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Noska, Leo Jerome

1934-2010

Leo Jerome Noska, 76, of Fayetteville, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at North Austin Medical Center in Austin.

Leo was born in Frelsburg, Texas on May 6, 1934, the son of the late Rudolph and Emillie (Ruether) Noska. He married Josephine Veronica Kaspar on June 3, 1956 in Fayetteville. Leo was an avid outdoorsman, cattleman and baseball fan.

He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Gene Noska and wife, Cathleen, of Fayetteville and Allen Dale Noska of Fayetteville; daughter, Sharon Marie Prigge and husband, Kenton, of Brenham; brother, Lee J. Noska and wife, Mary, of Houston; sisters, Bernice Zettel of Bellville and Victoria Sherwin and husband, Jim, of Houston; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Josephine Noska in January 2000; infant son, Glen Noska; three brothers, Ludwig, Jerry and Harry Noska; and sister, Leona Chovanec.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 8, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Parish and KJT Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. following the visitation.

Funeral Services will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville, on Friday, July 9, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. with Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment will follow in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville, or a memorial of their choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl Street, La Grange, Texas.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Malota, Wilma Mary (Jurica)

1930-2010

Wilma Mary (Jurica) Malota, 80, of Bastrop (formerly of Fayetteville), passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 30, 2010, at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin.

Wilma was born in O’Quinn, Texas, on February 8, 1930, the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Chaloupka) Jurica. She married Arnold F. Malota on January 29, 1946 in O’Quinn, Texas.

Wilma worked in food service but first and foremost she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn Hooker and husband Thomas of Cat Springs, son Clarence Malota and wife Patricia of Muldoon, son Arnold Malota, Jr. of Rosenburg, son Robert Malota of Houston, MO, son Bernard Malota and wife Sylvia of Edinburg, son David Malota and wife Lisa of Louisville, KY, daughter Albina Malota of Muldoon, and daughter Patti Barker and husband Darrell of Hutto, 25 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Arnold, one sister and 5 brothers.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 3, 2011, at Koenig & Strickland Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville. The family will receive friends beginning at 5 P.M. A Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fayetteville with Father Stephen Nesrsta officiating. The Burial will follow at Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, P.O. Box 57, Fayetteville, TX 78940 or a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl Street, La Grange, Texas 78945. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Matocha, Josie B. (Dusek)

1929-2011

Josie B. (Dusek) Matocha, 81, of La Grange, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.

Josie was born in La Grange, Texas, on June 9, 1929, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Srubar) Dusek. She is the widow of Lawrence Matocha and they were married on November 23, 1953, in Hostyn, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter Elaine Koehl and husband, Donnie, of La Grange and son Michael Matocha of Huntersville, North Carolina; one twin sister Martha Kovar of Houston; and three grandchildren: David Koehl and wife Sara, Melissa Koehl all of La Grange; Michael Jacob (Jake) Matocha of Huntersville, North Carolina and one great granddaughter Avery Koehl of La Grange; two sister-in-laws: Jane Dusek of Weimar and Irene Jasek of San Antonio and numerous nieces and nephews.

Josie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons: Leonard and Lawrence Matocha, Jr., five brothers: Jerry, Joe, Peter, Lad and Frank Dusek, three sisters: Annie Hrachovy, Agnes Jurica and Mary Sumbera.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. The family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 P.M. A Rosary will be recited by Deacon Mike Meismer at 7:00 P.M.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, April 25, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange with Rev. Fr. Joseph Varickamackal officiating. A Rosary will be recited prior to the service by members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Annunciation No. 1962 . The Burial will follow at La Grange City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, TX 78945, The Scholarship Fund of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Annunciation No. 1962, P. O. Box 275, La Grange, TX 78945; or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, P. O. Box 548, La Grange, TX 78945.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Lidiak, Mary Rose (Janda)

1915-2010

Mary Rose (Janda) Lidiak died on Friday, January 8, 2010 at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin. She attained the age of 94 years, 3 months, and 26 days.

Born on September 12, 1915 to the late C.M. and Bessie (Kallus) Janda at Hostyn, Mary was the third of eleven children. After attending schools at Swiss Alp, Hostyn and La Grange, she graduated from St. Rose High School in Schulenburg in 1934.

On November 17, 1936, she married Jerome Lidiak at Hostyn. They spent the first 28 years of their married life farming in the Hostyn/Ammansville area and at that time were members of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Five children were born to their union: Leonard, Gloria, Aurelia, Virginia and Max. In 1964, Mary and Jerome sold their farm and moved to La Grange, where she has resided ever since. They then joined the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In 1962 Mary started working at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange, first as a nurse’s aide and then as a ward clerk. After 30 years of working at the hospital, she retired and joined the Hospital Auxiliary and worked in the gift shop for several years. Her husband, Jerome, preceded her in death on June 5, 1993.

