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Alexander, John T.

1936-2012

John Tol “J.T.” Alexander, age 75, of Aquilla, passed away late Friday morning, January 13, 2012 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West, with Rev. Gary Kreder officiating. Burial will follow at Bold Springs Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Alexander was born May 20, 1936 in Bynum, the son of Tol Barger and Marie (Urban) Alexander. He attended schools in Aquilla and was a graduate of Aquilla High School in 1954. He also studied auto body repair at T.S.T.C. On November 8, 1957 he was united in marriage to Alice E. Clements in Tokio. J.T. worked for General Tire and Rubber Company in Waco for 35 years before retiring in 1998. He also worked for American Derringer for 3 years and Seller’s Sales in Waco. He was a member of the United Rubber Workers Union and the National Seashore Turtle Patrol on Padre Island. J.T. had his pilot’s license. He enjoyed fishing, old school tinkering, could fix anything, restoring old Mustangs and classic cars, and building model airplanes.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years, Alice Alexander; two daughters, Teri Carter and husband Michael of The Colony and Paula Stein and husband Kevin of Milford; a sister, Betty Cox of Abbott; three grandchildren, Nolan, John Michael and Cooper Marie; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers are John Michael Carter, Nolan Carter, Cooper Marie Auerbach, Mark Cox, Will Cox, Carl Poteet, Curtis Poteet, and Aaron Prasifka. Honorary pallbearers are L.B. Etter and Doyle Rogers.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home ~West, TX

 

Bezdek, Leona Anna (Tichavsky)

1921-2007

Leona Anna Bezdek, age 85, of Abbott, passed away early Wednesday morning, January 31, 2007 at West Rest Haven in West.

A rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel by Deacon Butch Pruitt. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott, with Msgr. Frank Miller as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fatima Cemetery near Abbott.

Mrs. Bezdek was born February 26, 1921 in West, the daughter of Joe Frank and Agnes Marie (Bartosh) Tichavsky. She was raised in the Chatt area of Hill County and attended Chatt School and Jesse School. On October 20, 1944 she was united in marriage to Jerry J. Bezdek in San Antonio. She was a homemaker and also worked in the dietary department of the West Community Hospital for over 15 years before she retired in 1987. Leona was a very active and faithful member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where she served on the Ladies Altar Society and the “Quilters For Christ”. She was also a social member of the K.J.Z.T. Society No. 104, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the West V.F.W. Post 4819 Ladies Auxiliary. Leona loved quilting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Louis Tichavsky; and two sisters, Frances Grones and Rosie Kallus.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 62 years, Jerry J. Bezdek of Abbott; one son, Michael Bezdek and his wife Jan of Abbott; two daughters, Barbara Bezdek of Chalk Bluff and Linda Rosen and her husband Jay of Houston; one sister, Lillie Adair of West; four grandchildren, Rachel Rosen, Zachary Rosen, Jeff Bezdek, and James Bezdek; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Youth Fund or the K.J.Z.T. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home -West, TX

 

Blahuta Jr., Charles “Charlie”

1931-2006

Charles “Charlie” Blahuta, Jr., age 74, of West, passed away Monday morning, January 9, 2006 at a Waco nursing home.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cemetery near West, with Rev. Vincent Chacko, I.M.S. officiating. Military Honors will follow conducted by West V.F.W. Post 4819. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Charlie was born May 29, 1931 in West, the son of Charles and Louise (Picha) Blahuta, Sr. He attended St. Mary’s school and graduated from West High School before attending 4C Business College in Waco. While serving his country with the Unites States Marine Corp, Fox Company, during the Korean Conflict, he was wounded and received a Purple Heart.

Charlie worked for the City of West in the waste maintenance department for 15 years before retiring in 1990. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption. He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post #4819, S.P.J.S.T. Lodge #66, and the Czech Heritage Society. Charlie loved to play dominoes and care for and feed all his animals. He also enjoyed sitting on the corner of Oak & Main Streets so he could visit with the tourists, telling them about the history of West.

His parents and two brothers, Al Blahuta and George Blahuta, all preceded him in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Leesa Swift and her husband Gary of West; a grandson, James Ryan Swift currently stationed at Lakenheath, England; sisters-in-law, Clarine Blahuta of West and Lodema Soukup of Lorena; a niece, Beth Roberts; a nephew, Allan Blahuta; 3 great nephews, Todd Blahuta, Jason Clements, and Jared Clements; a great niece, Brandi Blahuta; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home-West, TX

 

Blaschke, Lloyd

1923-2006

Lloyd Blaschke, age 82, of Plano, formerly of West, passed away Friday, July 7, in Dallas.

A rosary will be recited and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption in West with Rev. Vincent Chacko, IMS as celebrant. Military Graveside Rites will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery conducted by VFW Post No. 4819 of West. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Aderhold Funeral Home in West.

