KATHERINE SOPHIE YANTZ BLACK
Wife of Jerry Woodard Black, AAFA #0134
1925 TX –2005 TX
Katherine Black, 4
Jerry & Katherine
Black, 50th Anniversary, 1994
Photos from their daughter,
Susanne Black Behrens
Houston, Harris Co., TX—Tuesday, 29 March 2005
Katherine Sophie Yantz Black, 80, a native
Houstonian, passed away Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005.
She was born March 10, 1925 to Johanna and Harry
Yantz, Sr. Katherine married Jerry Black, Sr. on December 4, 1944 in New York
City, NY. They had five children to whom she devoted her life. Katherine
enjoyed many hobbies such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting,
upholstering, ceramics, gardening, and genealogy. She was a former member
Houston Genealogical Society.
Katherine is preceded in death by her parents,
her husband, Jerry, and son, Leslie.
She is survived by her sister, Bernice Foerster
of Houston and her brother, Harry, Jr., of Paige, TX. She is also survived by 3
daughters: Susanne Behrens, of Addison, TX; Sharon Tucker and her husband
Charles, of Pearland; and Shelley Chudej and her husband, Henry of Garden City,
TX; and a son, Jerry, Jr. (Woody) and his wife, Sheila of Pearland. Katherine
has twelve grandchildren, Kimberly Lewis and husband Randy; Troy Behrens and
wife, Kelly; Cory Tucker and wife, Julie; Laura Tucker; Kelley, Lindsey, Blake,
Brittney, and Brett Chudej; and Keri, Jerry, III (Jay), and Branden Black, and
five great-grandchildren, Gates and Brazos Lewis; Chase Landefeld, Vance and
Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 29, 2005
from 6-9 pm at Forest Park Lawndale. A funeral mass will be held at St. Helen
Catholic Church, 2209 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, TX at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March
30, 2005. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc.
or Center Serving Persons With Mental Retardation.
Photos from Forest
Park Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX—www.findagrave.com
Permission granted by
the photographer, Cecil Vaden Jr.
AAFA NOTES: SSDI
records confirm the birth and death dates of Katherine S. Black (SS# issued in
TX), last residence Addison, Dallas Co., TX. Her daughter Sue Behrens reports
that Addison was actually her residence and the mailing address for Katherine,
whose last residence was Houston in an assisted living facility.
Her husband was the Alford descendant, but
Katherine was the genealogist. For most of the rest of her life after her
initial correspondence in 1982 with Gil Alford, Katherine was a generous
contributor of “Alford” information. She was present and an active participant
at the second meeting in Houston. She also made another major and very unique
contribution to AAFA and its members. At the Houston meeting she showed us all
the Alford “crochet” that she had prepared. She made and donated many of them
of different sizes, which we had framed and available for purchase in a “store”
that we used to have at all meetings. Many members of AAFA proudly hang them in
their homes. In the September 1990 issue of AAFA ACTION, p. 56, we
featured Katherine’s crochet:
Katherine Black of Houston, TX, AAFA Member #134, has designed and crocheted an
extraordinary and unique piece of work honoring the Alford name. It is a
delicate, off-white panel … with the name ALFORD crocheted in block letters in
the center. When framed these pieces of handiwork make a very impressive Alford
item to display in your home or as a gift. They look great against a dark
background or in a clear frame against the light of a window.
For more information about this family, see AAFA’s
published genealogy, Known
Descendants of James Lodwick Alford (1749–1820).
Her husband’s Alford lineage, from his closest
Alford ancestor, his great-great-grandmother: Susan 1808 NC5, Cade
1771 NC6, James Lodwick 1749 NC7.