Mary was well known by family and friends for her excellent cooking and hospitality. She was very devoted to her Catholic faith and her family. Growing up, her brothers and sisters thought of her as their “second mother” and to this day most of them still do. There was usually a pot of stew, chicken noodle soup or some kolaches to enjoy when they came to visit. On many days, when her sister Frances was in the assisted living facility, Mary brought her soup or another favorite food for Frances to enjoy. Her brother Ben and sister Ann, along with many other friends and relatives, enjoyed Mary’s delicious meals frequently. Her door was always open and her table always shared.

Mary enjoyed canning, crocheting, knitting and quilting. She made many beautiful quilts as gifts for all her children and grandchildren. And when each great-grandchild was born, she had a little quilt ready for the baby. They all cherish the quilts made with her loving hands.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Kana, Larry Gene

1953-2012

Larry Gene Kana, 56, of Smithville, passed away on Monday, June 7th, 2010 at his residence.

Larry was born in Weimar, Texas on August 4, 1953, the son of Frank Kana, Jr. and the late Emily Doris (Treybig) Kana.

He will be remembered for being a great loving father and grandfather. Larry is survived by his father, Frank Kana, Jr. of Smithville; sister, Sharon Longshore and husband David of Houston; brother, David Kana and wife Wanda of Katy; son, Lawrence Kana and wife Cortni of Giddings; daughter, Cassie Jones and husband Mike of Houston; grandchildren, Kylie-Kay Kana and Roula Jones; six step-grandchildren; niece, Samantha Kana; and nephew, James Kana.

He was preceded in death by his mother and step-son, Raymund Lopez-Kana.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 9, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 10, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn with Msgr. Stanley Petru and Deacon John McCourt officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl Street, La Grange, Texas.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Kana, Clara (Kloesel)

1917-2010

Clara (Kloesel) Kana, 92, of Houston and formerly of LaGrange, passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Park Manor Westchase in Houston.

Clara was born in Dubina, Texas on November 4, 1917, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Kainer) Kloesel. She married Jerry August Kana on September 23, 1940 in Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Burch and husband William of Houston; two grandchildren, Lisa Ritchey of Houston and Brian Ritchey and wife Christy of Hockley; great grandchild Braden Ritchey of Hockley; step grandchildren William Burch of San Diego, CA and Cyndie McNamee of Houston; and three step great grandchildren.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry and thirteen brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 30th, from 10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 p.m. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn with Monsignor Stanley Petru and Deacon John McCourt officiating. Interment will follow in the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl Street, La Grange, Texas.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Kunetka, Marjorie (Cole)

1926-2012

Marjorie (Cole) Kunetka, 84, of Lancaster, Texas (formerly of Fayetteville, Texas), passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Lancaster.

Marjorie was born in La Grange, Texas, on June 23, 1926, the daughter of the late Leslie and Delsie (Razor) Cole. She married Jerry Burney Kunetka on October 11, 1961 in West Point, Texas.

She is survived by four sons: Larry Eon and wife Pam of Red Oak, Texas; Roy Eon and wife Susie of Lancaster, Texas; George Eon and Suzanne of Campbellsville, KY; and Jerry Kunetka of Willow Springs, Texas; one brother: Clyde Cole of Pharr, Texas; six grandchildren: Crystal, Aaron, and Jonathan Eon; Stacy Miller; Rachael Parish; and Garrett Kunetka.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Moses Eon of 15 years and second husband, Jerry Kunetka of 37 years; brother Jasper (Buddy) Cole; and sister Betty Keeton.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2011, at Koenig & Strickland Zaskoda Chapel in Industry. The family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Industry Brethren Church in Industry with Pastor Milton Maly officiating. The Burial will follow at Byler Cemetery in West Point.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Industry Brethren Church, P.O. Box 73, Industry, TX 78944.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Kovar, Annette Genevieve (Cmajdalka)

1934-2012

Annette Genevieve (Cmajdalka) Kovar, 77, of Fayetteville, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin.

Annette was born in Fayetteville, Texas on November 8, 1934, the daughter of the late Lad and Annie (Polasek) Cmajdalka. Annette Cmajdalka married Robert J. Kovar, Jr. on February 3, 1953 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Fayetteville, Texas.

Annette served as Treasurer of KJZT #10, Secretary/Treasurer of RVOS Lodge #94 and was a member of the Altar Society.

She was a homemaker and was a wonderful cook and baker. Her passion was flowers and gardening. Annette loved her family. She was a devoted wife and worked side-by-side with her husband, Robert, with farming, ranching and their steel fabrication business.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Robert J. Kovar, Jr.; son, Richard Kovar and wife Gayle of Fayetteville; two sisters: Charlene Wick of Hallettsville and Lillian Krenek and husband, Clarence of Rockdale; brother, Alois F. Cmajdalka and wife Shirley of Houston; sister-in-law, Shirley Cmajdalka of Dallas; two grandchildren: Josh Kovar and wife, Candace and Amanda Campbell and husband, Patrick; three great grandchildren: Brandon and Blake Kovar and Nathan Campbell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Lad E. Cmajdalka.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Kana Jr., Frank

1952-2012

Frank J. Kana Jr., 59, of La Grange, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012 at St. David’s Hospital South in Austin.

