Grmela, Joseph “Joe”


Joseph “Joe” Grmela, age 68, of West, passed away Wednesday morning, August 8, 2012 at West Rest Haven.

A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m. Friday at Aderhold Funeral Home in West, with visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption in West, with Rev. Ed Karasek as celebrant. Burial will be follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Mr. Grmela was born October 1, 1943 in Hill County, the son of Rose Marie (Macha) Grmela and Rudolph Grmela. He attended St. Mary’s School, graduated from West High School in 1962, and also from 4C Business College in Waco. He was a Certified Public Accountant, working for Commercial Associates in Waco for over 30 years before retiring 2007. He also worked for Central Motors and was the owner of Obchod, where he sold cookbooks. Joe was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption, where he served as a former president of the Finance Committee and Catholic Youth Organization. He was a member of K.J.T. Society No. 31 and a Board Member of the West Independent School District. He enjoyed writing poetry, traveling, and attending area picnics. He especially loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Henry Grmela; two sisters, Helen Girard and Lois McMillan; two nieces, Bridget Sinkule and Carolyn Girard Jones; and a nephew, Robert Sinkule.

Survivors include a brother, Rudy Grmela and wife Dorothy of Elm Mott; two sisters, Margaret Sinkule and Sue Grmela, both of West; niece, Joni Pilgrim and husband Larry; nephews, Jerry Girard and wife Sarah, David Girard and wife Diane, Lawrence Girard and wife Louise, Jerry Sinkule Jr., Tim Sinkule and wife Tammy, Mark Sinkule and wife Jackie, and Edward Grmela and wife Lisa; a special friend, Connie Scott; and many other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers are Brian Girard, Tommy Girard, Joey Girard, Mark Sinkule Jr., Zeb Sinkule, Eddie Grmela Jr., Ryan Sinkule, Chad Sinkule, Cody Harris and Chase Harwell. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Lichnovsky, Frank Andrle, Charlie Turner and Al Ctvrtlik.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s School Endowment Fund or the charity of your choice.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home-West, TX