Teeby Forchheimer

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ALPINE - Longtime Alpine civic and business leader Sylvia Golenternek "Teeby" Forchheimer died peacefully at her home in Alpine the evening of Oct. 29, 2013. She was 95. Graveside services will be at 11am, Nov. 1, in Elm Grove Cemetery in Alpine. She was born in Tyler Feb. 16, 1918, to Sarah and Alexander Golenternek, emigrants from Russia. She was the youngest of 12 children and attended John Tyler High School, Tyler Junior College, and the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary school education in 1939. As a substitute teacher in Tyler she learned quickly that teaching wasn't her "calling." She married Paul Forchheimer Dec. 22, 1942, and in 1951 they moved to Alpine, Paul's hometown, with their son David and their daughter Juliette, to help run Forchheimer's Department Store (established in 1923). She worked as the store's bookkeeper for many years. Sul Ross State University was an important part of her life. She was a member of the Sul Ross Committee of 100 and of the President's Support Group. She volunteered at the Museum of the Big Bend, was Grand Marshal of the Sul Ross Homecoming Parade in 1999, and received the Slingin' Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service to the university and several Sully awards for her contributions to the Theatre Program. The Department of Fine Arts and Communication established the Paul and Teeby Forchheimer Communication Endowment in 1991 in recognition of the Forchheimers' long service to the university. She did not limit her service to the university, however. She was also active in the community, serving on the Committee for the Alpine Centennial Celebration, as a volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce, the Alpine Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Alpine Ambassadors, and the Food Pantry of Alpine. She was a Pink Lady at Big Bend Memorial Hospital and served on the Alpine Independent School District Board of Trustees. She wasn't all work and no play, though. She was an avid golfer for many years and excelled at needlework. She read voraciously on many subjects and loved more than anything being with friends and family. She was known as a beautiful, elegant, kind, generous and down-to-earth woman with a terrific sense of humor. She is survived by her daughter, Juliette Forchheimer Schwab and her son-in law Gregory Mark Schwab of Alpine; her grandson, Dr. Jon Adcock and his wife Stephanie; and her great-grandchildren, Kate, Sarah, Maggie, and Libby Adcock, all of Birmingham, Alabama. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, her husband Paul, and her son David. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to her favorite charities: the Paul and Teeby Forchheimer Communication Endowment at Sul Ross State University; the Alpine Public Library; the Food Pantry of Alpine; or the Alpine Humane Society.
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