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Elizabeth Ann Haukohl

April 2, 2019

HOUSTON, Texas -- The lovely and vibrant Elizabeth Ann Haukohl, who saw the world and inspired us all, passes at 100 years of age.

Elizabeth Ann “Tess” Haukohl (nee Tessman) of Houston peacefully passed on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, two months after becoming a centenarian. She was finally reunited with her late husband Dr. Robert Somers Haukohl who had passed in 1981.

Elizabeth was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, on Oct. 29, 1918, to Otto and Mary Tessman, and had four siblings: John, Hazel, Evelyn and Clarence. She studied dental hygiene at Marquette University and was part of the Alpha Delta Eta sorority. Robert Somers Haukohl was at the same time on a fast track through medical school at Marquette University and quickly won her affection and married her on Nov. 6, 1940, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Life continued to move quickly as Dr. Robert Haukohl was called to serve in the South Pacific during World War II, and Elizabeth was left in Milwaukee to raise their first child, Robert Tessman Haukohl. Robert and Elizabeth went on to have two more sons, Mark Fehrs Haukohl and Kurt Otto Haukohl, before moving to Coral Gables, Florida, in 1967, and later Miami, Tampa and Sarasota where Elizabeth’s sisters Evelyn Tessman and Hazel Tessman Larson lived. After Robert passed away in 1981, Elizabeth moved to Houston, where she has resided for the last 35 years.

Elizabeth had opportunities along the way to visit much of the United States, the Caribbean, France, China, Thailand as well as several months living in an Italian villa in Florence. Surely this contributed to her cultured, cosmopolitan personality, and her eye for art and decor. Over the years, the family through their son, Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, gathered what would become the Haukohl Family Collection of Italian baroque paintings.

Surviving family members include Elizabeth and Robert’s three sons Robert Tessman Haukohl (Patricia Ann), Mark Fehrs Haukohl and Kurt Otto Haukohl (Erlinda Ibe). Grandchildren include Robert Cook Haukohl (Jennifer Marie), Thomas Otto Haukohl (Jennifer Ann) and Jennifer Elizabeth Clemons (Brady Allen). Great-grandchildren include Robert Joseph Haukohl, Elizabeth Marie Haukohl and Austin Otto Clemons.

A Dedicated Mass in loving memory of Elizabeth was held in Houston at 10 a.m. on Sunday at St. Dominic’s Village, Warren Chapel. Burial will occur later this summer at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown, Wisconsin.

The Haukohl family would like to extend special thanks to Sylvia Paniagua, Araceli Aguilar and the wonderful team at St. Dominic’s and Houston Hospice for their love and care. Remembrances may be sent to St. Dominic’s Village, Warren Chapel c/o Ms. Lynn Gillespie, 2409 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77021.