Gus William "Bill" Litzmann

March 13, 1937 - February 23, 2019
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Gus William (Bill) Litzmann, 81, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with lung disease. He was born March 13, 1937 in Columbus, TX, to Werner and Norma Litzmann.

Bill graduated from Hallettsville High School in 1955 and attended the University of Houston, LSU, ETSU, TCU and Vanderbilt Universities. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann, in 1958, and together they raised four children.

“Mr. Litzmann,” as many knew him, was a lifelong professor, coach and mentor. He taught mathematics for 60 years, at which 35 of those were spent at Galveston College, until he retired in 2007. Bill taught countless students during his tenure as well as tutored those who requested his help.  His love of youth never failed.  He enjoyed getting to know his students and catching up with them after they had gone on to complete their studies.  Bill’s love of teaching will continue through the donation of his lungs to further research in lung disease.

Bill enjoyed fishing, traveling, golf, and tying flies. He and his wife, Mary Ann, traveled the country on numerous fly-fishing adventures. He loved his family, and always supported them in their interests.  Bill was their biggest fan, whether it be football, baseball, basketball, track, dancing, skating or surfing. He was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Werner and Norma Litzmann; and his two older brothers, WJ and Norman Litzmann.

Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Ann; children: Michael Litzmann; Mary Sue Hopkins and husband, Brett; Timothy Litzmann; and Amy Etzel and husband, Derrick; grandchildren: Kris and Sarah Hopkins; Kyle and Monica Hopkins; Paige and Ryan Martinez; Allison, Landon and Matthew Etzel; Miles, Clara, Luke and Violet Litzmann; great grandchildren: Kane, Sage, Emma, Ellie, Charlotte and Knox.

Bill’s family will receive visitors beginning at 12:00 noon, Thursday, February 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A rosary will begin at 1:00 pm, and funeral mass will begin at 1:30 pm, followed by entombment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Derrick Etzel, Brett Hopkins, Kris Hopkins, Kyle Hopkins, Miles Litzmann, Landon Etzel and Matthew Etzel. Honorary pallbearers are Clara Litzmann, Paige Hopkins-Martinez, Allison Etzel, and David and Marie Etzel.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Angela Shepherd for her compassionate care and guidance throughout the years but especially in this past year; and also special thanks to Michael Amburn for his weekly visits to deliver the Eucharist.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Bill’s name to Galveston College Scholarship Fund, or Holy Family Parish.



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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Rosary at 1:00 PM

Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 2:45 pm

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Born: March 13, 1937
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Felipe Galindo posted on 2/28/19

My condelences to you Mary Ann and your children. From Felipe Galindo


Gracie Otin posted on 2/27/19

In memory of Gus William "Bill" Litzmann, Gracie Otin lit a candle


Ted Winslow posted on 2/27/19

Dear Mary Ann and Family; Sheryl and I would like to send condolences and prayers. But also we want to thank you so much for sharing Bill with us from 1980-1995 We enjoyed his stories of coaching, teaching and raising 4 children . His love of family was on display every day!!


Jackie Moody posted on 2/27/19

My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of a great man. He was the best math teacher I ever had (Galveston College, 1980s). He had a great sense of humor, was always willing to help, and had an awesome understanding of each of his students' individual needs. I hope his example lives on through others. He most definitely left a mark on my life and gave me a love for algebra that will never die.


wayne way posted on 2/26/19

My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I will surely miss the presence of a truly loving and kind person. Bill, RIP and see you later ->;CCB


Delores Florence posted on 2/26/19

Praying for the family that God will give them comfort and strength during this time in their lives. Mr. Litzmann and I worked together at Galveston College. He was a very caring instructor and kind to all he met. You have my sincere sympathy and condolences upon his passing.


Cindy deMasi posted on 2/26/19

What a wonderful man and such an awesome cheerleader for all of his grandchildren! May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding your family. All our love and friendship! Cindy, Mike, Meagan, Hunter and Walter deMasi


Jo Anne posted on 2/26/19

Please accept my condolence. Psalms 46:1 says; "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress". May these word comfort your heart in the days ahead as you remember Gus. My deepest sympathy.