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Leon Netardus

Leon August Netardus

Friday, April 12th, 1929 - Friday, October 4th, 2019
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Obituary

Leon August Netardus, 90, of Gonzales, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019. He was born April 12, 1929 in Weid, Texas the son of August and Lydia Skrehot Netardus. He graduated from Gonzales High School in 1946. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army and served in Japan. He attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and received his BBA in 1950. He married Rosemary Wroblesky on July 2, 1955 in Gonzales. He began his long career with GVEC and retired as the business manager. He was awarded the Monroe Schauer Award for 38 years of dedicated service. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 5090, Gonzales Lion’s Club, Gonzales Chamber of Commerce and the Quarterback Club (Apache Booster’s Club). He won the David B. Walshak award in 2000 and was a past chairman of Come and Take It. Leon was a longtime tennis player, enjoyed fishing and dove hunting. He was an avid Gonzales Apache fan and announced many games in years past. He was quite the actor being in many productions with the Crystal Theatre and he portrayed Green DeWitt with the “Gonzales the Beginning” reenactment group. He was an expert storyteller, he led tours of Gonzales throughout the years and wrote “Ghosts of Gonzales” along with other articles about Gonzales history. On his 90th birthday he was honored by the Gonzales Public Library by their naming of “The Leon Netardus Reading Room”. Most of all his greatest joy was his loving family, He was known as “Papa Leon” to his grandchildren and taught them tennis, how to drive and play poker. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Rosemary Netardus of Gonzales; daughters Priscilla Finch of Gonzales, Janet Flynt and husband Allen of League City; grandchildren: Kathryn Sedlar and husband Danny of Flatonia, Sarah Kidwell and husband Shawn of Friendswood, John Finch and wife Jen of Bastrop, Emily Flynt of College Station and Jacob Flynt of College Station; also surviving are 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joseph Netardus and son in law Larry Finch. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, October 7 at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. A prayer vigil and Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church with Reverend Paul Raaz officiating. Interment will follow at the St. James Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers include John David Boothe, Danny Sedlar, Shawn Kidwell, John Finch, Jacob Flynt and Barry Boothe. Memorials may be made to: St. James Catholic Church or the Gonzales Public Library. Friends may sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, 906 St. Paul St. Gonzales.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, October 7th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Seydler-Hill Funeral Home
    Address
    906 St. Paul Street
    GONZALES, TX 78629
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. James Catholic Church
    Address
    417 North College
    Gonzales, TX 78629
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. James Cemetery
    Address
    St. Andrew and Seydler Street
    Gonzales, TX 78629
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blakeandshanna@yahoo.com

Posted at 11:00pm
One of the high notes of growing up in Gonzales was being taken in by a group of crusty ol’ members of the Gonzales society men’s tennis league:) (Made that up) Leeeeeon and the fellas were always a sooo fun to be around and I will hold dear my memories of playing tennis with him forever:)
-Blake
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Posted at 10:10am
Dear Sarah and family, your NASA family is thinking of you. We are so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Wishing you comfort during this time.
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Posted at 08:18am
With love and sympathy - Bill, Gary, Carol & families
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Donnie Baker

Posted at 09:46am
So sorry to hear this. Lots of memories of working at GVEC with Leon. God Bless,
Donnie Baker
Gonzales, Texas
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Timothy D. Kidwell

Posted at 02:27pm
Rest in Peace!!!
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