Harold George Hoelscher of Corpus Christi passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2009 after a long illness. He was born August 12, 1925 in Violet, Texas to George W. Hoelscher and Annie Bernsen Hoelscher, the oldest of their 12 children.

Upon graduating from Robstown High School, Harold served his country in the US Army Signal Corps in Europe during World War II, thus joining what has since become known as "the greatest generation." On April 11, 1953, Harold married Margaret Mynard, beginning a partnership that would span more than 56 years.

Harold's 50 years as a Real Estate Broker allowed him to witness and be a part of the growth of Corpus Christi and Nueces County, as well as to assist many of its residents in attaining the American dream of home ownership. He was a member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, and Baza Caravan # 78 of the Order of Alhambra. Harold loved his community and enjoyed sharing his vast knowledge of its history with friends and family.

Harold was preceded in death by brothers, Damien Hoelscher, Leonard Hoelscher and David Hoelscher; sister, Margie Hoelscher Knight; daughter-in-law, Robin Hoelscher; and granddaughter Charlotte Mae Panteleeff.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; sons Gordon (Barbara) Hoelscher of Fort Worth, Glenn (Jody ) Hoelscher, Byron Hoelscher, Chris Hoelscher, Alan Hoelscher and Terrell Hoelscher, all of Corpus Christi; one daughter, Lucy Panteleeff ( Dave ) of Seattle, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Gilbert (Pat) Hoelscher of Robstown, George (Cam) Hoelscher and Charles (Cecilia) Hoelscher of Corpus Christi; sisters, Annette O'Brien of Miami, Fla., Joyce Denecour (Chuck) of North Kingstown, R.I.; Evelyn Fox (Paul) of Niceville, Fla.; and Cathy Green (Travis) of Buda, Texas; and sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Hoelscher, of Harlingen, Texas, Annette Hoelscher of San Antonio, Texas, and Wanda Hoelscher of Raymondville, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2009 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2009 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet Rev. Msgr. Celestin Murray and Rev. Bob Dunn as co-celebrants. Burial followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Violet.

Those who wish may make contributions to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home