Halata, Bernard “Barney” Joseph


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Friday, May 29, 1987

Bernard Halata Laid to Rest

Bernard Halata, of Houston, was laid to rest at Ascension Church Cemetery, at Moravia, Texas, Thursday, May 21, 1987.

Bernard was born September 29, 1929, in Lavaca County, which he always considered his home. He was the fifth child born to Aloysia Olsovsky Halata and the late Joseph Halata.

At the age of 4 years, Bernard started first grade at Old Kinkler School which he attended through the 10th grade. Bernard then attended Moravia High School through the 11th grade. He met his future wife, Dorothy Rektorik at Moravia School.

With the intention of attending the twelfth grade he moved to Weimar to live with his older sister; he graduated at Weimar High School at the age of 16. He then attended college and received a teacher’s certificate at the age of 17.

Bernard then taught the next two years at Old Kinkler School. He then moved to Houston. On October 10, 1949, he married Dorothy. During the next 17 years of their 37 years of marriage they were blessed with eight children, 5 boys and 3 girls: Michael, Richard, David, Thomas, Mary, Regina, Theresa and Mark.

Throughout his life Bernard was a dedicated Catholic, husband, father, grandfather, and employee, and yet he always had time for the community and for his many friends when it was asked of him. No matter what was asked of him by his family, his employer, by the church, and also by the Knights of Columbus, he answered the call, many times above and beyond what was expected of him.

Bernard will not only be loved and missed by his family, but will also be missed by hundreds of friends he made throughout this short 57 years here on earth. He was laid to rest at Moravia, but will never be laid to rest in the hearts and minds of those who new and understood him the best. We will always love and miss you Barney. – Contributed.

Houston Chronicle, 21 May 1987


Bernard “Barney” Halata, 57, beloved husband, father, Grandpa, “Pa-Pa”, passed away May 19, 1987.

Member of the Catholic Community of St. Luke’s The Evangelist. Employed by American General Life Ins. Company for 38 years where he served as the Ass’t Vice President-Manager of Graphics Services. He was the Vice President of Houston Association of In-Plant Printing. Member of Knights of Columbus, past Grand Knight, District Deputy, former State Warden and served on numerous State Committees for the Knights of Columbus. Member of the Peter and Paul K.J.T Society, Moravia, TX. Coach and Board Member of Edgewood American Little League. Obtained a teaching certificate at the young age of 17, and taught two years at Boethel School, Lavaca County, TX before coming to Houston.

Preceded in death by his father, Joseph Halata, Houston and his sister, Ollie Pohl.

Survived by wife Dorothy Halata, Houston; sons, Michael Halata and wife, Linda, League City, Richard Halata and wife, Celeste, Pearland, David Halata and wife, Diane, Halletsville, Thomas Halata and wife, Debra, Houston and Mark Halata, Houston; daughters, Mary Ann Gardner and husband, Mark, Houston, Regina Rayner and husband Dudley, Houston, and Theresa Howell and husband Earl, Houston; 15 grandchildren; mother, Aloysia Halata, Halletsville; mother-in-law, Lillie Rektorik, Hallettsville; brother, Father William Halata, Houston, TX; sisters, Mary Anders and husband, Eddie, Weimar, TX., Leona Sooter and husband Charles, Los Angeles, CA., Bernice Nowak and husband, Marvin “Brother-in-law”, Pearland; brother-in-law, Alfred Pohl, Hallettsville; sister-in-law, Daryln Smith, Houston; numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 1987, St. Luke’s The Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Road with Rev. Dominic Pistone Jr. and Rev. William Halata, co-celebrants.

Graveside services and interment 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Ascension Church Cemetery, Moravia, Texas. Pallbearers: Floyd Tafelski, Thomas Coler, David Korkmas, Alfred Stryk, Leonard Kuenstler, Stan Loibl, and Bill Cowart. Honorary Pallbearers: All Past Grand Knights of Knights of Columbus Council No. 4577.

Your love will be with us forever. We know that you will continue to watch over and guide us. We will miss you. Daddy, we love you.

Both obituaries contributed by Sandra Long Anders

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries