Velma Hurta Reichenbach, 95, of Taylor, was received into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on June 3, 2019. She was born Oct. 23, 1923, in Taylor, and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Married Nov. 17, 1945, Velma and her husband, Wilbert, had a loving marriage for 69 years and were partners in parenting, business and life. They were the owners of Reichenbach’s Grocery for 40 years.
Velma’s main focus in life was family. With six children, many afternoons were spent cheering at the ballpark or supervising in the grocery store. In her later years, one continual joy was Thanksgiving at which all her loved ones would join together for food, fellowship, football and dominoes.
As a child, Velma loved learning but had to quit school to help work the farm. As an adult with a strong desire to learn, Velma pursued education on her own and eventually earned her Texas real estate license.
As there is always more to learn, Velma continued pouring through books for both expertise and pleasure. Her work ethic was demonstrated throughout her life as a mother, grocery store owner, and realtor.
Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert, and daughter Linda Kay Reid, her and Wilbert’s parents, sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and nieces.
Velma is survived by children Roy Reichenbach and wife Mary, Don Reichenbach, Patricia Reichenbach, Michael Reichenbach and wife Diane, and Kelly Reichenbach and wife Earline; grandchildren Carrie Soppe and husband Clint, Robin Biggerstaff and husband Joel, Christopher Reichenbach, Kimberly Krutka and husband Dan, Clayton Reichenbach and wife Emily, Jennifer Reid, Russell Reichenbach and wife Shanda, Raeann Murray, Lindsay Reid, Ryan Reichenbach and wife Allison, Wade Murray, Kyle Reichenbach, Leigh Ingram and husband Drew, Klint Reichenbach, Kory Reichenbach, and Walter Murray; great-grandchildren Isaac and Isla Soppe, Autumn Dreymala, James, Joe, and John Biggerstaff, Quinn Reichenbach, Ryan, Reagan, and Russell Reichenbach, Kennedy and Adalynn Reichenbach and Lily Ingram.
Celebration of Life services were held Friday, June 7, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Taylor with burial at Taylor City Cemetery.
Special thanks go to Leroy Reichenbach, Wilbert’s brother who worked at Reichenbach’s Grocery near its beginning and, along with his family, Monee, Buddy, Brayden, and Rylee Michna, who were always happy to give a helping hand to Velma and family. Particular appreciation is given to Rev. Dr. George R. Qualley, who visited, uplifted, and ministered to Velma the last two years.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Regina Reichenbach Scholarship Fund, Taylor ISD Central Office, 3101 N. Main St., Taylor, TX 76574; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 401 West Seventh St., Taylor, TX 76574; or Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington Street, Ste. 310, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.