Klimitchek, Victoria “Vickie” (Vanek)


Victoria “Vickie” Klimitchek, 86, of Hallettsville, passed away July 30, 2012. She was born on Dec. 5, 1925 to Joe & Mary Michna Vanek in Hallettsville. She married Robert H. Klimitchek on Jan. 9, 1945 in Hallettsville. She was a member of KJZT, Altar Society, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Miss Vickie was a loving, caring sweet person who was compassionate and always willing to help others.

She was very active in her life right up to the time of her sudden illness. She never had an idle moment. As Debbie Fishbeck stated, Aunt Vickie could throw a batch of Kolaches together before breakfast, pick vegetables out of the garden, then proceed canning those veggies for something good to eat down the road or share them with her family and friends as her way of saying she loved you. Every morning she started each day by praying for her family & friends & reading the bible. She enjoyed teaching family and friends her special techniques of baking her kolaches and noodle making, especially to hey grandchildren. In 2005, Vickie presented a Kolache baking demonstration at Czech Heritage Celebration in Round Top, Texas.

She was an inspiration to others with her faith in God and a person who never missed a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion where a card was sent. She was like the “Little Energizer Bunny” always on the go, taking people to doctors, buying groceries for others, or visiting with shut-ins.

Vickie grew up on a farm and worked in the fields while attending Sacred Heart School. It was very difficult to balance that life style and still get an education. She would tell us stories about how far they had to walk to school & how physically demanding farm life could be.

Later, she met Robert Klimitchek and was married on January 9th 1945 and raised two children, of which she was very proud of. She worked at Weingartens, Inc. for 25 years, then 11 years at Lavaca Medical Center until retiring in 1993.

She enjoyed baking, cooking, driving her John Deere tractor, and most of all fishing. She was very attached to her animals, especially her two dogs, Sally and Suzie and her daughter’s dogs, Robin and Bear. They were a joy to her life.

Vickie is survived by: son Robert J. Klimitchek & wife Virginia of Victoria; daughter Patty Kallus & husband Joe of Hallettsville; 2 sisters, Marie Grafe and Frances Byrd & husband Bill of Hallettsville; 4 grandchildren, Bobby Klimitchek Jr., Jennifer Klimitchek Wendel, Ashley Kallus Reese, and Ryan Kallus; and 7 great grandchildren, Kaylin Klimitchek, Haley Wendel, Hanna Klimitchek, Blake Klimitchek, Kelly Wendel, Jack Reese, and Raylyn Hendrick.

Vickie was preceded in death by: husband Robert; parents; 4 brothers, Joe, Charles, Stanley, and Louis Vanek; 2 sisters, Maggie Volcik and Kathryn Munke; and great grandson, Garrett Klimitchek.

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. John Peters. Pallbearers: Bobby Klimitchek Jr., Ryan Kallus, Ashley Reese, Jennifer Wendel, Bill Byrd, Victor Janak, Hollis Magruder, and Don Jones. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Memorials (in lieu of flowers): Sacred Heart Catholic School, KJZT, or Altar Society.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX