Bertha Eileen Duitscher

Bertha Eileen Duitscher, 89, passed away from this life to Heaven on Thursday, November 4, 2021, around 5 a.m. She was born to Margaret Miller, who was from a large loving family. Her first 4 years were spent at her Grandma Miller’s home with many aunts and uncles to dote on her. When Eileen was 5 yrs. old, her mother married Dennis F. Brauen, who was a widower with 2 young sons. The family of 5 lived on a farm in Bluffton, OH. Her parents and grandparents loved the Lord and each Sunday they attended church. Margaret played the piano and Dennis led singing and played the accordion.

In the 9th grade, Eileen and her brother, Stanton, moved with their folks to McAllen, TX. Two of her uncles had moved there after WWII and were coaches. Dennis worked several different jobs but became a popular carpenter in McAllen. Eileen spent many hours at the Methodist Church just 2 blocks away from their home. She enjoyed babysitting, choir, the Methodist youth group, and helping wherever she was needed.  She loved the church and knew it was God’s Light here on earth.

When she was a Jr. in High School, she noticed the new handsome boy in study hall and he showed up at church, too. Stanley A. Duitscher was from Iowa and his parents came to McAllen for the winter. They became quick friends. In school, Eileen enjoyed basketball, the Honor Society, and was the Yearbook Editor. The pair graduated in 1950. Eileen attended a local college for a couple of years.

Stan attended Texas A&M but dropped out to avoid being a 2nd Lieutenant, leaving to work in the oil fields of Montana for 6 months, and then he was called into the Army as the Korean War was ending. He and Eileen were soon married with a small wedding in the chapel at Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas, April 10, 1953, while he was stationed at Ft. Riley. They honeymooned for 6 months she said until he was sent to Korea unexpectedly. While Stan was traveling the world, Eileen worked and lived with her parents in McAllen and his folks in Iowa.  One of her jobs was as a secretary for the famous basketball coach at Kansas State, Tex Winters. Stan came home safely from the Army after 15 months and was able to go back to Texas A&M to finish college.  Eileen worked and loved her group of Aggie wives.  She learned that women need Christian women friends to make it through life.

As the years went by, Stan and Eileen raised 4 daughters while living in Victoria and then LaMarque, TX.  Stan provided a good life for them as a City Engineer, City Manager, and then working for Amoco Gas.  Eileen enjoyed hosting parties and meetings often in their home. She was always playing in the garden and loved her flowers. She was also every kid’s favorite Sunday School teacher at the Methodist Church for 15 years. The girls remember home devotions, holiday decorating, dress-ups, slumber parties, movies and plays, camping in the tent trailer all over America, swimming, Girls Scouts and cookies, church choir, piano lessons, entertaining visiting loving relatives, and attending good schools.

In 1970, Stan started his own Surveying and Engineering business in LaMarque. He became very busy so Eileen became his secretary, and all shared in the cleaning and eventually typing and surveying with dad. Eileen also began Bible studies in her home with Women’s Aglow. She also joined weekly Bible Study Fellowship and Community Bible study classes for years. She loved the Bible and prayer which grounded her in life.

Throughout the years, Stan and Eileen have been members of First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of La Marque, Living Stones in Alvin, TX, and High Point Church in Friendswood, TX. The couple have also been involved in the LaMarque Rotary Club for 60 years and they have traveled all over the world with Rotary International. Eileen is a Paul Harris fellow and a major donor for the Rotary Polio cause and was a Rotary Ann for years.

After the girls were married, the Stan and Eileen built a beautiful home, their 3rd, on Dickinson Bayou where Eileen had much more room to plant and play. Buying plants was one of her top joys in life and continued in their last moves. At the Dickinson home, she generously babysat their 10 grandchildren and created wonderful memories for them as she had done for her daughters. Also, during this time, Stan and her bought a trailer and traveled to see many friends and family, and camped with Rotarians.

Bertha Eileen Duitscher is preceded in death by parents, Dennis F. and Margaret Brauen, her son in law, David Scherer, and sister in law, Esther Brauen.

