Arnold Joseph ‘Archie’ Szymandera

Arnold Joseph “Archie” Szymandera, 62, died Sept. 5, 2012, after a battle with cancer. He was born on May 11, 1950, in Washington, D.C., to Mieczyslaw and Anny Szymandera.

He grew up in Racine, Wis., and served in the Marine Corp in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. He moved to Austin after he was discharged from the military to start a family.

While in Austin, he built a career in the cabinet business and became a master craftsman.

He will be remembered for his joyful, light-hearted spirit, the beautiful and creative work he did with his hands, his love of fishing and music and the marvelous meals he lovingly prepared for friends and family.

Survivors include wife Mary Lynn (Winslow) Szymandera of Bertram; daughter Weslie Elliott and husband Stephen of Georgetown; granddaughters Mason and Lyle Elliott; stepsons James Allen of Mill Spring, N.C., David Allen of Phoenix and Matthew Allen of Bertram; brothers Reinhardt Szymandera, Mike Szymandera and Allen Szymandera, all of Racine Wis.; nieces and nephews; and numerous special friends including Joe and Patti Colbert of Bertram.

A celebration of life is Sept. 29 at his home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Handicapped Veterans Association and the American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be offered at

Local arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 Texas 29 East in Burnet, (512) 756-2222.

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