Werner J. “Opa” Dramberger

Werner J. “Opa” Dramberger

Werner “Opa” J. Dramberger of Brownsville Texas, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, entered into eternal rest, March 30, 2023, at Valley Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving son, daughter, and son-in-law. He was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 19, 1937 to parents John and Hulda Dramberger.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Hulda Dramberger; loving wife, Margaret; sons, Jerry and Eric; and grandson, Eric Michael Jr. Left to cherish Opa’s memory are sons, David Dramberger of San Antonio, TX; Edward Dramberger of Brownsville, TX; John (Melissa) Dramberger of Houston,TX; and daughter, Karen (Anthony) Alvarez of Brownsville, TX. Opa had 12 grandchildren: Amanda, Eric Michael Jr., Christopher, Taylor, David Werner, Jerry, Alison, Claire, Matthew, Jack, Nico, and Julia, as well as 2 great-grandchildren: Myles and Walker. Opa had two amazing sisters: Renie (Floyd) Heiden and Jeanette (Ronald) Wickwire along with in-laws: Leon Baca, James Baca, Rose Baca, Angie Baca, Nettie Baca and numerous nieces and nephews.

Werner attended St. Gerard’s Grammar/High School and graduated in 1955. He was captain of the football team, Prom king and a proud altar server. He went on to graduate from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a degree in Geology in 1959 and proceeded to meet Margaret Baca – the love of his life, who he married in 1960. Werner and Margaret had six children, five boys and a girl. Werner and Margaret moved from Albuquerque, NM to El Paso, TX where he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Bliss. Werner’s career carried the family back to San Antonio, where he worked as Manager of Gulf Mart. 

As fate would have it, his life journey would take him to the tip of Texas, to Brownsville, where he was promoted to General Manager of Gulf Mart in 1965. Werner and Margaret continued to raise their family in Brownsville and were heavily involved in their community. Werner was a proud member of the Lions Club, he served on the St. Mary’s parish council, and he volunteered for several charitable organizations. He loved to hunt deer, fish, write in journals, sing songs in German, work on crossword puzzles, play cards and dominos, travel to various casinos across the country and adventure around the globe with his family. 

Werner will be remembered most for being the best father and husband on the planet. His spiritual faith in God and service to the community and his family was second to none. He will continue to be a part of each one of his family members who will strive to carry on his legacy.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, April 10, 2023 from 1PM to 8PM with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6PM at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 10AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens. Located at 4464 Old Port Isabel Rd. Brownsville, TX. 78526

The pallbearers are Edward Dramberger, Anthony Alvarez, John Dramberger, David Dramberger, Jerry Dramberger, Jack Dramberger, and Nicolas Alvarez. Honorary pallbearers are Lupe Rocha and Porfirio Chapa.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. 657 Springmart Blvd. Brownsville Texas phone: (956) 350-8485

To send flowers or a plant to the family in the memory of Mr. Werner J. “Opa†Dramberger, please visit https://didisflowershop.com/shop or call (956) 455-3718.

1 Comment

  • Gonzalo Aguilar Posted May 8, 2023 1:32 am

    My condolences to the family. A great boss while I work in GulfMart. May he rest in peace and may the perpetual light shine upon him ????.

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