Frank was born in La Grange, Texas on September 8, 1952 the son of Bernice Kana Holubec and the late Frank J. Kana Sr.

He earned his degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and was employed as a Correction Officer in the Federal and State Prison Systems. He worked in the oil industry for approximately 20 years and also worked for Fayette County Recycling Center. He was owner of Pop-A-Top Bottle Shop.

He is survived by his mother, Bernice, and JC Holubec of La Grange; one brother, Charles Kana and wife Lisa of Houston; three sisters: Carol Hernandez and husband Kenny of La Grange; Jane Shepherd and husband Mark of Georgetown and Mary Black and husband Jack of Columbia, South Carolina; Nieces & Nephews: Keith and Amy Hernandez; Kyle Kana and wife Kacee; Sarah Jackson and husband Fields; Natalie Poulos and husband James; Trevor and Kevin Shepherd; Evan and Ali Black, and
one great-nephew, Andrew Kana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Kana, Sr., on August, 19, 1969.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

 

Kana, John “Johnny”

1924-2012

John “Johnny” Kana, 87, of Houston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Houston.

John was born in Hostyn, Texas on December 28, 1924, the son of the late Frank J. Kana and Emile (Cernoch) Kana and the grandson of John and Marie Kana. He married Frances Cernosek in Holman, Texas on November 8, 1948. They were married 60 years before her passing on July 8, 2009. She was the love of his life and a devoted partner. After her passing, life was never complete and they can now be together eternally in Heaven.

John was very proud of his Czech heritage having grown up on his family’s farm in Hostyn and attending school in Hostyn. Throughout his life, he attended many of the Czech social functions in the communities surrounding the Houston and La Grange area. He was a past charter member of the POLKA Lovers Club of America and one of his greatest enjoyments was dancing the polka and waltzing to the tunes of his favorite Czech bands with his wife.

John was also proud to serve his country in WWII by joining the U.S. Navy in April, 1944. He took his training in San Diego, California and was then assigned to a destroyer escort, the USS Dennis (DE 405). He participated in numerous island invasions in the Pacific. Beginning on October 12, 1944, the Dennis screened the escort carriers and supplied the air cover for the invasion of Leyte. Arriving at Leyte on October 17, 1944, the Dennis joined her carriers (the combined unit was designated as Seventh Fleet Task Unit 77.4.3, radio call sign, Taffy III). History was made as they fought a gallant action with the Japanese counter-attacking force in the Battle of Samar phase of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The Dennis rescued 434 survivors from the bombed St. Lo. For this action the Dennis shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to “Taffy III” and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Stars. In this battle, John was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart. He was discharged from the U.S. Navy in February, 1946 having been previously awarded the American Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

John and his wife attended many of the Dennis Shipmate Reunions held throughout the country. As the number of the Dennis shipmates diminished, the reunion was combined with the survivors of the St. Lo. These reunions were a highlight of his life. He loved to listen and tell the stories of his battle days with his comrades and with his family.

After his discharge from the Navy, John moved to Houston in 1947 and found employment at Wyatt Industries, where he was employed for 37 years until the shop was closed. He then went to work for General Welding Company until he retired in 1988.

John was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Houston, Texas and a member of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn, Texas. He was a member of the Father Diefenbach Knights of Columbus Council 4550 in which he was awarded a 50 year pin in April, 2011. He was a member of the VFW Post 8790 of Spring Branch, Houston, Texas.

John was a caring and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and was lovingly called “Papa John” by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He lived a full and incredible life and although he will be truly missed, he is at peace and has found eternal life with his wife in Heaven.

He is survived by daughter, Patricia Guinn and husband, Fred of Baytown; son, Richard Kana and wife, Susan of Lexington; two brothers: Willie Kana and wife, Dorothy, Frank Kana, Jr.; two sisters: Rosie Hall and husband, A.F., Agnes Niesner and numerous nieces and nephews; five grandchildren: Stephen Guinn and wife, Paige, Travis Guinn and wife, Teri, Johnathan Kana and wife, Elyse, Matthew Kana and wife, Amanda, Katy Kana and fiancé, Matt Weintritt; four great grandchildren: Kara Frances Guinn, Hunter Owen Guinn, Claire Elizabeth Guinn and Marin Gayle Guinn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; granddaughter, Crystal Dawn Kana; brother, Stanley Kana and wife, Lillian; two brothers-in-law: Ben Kolek and Ben Niesner; and sister-in-law, Emily D. Kana.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home