Vivian Ricka Kveton, beloved mother and grandmother, unexpectedly passed through this life on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at her home in Sealy, Texas.
Vivian was born on March 25, 1934, at the family home/farm on Kiesewetter Road in the Burleigh area to Edwin August and Clara (Witte) Kiesewetter. She grew up on the family general farm and dairy, attending Roach Prairie School and then the consolidated Piney schools through eighth grade with a total staff of two teachers for the entire school. She was a diligent student, continuing her education “in town” at Bellville High School and was quite proud of being the Salutatorian of the Bellville High School class of 1951.
She met the love of her life, Glenwood Kveton, at a dance in Bleiblerville in 1949 and the couple were united in marriage at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellville on August 4, 1951. They celebrated 64 years together, building a lifetime of memories in the same home from the time they were married until his passing in 2016.
Vivian was very proud of her rural and family heritage, frequently reminiscing with tales of growing up on the farm. In her youth, she worked on various farm tasks including chopping and picking cotton, but particularly valued her prize chickens. A 1947 story in the Bellville Times details the determined Vivian and brother Ervin tracking down and dispatching a huge bobcat that was diminishing her chicken population. During her youth, Vivian was very active in 4-H, receiving county fair awards in a number of categories, topped by the receipt of the coveted 4-H Gold Star award. Throughout her adult life, Vivian took great pleasure in her large home vegetable garden and was well known for her many beautiful rose bushes greeting all in the front yard.
One of the most satisfying and enjoyable parts of Vivian’s life were the countless hours that she and Glenwood spent at her Witte family ranch in Coshatte where they relaxed and raised cattle for over 40 years. They were particularly proud of the part they played in having their Witte Ranch (established in 1872) recognized in 2006 by the Texas Family Land Heritage 100+ year program in the Texas State Senate chamber.
Vivian’s great enjoyment of farm and home was surpassed only by the love that she extended to her son Edward and wife April with her greatest joy being the numerous hours she spent with her granddaughters, Bonnie and Andrea, during their most formative years. Vivian was always ready to babysit or to have her granddaughters for sleepovers. She will be greatly missed by her family as she set the bar very high as a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.
Vivian was a constant, dependable volunteer for many organizations including the PTA, Cub Scouts, Sealy band mothers, Meals on Wheels and especially for decades with the Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies Aid. She was a dedicated teacher’s aide at the Sealy and Selman Elementary School for 28 years and, to the present day, was frequently gratified when former students turned adults would recognize and speak to her with respect for her school interactions.
Vivian is survived by her son Edward, daughter-in-law April, granddaughter Bonnie Faith Kveton, granddaughter Andrea Jane (Randy) Mossa, nephew Ervin (Emma) Kiesewetter Jr, niece Susan Kiesewetter, niece Shirley (Mark) Ueckert, sister-in-law Ann Kiesewetter, her loyal dog Sammy and numerous other relatives concentrated in Austin County. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glenwood, brother Ervin Kiesewetter Sr., and brother-in-law Gene Kveton.
Vivian will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery outside Bellville in a private family graveside service due to current Covid-19 concerns. Edward & April plan to hold a celebration of life for Vivian at an appropriate future date with family and friends.
Funeral arrangements under the directions of: Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel 768 Fourth St., Sealy, Texas 979-885-3535 www.knesekfuneralhome.com.