Minnie P. Schlortt
Minnie Pearl Backhaus Schlortt, 99, of Knippa died on Jan. 7, 2020, in Uvalde.
She was born on Sept. 5, 1920, in Sharp, located in Milam County, to Agnes (Fuchs) and Hermann Backhaus.
She was baptized on Jan. 2, 1921, in Thorndale Lutheran Church by the Rev. J. E. Scheffel.
In 1925, the family moved to San Antonio, and the following year to Floresville, where she grew up.
She was confirmed on April 14, 1935, in First Lutheran Church of Floresville by the Rev. Theo Winters.
She graduated from Floresville High School in 1937.
In 1938, she met Robert Ernest Schlortt in Floresville, where he was teaching in the country schools. They were married on July 20, 1940, in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Poth, Texas by the Rev. J. K. Poch.
In 1942, their first child, Robert Jr., was born. When he was only 4 weeks old, her husband volunteered in the Army Air Corps and, for the next 38 months, she cared for her young son while her husband served his country. When he returned, the family moved to San Marcos.
In 1946, their second son, Hermann, was born. In 1954, they moved to Knippa where, in 1959, their daughter, Iris, was born.
Schlortt is survived by her two sons, Robert E. Schlortt Jr. and wife, Karen, of Kyle, and Hermann W. Schlortt of Floresville, and wife, Earline, of D’Hanis; daughter, Iris Leber and husband, Dean, of Robstown; nine grandchildren, Lt. Col. H. William Schlortt and wife, Holly, and Audrey Chapman and husband, John, all of D’Hanis, Robert E. Schlortt III and wife, Sandy, and Elizabeth Schlortt, all of San Antonio, Kara Kleimann and husband, Rob, of Columbus, Stacey Toungate and husband, Blake, of Leander, Harris Schlortt and wife, Kelsey, of Pipe Creek, Jake Leber of Atlanta, Georgia, and Renn Leber of Robstown; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Mabel Connally and Myrtle Bartels; infant brother, Oscar Frederick; and niece and nephew, Connie Connally and Harold Connally.
Visitation began Friday at 5 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde.
A funeral service was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Knippa Lutheran Church in Knippa, with interment following at 4 p.m. at Young School House Cemetery in Smithville.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com