Herta Perry of San Antonio, TX born in Brozen, Czechoslovakia passed peacefully in her sleep on December 3, 2017 at the age of 90. She is preceded in death by her parents Anna and Franz Sieber, her husband of 45 years, Douglas B. Perry, Antonio Buentello Jr., sister and husband Traudl and Ruby Richter, brother Harold Sieber, daughter Antoinette K. Buentello and grandson Michael A. Schmidt. Herta Perry is survived by her sister Elvera Hiddle(campion Ron) nieces Lorrie Dobozy Novelly(Ray), Suzanne Dobozy, nephew Tony Dobozy(Linda) all from Michigan. Her daughters, Arleen Woody- Flores(Tino) from San Antonio, TX and Patricia Jeffery from Tyler, TX. Step-children Richard Perry and Michelle Perry from San Antonio, TX and Madelon Escamilla Davila(Manuel) from Kennedy, TX. She is also survived by a niece Angelicka Geissler, great-nephews Uli Geissler and Harald Richter from Germany. Her grandchildren are William (Jeffery) Woody and Matthew P. Woody both from San Antonio, TX, Christine Schmidt Jakubik(Dusty) of Tyler, TX , Bethany Jeffery of Portland, Oregon and Chris Escamilla of Austin, TX. Herta’s great-grandchildren are Madelynn A. Woody of San Antonio, TX, Maxwell Jakubik, Leland Jakubik, and Lilian Jakubik from Tyler, TX.
When the war began, at age 14, Herta’s mother put her on a train heading for West Germany.
There she lived with a family who took care of her and kept her safe. She got a job as a telephone operator and later worked for the Red Cross. While in Germany, she met Antonio Buentello Jr. and eventually were married in 1951. He received orders to be stationed in FT. Polk, Louisiana where Arleen was born in 1952 and Antoinette in 1953. From there they were transferred to Anchorage, Alaska for a tour and Patricia was born in 1954. In 1956 they received orders to return to Kaiserslautern, Germany and later to Vicenza, Italy. After his tour in Italy, he was given orders for San Antonio, TX in 1959. My mother had never eaten Mexican Food when she came to Texas until my fathers family in Victoria, TX introduced it to her. She had refried beans, tortillas and jalapenos to try. Her first reaction was she didn’t think they liked her because the jalapenos were so hot. To this day she never has acquired a taste for them or refried beans. In 1970 they were divorced and she decided she wanted to attend business school and learn to type, take shorthand etc. in order to become employed with a business. She was hired by the FT. Sam Houston NCO Club as a cashier and later worked at the Officer’s Club where she met Douglas B. Perry. They married in 1972 and she was happy again. She loved being employed and making her own money in order to buy things she always wanted and needed. On weekends, she loved going to estate sales or garage sales to buy things and re-sell them when she had her garage sales. She loved to cook and would have us over on the weekends so we could spend time together to catch up on things we were involved with. The most important things to her were her husband and her children. She always wanted us to strive hard to be the best we could be in whatever we wanted to accomplish. Nothing more, nothing less. To always be open and learn as much as we could in order to be independent and self-sustaining in life. Her life was hard growing up at 14 with a war going on. I can’t imagine the adversities she had to overcome during that time. I do know it gave her perseverance and showed her how to survive.
Please make donations to: Abode Contempletive Care for the Dying
8619 Post Oak Ln.
San Antonio, Texas 78217
This facility provides care for hospice patients without monetary means for their care.
Visitation: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Graveside service at FT. Sam Houston National December 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM