Gudrun Caples

January 25, 1936 - July 11, 2022

Gudrun “Tutti” Caples, 86, passed Monday, July 11, 2022, of long-term Pulmonary Fibrosis complications; she also suffered from advanced glaucoma. Gudrun was born on January 25, 1936, in Berlin, Germany, to Franz and Luise Schulze.

In her early years, Gudrun resided in Berlin (Kreuzberg district); albeit from 1943 to 1944 she lived in a village in the former East Prussia. She finally settled in Southeast Texas after Gudrun met and married Arthur Lamar Caples her sweetheart and husband of 59 years. They met while he served supporting a joint Cold War project; Operation Gold (Berlin Tunnel).

Gudrun achieved an Art degree in Berlin. Then continued studies and work with the Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM). Gudrun retired as a lab technician with Texas State Optical (TSO). Upon retirement she became a member of Beaumont Chapter State Federation Porcelain Art Clubs of Texas. Then her attentions turned to care for her husband who suffered from Alzheimer’s.

Gudrun enjoyed family and friends, gardening, reading, history, and traveling; she loved shopping and getting a good deal. She loved dancing with Arthur. In childhood then her early 30’s inner ear issues led to hearing loss with her world mostly silent but expressed herself in many forms of art especially porcelain.

Gudrun is survived by her son, Arthur Lamar Caples Jr., daughter, Ingrid Gail Caples; grandson, Zackery Lee Caples; brothers Werner and Herbert Schulze; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Erich, and sister Ingeborg Schulze: grandsons Kasey Don, and Troy Jerome; and daughter in-law, Janice R. Caples; and numerous other family members, in-laws, and dear friends.

A gathering of Ms. Caples’ family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday September 10th, 2022, at the family home in Lumberton, Texas.

Gudrun lived a life well lived – a happy life and keeping peace in one’s soul. She will be missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Foundation, Post Office Box 21463, Beaumont, Texas, 77720

Cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.


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Comments (5)

    Holly Fertig says:

    Dear Ingrid and family,
    I’m very glad I got to meet your lovely Mother. I’m very sad for your loss.
    Praying for you.

    Donna Ross says:

    Dear Ingrid and Art, many condolences to you and all that loved her and that would be many ! To know her was to love her. She was truly a precious soul and like the others, she was so kind to me. She will be be greatly missed.

    Danny Caples says:

    May God Bless you. You were so sweet and kind. I’m so blessed to have you for my Aunt. The love that my uncle and you had for each other shined deeply in my hear .and I felt their love and caring for me. May God Bless them in their Rest. Love y’all uncle and Aunt Tutti..

    Samantha Baron says:

    This is a beautiful obituary. Gudrun was a very positive and inspirational person and she will be hugely missed.

    Melanie Caples says:

    Dearest Aunt Tutti,
    From the time you became “my” aunt in 1975, you were always kind and sweet to me as you were throughout these nearly 48 years that I have known you.
    I will miss you greatly!
    Melanie Caples

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