Floral 03

Music by the O'Neill Brothers


Martha Mae (Rabel) Kassner

December 8, 1925 ~ January 20, 2018 (age 92)

Martha M. Kassner went home to her Heavenly Father Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 92 years old.  She was surrounded by her loving family at her time of passing.

Martha M. Rabel was born December 8, 1925 in String Prairie, TX.  She was the first born of three siblings to Frank and Martha (Goertz) Rabel.  She was raised and attended school in String Prairie, TX.  In her late teens, Martha moved to San Antonio, TX to live with her Aunt Clara and work for S.H. Kress department store.  Several years later she returned to String Prairie to reunite with her long time love Robert Kassner.  They were married November 1945.

After marrying, Robert and Martha moved to San Antonio, TX where they raised two children, Lynn and Ruby Kassner.  In the early 1950’s they started Kassner Tile Company, which they proudly ran for over 30 years.  In 1959 they built their first home in McQueeney, TX, where they lived for the next 25 years enjoying time on the lake with friends and family.

In 1983 Robert and Martha decided to retire and move to their forever home in String Prairie, TX.  The extended family grew over the years and together they enjoyed many more decades of family time on the ranch.  Robert and Martha had a deep passion for gardening, cattle ranching, hunting and fishing and devotion to their church and community.

Martha was a devoted wife, loving mother, adoring grandmother and great-grandmother.  She had a very kind and gentle soul, a loving and generous heart, and was always giving to others.  She had such a keen sense of humor that always kept the family laughing.  Martha was a long-time member of the St. Anne’s Society, the String Prairie Community Center, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and 10 Pin Professional Bowlers Association.  She was an avid baker and canner and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, bowling, and gardening throughout her life.

Martha spent her last year’s enjoying life in Marion, TX with family.  

Martha Kassner is preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years Robert Kassner, her son Lynn Kassner, her parents Frank and Martha Rabel, and her brother Franklin Rabel.

She is survived by her daughter Ruby Krebs and husband Clayton of Marion, TX; daughter-in-law, Connie Kassner of Seguin, TX; brother, Jim Rabel and wife Dorothy of San Antonio, TX; sister-in-law, Jean Rabel of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren: Christy Scheel, husband Michael and children Trenton and Gracie of Seguin, TX; Courtney Hodges, husband Grant and children Austin and Mackenzie Hodges of Marion, TX, Chris and Katie Kelley of San Marcos, TX; Leslye Krebs of Austin, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the wonderful staff of Guadalupe Regional Medical Center and Guadalupe Valley Nursing Center (Genesis) of Seguin, TX; and Warm Springs Rehabilitation of Luling, TX for their kindness and support in her final days.

Visitation will be held from 1 PM until 5 PM on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at the All Faiths of the Pines Funeral Home in Smithville, TX.  Rosary will be held at 7 PM on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, String Prairie, TX.  Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, String Prairie, TX with burial to follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery. 

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