Vrana, Gilbert Raymond


Victoria Advocate, 11 Nov 2002, page 9A

FLATONIA – Gibert Raymond Vrana, 38, of Flatonia, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002.

He was born May 12, 1964, in Weimar, to the late Florian Sr. and Rosie Dach Vrana. He was a gas station attendant and a Catholic.

Survivors: sisters, Carolyn Vrana, Shirley Lanni and Kathleen Masek, all of Flatonia, and Dorothy Eaheart of Ingle; and brothers, Florian Vrana Jr., Edwin Vrana and Michael Vrana, all of Flatonia.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home chapel in Flatonia.

A rosary will be recited tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at High Hill Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross








Source: Fayette County Obituaries

Vrana, Rosie Helen (Dach)


Victoria Advocate, 4 Feb 1992, page 12A


FLATONIA – Rosie Helen Dach Vrana, 63, of Flatonia, died in a Victoria hospital Sunday, Feb. 2, 1992, after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Vrana was born Jan. 10, 1929, in High Hill to the late Anton and Mary Schenk Dach. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia.

Survivors: husband, Florian Vrana; daughters, Carolyn Vrana, Shirley Lanni and Kathleen Masek, all of Flatonia, and Dorothy Eaheart of Schulenburg; sons, Florian Vrana Jr., Edwin, Michael, and Gilbert Vrana, all of Flatonia; sister, Annie Polnick of Schulenburg; brother, Anton Dach of Schulenburg; and eight grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents.

Rosary 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home chapel of Flatonia.

Services 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Father Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 865-3311.

Pallbearers: J.V. “Sonny” Polnick, Wayne McCuan, Daniel Dach, Marvin Hrcek, J.D. Bartek and Bohumil Vrana Jr.

Honorary pallbearers: Robert Schaeffer, Johnny Lev, Anton Dach Jr. and David Vrana.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross








Source: Fayette County Obituaries



Vrana, Leroy James


Victoria Advocate, 16 Mar 1971, page 5A

Services Set For Victim Of Drowning

FLATONIA — Services for Leroy James Vrana, 19-year-old Flatonia youth who drowned near Gonzales Sunday, will be conducted at Smith Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Services will follow at Praha Catholic Church at 4 p.m. The Rev. Marcus Valenta will officiate. Burial will be in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

The youth drowned while on a boating outing on Wood Lake with other Flatonia residents. Vrana and a friend, Ivan Dornak, 19, fell from a boat piloted by Tony Pulkrabek. Life preservers were thrown to both youths but Vrana failed to grab his. The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. some 90 yards from shore. The body was recovered by Gonzales and Seguin rescue firemen at 11:30 p.m. Wood Lake is formed by a dam on the Guadalupe River.

Vrana was born in Flatonia Sept. 25, 1951, son of Mrs. Emma Vrana and the late Charles Vrana. He was a senior at Flatonia High School.

Besides the mother, other survivors are four brothers, Charles Jr., Johnny, Bonaventure and Randy Vrana of Flatonia; three sisters, Mrs. Bernice Pklude of Schulenburg and Helen and Irene Vrana of Flatonia; and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Baranecky of Flatonia.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross


Melnar, Lillie (Pekar)


Lillie Pekar Melnar, age 93, of Hallettsville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. She was born on November 5th, 1918, in Sweet Home TX, to John and Frances Fait Pekar. On October 26th 1943 Lillie married Victor Melnar in Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October 2003. She was a member of St John the Baptist Catholic church of Koerth TX, a farmer’s wife, homemaker, member of Sweet home American Legion Auxiliary, KJZT, a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, and friend. Lillie’s witty and crafty ways will always be remembered. She will always be in our hearts and in our memories. May God grant her eternal rest.

Lillie is survived by: 2 daughters, Magdalen Demel and husband Marcus of Schulenburg, Mildred Marie Kirkland and husband Tommy of Maryville Tennessee; 2 sons, Dennis Melnar and wife Carol of Georgetown and Victor Melnar Jr. of Hallettsville; 6 grandchildren, Marc Demel and wife Sheila of Seguin, Michael Lee Demel and wife Cheri of Schulenburg, Angela Heger and husband Lance of Weimar, Darren Melnar and wife Krista of Austin, Bradley Melnar and wife Natalie of Hutto, Kari Thormann and husband Luke of Cedar Park; 12 great-grandchildren; Macey and Lexey Moekel, Skylar and Bralan Heger, Peyton Dahl, Taylor, Dalton and Cooper Demel, Audrey and Owen Melnar, Lilly Thormann and Isaac Melnar; 2 sisters, Annie Darby of Rockdale, Mary Long of Leander; 2 brothers; Henry John Pekar of Hallettsville and Robert Pekar of Schertz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Victor Melnar Sr.; 5 sisters, Frances Hermes, Janie Migl, Matilda Kutach, Eleanor Dolezal, and Toni Kopecky; and brother, Charlie Pekar.

