|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1921|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 29, 2003|
William Paul Herbold
September 3, 1949
San Jose, Santa Clara, California
Loren Paul Herbold
Beulah Herbold, 81
Beulah Herbold, 81, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2003, in El Paso, Texas, after complications from hip replacement surgery.
Her family said she was "greeted by the heavenly choir, which had been anxiously awaiting her arrival due to her musical talents." Her husband William, her son Loren, her brother Ernest Yetterness, her uncles Dr. E.A.Thormodsgaard and Albert Thormodsgaard, and her parents Nells and Emma Yetterness "also greeeted her," the family said.
Beulah Amelia Yetterness was born Nov. 2, 1921, on the family farm outside of Mott, N.D. She was raised as a "lady farm girl" who loved her pony and her parents' piano. She developed her love of music at an early age and was the organist for the Lutheran Church at the age of 15 and played the pump organ for services.
After high school, her father insisted she earn a college degree so she could be independent some day if the need arose. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where she earned degrees in music and education.
Soon after graduation from college, her family moved off the farm and headed west to San jose, Calif., where they opened a flower shop for Beulah to run. Also, her uncle was living in the area and she wanted to further her music studies under his direction.
World War II had just ended and Beulah soon met a handsome soldier who had been discharged from the Army after serving honorably in the South Pacific. William Herbold just happened to be from close to her neck of the woods, having been raised in Lewistown. They were soon married, had two sons born in San Jose, and lived there until 1952.
Beulah's uncle, Dr. Thormodsgaard, had moved from the San Jose Area and taken the position of chairman of the music department at Texas Western College, now UTEP, in El Paso. He was also the founder and director of the El Paso Boys Choir, later namedc the El Paso Children's Choir. Beulah wanted to continue studying with her mentor and soon the young family moved to El Paso.
In 1952, shortly after arriving in El Paso, Beulah joined and became the organist with the Ysleta United Methodist Church. She would continue her "labor of love" as pianist, organist or choir director until January of this year before falling and breaking her hip. Last fall the church, now Vista Ysleta United Methodist, honored Beulah for 50 years of dedicated service.
Beulah's career also included 35 years as a teacher with the Ysleta Independent School District. Over the years she taught English at Cadwallader and music at Cedar Grove, Riverside Jr. High, Riverside High, Eastwood Knolls and J.M. Hanks High School. Her students and choirs often excelled at regional and state choral festivals and concerts and won many awards. With Beulah as teacher and mentor, many of her students went on to professional careers in music with one student performing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Beulah would often perform the accompaniment for many of her "kids" for years after retiring from the school district. She also taught private piano lessons for years and was an avid attendant of music concerts and a member of the American Guild of Organists. "To say the least, Beulah was music and music was Beulah."
Beulah is survived by her son, Gale Herbold and his children, Jodi and Justin, all of Kalispell, and Gale's fiance, Susan Button of Houston; Gary Herbold and his son Gary Jr. of El Paso, Dean Herbold of El Paso, and his daughter Nicole Blumenberg of Tucson, and son Chris Herbold, also of Tucson.
A memorial celebration will be held at the Vista Ysleta United Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. In keeping with Beulah's last wishes, cremation has taken place. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Vista Ysleta United Methodist Church, the UTEP Music Dept. (Piano Area) or the El Paso Opera.
Fort Bliss National Cemetery
El Paso County
Plot: SECTION G SITE 1950
Created by: Bonita Olmer
Record added: Dec 24, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17138963