Aug. 24, 1934 - Dec. 18, 2018
Irma Charlene Alf, 84, of Boerne, passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2018, after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s. The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, at Holt & Holt Funeral Home in Boerne. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Faith Bible Church, 1 Bergmann Road in Boerne, followed by interment at Jones Cemetery in Kendalia.
Charlene was born on Aug. 24, 1934, in San Antonio to Carl Gustav and Hildegard Traeger. She attended Hot Wells High School where she was involved in the Drum and Bugle Corps, the Scotch Lassies. She was Valedictorian of the Class of 1952, the last graduating class of Hot Wells High School. Following high school, she attended Texas Lutheran College and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a four-year certificate in Parish Work. She was involved in many activities during her time at Texas Lutheran. The most significant of these was the Texas Lutheran College Choir, which not only fostered her lifelong love of music, but led to some lifelong friendships as well. It was also at Texas Lutheran that she met her future husband, Ernest Edward “Ernie” Alf. They were married on June 16, 1957. and celebrated 52 years together before being parted by his death on Oct. 27, 2009.
Charlene and Ernie were residents of Boerne since 1972. In 1974, she joined the staff of the Kendall County Abstract Company. Affectionately known as “Charlie” to customers and staff alike, her career there spanned 30 years culminating with her retirement in July 2004. She was also active in her church and community, serving on the Missions Board of Boerne Bible Church and the board of the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center. She was also a long-standing member of Bible Study Fellowship. Her life of quiet, but active faith affected more people than she will ever know.
Charlene is survived by her brother, Karl Traeger (Lucy); her children Karl Alf (Jaton) of Rosenberg, Marie Tehas (Paul) of Boerne, Jan Kempf (Ben) of Denver, Colorado, and Kenneth Alf (Sheri) of Tarpley; as well as 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, three nieces and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Carl Gustav Traeger; her mother Hildegard Traeger; her sister Barbara Smouse; her nephew Keith Larson; and her beloved husband of 52 years, Ernie Alf.
The family would like to express their gratitude to William Holt of Holt & Holt Funeral Home, Pastor Charlie McCall, Pastor Tim Ekno and Charlene’s church families at Boerne Bible Church and Faith Bible Church. In addition, the family would like to extend a special thanks to Dan and Ana Negru at A Caring Hand 4 Seniors for their loving and compassionate care over the last year plus. They truly adopted her as their own and we are forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center or the Alzheimer’s Association to honor Charlene’s memory. To view the tribute video or share words of comfort with the family, please visit www.holtfh.com.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the staff at Holt & Holt Funeral Home of Boerne.