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.
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Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX



Teltschick, Frank Edward

Frank Edward Teltschick, 91, of Hallettsville, passed away November 15, 2012. He was born on August 11, 1921 to Gustave “Gus” & Annie Fritsch Teltschick in Port Arthur, Texas. He married Betty Jean Rogers on January 14, 1944. He was a veteran of WWII, member of the V.F.W., and parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Frank worked as a store clerk from 1939 to 1941 for $0.15/hour. He was hired on as a laborer at the Texaco Port Arthur refinery in August 1941.

Frank joined the Army Air Corp on February 16, 1943. He attended flight schools in San Antonio, TX, Chickasha, OK, and Tampa, FL. He was shipped overseas to the European Theater of Operations as a pilot of a B-26 bomber, and moved up in rank to Captain, sometimes leading a group of bombers. He received the Distinguished Unit Citation; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze service stars for Central Europe, Ardennes-Alsace, and Rhineland campaigns; the Air Medal with five bronze oak leaf clusters; and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was honorably discharged on November 17, 1945 and continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves. He was promoted to the rank of Major in September 1958 while serving in the Air Force Reserves.

Frank’s first job back to the states was a Yakie Supply, where he worked from January through August of 1946. That August, he was rehired at the Texaco Port Arthur refinery for the wage of $1.95/hour. He worked as a laborer, then as an operator in the alky unit. He retired from Texaco in 1979 as general foreman. Frank and Betty moved to his ancestral homestead near Speaks, Texas, where he enjoyed hunting, farming and ranching.

Frank is survived by: his wife Betty Jean; daughter Carol Jean Teltschick; 2 sons, Jerry Edward Teltschick and David Lee Teltschick; 8 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Frank was preceded in death by; his parents, brother, and sister.

Funeral Service: 10 am, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at Kubena Funeral Home. Visitation: 4 pm, Sunday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 5 pm, Sunday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Msgr. John Peters. Pallbearers: Jerry Teltschick, David Teltschick, David Meyers, Mark Meyers, Kevin Meyers, and Gilbert Urbish. Honorary Pallbearers: Garland Davis and Walter “Sonny” Rogers. Burial: Speaks Cemetery. Memorials: Helping Hearts Association or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX

Zak, Johnnie A.

Johnnie A. Zak, 78, of Hallettsville, passed away Dec. 6, 2012. He was born on Nov. 3, 1934 to John & Albina Woytek Zak in Lavaca County, Texas. He married Helen Galetka on Oct. 29, 1960 at Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church. He was a member of S.P.J.S.T. Lodge #4; and a lifelong member of the Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church, where he was baptized, confirmed, married, served numerous years as a board member and officer, and now will be laid to rest.

Johnnie entered the US Army on August 22, 1957, he was a senior rifleman of the Fort Riley Kansas Rifle Team where he earned numerous shooting awards, and he was honorable discharged on May 21, 1959.

During Johnnie’s lifetime, he worked for Reinhart Lumber Yard, and later went to work for Morgan Portable Building where he worked there for over 35 years until retiring. He enjoyed playing tennis with his wife and friends. He took pleasure in outdoor life of deer hunting and fishing. He liked to play cards and Tarock with family and friends when gathered together. He looked forward to going to the Senior Citizen Building to play Bingo and gathered for lunch.

Johnnie’s grandchildren always held a special place in his heart. They always looked forward to going to his house for family gatherings.

Johnnie is survived by: 2 daughters, Kathleen Smolik & husband Melvin of Hallettsville, Jean Wick & husband Edward of Weimar; son John Zak & wife Anita of Hallettsville; 9 grandchildren, Tucker, Trevor, and Tracie Smolik; Samantha, Molly, and Amy Jo Wick; Claire, Emma, and Cal Zak; and sister Leona (Zak) Miculka & husband Milton of Hallettsville.

Johnnie was preceded in death by; his wife Helen; daughter Arlene (Zak) Koehn; parents; brother Vernon Zak.

Funeral Service: 10 am, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church. Visitation: 4 pm, Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville. Prayer Service: 7 pm, Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Mark Labaj. Pallbearers: Tucker Smolik, Trevor Smolik, David Zak, Cameron Zak, Alan Koehn, and Jimmy Koerth. Burial: Vsetin Cemetery. Memorials: Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church or Donor’s choice.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX

Jalufka, Julius G.

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, June 21, 1969 Advocate News Service

Julius G. Jalufka

HALLETTSVILLE—Julius G. Jalufka, 78, a retired Hallettsville banker, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday in a San Antonio hospital.

Mr. Jalufka was born April 6, 1891, in Moravia, Tex. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 2433 and the SPJST Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Miss Mary Pustejovsky.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and 3:30 p.m. at the Moravia Catholic Church with burial in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Frank Polasek of Hallettsville; Mrs. James Bradecky Jr. and Mrs. Otto Petter of El Campo and Mrs. Alley Vsemer of Fredericksburg; a son, Lawrence A. Jalufka of LaGrange; five sisters, Mrs. Helen Mikulenka and Mrs. Ollie Brauner of Hallettsville, Mrs. Lillian Blahuta of Moravia, Mrs. Carrie Ford of Houston and Mrs. Willie Mae Maxora of El Paso; two brothers, Jerome Jalufka of Robstown and Jim Jalufka of Kerrville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries


Kocian, Ed

Victoria Advocate, Friday, Dec. 9, 1966

Ed Kocian

HALLETTSVILLE — A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home for Ed Kocian, 78, a native of Lavaca County who died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in a Seguin hospital.

Mr. Kocian was born Nov. 19, 1888, in Lavaca County. He married the former Anna Kutac in 1914. She preceded him in death in 1929.

Funeral will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home and at 9:30 from Moravia Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Edward Bartsch will officiate.

Surviving are six sons, Julius of Deneiger, Bruno of Dickinson, Eldon of Austin, and Edward Jr., Valentine and Thomas, all of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. John Fikac of El Campo, Mrs. Julius Krupala of Houston, Mrs. Erwin Seidenberger of Seguin, Mrs. Leo Babik of Pasadena, and Mrs. Edwin Boehm of Shiner; a brother, Adolph of Moulton; a sister, Mrs. Adolph Motal, also of Moulton; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries


Chudej, Agneska


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, June 26, 1915

Hallettsville, Tex., June 25.—Agnes Chudej, the pretty 18-year-old daughter of John Chudej Sr., a farmer who resides about ten miles above here in the Moravia section was found dead in a pool of water in Mixon Creek Tuesday afternoon. The young woman had left home early in the morning to gather some water lilies and peppermint greens for a bouquet. Later in the day when the dogs which had accompanied her returned home without her the family became uneasy and at once instituted a search with the result that her body was found in the pool. A physician was hurriedly called, but life was extinct. The body was interred Wednesday.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Pargac, Richard E.


The Victoria Advocate, Monday, May 2, 1966
HALLETTSVILLE—Richard E. Pargac, 47, former Hallettsville resident died Saturday in Houston where he had been employed.

Mr. Pargac was born March 29, 1919.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home, at 10 a.m. at Moravia Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ed. Barsch officiating. Burial will be in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Emelia Pargac; four sisters, Miss Mary Pargac of Houston, Mrs. Hermina Strelec of El Campo, Mrs. Charles Novak and Mrs. John Novak, both of Hallettsville; and two brothers, Raymond of Schulenburg and Frankie of Houston.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Hajek, Alfred G.

Shiner Gazette, 25 May 1978

Alfred G. Hajek, 88 years, 4 months and 26 days, farmer and rancher of Rt. 2, Hallettsville, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 1978.

Recitation of the Rosary was at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, Schulenburg, Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. led by Rev. Benton Thurmond.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12 at Moravia Catholic Church with Rev. William Halata officiating.

Interment was in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Edgar Eggert, Jr. of Mathis, Reynold Veselka of Hallettsville, his nephews; Frank Poessel Jr. of Beasley, his grandson; L.A. Wenglar, E.J. Berger and Ted Polasek of Moravia.

He was born on the same farm where he died, son of Joseph and Mary (Matula) Hajek, Dec. 14, 1889. He was married on Sept. 25, 1916 at Ascension Catholic Church, Moravia, to Agnes Chovanetz by Rev. Alfonse Raska.

He was married for more than 61 years, and lived in Lavaca County all his life.

Mr. Hajek was a member of the Catholic Church and SPJST Lodge No. 23 for more than 69 years. He also served on the school board for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Alfred Hajek of Moravia, two daughters, Mrs. Frank G. (Sylvia) Poessel of Beasley, Mrs. John (Mildred) Vacek of Dickinson; a son-in-law, John Vacek of Dickinson; two sisters, Mrs. Edgar (Edith) Eggert of Robstown, Mrs. John (Mary) Trojak of Hallettsville; a brother, Willie E. Hajek of Moravia; one grandson, Frank G. Poessel Jr. of Beasley and College Station and 20 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Frank G. Poessel of Beasley 14 months ago; a brother, Edmond Hajek, Jan. 17, 1972; and a sister, Mrs. Ed (Annie) Bucek, Mar. 4, 1973.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Drozd, Julius

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, July 8, 1975

HALLETTSVILLE—Julius Drozd, 78, of Route 2 Hallettsville, died at 1:25 a.m. Monday in a local hospital.

Mr. Drozd was born Dec. 19, 1896, in Lavaca County, and married the former Annie Holub Oct. 19, 1920, in Moulton. He was a member of the Moravia Catholic Church and was a retired farmer.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Moravia Catholic Church with the Rev. Benton Thurmond officiating. Burial will be in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 1:30 p.m. when it will be taken to the church for services.

Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Joe Barcak of Hallettsville and Mrs. Linhart Tehcnik [Technik] of Moulton; two brothers, Frank of Victoria and Jerome Drozd of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Albin Barta and Mrs. Ida Neubauer of Hallettsville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries


Cervenka, Viola (Drozd)


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, November 27, 1971

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Viola Cervenka, 64, of Rt. 1, Moulton, died at 8:15 a.m. Friday in a Moulton nursing home.

Mrs. Cervenka was born May 5, 1907, in Lavaca County. She was a member of the Moravia Catholic Church and of the SPJST. Her husband, August Cervenka, died Feb. 2, 1962. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and five brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Moravia Catholic Church with the Rev. Francis Kalina officiating. Burial will be Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

The body will lie in state until 10 a.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Leo Filop [Filip] of Point Comfort, Mrs. Rudy Roznovsky of Moulton and Mrs. Ben Barborak of Gonzales; two sons, Ben and Frank Cervenka of Edna; two sisters, Mrs. Julie Barta of Breslau and Mrs. August Neubauer of Hallettsville; three brothers, Julius and Jerome Drozd of Breslau and Frank Drozd of Victoria and 17 grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Saturday by the parish at the funeral home chapel.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries