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16 Mar

To Celebrate a Life of Love: Bruce Edward Tschoepe

August 14, 1948-March 8, 2023

Bruce E. Tschoepe passed suddenly into the arms of Our Lord on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 in a skiing accident in his beloved Angel Fire, New Mexico. Bruce was born in San Antonio on August 14, 1948 to Edward A. Tschoepe and Marian Seng Tschoepe. He attended St. Anthony Grade School, Central Catholic High School, and Texas A&M University. He majored in architecture, and that became his life career. Bruce designed churches, including St. Francis of Assisi’s original sanctuary (now Henke Hall), dormitories, custom homes, retail centers, and a gamut of other buildings. He retired from architecture in 2011 and has been traveling the world since then. His most recent adventure took him to Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand. He loved seeing new places, playing golf, hiking everywhere, hunting on his ranch, playing his guitar, and building things. He was the consummate fix-it guy, never afraid to tackle a project. He served on several school boards and parish councils and was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. He had a true servant spirit.

He will be remembered by all who knew him as a kind-hearted, gentle, honest, Christian man. He lit up the room with his sincere smile and genuine concern for all. As a friend said, he was an angel of kindness and joy. He touched many lives in a beautiful way.

Bruce met his lifelong soulmate Janis Anderson in 1965, and they married in 1974. They had 48 wonderful years of married life, supporting each other in every endeavor. They traveled extensively, built Habitat for Humanity homes, spent summers in their home in Angel Fire, served on church retreat teams, and loved playing dominoes together.

Bruce is survived by his wife Janis, his sisters Pat (Chris) Maguire, Anne (Gary) Wright, Jeanne (Don) Albrecht, and Janet (Greg) Arnold, his brothers Steve (Mary) Tschoepe and Edward (Brie) Tschoepe, and his brothers-in-law Kenneth Anderson and Theodore Anderson. In addition to numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, he had many wonderful cousins.

Services will be on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 8500 Cross Mountain Trail in San Antonio. Rosary will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception after Mass in the Parish Hall, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery, 11624 Culebra Road. Arrangements are with Porter Loring North (www.porterloring.com).

Bruce was passionate about his Marianist high school education. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Bruce’s honor to Central Catholic High School, Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund, 1403 N. St. Mary’s, SAT 78215. If you prefer to make your memorial gift online, please go to www.cchs-satx.org/give/ and designate Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund.

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