Mr. Blaschke was born on September 4, 1923 in West, the son of Charles and Augusta Blaschke. He graduated from West High School in 1941 and served his country during World War II. He was a B24 mechanic and crew chief in Foggia, Italy where he kept “Leap Year Lady” flying continuous missions. On June 22, 1946, he was united in marriage to Josephine (Kudelka). She preceded him in death on December 11, 1975. Lloyd spent most of his adult life in Ft. Worth where he worked as a sheet metal mechanic and iron worker before retiring from Besteel Industries in 1979, as Co-owner and Chief Sales Engineer. After his retirement, he enjoyed establishing Mr. B’s Place on Lake Weatherford. He was member of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Knights of Columbus Council #759 for over 57 years. Lloyd supported the West Side Lions Club, Nolan High School, Texas A&M University, as well as many other activities in the Ft. Worth area. His sons and daughter wish to thank his lifelong friends and family for all of the blessings of love you shared with their father over his lifetime, especially Martha and C.J. Hlavaty, Herbert & Gerri Blaschke, and Alfred & Irma Blaschke.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Freddie.

Survivors include three sons, David Blaschke of Frisco, Dennis Baschke and his wife Mary of Cypress, and Douglas Blaschke of Lake Weatherford; one daughter, Donna Grant of Plano; two brother, Alfred Blaschke of Ross and Herbert Blaschke of Waco; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Dennis Blaschke, Jr., David Blaschke, Jr., Aaron Liggitt, Andrew Liggitt, Mark Grahmann, Darrell Abramowitz and Jerry Ponzio.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Rest Haven Memorial Fund or to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home-West, TX

 

Bezdek, Harry L.

1924-2006

Harry L. Bezdek, age 82, of Abbott, passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 25, 2006 at Town Hall Estates in Hillsboro.

A rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West, by Janice Kaluza. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Cemetery, with Rev. Vincent Chacko, IMS officiating.

Mr. Bezdek was born on June 18, 1924 in West, the son of John W. and Frances (Kallus) Bezdek. He attended schools in West. On May 24, 1948, he married Mary “Sis” Zapalac in West. He worked as a farmer and rancher for most of his life. He also worked as a mould changer for the General Tire and Rubber Company in Waco from 1952 until his retirement in 1986. Harry loved the outdoors and enjoyed his cows and dogs. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott and K.J.T. Society No. 31.

Three brothers, Jim Bezdek, John Bezdek and Charles Bezdek; and six sisters, Alice Bezdek, Wilma Bezdek, Bessie Lichnovsky, Mary Bezdek, Helen Gresham and Rose Bezdek, all precede him in death.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Sis Bezdek of Abbott; four sons, Michael Bezdek and wife Pat of Dallas, David Bezdek of Waco, Mark Bezdek of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Kevin Bezdek and friend Tammy Wiley of Waco; one daughter, Nancy Searcy of Venus; two sisters, Lillian Urbanovsky and husband Danny and Josephine Kubala, all of West; eight grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home -West, TX

 

Beseda, Anna (Zodrozna)

1928-2006

Anna Beseda, age 78, of Lacy Lakeview, passed away early Thursday morning, September 7, 2006 at her residence.

A rosary will be recited 6:00 p.m. Friday at the Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel by Janice Kaluza, with visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 3:00 p.m. Saturday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tours, with Rev. Ed Karasek as celebrant. Burial will follow at Presbyterian Cemetery near Penelope.

Mrs. Beseda was born January 8, 1928 in Poland, the daughter of George and Anna (Konieska) Zodrozna. In 1941 she was picked up by the Germans and placed in a concentration camp for 2 years. Anna was selected by a German family and worked for them for 3 years until after the war. On January 19, 1946 she was united in marriage to Willie Harry Beseda in Badkissegin, Germany. He preceded her in death after 45 years together on November 10, 1991. After their marriage they returned to the United States and settled in Penelope to raise their family. Anna worked for the Weston Cookie Factory in Waco for several years before becoming a waitress and cashier for Leslie’s Chicken Shack for 30 years, retiring in 1993. She then worked for the Hamilton House for seven years. Anna enjoyed working with flowers, cleaning, walking, being outdoors, and doing special things for older friends. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tours.

Her parents; a son-in-law, Bill Spillman; and a great granddaughter, Chloe Elise Kane; also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Ben Roy Beseda and his wife Janice of Elm Mott; two daughters, Norma Jean Spillman of Wellington and Dolores Ann McCoy and her husband Jimbo of West; a very special friend and companion, Al Straten of Lacy Lakeview; seven grandchildren, Ashley Spillman Madsen, Marnie Kane, Kristen Jordan, Zack Beseda, Cody Beseda, Trent McCoy, and Preston McCoy; two great granddaughters, Emma and Madeleine Kane; a sister Maria K. and a brother, George Zadrozna, both of Ukraine; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Pallbearers are Trent McCoy, Preston McCoy, Zach Beseda, Cody Beseda, Kevin Jordan, Brian Kane, Robert Boss, and Wayne Barton.

