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Vanek, Vernelle (Muenzler)

1931-2012

Vernelle Norvella Edna (Muenzler) Vanek, 80, of La Grange, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

Vernelle was born in Willow Springs, Texas on August 11, 1931, the daughter of the late Ernst and Carrie (Finck) Muenzler. She was baptized at home and was confirmed on August 29, 1943. On April 10, 1954, she married Charles F. Vanek at Industry United Methodist Church.

Vernelle attended school in Fayetteville. She was a member of Industry United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She then joined Travis Street United Methodist Church which is now First United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir starting at the age of 16 through the age of 75. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and Friendship Sunday School Class. Vernelle was an organist for over 25 years. She was employed by Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District for 42 years, worked with 4-H, and with the Girl and Boy Scouts.

She is survived by her daughter, Charlene Baker of La Grange; two sons: Douglas Vanek and friend, Melisa Thames, of Beaumont, and David L. Vanek of La Grange; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Schultz and friend, Dan Lynd, of Nederland; three grandchildren: Alyson and Austen Vanek of Nederland, and Andrew Baker of La Grange; and numerous relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles F. Vanek, in January 1999; her sister, Evangeline Muenzler; and son-in-law, Larry Baker, in October 2011.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in La Grange, Texas at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Burial will follow at La Grange City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 89, La Grange, TX 78945 or American Cancer Society, Central Texas Region, 2433 Ridgepoint Drive B, Austin, TX 78754.

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

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home-La Grange, TX

 

Zapalac, Anita Zophia (Sladek)

1914-2010

Anita Zophia (Sladek) Zapalac, 95, long time La Grange resident, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Monument Hill Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Anita was born on July 30, 1914 in Fayetteville, Texas to the late R.C. and Anna (Zapalac) Sladek. She was united in marriage with Louis Zapalac on June 10, 1935 and to this marriage two sons were born. She was a prominent and well respected business woman in La Grange until her retirement in 1978. She was very active after her retirement playing Bingo, fishing at the coast with her family, and traveling with her dear friends, Amanda Petras and Virginia Adamcik. Anita was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Sacred Heart Altar Society, and the hospital auxiliary.

Anita is survived by her two sons, Dr. Robert Zapalac and wife Mary of Alexandria, Virginia; Jim Zapalac and wife Sheron of La Grange; grandson, Russell Zapalac of Austin; granddaughters, Amy Heiden and husband David of Alexandria, Virginia; Laurie Zapalac of Boston, Massachusetts; Julie Zapalac of Lewisville; great-grandsons, David Francis and James Robert Heiden of Alexandria, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers: John, Arnold, Frank, and Ernest Sladek; and two sisters: Bessie Knesek and Mary Prasifka.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange, Texas, with Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz and Deacon Mike Meismer officiating. Interment will follow in the La Grange City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund.

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

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

Family Names: Sladek, Zapalac, Knesek, Prasifka

Psencik, Martha Marie (Pietsch)

1932-2010

Martha Marie (Pietsch) Psencik, 78, of La Grange, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2010, at Care Inn of La Grange.

Martha was born in Fayette County on May 24, 1932, the daughter of the late Carl and Louise (Brabrandt) Pietsch. She married Jerome Arnold Psencik, Sr. on June 19, 1954 in La Grange. She worked as a Home Health Care Aid for 25 years.

She is survived by her sons: Jerome Psencik, Jr. and wife, Barbara, Rudolph Psencik, John Psencik and wife, Tanya all of La Grange; grandchildren: Ronnie Psencik and wife, Shannon, Randy Psencik and wife, Linda, Ross Psencik, Ryan Psencik, Christy Psencik, Richard Synatschk and wife Krystal, Jennifer Psencik, and Destiny Psencik all of La Grange; one great grandson Chase Psencik of Round Rock; and one sister Dorothy Smith of La Grange.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years, Jerome Arnold Psencik, Sr.; one daughter Vera Mae Synatschk; and one brother Gene Pietsch.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Bragdon officiating. Interment will follow at the La Grange City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brazos Valley Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

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

 

Hanacek, Frank J.

1921-2010

Funeral services for Frank J. Hanacek, 89, will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the La Grange City Cemetery. The Rev. Joseph Varickamackal presided.

Hanacek died Tuesday night, Nov. 30, 2010 in St. Marks Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 8, 1921, the son of John and Anna (Nemec) Hanacek. He served his country in the U. S. Navy and was honorable discharged in 1945. He served in the South Pacific on the submarine U.S.S. Triton. He married Helen Mazoch Nov. 26, 1946 in Ammannsville. The couple lived in La Grange where Hanacek was employed at the La Grange Journal, and later at The Fayette County Record as a linotype operator. He was employed at the U. S. Post Office for 22 years with 10 of these years in Austin .He retired from the United States Post Office in 1988. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, charter member of the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 5254, and the American Legion No. 102. He began his church ministry as an altar boy under Msgr. S. A. Zientek. At Sacred Heart he became an Eucharistic minister, taking Holy Communion to the home bound. He was also a church choir member for many years. He and his wife observed their 64th wedding anniversary Nov. 26, 2010.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters; and one great-grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Hanacek; one daughter, Diane Wessels and husband James of La Grange; two grandchildren, Gregory Wessels and wife Amanda of Johnson City and Amy Wessels of Austin; and one great-grandchild, Aleigh Wessels of Johnson City.

Visitation for the public is Friday Dec. 3 from noon to 7 p.m. with Rosary recited at 7 p.m. at the Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home Chapel. The family will be there to receive visitors from 6-7 p.m. Friday.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl Street, La Grange, Texas 78945.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home