Francis Ervin Hoelscher, 81, passed away on June 14, 2010.

He was born in Violet on June 5, 1929 to Herbert J. and Regina Hoelscher. He was married for 57 years to Margaret "Margie" Elizabeth Sablatura Hoelscher on April 14, 1952, whom he lost on May 25, 2009. They began their married life together initially in El Paso and then moving on to Seattle, Wash., while Francis served his country in the U.S. Army. They ultimately returned to Corpus Christi to begin their family. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet. Upon retiring from Hoelscher Electric in 1994 he stayed active with his woodworking, his grandchildren's athletic activities, and loved a good game of dominoes, taroke or just sharing a good cup of coffee with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margie; his son, Randolph Francis Hoelscher; his brothers, Walter, Jerome and William; and his sisters, Leona and Clementine.

He is survived by his sons, Bruce (Penny), Keith (Linda), Aaron (Michele), Leslie, and Scott; and his daughters, Jeanne (David) Olney, Sandra Cleveland (Nelson) and Gail (Jimmy) Masur; 27 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Richard, Raymond and Edgar; and his sisters, Dorothy, Rosa Lee, Floy Lee, Mary Louise and Geraldine.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary was at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Violet on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 10 a.m. with interment immediately following at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Violet.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home