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Pauline Veronica Anderwald King


Pauline Veronica A. “Vera” King, 92, of San Antonio, and formerly of Augusta, Georgia, passed away Thursday, April 28.
She was born Oct. 11, 1923, to Tomas and Eleanora Snaer Anderwald.
After attending local schools, Vera graduated from Bandera High in 1940 and entered San Antonio Business College.
When World War II broke out, she was sworn into the United States Marine Corps on her 20th birthday. Vera was assigned to Cherry Point Air Station and later served in Honolulu as secretary to the Inspector General of the Fleet Marine Forces Pacific.
On Jan. 1, 1948, she married fellow Marine Henry Lafayette King and the couple raised three children, making their home in Atlanta, Georgia. Vera became a busy homemaker, serving as Brownie, Girl and Boy Scout leader, and as a local volunteer.
In 1969, she worked for the VA Medical Center as a medical administrative assistant.
In 1983, she lost her husband, Laffie, after 35 years of marriage. Vera continued to work until retiring at the age of 77.
In her retirement, she volunteered at the VA through the Marine Corp League, earning their Community Service Award in 2007. Vera’s calendar was always full – singing in the choir at St. Mary’s Church; serving coffee and donuts to veterans on the wards at the VA; playing canasta; and as a member of the Montclaire Garden Club where she excelled in arranging.
Until recently Vera enjoyed good health, living independently at Adante Senior Living Center in San Antonio.
Vera will be remembered for the many poems that she wrote, several of which were published, and for her quick wit and unmistakable laugh. Her faith in God was unyielding, as was the love she had for her family.
Vera is survived by her son, Jesse King, of Lincolnton, Georgia; daughters, Virginia Lee King and her husband, Robert Willingham, of Washington, Georgia, and Henrianne Westberg and her husband, Wayne, of Moscow, Idaho; and numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She also leaves behind three sisters, Sister Bernadette Anderwald of Incarnate Word, San Antonio; Louise Koehler and her husband, Ed, of San Antonio; and Joan Walters of Bandera; brothers, James Anderwald and his wife, Margaret Alice, of Buffalo, Texas, and baby Anthony Anderwald; and sisters, Mary Elinor Lawrence Campion of San Antonio, and Dorothy Callahan and her husband, Calvin, of Bandera.
Vera was predeceased by her parents; husband; and brothers, James Anderwald and his wife, Margaret Alice, of Galveston; Vincent Anderwald of Bandera; Thomas Anderwald, who died in WWII; and Gerald Anderwald of Buffalo, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church or Incarnate Word.
A funeral mass was held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Tuesday, May 3, followed by interment at the New Catholic Cemetery, FM Road 1077. A lunch reception for family and friends at the home place celebrated Vera’s life.