Memorials may be made to St. Martin’s Church Building Fund, Hillcrest Community Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home-West, TX

 

Beseda, Henrietta (Pribyla)

1916-2007

Henrietta Beseda, age 91, of Penelope, passed away early Monday morning, February 19, 2007 at West Rest Haven in West.

A rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Aderhold Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Nativity, B.V.M. in Penelope with Rev. Ed Karasek as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery near Penelope.

Mrs. Beseda was born January 2, 1916 near Mt. Calm, the daughter of Fred and Emilie (Holacka) Pribyla. She was raised in the Penelope area and attended Griffin school. On October 25, 1937 she was united in marriage to Raymond John Beseda in Penelope. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2002. Henrietta was a homemaker and helped her husband on the family farm. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and embroidering. Henrietta was a member of the Altar Society and R.V.O.S. She was also a faithful and lifelong member of the Church of the Nativity, B.V.M. in Penelope, where she helped with the church bazaars.

She is also preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Michael Kucera who passed away on November 28, 2002 and Stephen Kucera.

Survivors include a daughter, Claudine Kucera and her husband Johnny of Penelope; a granddaughter, Janice Chase and her husband Rodger of West; two great grandsons, Craig Chase and Rodger Chase Jr., both of West; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Pallbearers are Rodger Chase, Lonnie Beseda, Gary Beseda, Bobby Beseda, Danny Ray Pratka, Lawrence Pribyla, and Richard Kocian.

Memorials may be made to Church of the Nativity BVM Building Fund or St. Mary’s Parish Center.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home -West, TX

 

Blaschke, Alfred Gus

1919-2010

Alfred Gus Blaschke, age 90, of Ross, passed away early Friday morning, January 8, 2010 at his residence.

Private family funeral services will be held at Aderhold Funeral Home in West, with Pastor Mark Griffin officiating.

Mr. Blaschke was born on April 18, 1919 in Ross, the son of Charles F. and Augusta (Willig) Blaschke. He attended schools in West and Ross. In service to his country, he joined the United States Army and served with the 36th Division and 143rd Infantry until he was honorably discharged. On November 21, 1942, he was united in marriage to Irma Martha Lander in Gerald. Alfred worked at General Tire & Rubber Company for over thirty years and was a farmer until his retirement in 1980. He and Irma owned and operated the Ross Road Antiques and West Antiques for over forty years. Alfred loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed restoring antique furniture, gardening and teaching his grandchildren to play dominoes. He was a member of First United Church in West. He was also a member of American Legion in Waco and served on the Ross School Board for over fifteen years. Alfred was known as a kind and gentle man; a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was honest, hard working and respected by all who knew him. He fought long and hard through his illness and never gave up hope. Memories of Alfred will be cherished by all who knew him and his imprint on our lives will always be in our hearts. He will be missed and loved forever.

Alfred is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry Blaschke; and two brothers, Freddie Blaschke and Lloyd Blaschke.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 67 years, Irma Blaschke of Ross; a son, Ronald Blaschke and his wife Jackie of Columbus, Georgia; a daughter, Linda Griffin and her husband Lynn of China Spring; a brother, Herbert Blaschke and wife Geraldine of Waco; six grandchildren, Lisa Lavallee and husband Keith of Columbus, Georgia, Ronald Blaschke Jr. and wife Billi of Opelica, Alabama, Troy Blaschke and wife Corinna of Tucson, Arizona, Matt Blaschke and wife Monica of Maricopa, Arizona, Sheila Nolan and husband Matt of Hurst, and Evie Johnson of Waco; seventeen great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Community Hospice.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home -West, TX

 

Bartosh, Van Edward

1963-2010

Van Edward Bartosh, age 46, of Joshua, passed away Monday afternoon, April 19, 2010 at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West, followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tours, with Rev. Will Straten as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Martin’s Cemetery.

Van was born November 3, 1963 in Arlington, the son of E. J. and Virginia Ann (Straten) Bartosh. He was a graduate of Diamond Hill Jarvis High School in Fort Worth. He had worked for Bartosh Trucking for many years, and most recently was a Documentum Specialist for DynCorp in Fort Worth for the last 5 years. He was a member of KJT in Tours and St. Ann Catholic Church in Burleson. Van always loved to tend to his cows, goats, horses, donkeys, rabbits, and just spending time on the farm. He also enjoyed playing the lottery, doing crossword puzzles, and loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his parents, E.J. and Virginia Bartosh of Joshua; one brother, Cody Bartosh and wife Dolly of Arlington; two sisters, Sherry Bartosh of Joshua, and Sonya Flores and husband Jamie of North Richland Hills; one niece, Hillary Bartosh; five nephews, Joseph Bartosh, Andrew Bartosh, Ethan Flores, Matthew Flores and Mitchell Flores; special friends, Ed and Sondra Sykora of Godley; many other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers are Juan Becera, Mark Mynar, Tommy Straten, Randy Straten, Patrick Halamik and Nick Straten.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home ~West, TX