Beatrice Otillie Zett Zimmerhanzel

Beatrice Otillie Zett Zimmerhanzel of Taylor, went to be with our Lord Dec. 18, 2020.

Beatrice was born April 15, 1929, to Rudolph and Albina (Pustejovsky) Zett on the family farm near Granger. She graduated from Granger High School and attended Nixon Clay Business College.

She married her adoring husband, Paul Peter Zimmerhanzel Sr. Aug. 26, 1947, in the SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Granger, after he had returned from serving his country during World War II.

They always enjoyed their times in Supper Club, Dance Club, 42 Club and regular Friday night dinners out with family and friends. As an active member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Saint Ann’s Altar Society, Beatrice always remained true to her faith as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Taylor.

She was employed as a secretary in the American National Insurance Office in Austin, in the bookkeeping department of First-Taylor National Bank and as a bookkeeper for the Taylor Auction Barn. In their early years of marriage, Beatrice and Paul owned and operated Circleville Store. But her greatest achievement in life was taking care of her beautiful family and watching her legacy grow on their homeplace in Circleville.

Beatrice’s greatest joy in life was watching her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces grow up. Countless photographs of her family and friends adorned her bookcase – usually accompanied by fond, vivid stories. Any person that had the pleasure of crossing her path was met with her timeless warm and welcoming spirit. She never lost her unique ability to make every person feel “Precious,” genuinely loved, and cared for.

Beatrice is welcomed to Heaven by her parents; her loving husband of 49 years; her siblings, Anna Zett, Christopher Zett and wife, Anita, Benjamin Zett and wife, Mary, Daniel Zett and wife, Edith, Connie Bartosh and husband, Rick, Adelaide Adamek and husband, AJ and Ralph Zett; her son-in-law, Steven Scruggs; and her daughter-in-law, Jaime Moore Zimmerhanzel; and in-laws, Charlie Zimmerhanzel and wife, Angel, Van Zimmerhanzel and wife, Alma, Joe Zimmerhanzel and wife, Elsie, Emma Weiss and husband, Ewald, Mary Solansky and Herbert Cook, Sr.

Beatrice is survived by her cherished children, Paul Peter Zimmerhanzel, Jr. and Cheryl Zimmerhanzel Scruggs, both of Taylor; and her grandchildren, Stacy Stork and husband, Jeffery of Taylor, Heidi Altman and husband, Brett of Taylor, Phillip Zimmerhanzel and wife, Traci of Round Rock, and Scott Scruggs and wife, Nicole of Georgetown. She is also survived by many great-grandchildren who will all deeply miss their “Mammaw,” Dylan Stork and wife Lauryn, Garrett Stork, Ryan, Brady, Leah and Claire Altman, Tyler and Sydney Zimmerhanzel, and Cole and Kinsley Scruggs; her sister, Valerie Zett Vrabel of Austin, and sisters-in-law, Alice Zett of Taylor and Agnes Zimmerhanzel Cook of Austin.

The family would like to thank the S.P.J.S.T. Assisted Living and Nursing Home staff and Dr. Nathan Cohen for all the kindness and care they provided.

Pallbearers will be Brett Altman, Scott Scruggs, Dylan Stork, Garrett Stork, Jeff Stork, Doug Vrabel, Ricky Vrabel, Tommy Zett and Phillip Zimmerhanzel.

A visitation was held Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylor.

For those who are unable attend, livestreaming will be available at:

Burial will then follow at the Taylor City Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School of Taylor.