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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

Kana, Jimmie

Jimmie Kana, 67, of Eagle Lake, Texas passed away on October 8, 2012 in Columbus, Texas.

He was born on December 12, 1944 to Vaclav and Annie (Mazoch) Kana in Shiner, Texas. Jimmie was semi-retired and worked for Brookshire Brothers Grocery Store.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Brockman Kana of Eagle Lake, TX; two daughters, Jodi Langley and husband Steven of Sugar Land, TX, and Diana Brown and husband Craig of Houston, TX; sister, Frances Drawe and husband Everett of Houston, TX; and two grandchildren, Kyle Langley and Travis Brown.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, Vaclav and Annie (Mazoch) Kana.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Friday, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012, 10:00 AM at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Victor Morrison officiating.

Visitation will also be on Friday, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn, Texas with a Rosary at 2:30 PM.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 3:00 PM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn with Fr. Dan Kahlich officiating.

Burial will take place at a later date in the Pilot Grove Cemetery in Yoakum, Texas. Honorary pallbearers are Craig Brown, Travis Brown, Everett Drawe, Florian Kana, George Kana, Jr., John D. Kana, Kyle Langley and Steven Langley.

Memorials are suggested to the S.P.C.A., 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX 77024.

Source: Henneke Funeral Home-Columbus, TX

Zapalac, Annie (Kana)

ANNIE (KANA) ZAPALAC

Shiner Gazette, 24 Sep 1987, page 9

Mrs. Annie Kana Zapalac Rites Held

FLATONIA – Annie Zapalac, 79, of Flatonia died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1987 in a Houston hospital.

She was born July 8, 1908, in Fayette County, daughter of the late Steve and Frances (Muzny) Kana. Mrs. Zapalac was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia. The Rev. Ed Kelly officiated.

Burial followed in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Rosary was at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia.

She is survived by her husband, R.D. Zapalac of Flatonia; a son, Edwin Zapalac of Flatonia; two daughters, Mrs. Ervan E. (Jeanette) Zouzalik of Flatonia and Mary Ann Tichacek of East Bernard; two sisters, Frances Krutta of El Campo and Edith Katzfey of San Antonio; five brothers, Henry, Steve and Edmond Kana of El Campo, George Kana of Palacios and Joe Kana of Healdton, Okla.; and 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family requests that those who desire to do so may make contributions to the Flatonia Catholic Church Building-Maintanance [sic] Fund.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Fayette County Obituaries

Kana, Donald Edward

DONALD EDWARD (DONNIE) KANA

Weimar Mercury, 24 Jul 1959, page 1

DONNIE KANA, 7, BURIED AT HOSTYN

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Hostyn for Donald Edward Kana, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe V. “Jack” Kana of La Grange, who died Thursday at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Rev. Francis Smerke and Rev. Harry Mazurkiewiscz officiated. Burial was in the Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Donnie, grandson of Mrs. Henry Kana of Weimar, became ill 7 months ago, just as he was about to take part in a Christmas program at Sacred Heart School. He had spent much of the time since then in hospitals.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Joan Marie; two brothers, Joe Michael and Richard Henry; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo Adamcik of La Grange and Mrs. Kana here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Fayette County Obituaries

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

 

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

 

Cernosek, Georgia Mae (Kana)

1939-2012

Georgia Mae (Kana) Cernosek, 72, of La Grange, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Valley Grande Manor Nursing Home in Brownsville, Texas.

Georgia Mae was born in La Grange, Texas on November 25, 1939, the daughter of the late George Ernest and Mary Jane (Matura) Kana. She married Edwin Cernosek on April 26, 1958 at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin, of 53 years; two sons: Gary James Cernosek and wife, Kerri, of Cedar Park, Texas; and Michael Jim Cernosek and wife, Michele, of Cypress, Texas; one daughter, Susan Kay Cernosek of Cypress, Texas; four grandchildren: Austin, Courtney, Rachel, and Christian Cernosek; three brothers: George John Kana, and wife, Mary Ann; Florian George Kana and wife, Carol; and John David Kana and wife, Sharon, all of La Grange; and sister-in-law, Sandra Kana, wife of the late Dennis James Kana, of La Grange, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Virginia Kana Harvey; brother-in-law, Eddie Harvey; and brother, Dennis James Kana.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home