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Pustejovsky, Bellinda (McFarlin)

Bellinda Pustejovsky of El Campo died December 30, 2012 at the age of 73. She was born May 31, 1939 in El Centro, CA. She was a secretary for Rioux Hardware for over 40 years before retiring. She was a member of St. Philip Church and Catholic Daughters of America #1374, where she recently had served as secretary.

She is survived by her daughter Becca Socha and husband Darryl, and grandson Zach Socha, all of El Campo, her mother Ruth McFarlin of El Centro, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband J. P. Pustejovsky, father William McFarlin and step-father Joe Elder.

A Memorial Mass will be held 4:30 pm Thursday, January 3, 2013, at St. Philip Catholic Church with Reverend Gary Janak officiating. The Catholic Daughters will have a rosary at 4:00 pm, prior to the Mass. Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Memorial donations in memory of Mrs. Pustejovsky may be made to St. Philip School, El Campo Little League, ECVFD or El Campo EMS.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX

Staha, Richard Lee

Richard Lee Staha of El Campo passed away December 31, 2012 at the age of 74. He was born August 31, 1938 in Hallettsville to the late Jerome and Frances Kovar Staha. He worked at Nightingale Hospital for 15 years as an accountant and administrator, and then worked in dental sales for 18 years before retiring. He served in the U. S. Coastguard Reserves, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus 2490.

He is survived by his daughters Shannon Fuechec and husband Todd of El Campo, and Shawn Wagner of Richmond; grandchildren Blaine and Tate Fuechec, and Gates and Trace Wagner; brothers Monte Staha of Gravette, AR and Ronnie Staha of Panama City, Panama.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 39 years Gaynelle Schroeder Staha.

Visitation will begin 2:00 pm Thursday at Triska Funeral Home with a KC Rosary being recited at 6:30 pm. The Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Friday, January 4, 2013, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with Reverend Gary Janak officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorial donations in memory of Richard Staha may be made to Houston Hospice-El Campo or St. Philip School Endowment Fund.
Condolences and memories may be left for the family at triskafuneralhome.com.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX

 

 

Wied, Clara (Hubenak)

Clara Mae Wied, lifelong resident of El Campo, passed away on January 1, 2013. She was born on May 13, 1926 in El Campo to the late Frank and Agnes Chvojka Hubenak. She was Food Service Director for El Campo IDS for over 30 years. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Pilot Club, Teachers Retirement Association and a Hospice volunteer.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years Albert Wied, son Larry Wied and wife Carol, grandsons Kevin Wied and wife Shawna, Matt Wied and wife Casey, great grandson Kyle Scott Wied all of El Campo. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Richard Hubenak.

Family will receive visitors on Thursday from 2 pm until 5 pm at Triska Funeral Home. Visitation will continue on Friday from 8 am until 1 pm. A CDA and Parish Rosary will be recited at 2 pm on Friday, January 4, 2012 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with the Funeral Mass to follow at 2:30 pm with Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are Kevin Wied, Matt Wied, Scooter Vaclavik, Charles Walts, Gary Williamson and Preston Dornak.

Memorials in her memory may be made to St. Philip’s School or Houston Hospice-El Campo.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-el Campo, TX

 

Kana, Sophie C. (Piwonka)

Sophie C. Kana of El Campo, passed away on December 25, 2012 at the age of 92. She was born on September 22, 1920 in El Campo to the late F. J. and Sophie Sablatura Piwonka.

She worked as a sales clerk and bookkeeper before owning her own store, Kana Fabric Shop in El Campo. She was a member of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, KJZT, Altar Society, Golden Age, and the Missionary Association of Immaculate Mary. She loved playing dominoes with her friends.

She is survived by sister-in-laws Bernice Kana and Eleanor Kana and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter Kana, son Dennis Kana, and her brothers and sisters.

Visitation will begin at 3 pm on Tuesday, January 1, at Triska Funeral Home with a Rosary recited by the Parish and Catholic Daughters at 6 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, January 2, 2012 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are her great nephews and honorary pallbearers are her great nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to St. Philip Catholic Church or School, or to the donor’s choice.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX

Dornak, Edward F.

Edward F. Dornak, of Blessing, Texas, passed away November 21, 2012 at the age of 93. He was born in Gonzales, Texas, on December 11, 1918 to Method and Mary Lizner Dornak. Edward moved to the Blessing area in 1930 and was a farmer, rancher and carpenter. On February 8, 1944 he married his wife of 68 years, Tillie Vaculin Dornak. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing and served as a Eucharistic Minister and was on the church council. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #4307, Catholic Workmen and SPJST.

Edward is survived by his wife Tillie, daughter Mildred Dornak, sisters-in-law Evelyn and Dorothy Dornak and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and their wives Method and Albina Dornak, Emil and Steffie Dornak, Johnnie and Georgie Dornak, August and Mary Lou Dornak, Steve Dornak and James Dornak; sister and her husband Annie and Rudy Miculka; and brother-in-law and his wife Joe and Albina Hickl, Ben and Matilda Kaspar and Frank and Lydia Vaculin.

Visitation will be 5 pm Sunday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, Texas followed by a Rosary at 6 pm. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Monday November 26, 2012 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Blessing, Texas, with the Reverend Albert Yankey officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers are his nephews. Honorary pallbearers are Brother Knights of Columbus #4307.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church Building Fund or for Masses in his honor.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX

Krauskopf, Delores Ann (Valenta)

Delores Ann Krauskopf of Louise, died November 7, 2012 at the age of 77. She was born on August 27, 1935 in New Taiton, Texas, to Alvin and Angeline Stavinoha Valenta. Delores was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Hillje Altar Society, KJZT, SPJST, was a parishioner at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Church. She was recognized as Hillje-Louise Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in March 2000.

She is survived by her husband Alton “Bingo” Krauskopf, daughters Nancy Schmidt and husband Robert of Hillje, Carol Jaynes and husband Scott of Victoria, sons Glenn Krauskopf and wife Rose of Brazoria, Bruce Krauskopf and wife Linda of Bay City, Tom Krauskopf and wife Amanda of Fulshear, brother Frank Valenta and wife Marianne of Angleton, sister-in-law Pearlene Valenta of El Campo, 5 grand children, 2 step-grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents and brother Arnold Valenta.

Visitation will be Friday 1 pm until 5 pm at Triska Funeral Home. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm on Friday at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Hillje. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church with Rev. Clement Quainoo officiating. Burial will follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church or Czech Catholic Home.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, Texas

 

Orsak, Charles Edward “Chuck”

On November 3, 2012 Charles Edward “Chuck” Orsak passed away in Dallas, TX. Chuck is survived by his three children Leah Orsak Erard of Austin, Geoffrey Charles Orsak and his wife Catherine Bohnert Orsak of Dallas, Stephen Paul Orsak and his wife Katherine Cecil Orsak of Dallas, and his sister, Linda Orsak Fitch and her husband Randy Lynn Fitch of El Campo. Chuck is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, John David and William Edgar Erard of Austin, and Emily Ann Orsak, Sarah Grace Orsak, Mary Elizabeth Orsak, and Peter Geoffrey Orsak, all of Dallas, along with his wonderful nieces and nephews.

Chuck was born on July 25, 1937 in Blessing, TX to Charles Vince Orsak and Justine Zapalac Orsak. Shortly thereafter, they relocated to El Campo, TX where he attended school and graduated from El Campo High School. He had an active and successful sports and academic life while attending school in El Campo. He always thought it special that he was the only boy to graduate in the academic top ten in his senior class. He loved all sports, having been a four year letterman in football, baseball, basketball, and a three year letterman in track. When he was 14, his baseball team, the El Campo Sluggers captured the attention of the city during the summer of 1952. Competing in the national Little Bigger League (today known as the Babe Ruth League), they were Texas State Champions, National Region 6 Champions, and then as one of eight teams competed for the national title in Camden, NJ. The boys had a successful run, eventually winning the Consolation Championship, and placing third in the nation. The city of El Campo hosted a victory parade for the team upon their return. All the Sluggers stayed connected with one another throughout their lives.