She leaves behind her husband of 68 years, Stanley Arthur Duitscher; daughters: Minda Jean Scherer, Laura Nell Foreman, husband Fred, Alisa Ann Goss, husband Tojoe, and Debra Dee Bruce, husband Daniel; Grandchildren: Christina Henson, husband Jeff, Melissa Goss-Jentz, husband Henric, Jayme Butler, husband Devin, Ryan Pedersen, wife Cristy, Bethany Bruce, Courtney Babin, husband Jason, Jordan King, husband Jonathan, Camille Warren, husband Matthew, Nathan Bruce, wife Clara, and Laith Scherer; Great Grandchildren:  Camden Henson, Carter Henson, Anabelle Jentz, Jannik Jentz, Stella Butler, William Pedersen, Benjamin Pedersen, Wesley Warren, Rory King, and Jullette Babin; Brothers:  Keith Brauen, and Stanton Brauen, wife JoAnn.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Gideons International, PO Box 84, La Marque, TX  77568, or the Rotary International, PO Box 563, La Marque, TX  77568. Contact: Stan Duitscher, 2220 Green Tee Dr., Pearland, TX  77581.  281-732-5238 or 832-820-9965.


  1. Your mom was a wonderful person. We take comfort knowing she is in heaven now.

    Laura Polivka
  2. This is a beautiful memorial for your beautiful mother. I loved her dearly. Thank you and give my blessings to you and your sisters.

    Anita Johnson
  3. What an amazing tribute to a wonderful lady and role model. Thank you for sharing your Mom – we feel blessed to have had her in our lives. So much love!

    Margery Warren
  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom treated me and Chris like one of the grandchildren (even though I was related to the Pedersen’s). She was always so pleasant to talk too. Everytime I saw her, she always made sure to ask how Chris was doing while serving in the US Airforce. She said every time she went to church, she would say a little prayer for him and all the soldiers out there. You all were truly blessed to have such an amazing mom.

    Lori Huepers Ellis
  5. Your mom touched my life with many blessings along with many others. I loved our shared meals and fellowship. So many wonderful memories. She is home now with her Lord. Such a sweet Sister in Christ.

    Karen Davis
  6. I loved your mother, and was blessed by being one of her many friends. May God give you peace and comfort. I know you will always miss her, but we know where she is! I’m looking for that grand reunion!

    Kathy Carlblom
  7. What a fine lady we have all lost. The Duitschers are the highest of quality folks that I think Ive ever met. He was my customer at the barber shop for ages and then I rented a house from them. She was always the sweetest and most gracious lady and will be sorely missed. Mr Duitscher will have a tough time without her so everybody, please pull him close and shower him with love. Where you saw one, you saw the other. God bless them both. A pair made in Heaven. Rest in peace Mrs D. We’ll miss you

    Nan Wall Higginbotham
    Dickinson Tx

    Kathy Wall Higginbotham
  8. I enjoyed many Bible Studies in your Mom’s home on Dickenson Bayou We love being in her home. The Holy Spirit was always moving Your Mom had the gift of hospitality
    We loved her
    An Aglow Sister
    Sarah Weaver
    West Virginia

    Sarah Weaver
  9. Praying comfort during this time. She was a joy to her family and friends.

    Marjorie Johnson
  10. Eileen was such a blessing in my life and to so very many others. She had that wonderful gift of hospitality. I loved being part of the gatherings in her home and will always remember her and Stan fondly and with gratitude.

    Prayers for Stan and the family,

    Barbara Gassett

    Barbara Gassett
  11. I met Eileen at Church and enjoyed the Bible Studies in her home. I appreciated all she and Stan did for their loved ones, friends, Churches. Missionaries and communities, and hoped to do as well following in her footsteps as she followed Christ Jesus our Lord. I always liked surprising her with angels for her collection, and she seemed to enjoy surprising me with a ride over to her home to accomplish something new over a cup of coffee. I didn’t have a mom growing up and so I adopted her in heart as such a figure. I marveled at how she juggled so many things at one time, and how she always kept meals on hand for anyone that was staying with them. I considered her a very rich woman in spirit and in the love of Jesus Christ, and I will miss her gentle nature, and yearly family letter for updates for Christmas. She sure loved much and forever will be loved.
    Prayers for Stan, their girls, grandchildren, and all who love her sweet spirit.

    Mary Russo

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