Sbrusch, Mary

Victoria Advocate 1968 Dec 22

GANADO — Mrs. Mary Sbrusch, 77, of Ganado, died at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a local hospital.

Mrs. Sbrusch was born Jan 22, 1891, in Fayette County.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 8:45 a.m. at Psencik Funeral Home Chapel and at 9 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church with Rev. William Halata officiating.  Burial will be at noon at Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 6;30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Albina Vaculik of Engle, Tex.; two sons, Alfonse Sbrusch of Cordele and Valentine Sbrusch of Needville; two sisters,  Mrs. Frances Bender of Houston and Mrs. Willie Garwright of Rosenberg; four half-sisters, Mrs. Staffie Kahanek of Ganado, Mrs. Lillie Wilson of El Campo, Mrs. Angelina Nedebalek [Nedbalek] of Blessing and Mrs. Georgia Kircher of Houston; and a half-brother, Gus Kubecka of Kurshing, Okla.






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Baca, John R.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 24, 1953

John R. Baca, 60, director of Baca’s Original Band and Orchestra for 33 years, died in hospital at La Grange last weekend and was buried Monday at Fayetteville.

He was the son of Frank J. Baca Sr., who organized the band and orchestra in 1892, six years after the Spanish-American War.  After the elder Baca died in 1907, the band was directed by a son, Joe O. Baca.  He died in 1920 and was succeeded by John R. Baca.

Recordings of the Baca Band were made in 1930 by Okeh Phonograph Corp., in 1931 for Columbia, and in 1935 for Brunswick.

Mr. Baca is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, and several sisters and brothers.








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Fojtik, William F.

Died, Saturday, Sept. 13, 1930, William F. Fojtik, 22, beloved son of F. J. Fojtik and brother of Mrs. Mary Hobizal, and Joseph H. Fojtik, all of Flatonia.  Remains were sent to Fayetteville, Texas, Saturday night.  Interment at Fayetteville Monday.  Arrangements by Zizik-Kearns Undertaking Co.

San Antonio Express, Sunday, September 14, 1930
















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Heintschel, Tonie Judith (Kolonovsky)

La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 3, 1963


Mrs. Tonie Judith Heintschel, 49-year-old resident of Baytown was interred in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery following services at the Knesel Chapel and St. John Catholic Church there Wednesday morning. Rev. Ths. Matl officiated.

The deceased, who was the former Tonie Kolonovsky and had lived in the Fayetteville community, died in Baytown on Dec. 29.

She is survived by her husband Frank of Baytown; 3 daughters, Mrs. Anita Jane Holcomb of Orange, Mrs. Rose Marie Watson, of Baytown, and Mrs. Minnie Mae Bomhier of Evansville, Indiana; 2 sons, Lery of Baytown and Tommy John of Huntsville, Alabama; one sister, Mrs. Henry Chovanec of Fayetteville and 5 grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown








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Kubena, Leo M.



Galveston Daily News, September 6, 1938

La Grange, Tex., Sept. 5.—Leo M. Kubena, 21, Fayetteville youth, died here today of injuries received yesterday when the automobile in which he was riding crashed into the concrete banister of a bridge.

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Vrana, Edwin A.


Edwin A. Vrana, age 92, of West, passed away early Thursday morning, July 26, 2012 at West Rest Haven in West.

Graveside services will be held 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Fatima Cemetery near Abbott, with Rev. Boniface Onjefu officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the West Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Aderhold Funeral Home in West.

Mr. Vrana was born September 17, 1919 in Fayetteville, the son of August and Josephine (Machacek) Vrana. They soon moved to the Abbott area where he attended school. On February 28, 1941 he was united in marriage to Estelle “Esther” Pavlas in Abbott. She preceded him in death on April 2, 2008. Edwin served his country with the United States Army during World War II in the North African Theatre, Sicily and Germany. While in Germany, he was wounded and captured becoming a Prisoner of War. For his injuries in battle he was awarded a Purple Heart.

Upon his return, he worked as a carpenter for the Roy Herring Construction Company and the Henry Beck Construction Company for over 55 years before retiring in 1993. He was also co-owner of the Circle Burger in West for many years. Edwin was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4819 and the West Bass Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, Bar-B-Queuing, collecting old coins, and selling fireworks.

Edwin is also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lillian Kaska and Edna McCoy.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Vrana and wife Gayle of Dallas and Gary Vrana and wife Terri of Gholson; a daughter, Pat Seace and husband William of Irving; a sister, Estelle Ray; grandchildren, Kirk Seace and wife Susie, Michael Vrana, Matthew Vrana and Michelle, and Caitlin Vrana; a great granddaughter, Kadence Vrana; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Rest Haven Memorial Fund.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home-West, TX


Vasek, Vlasta Madeline (Canik)


Mrs. Vlasta Madeline Vasek, 92, of Fayetteville, TX. died Saturday, January 24th, 2009.

Vlasta was born in Colorado County, Texas on May 15, 1916, the daughter of the late Joesph and Marie (Kulhanek) Canik. She Married Jerome J. Vasek in Frelsburg,Texas. She was preceded in death by her: Parents, Husband, Brothers: Rudolf, Joe, Alfred, August: Sisters, Mary Janish, Christina Pavlicek, Hermina Kubicek, Bertha Wostarek.

She is survived by Daughters Gladys Schwartz wife of Harold, Jr. of Brenham,TX; Mary Ann Coufal wife of William of La Grange,TX; Son Larry Vasek of Fayetteville; Sister, Tonie Halfmann of New Ulm,TX; Sisters In Law, Lorene Canik of Fayetteville,TX; Evelyn Kneblik wife of Arnold of Fayeteville; Brother in Law, Lad Vasek husband of Margie of Fayetteville,TX. She is also survived by 6 Grandchildren, and10 Great Grandchildren.
Family request donations to St. John’s Catholic Church Fayetteville, TX .

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home


Vasut, Leroy Frank


Leroy Frank Vasut, 59, of Fayetteville, Texas passed away on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange, Texas.

Leroy was born in Fayetteville, Texas on November 22, 1950, the son of the late Frank J. and Vlasta Annie (Kollaja) Vasut.

He is survived by sister Doris Baker and husband Jay of Fayetteville; niece Jennifer Baker Schulze, husband Nathan, and daughter Colbey of Fayetteville; niece Amanda Pennybaker and children Sierra and Tristan of Austin; three nephews Nicholas Baker of Rockport, Johnnie Vasut and friend Robyn Zientek of Fayetteville, Jason Vasut and wife Wendy, and children Kaylee, Kyler and Kolten of Fayetteville; and special friends Mary Ervey of Fayetteville, Becky Ulbig of Paige, and Victor Ulbig of La Grange and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers John and Daniel Vasut, and several uncles and aunts.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 26th from 4 – 7:30 P.M. at Koenig & Strickland Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville. A rosary will be recited immediately following visitation at 7:30 P.M.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 27th at 10:00 A.M. at Koenig & Strickland Knesek Chapel with Rev. Fr. Stephen Nesrsta officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.

Family request donations be made to the American Cancer Society, St John’s Catholic Church, or a charity of your choice.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home


Vasut, Estella Justina (Coufal)


Estella Justina Vasut, 92, of Houston, Texas (formerly of Fayetteville, Texas), passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Trucare Living Center in Columbus, Texas.

Estella was born in Fayetteville, Texas, on October 7, 1918, the daughter of the late Emil and Johanna “Jennie” (Slovacek) Coufal. She was baptized by Rev. Henry Juren in the Fayetteville Brethren Church and was confirmed at Industry Brethren Church by Rev. Anton Motycka where she played the organ for the confirmation class.

Estella married Edward “Eddie” W. Vasut on August 7, 1938, in La Grange, Texas after which they moved to Dallas. During WWII they moved to Freeport where her husband accepted a job in the Dow Chemical Plant. In 1959 they moved to Houston. She worked as a Sales Clerk for Palais Royale and retired in 1982 after 18 years of service.

Estella was a life-long member of the Unity of the Brethren Church, a member of the Christian Sisters Society in Fayetteville and Houston, an honorary member of the Fayetteville Brethren Christian Sisters Society and an organist/pianist at both churches. She was also active in the PTA and volunteered in the school library.

She is survived by three sons: Edward James Vasut and wife, Nancy, of Columbus; David Dean Vasut and wife, Janis, and Terry Lee Vasut and wife, Karen all of Houston; sister Doris Miller and husband, Leland; sister-in-law Adelle Coufal all of Fayetteville; four grandchildren: Brent David Vasut and wife, Sara; Sarah Louise Vasut Rose and husband, John; Rachel Louise Vasut Phan and husband, Quan; and Lindsey Leigh Vasut; three great grandchildren: Claire Katherine, Carsten Alexander, and Caden Brent Vasut; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Estella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eddie, who passed away on October 6, 2007; daughter Roxanne Vasut Harris; brother Emmett Coufal; and sister Ruby Reid.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Fayetteville Brethren Church in Fayetteville.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., immediately following visitation, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Fayetteville Brethren Church with Rev. Milton Maley and Rev. Vanessa Mitchell officiating. A private burial will be held at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fayetteville Brethren Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 11, Fayetteville, TX 78940.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home