After high school, he attended Wharton County Junior College for two years where he was elected student body president both years. He then was awarded a scholarship by Central Power and Light Company to study Electrical Engineering at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX. There he met his wife Elizabeth Grace Cumberland, and upon graduation they moved to Schenectady, NY for his first job with General Electric. While in New York, they had their first two children, Leah Therese and Geoffrey Charles. After a few years, they returned to Texas where he began a long and successful career at CPL in Corpus Christi. Shortly after returning, they had their third child Stephen Paul. When Chuck retired as Executive Director of Electrical Design, he was working to help bring wind power to the Gulf Coast as a way of reducing energy costs in Texas. In recognition of his contributions to Texas electrical power, he was recognized with a Texas Senate Proclamation.

He later moved to Dallas to be closer to family. One of his great joys was to support his grandchildren in their school and athletic activities. As the first member of his own family to attend college, he was passionate about the importance of higher education. He started a scholarship fund at Wharton County Junior College in the names of his parents, and helped make it possible for his children and nieces and nephews to attend and graduate from college.
Chuck was a devout Catholic who was proud of his Czech heritage, and his hometown of El Campo. He loved to fish, play golf, sail, and eat great food. Most of all, he loved to be with his family.

Charles Edward Orsak was preceded into death by his mother and father, Justine Zapalac Orsak and Charles Vince Orsak, his brother James Clifton Orsak, and his niece Sarah Lynn Fitch.

Throughout his adult life he was dedicated to helping the poor through his service to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. When the society’s allotted money ran out, he would often quietly supplement these funds with his own, making it possible for families to continue living with dignity.

Visitation will begin at 11 am on Friday at Triska Funeral Home. A parish Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with funeral services to follow at 10 am. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park in El Campo, TX.

Pallbearers are Emily Orsak, Sarah Orsak, Mary Orsak, Peter Orsak, John Erard and William Erard.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, National Council of the United States, 58 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043-3706.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, Texas

Malek, Delores “Pinky” Ann

Delores “Pinky” Ann Malek, 67, of El Campo died September 27, 2012. She was born on October 25, 1944 in Wharton, TX.

She is survived by her mother Lydia Orsak Stelzel of Wharton, daughter Monica Chumchal and husband Kenneth of El Campo, son James Malek and wife Kay of East Bernard, grandchildren Cody and Paige Chumchal, Justin Malek, Tyler and Emily Kurtz, sisters Margaret Fojtik of Wharton, Patricia Pless of East Bernard and Theresa Thigpen of Round Rock. Her father Harvey Stelzel and husband William “Bill” Malek preceded her in death.

Visitation will begin 1:00 pm Friday, September 28 at Triska Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, September 29, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with Reverend Gary Janak officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers are Danny Pless, David Pless, Hans Stelzel, Ronnie Faul, Jr., Russell Shelton and Randy Chumchal.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Philip’s Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, Texas

Valenta, Arnold Edwin

Arnold Edwin Valenta, 72 of El Campo, passed away on September 29, 2012. He was born on September 6, 1940 in Wharton to the late Albin and Angelina Stavinoha Valenta.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Pearlene Smith Valenta of El Campo, son Scott Valenta and wife Wendy of El Campo, special family John M. Mahoney and wife Debbie, grandchildren Kyler and Danielle ValentaStephanie and Sean Mahoney and Elizabeth Lurker, all of El Campo, sister Delores Krauskopf and husband Bingo of Louise, brother Frank Valenta and wife Mary Ann of Angleton, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Burl and Jean Smith of Houston, mother-in-law Virginia Smith of Hillje and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law J. R. Smith.

Visitation will begin at 2 pm on Monday at Triska Funeral Home. Family will receive visitors from 5-7pm. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wharton, Texas.

Pallbearers areGlen Krauskopf, Bruce Krauskopf, Tommy Krauskopf, Robert Schmidt, Scott Jayne and Larry Carollo. Honorary pallbearers are Don & Glenna Ammann, who have always been there for him, and the staff, nurses and family and friends at Czech Catholic Home.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Czech Catholic Home.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, Texas

Chovanec, Velma (Kasparek)

Velma Chovanec, 90 of Port Lavaca and formerly of El Campo, died on October 16, 2012. She was born on July 18, 1922 in El Campo to the late Vinc and Antonia Pavelka Kasparek.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Chovanec, Jr. and daughter JoAnn Chovanec Wisdom. She is survived by her son-in-law James Wisdom of Port Lavaca, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 3 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Holy Cross Memorial Park in El Campo.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, Texas