Elisabeth Derer Harris
Elisabeth Derer Harris (Lisa/Liesel) was born in Ober-Stuben, Czechoslovakia, on April 10, 1939 to Johann and Maria Derer. She passed away on January 15, 2021 in Liberty Hill, Texas. During World War II her family had to immigrate to Germany, settling in Klein-Umstadt, Germany.
Lisa was introduced to her husband, Robert Harris (Bob), an American soldier, on a blind date, and they were soon married. Over the years the US Army deployed them to US bases in several states and in Germany. On their first tour to Texas Lisa did not yet speak English, and she learned English in part by watching game shows like “The Price is Right”, a show she continued to enjoy until the end of her life.
Lisa’s endearing German accent in her spoken English was always good for a warm smile by those who knew her. Once when she was out driving, looking for a new Bingo spot, she was pulled over by a policeman for swerving on the feeder road. She immediately said, “Offizíer, I em not dRunk, I em chest looking for a new Bingo Schpaht, unt venn you are olt like me – venn you look ovah hier, your cár goes ovah hier”. He just smiled and let her go.
Everyone she knew loved her delicious German cooking, and in the 70s she realized her dream of having a German restaurant in America. She started the “Lisa’s Schnitzel Haus” in Lampasas, TX. The restaurant was later owned by her brother, Helmut Derer and his wife Marianne, who meanwhile had also immigrated to America. People came from far and near to taste her excellent German cooking. Although the Schnitzel Haus was small, her regular guests included not only local diners but also soldiers and military officers including Generals from Fort Hood and beyond.
Lisa told everyone that she had four of the best daughters, who were her angels. Even in the final days of her life she was overheard telling a caregiver that she had such wonderful daughters. She said that after her death she would be watching them to make sure they stayed that way.
Another passion besides her family was playing Bingo. She enjoyed playing Bingo and spending time with her Bingo buddies. That was her happy place.
Lisa was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-six years, Robert Edward Harris, her parents Johann and Maria Derer (Germany), deceased siblings and spouses, Hilde and Sepp Bohm (Germany), Maria and Manfred Hiemenz (Germany), Frieda Grimm (Australia), and Anna and Henry Hohendorf (Florida, USA), nephew Richie Hohendorf (Florida, USA).
Survivors include her daughters and their spouses Marita Lloyd of Liberty Hill, Texas, Chris and Jim Copeland of Bellaire, TX, Linda Harris and Reggie Leuty of Cedar Park, TX, Jill and Nathan Cearley of Liberty Hill, TX. Her siblings and spouses Josef and Helga Derer, Resie Derer, Siegfried Grimm, Helmut and Marianne Derer; grandchildren Victoria Knam, Stephanie and Jeffrey Brown, Nick Copeland, Carson Cearley, Kinley Cearley; great grandchildren Samantha Lloyd, Perry Brown, and Celine Copeland and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thank you to Kindred Hospice (Debbie and Martha) and Visiting Angels for your loving care.