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Koerth. Visitation: 4 pm,Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Wake Service: 7 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Charles Sonnier. Pallbearers (Grandsons): Grand Sons; Marc Demel, Michael Lee Demel, Darren Melnar, Bradley Melnar, Lance Heger and Luke Thormann. Honorary Pallbearers: Great grandchildren. Burial: St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Koerth. Memorials: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Hospice of South Texas, or a charity of your choice.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX

Zatopek, Lillie (Trojcak)


Lillie Trojcak Zatopek, 98, of Hallettsville, passed away Sept. 22, 2012. She was born on Sept. 5, 1914 to Joe F. & Agnes Drozd Trojcak in the Moravia Community in Lavaca County. She married August Zatopek on Oct. 30, 1934 in Hallettsville. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Moulton.

Lillie worked at Weingarten Inc. in Hallettsville for 25 years. She retired in 1965. Lillie enjoyed canning, dominoes, listening & singing to Polka Music. Her main love was making quilts for family and friends. She made over 450 quilts in her life time, of those 450 quilts; she only sold one, the rest she gave away as a sign of her love for people.

Lillie is survived by: daughter Delores Shely & husband Warren; son Marvin Zatopek & wife Nancy; sister Helen Noack; 6 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 11 step great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; and 17 step great great grandchildren.

Lillie was preceded in death by: husband August; parents; 2 sisters Carrie Padilla and Viola Heiman; 2 brothers, Willie at infancy and Charles Trojcak; and 1 step great great grandson Cameron.

Funeral Service: 11 am, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church of Moulton. Visitation: 4 pm, Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home. Prayer Service: 7 pm, Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Herb Beyer. Pallbearers: Scott Smith, Chris Zatopek, John Patrick, Justin Patrick, Dennis Mueller, and D.J. Mueller. Honorary Pallbearers: Bruce Robinson and Mark Mueller. Burial: Moulton City Cemetery. Memorials (in lieu of flowers): Zion Lutheran Church of Moulton (P.O. Box 176, Moulton, TX 77975), American Heart Association, or American Cancer Society.

Source: Hallettsville, TX

Technik, Anne Mae (Zaruba)


Anne Mae Technik, 88, of Hallettsville, passed away Sept. 22, 2012. She was born on Nov. 18, 1923 to Joseph & Annie Cejka Zaruba in Lavaca County, Texas. She married to Julius C. Technik on Sept. 6, 1948 at St. Peter Lutheran Church of Hallettsville. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Anne was a member of the Texas Extension Education Association, formerly known as the Extension Homemakers, for 55 years and served as secretary/treasurer for most of that time. She worked diligently for the club and thoroughly enjoyed the activities. Her last meeting she attended was on Jan. 2012, and she never missed a meeting or function, unless she was ill.

Anne enjoyed doing handwork and arts & crafts. She will be remembered for her embroidery work and Kleenex box corners which she did for pastime.

Anne is survived by: daughter Susan Technik of Hallettsville; brother Frank Zaruba & wife Rita of Hallettsville; 9 grandchildren, Trey Rainosek, Gwen Holt & husband William, Josh Kremling, Hannah Cooper, Nailene Cooper, April Cooper, Nailer Cooper III, Bonnie Cooper, and Michael (MJ) Cooper; and 1 great grandchild Caitlynn Holt.

Anne was preceded in death by: her husband Julius; parents; 3 brothers, George at infancy, Robert and Joe F. Zaruba Jr.; and sister Helen M. Appelt.

Funeral Mass Service: 2 pm, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 6 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Msgr. John Peters. Pallbearers: William Technik, Ronnie Technik, Clarence Blume, Jack Zaruba, Jimmy Appelt, and Nailer Cooper III. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Hallettsville. Memorials: Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville or Blue Bonnet Youth Ranch.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX

Koerth, Eugene E.


Eugene E. Koerth, 68, of Hallettsville, passed away Sept. 25, 2012. He was born on Feb. 10, 1944 to Ervin & Pauline Prasek Koerth in Lavaca County, TX.

Eugene is survived by: son Jimmy Koerth & wife Tammy of Hallettsville; daughter Pam Wilson & husband Rocky of Seagoville; 2 brothers, Charles Koerth Sr. of Hallettsville and Larry Koerth & wife Sandra of Hallettsville; 2 sisters, Sharon Rother & husband Marvin of Hallettsville and Karen Haley & husband Ed of Dayton; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and beloved dog Jada.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service: 3 pm, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Kubena Funeral Home. Visitation: 12 noon, Friday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Brother Henry. Memorials cab be made to the family of Eugene Koerth.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX

Dornak, Hubert Frank


Hubert Frank Dornak, 93, of Hallettsville, went to his eternal resting place on Thursday, September 27, 2012. He was born on July 22, 1919 to August & Karolina Kutach Dornak in Mont, Lavaca County, Texas. He was a member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Hubert was a veteran of WWII and served in the US Army. He received the Good Conduct Medal; Asiatic – Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 bronze service stars for the Bismark Archipelago, New Guinea, Southern Philippines, and Luzon Campaigns, with a bronze Arrowhead for participation in an amphibious assault landing; WWII Victory Medal; Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze service star; the Distinguished Unit Badge (Army Presidential Unit Citation); one Service Stripe; and 5 Overseas Service Bars.

