Graveside services for Elvera Pehl, age 83, of Austin will be held Friday, August 22 at 2:00p.m. at the Blanco Cemetery, Blanco, Texas with Alfred Pehl officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Crofts Funeral Home of Blanco.
She was a member of the congregation of the University United Methodist Church in Austin since 1958.
Elvera was born in Blanco on December 28, 1924 to Alfred and Clara Haufler Pehl at their farm and ranch home on the Rocky Road. She grew up in the beautiful hill country with five siblings, Erwin, Erich, Rosabel, Chester and Alfred, Jr. graduating from Blanco High School, class of 1942.
After a brief tenure in civil service at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio during the World War II years, Elvera worked more than forty four years in the Data Processing Department of the Texas Employment Commission state office in Austin before the agency’s complete transition to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Following retirement she actively pursued a longtime goal to see the world here at home and abroad. With camera in hand and with the courage to explore, her truly memorable experiences in the next fourteen consecutive years included thirty six professionally escorted tours to destinations in Australia and New Zealand, the Bahamas, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, China in the Far East, Morocco and the Southern Carribbean Sea Islands of the West Indies in addition to trips to Europe six times, across Canada from Victoria to Labrador and to every state in the United States.
Survivors include a brother, Alfred Pehl, Jr. and wife, Sara of Austin; a nephew, Dennis Wayne Pehl; nieces, Deborah Lunsford, Pennie Biediger, Polly Sauers; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews of Lampasas and the Houston area.