Siegfried Stahl

May 10, 1935 - June 15, 2020

Siegfried Stahl

Siegfried Stahl, 85, of Nederland, entered eternal rest on Monday, June 15, 2020, at Stonewood Senior Living, Orange. He was born May 10, 1935 in Riga, Latvia to Melitta Lutz Stahl and Leo Stahl.

Near the end of World War II, his family were German refugees and forced to leave Latvia. While en route to Germany, he was separated from his family. With the help of the Red Cross, his mother located him in Legde, Germany just west of Berlin where a wonderful family had been taking care of him. In 2009, he had the pleasure of showing us this little German village, and when we went to the city hall to look at maps, we unexpectedly met the granddaughter of the man who had helped him. She recalled the stories her grandfather told her about Siegfried. His mother reunited him with his family in Hannover, Germany.

In 1958, his sister arranged a date with Hildegard Fromm. They celebrated their engagement on May 16, 1958, and on December 13, 1958, they were united in marriage in Hannover, Germany. They had an adventurous spirit, and in August, 1962, they immigrated to the United States and settled in Nederland. They became naturalized U.S. citizens. Siegfried briefly worked in Alaska on an oil rig but eventually worked as a machinist at local refineries including BF Goodrich, Ameripol Synpol, and UnoCal.

There was nothing Siegfried couldn’t build or fix. He enjoyed spending time in his shop with his vast array of tools and machines building or repairing just about anything such as raised flower bed forms, tables, standing stools for the grandkids to reach the sink, china hutches for the grandkids to play tea, things for the Early Childhood Education program at church, and working on cars. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time working on his property and building a barndominium at his property in Spurger.

Siegfried had a big heart and helped others. He served on several boards and committees at Holy Cross Lutheran Church including the Board of Elders and the Board of Early Childhood Education. He would drive people to their doctors’ appointments, to the grocery store, and even to Fort Polk. If he wasn’t home, he might have been cleaning limbs off the roof for ladies at church or hanging pictures. And there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his grandchildren from driving to Ohio or Missouri to visit to attending sporting events and awards’ ceremonies.

Survivors include his children; Kevin Stahl and his wife, Dawn Robertson, of Beaumont; Kirk Stahl and his husband, Danny, of Denver, Colorado; and Kent Stahl and his wife, Colette, of Nederland; sister, Inge Schoon of Sande, Germany; brother, Georg Stahl of Hannover, Germany, the joys of his life, his grandchildren, Sophie Stahl Gutierez and her husband, Samuel, of Nederland; Kensey Stahl, Livia Stahl, and Landon Stahl; and not to forget his granddogs, Ginger; Migo; Nala; and Kelly.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Hildegard Stahl, parents, Leo and Melitta Stahl of Hannover, Germany; sisters, Livia Stahl of Cuxhaven, Germany, and Heidi Stahl of Riga, Latvia; and brother, Harald Stahl of Hannover, Germany.

A gathering of Mr. Stahl’s family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., with his funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2711 Helena Avenue, Nederland. His interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Please observe social distancing guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church Early Childhood Education, 2711 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627.

Video

Gathering of Family and Friends
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
2711 Helena Avenue Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, June 20, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Service
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
2711 Helena Avenue Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, June 20, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Interment
Oak Bluff Memorial Park
618 Block Port Neches, TX 77651

Comments (18)

  • Diane lapoint

    20 June 2020 at 01:08 | #

    So very sorry .keeping the family in prayers

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  • Betty & Bob Toups

    20 June 2020 at 00:26 | #

    Our prayers are with the whole family. Ziggy was one of a kind. He will be missed.

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  • Fromm Jens

    19 June 2020 at 21:50 | #

    Siggi war für mich ein sehr liebenswürdiger, offener, sehr loyaler, intelligenter und familiärer Mensch, mit viel Herzenswärme und stets großer Hilfsbereitschaft und immer mit einem Lächeln im Gesicht. Ich als sein Neffe aus Deutschland habe seine Art gemocht und bei unseren Begegnungen die Gespräche, das Zusammensein genossen. Ich werde seine Person immer in Ehren halten. Ruhe in Frieden, Siggi.

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  • Fromm Barbara

    19 June 2020 at 21:23 | #

    Mein Aufrichtiges Beileid liebe Family. ich war sehr traurig über die Nachricht von Siggi das er Nu über die Regenbogenbrücke gegangen ist.Es ist sehr schön einen so tollen lieben Siggi kennengelernt zu haben er wird in unseren Herzen immer weiterleben in Gedanken sind wir in diesen Moment bei der Family .

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  • Julia Rodriguez

    19 June 2020 at 18:31 | #

    To the Stahl family. Didnt know Siggy that well. We instantly felt his love when we met him. He will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to all. Enrique and Julia Rodriguez

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  • Julia Rodriguez

    19 June 2020 at 18:23 | #

    San Antonio, Texas 78228

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  • Tina Edgerly

    19 June 2020 at 15:48 | #

    I'm am so sorry for your loss...many prayers for you and family.

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  • Sonja & Randy Harper

    19 June 2020 at 15:30 | #

    We were so Blessed to have met Opa, He had the Sweetest Spirit . A very gentle kind man . He has a special place in Heaven and we know he will be Greatly missed by all his family and friends. Prayers for all of you ❤️

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  • Shirley McWilliams

    19 June 2020 at 03:05 | #

    Remember being neighbors on South 6th St. when our 3 boys played with their 3 boys on a vacant lot next to their house......and then to see that they lived in Spurger where I lived and graduated high school, was such a sweet surprise! ❤️

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  • Nick and Joyce Ewing

    19 June 2020 at 02:01 | #

    So saddened to hear about Ziggy but rejoicing that he is in heaven with our Lord and dear Hilda. He was a kind, and talented man and loved by many. May God be with all of you...

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  • The Holy Cross Quilters

    18 June 2020 at 23:12 | #

    The quilters will miss Ziggy so much! He would pick up a sewing machine hat just would not move. A short time later he was bringing it back completely fixed and purring. He always had a smile, always ready to help. The most precious man. What a great reunion he is having! Our thoughts and prayers from the Holy Cross Quilters

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  • Oma & Opa Rose

    18 June 2020 at 21:11 | #

    Our prayers and condolences to our friend Kent and the Stahl family.

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  • Hank Clausen

    18 June 2020 at 19:41 | #

    I want to tell ya'll that when I met Siggy, i soon learned that he was one of the smartest people that iI ever met. My gosh, there wasnt anything the man could'nt do. Car mechanic, Machinist, Carpenter..... and the list goes on. Such a good man, and I know he is with his wife now. My prayers are with you Colette and Kent

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  • Rochelle Deehl

    18 June 2020 at 16:03 | #

    We will always have fond memories of Opa , he was a very special man to anyone who knew him. We know he will be missed.
    Love Mark and Rochelle

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  • kristine Bell

    18 June 2020 at 15:53 | #

    Such a godly man. What a wonderful story of his life. He was a hard working husband and father. And he seemed he always enjoyed doing anything to help anyone. Always smiling. God surely blessed him with great children and grandchildren. He will surely be missed.

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  • Buddy and Florence Schumann

    18 June 2020 at 15:12 | #

    We are so sorry to hear of Siggy's passing. We were good friends while we lived in Nederland and our children grew up together. Siggy and I had many projects together over the years and we had a lot of fun and good times working on them. We also sang in the church choir together for several years.
    We will always remember our visits to their home on Sunday afternoon and all the coffee and goodies Hilda would serve. I'm sure they are happy to be together now. And I'm sure that if there is anything to fix up thete, they atare e both going to be right in the middle of it.
    We love y'all, Buddy and Florence Schumann

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  • Gina Gutierez

    18 June 2020 at 14:58 | #

    Opa was so very kind. He would do anything for you. He will truly be missed.

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  • Beth Oravetz

    18 June 2020 at 14:42 | #

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the Stahl’s. My best and lots of love to you all always.

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