Cameron Herald, Thur., 15 Nov 2001
Sister Mary Tharsilla Fuchs, 89, of San Antonio, died Oct. 27.
Funeral services were held Oct. 29 at Annunciation Chapel of Regan Hall at Our Lady of the Lake Convent. Burial was in Providence Cemetery. Sister Fuchs was born in Westphalia to Anton and Bertha Fuchs.
She attended school in Westphalia until the 10th grade, and then entered the Convent where she finished high school and began college.
She professed and was missioned to St. Joseph’s School in San Antonio in 1932, where she began teaching the first grade. After five years she moved up to the fourth and fifth grades and finally high school.
She was at St. Joseph’s until 1941 and was sent to Columbia University to earn a degree in art and fine arts. She was transferred to Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio in 1942 and was there until January 1969. She took a sabbatical from January of 1969 to August 1969 in New York City.
She returned to Our Lady of the Lake College and taught there until her retirement in 1990. From 1990 until 2001 she lived at Our Lady of the Lake Convent Center.
During her 48 years at the college, she taught art, designed 12 rectangular windows in the steeple of St. Timothy Church, and researched and photographed the Texas historical murals done by Howard Cook during the Great Depression. One of her pieces, “Agape,” hangs in the Regan Community Room.
She received the Garnet Leader Award for the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Kappa Pi, international honors art fraternity and an appointment to the editorial board of the organization’s publication “The Sketchbook.”
She was listed in the “Who’s Who” publication and other biographical publications listing outstanding artists.
She is survived by her sisters, Sister Mary Audrey of San Antonio, Zita Kahlig of Westphalia and Clara Ann Richardson of Cameron; and brothers Msgr. Sylvester J. Fuchs of Westphalia and Walter Fuchs of San Angelo.