Upon being Honorably Discharged after serving our country, he returned home to continue farming with his parents. On May 13, 1946, he married the love of his life, Bernadette “Bunny” Buss. They were blessed to celebrated 53 wonderful years together. They moved to Houston, Texas where Hubert graduated from the University of Houston and moved back to Hallettsville. He began his career with Shell Oil Company in Providence City and Sheridan, Texas. He retired after 35 years of service and never missed a day of work.

Hubert was full of love and life. He enjoyed gardening, dancing, playing dominoes, spending summers at the coast fishing and sharing time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Known as Grandpa “Zhaba”, he enjoyed watching the kids participate in their sports, whether it was staying in Hallettsville, or traveling to Austin, Lolita, Sugar Land, Stafford, Richmond or Rosenberg, he was there cheering them on. Everyone called him “Grandpa” or “Pops”; he was never stranger to anyone.

Hubert is survived by: his eight children, 2 sons, Robert & wife Tawnya of Sugar Land, and John & companion Judy of Lolita; 6 daughters, Cheryl Jansky & husband “Boggie” of Hallettsville, Martha Quast & husband Larry of Australia, Kathleen Roth of Rosenberg, Francine Rother & husband Larry of Austin, Debbie Dornak of Richmond, and Lisa Noser & husband Jeff of Richmond; 15 grandchildren; 3 step grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hubert was preceded in death by: his wife “Bunny”; his parents; parent-in-laws Carl and Hilda Buss; 11 brothers, Augustin, Joe, Rudolph, Charlie, Willie, Gus, Mike, Louis, Albert, Tom, and Otto; and 5 sisters, Julie, Eleanore, Pauline, Beatrice, and Lucy.

Hubert was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be remembered for his love and devotion to his family and friends forever.

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Melvin Dornak. Pallbearers: Brian and Shane Steffek, Tad Jansky, Kyle and Jason Rother, Josh Roth, and Peyton Noser. Honorary Pallbearers: Tanya Woytek, Tina Jansky, Kelley Dornak, Jessica Ferguson, Megan Fults, Tiffany Dornak, DeDe Merrick, and Kaitlin Noser. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Memorials: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hospice of South Texas, or Donor’s Choice.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX

Divin, Frank Willie


Frank Willie Divin, 94 of El Campo, passed away on March 6, 2012. He was born on January 23, 1918 in Waller to the late Louis and Annie Konarik Divin and was a retired farmer. He married Marie Zbranek on October 29, 1940 in Wallis.

He is survived by his daughters Betty Kutach and husband Eugene of El Campo, Angeline Livanec of Louise, son Frankie A. Divin and wife Joyce of Brookshire, 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, brother-in-law Emil Zbranek of Stafford and sister-in-law Lillian Divin of Wallis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marie Zbranek Divin, sister Agnes Viasclovsky, brother John Divin and son-in-law Victor Livanec.

Visitation will begin at 11 am on Thursday at Triska Funeral Home. Parish Rosary will be recited at 2 pm on Friday, March 9, 2012, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with the Funeral Mass to follow at 2:30 pm with Rev. Albert Yankey officiating. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Memorial donation in his memory may be made to Louise Vol. Fire Dept. or El Campo Vol. Fire Dept.

Pallbearers are Brian Kutach, Russell Kutach, Sterling Labay, Colin Labay, Mark Divin and Ed Hammond. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX

Becak, Frank Jim


Frank Jim Becak, a lifelong resident and businessman of Garwood, Texas passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the age of 91. He was the 3rd of four sons, born to the late John Joseph Becak and Louise Gerla Becak on March 9, 1921.

He was ever the thinker, scientist, inventor and mechanical genius. He was a self taught airplane pilot and a master mechanic. He graduated from Garwood High School in 1938. He joined the Army in 1941, serving during WWII. He married in 1947, started his business and raised his children in Garwood. He was a dedicated member of the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department and the Methodist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 64 years, Josephine Bures Becak and will be dearly missed by his three children and their spouses, Wayne Becak (Robyn), Karen (Mark Lambert), and David Becak (Sonia), his seven grandchildren, Christine (Michael Thiele), Jarrod (Sarah), Johanna and Peyton Lambert, John David, Ross, and Shelby, his one great-grandchild, Jackson Thiele and his ten nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, William, John and Jimmy and his foster sister, Theresa Richardson.

Visitation will begin at 1 pm on Wednesday with the family receiving visitors from 5 pm until 8 pm at Triska Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 am on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Lehrer Memorial Cemetery in Garwood with Rev. Ron Shott officiating.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the Garwood Vol. Fire Dept. or Lehrer Memorial Methodist Church.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX