordan, Sarah, Emily (daughters)"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Parenthood, also the biggest reward"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Currently, I'd have to say The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones"
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"All kinds, very eclectic"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Seguin Gazette (naturally), The Power Plant"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I am a licensed commercial helicopter pilot."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Jesus Christ, Christopher Walken, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Abraham Lincoln, my father"
 
 
What do you find significant about the person you will be portraying during the annual Cemetery Tour scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26?
"If it hadn't been for a smallpox epidemic in South America, he may not have even ended up here."
 
What are your roles in the community?
"In addition to publishing the Seguin Gazette, I am also the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce Chair Elect, Rotary Club Sergeant-at-Arms, Seguin Area Recovery Board member, CTTC Advisory Board member, and a Seguin Citizen Fire Academy alumni."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I spent most of my professional career in sales/marketing/distribution in a variety of industries before turning to newspapers in 2004."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Being named the publisher of the Gazette"
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The people that live here and the true feeling of community."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The rich, diverse history"
 
What are your future plans?
"I am where I want to be as publisher of the Seguin Gazette."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"You've got a lot to proud of, Seguin!"

Seguin Citizen: Frank Follis


What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I am the Judge of County Court at Law No. 2 here in Seguin. The court mainly tries misdemeanor criminal cases."
 
Who is the person that you will be portraying during the Saints Alive 2014 Cemetery Tour at the Riverside Cemetery?
"I will portray Tobias Meininger, a talented carpenter who was born in German and had moved to Guadalupe County by 1850. He helped build the limecrete buildings popular at that time and is believed to have designed the Sebastopol House."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I am currently in the cast of 'It’s A Wonderful Life – the Musical' to be performed at the Texas Theater in November/December and in Agatha Christie’s 'And Then There Were None' at the Texas in February."
 
What city and state were you born?
"I was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My daughter, Ellie, 14, and son, Will, 12, and their Mom, Kelly Donegan Follis."
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"A couple of my children have had health problems. That’s very hard for parents."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I am the last person in Seguin (Texas? The world?) who does not own a TV. My favorite movie is ‘Zulu,’ which was Michael Caine’s first starring role."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"I go to HEB once a day. My kids like Chili’s, El Ranchito and Grand Buffet, so we go there."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"If there is something people don’t know about me, there’s a darned good reason."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Winston Churchill and Shakespeare"
 
What do you find significant about the person you will be portraying during the annual Cemetery Tour scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26?
"How did Tobias Meininger decide to come to Seguin? Did he learn English before he came? He must have been very talented and resourceful."
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I offer people a fair court with a chance for justice, which is what our Constitution requires."
 
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I served 20 years as an Assistant District Attorney trying felony cases. I prosecuted and sent to prison some of the worst criminals this state has seen. By doing so, I believe I prevented many people from becoming victims."
 
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"I am proud of my children, who are delightful in every way. I was also very proud to complete a half-Ironman Triathlon – 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run -  in 7 hours, 23 minutes. This was a few years ago."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Seguin has great interest in its past, and many people here work to preserve its heritage."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I was raised in East Texas, so I didn’t know much of the history of Seguin, Gonzales, San Antonio and other areas associated with the founding of Texas. I continue to be interested in learning that history."
 
What are your future plans?
"I plan to remain as judge until bad health, bad luck or bad voters decide I should quit."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"I hope to see many friends at the Riverside Cemetery tour on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 and 3:30. Tickets are $10 at local gift shops and the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce."        
 


Seguin Citizen: Mary Jane Windl
  
 
 What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
 "Residential Realtor with Heritage Texas Properties-Seguin, helping people buy and sell land and homes. Wherever life takes you, call on me!"

 
Who is the person that you will be portraying during the Saints Alive 2014 Cemetery Tour at the Riverside Cemetery?
"My grandmother in law's (Virginia Woods) favorite aunt, Louise Bergfeld Tewes."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Go out on the water in our new-to-us fishing boat, explore the beautiful part of Texas we now call home, read, act in plays and films when I can, work on our current home, which belongs to Virginia Woods."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"El Paso, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Husband, Wayne; three sons, William, John and Benjamin"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Helping my sweet parents through terminal illnesses and having to face and deal with my son's very serious health issues. (He is fully recovered and perfect!) Moving from my life-long home, birth place and large family home to grandma's 1600 sf, 127 year old ‘True Women’ home was well, at age 52 was challenging."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Too many to say just one, I really love the HBO and Netflix series, also Scandal, Castle and comedies like Modern Family and The Middle."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Anything from the '40's through the '70's."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Favorite business is HERITAGE TEXAS PROPERTIES-SEGUIN. Restaurant, several, including The Power Plant, JJ's, Dixie Grill, El Ranchito and The Court Street Coffee Shop"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"Although I was born and lived my whole life in El Paso, I am so happy here that I don't miss it! I'll always love El Paso, but my home is here now. I have a talent agent in Austin, Wilhelmina Brown, who actually has helped me get work, never could have that in El Paso!"
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"My five best friends, we raised our children together through "Playgroup", Mary Vickers, Molly Abdou, Amy Hussmann, Tricia Kemp and Cheryl Salcido-Ginnings, there will be laughing!"
 
 
What do you find significant about the person you will be portraying during the annual Cemetery Tour scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26?
"Louise was a woman way ahead of her time. She was one of very first women who owned her own automobile and she had to drive to Abilene from Weinert in 1917 to testify for her brother, Will Bergfeld, (of the book, ‘Will's War’ written by my mother in law, Janice Woods Windle, about the trial) who was wrongly accused of treason. She was able to prove that one of the witnesses against him had been in jail during the time in question.  Very tragically, she passed away of the Great Flu Epidemic of the early 1900's, right after the trial, at a very young age.  Of major import, she was Virginia Woods' favorite aunt and Virginia can remember her vividly at the age of 100.  Virginia was only 4 or 5 when Louise passed away."
 



What are your roles in the community?
"I am a member of the Four Rivers Board of Realtors, The Texas Association of Realtors, The National Association of Realtors, a Board Member of the Seguin Conservation Society, a member of the Moon-McGehee Chapter of the Daughters of the Texas Revolution, a member of the Seguin Chamber of Commerce and am an actress in Community Theatre."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I was blessed to be a stay at home mother for 19 years, the best job I ever had. Earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Texas-El Paso and an Associate Degree in Interior Design from El Paso Community College.  We owned a fitness store that had whole body vibration machines and infrared saunas for two years before we moved to Seguin.  We helped many people with health issues get better.  I have been a Realtor since 2008, which is the second best job I have ever had."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Proudest of my three sons, oh my goodness, they are wonderful!"
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The natural beauty, the smart, sophisticated, educated people who choose to live here.  We are so close to Austin and San Antonio, so we can go there when we want, but we 'get' to live here!"
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The history, how everyone knows each other, the architecture, how welcome we have felt, how easy it has been to make friends and how quickly I fell in love with Seguin."
 
What are your future plans?
"I plan to make a life here, keep Virginia's home in good shape, fish as much as possible, sell many homes, ranches and farms, and help make Seguin sparkle."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?  
"Mow your yard, paint your house, get involved, vote, help your neighbors, help your child's teacher, go to plays, grow this town sweetly and beautifully."


Seguin Citizen: Pat Hoppe
Editor’s Note: The Seguin Daily News these next few days will feature residents who will be participating in this year’s Saints Alive 2014 Cemetery Tour at the Riverside Cemetery. Each of the individuals will portray a Seguin Citizen of the past. 
 
 
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I retired as nursery school and kindergarten teacher at Emanuel’s Lutheran Day School.  I was teacher and director of the school for 30 years, and retired in 2003."
 
Who is the person that you will be portraying during the Saints Alive 2014 Cemetery Tour at the Riverside Cemetery?
"I will be Canzada Faver Campbell.  Her husband John came to this country from Ireland, and after he had acquired land in Seguin, went back to Ireland to bring back 22 members of his family so they could be free to own their own land and farm as they pleased."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I act in or direct plays for The Texas Theatre.  My other love is playing Mah Jongg with a great group of women."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"I was born in Galveston, Texas a long time ago."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My husband, Layne; daughter, Megin Koch and her husband Fred, son, John Hoppe; his wife, Donna, and daughter, Sam"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"I guess the toughest challenge was living in Brussels, Belgium for six months when Layne was teaching American University students during a semester abroad program and not being able to speak the language.  I read French a little, but that’s totally different from being able to speak it and answer questions.  Belgians also speak Dutch, of which I know absolutely not one word."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Masterpiece Theatre is my favorite TV show, particularly Downtown Abbey.  Favorite movies are anything with Helen Mirren."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Big bands from the 40’s, jazz, easy listening"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"I love Mary Jo’s new place, Court Street Coffee Shop.  I like Mexican food, but choosing a favorite in Seguin would be hard.  They’re all good!"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"At heart, I’m really a very shy person."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles Blow, Marian Write Edelman, Jane Austen, Bobby Kennedy"
 
What do you find significant about the person you will be portraying during the annual Cemetery Tour scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26?
"Canzada lived with her husband, her mother, two sisters, a brother, a nephew, and eight children in a one room log cabin.  Of course they didn’t all live there all the time, but there were probably never fewer than 10 people at any one time.  That cabin is now located at The Texas Agriculture and Heritage Center."
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I volunteer at The Christian Cupboard and at the hospital. I’m on the planning board of The Texas Theatre. I belong to the Delphian Study Club and am on The Affiliation Board, the group that takes care of our lovely women’s clubhouse, and the group that co-sponsors The Cemetery Tour, along with the City of Seguin."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I taught many young children at Emanuel’s Lutheran Day School for 30 years.  I earned a Montessori teaching certificate in London and incorporated that in my teaching for years.  It’s been a joy over the years to hear about how my former students completed their educations, married, and started families."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"I take great pride in my children, my husband, my granddaughter, and my son-in-law and daughter-in-law.  My proudest moment was acting in ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ with Papa Douglass and Dave Legore.  It was our opening performance after The Texas Theatre renovation was complete."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Seguin is a nice town to live in.  It’s small enough to know a lot of people, yet large enough to not feel hemmed in."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I would say that the Cemetery Tour is a very interesting thing we offer.  I’ve learned so much about early settlers in our town.  The last two women I portrayed, Anna Penn Ireland, and Ella Dancy Dibrell, were women of such influence in the state that the flag was lowered to half mast on the state capitol when each of them died. Janice Woods Windle’s books are of enormous interest and helped put Seguin to the forefront of Texas towns."
 
What are your future plans?
"At my age, my plans are to try to stay active and be healthy.  I am currently playing a small part in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the musical, which will be offered by The Texas Theatre the last weekend in November and the first weekend in February.  I will be directing Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” to be presented in February at The Texas Theatre."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?       
"I would encourage everyone to come out to the Riverside Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 26, for our third Cemetery Tour.  There will be a 1:30 and a 3:30 p.m. performances.  Tickets are $10 and are available at local gift shops and the (Seguin Area) chamber of commerce.  Come ‘see’ Lizzie Burges, General John Jefferson, Tobias Meiniger, Edgar von Boeckmann, Ernst Dolle, Louise Bergfeld Tewes, Ponciana de Molina, and Canzada Campbell."
 


Seguin Citizen: Krystel Wolfe
 
What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"Texas Lutheran University"
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Watch Netflix, rescue stray cats"
  
What city and state were you born?
"San Antonio, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Mom, dad, and three sisters named Kelly, Katelyn, and Kierstin"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Having a heart problem and having to be admitted to the hospital and put on a heart monitor"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Revenge is my favorite TV show. The Notebook is my favorite movie."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
"I love country! Anything pop is good too, Favorite band is a band called NONONO."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"Favorite restaurant in Seguin is El Charro! Favorite business is the clothing store called Sheek by J."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I'm fluent in Spanish, and when I was younger I spent most of my time in Mexico."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"Ryan Gosling, Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, Patrick Dempsey, and Adam Levine"
 
What are your roles in the community?
"My roles in the community are to help do my part in bettering our environment, contributing to any needs those around me may have, and I take it upon myself to not support the consumption of red meat such as cows and pigs because I'm against that."
 
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I was honor roll in high school graduating with honors. I have assumed leadership roles in athletic teams I've been on, and I like to take charge of group situations of any kind."
 
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Some of my proudest moments thus far have been going to state for high school soccer, and graduating with honors in high school."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The strengths of this community is that we are all willing to put forth effort to help the community of Seguin. We want to do our part in helping this city."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"That it's so small, yet so diverse."
 
What are your future plans?
"I want to graduate from TLU, then go on to get my special needs certification. Then, I would like to start teaching special needs children. I eventually would like to open up my very own cat haven. I love to help stray cats, and my dream/goal is to open up a place for stray cats."
 


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