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Muska, Eda V. (Blahuta)


Eda V. Muska, 78, of Hallettsville died at her home Thursday, Jan 16, 1997 at 8:20 a.m.

She was born June 21, 1918, in Lavaca County to Frank and Lillian (Jalufka) Blahuta.

On Dec. 27, 1937 she was united in marriage to Emil A. Muska at Moravia.

She was co-owner with her husband of Muska Floors for 44 years.  Mrs. Muska was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Catholic Daughters of America, Wednesday Bridgettes, Gold Association, Bridge Club  and the SPJST Lodge.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Beth Allen of Hallettsville; two sons Emil David Muska of Moravia and James Thomas Muska of Sugar Land; a brother, Ira J. Blahuta of Moravia; 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emil A. Muska on March 7, 1987; a son, Donald Ray Muska on Dec. 14, 1996, and a brother, Guthrie Blahuta.

Visitation will begin at noon Saturday, Jan. 18 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel, Hallettsville.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home.

The body lay in state at the funeral home until 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. when it was taken to Sacred Heart Church.  Rosary was recited at the church at 2:30 p.m.  Sunday and funeral services followed at 3 p.m.  The Rev. John Peters officiated.

Burial followed in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery in Moravia, under the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were grandsons Chad P. Muska, Marc Cinadr, Jim Muska Jr., Jonathan T. Muska, Michael Muska, Brannon Muska.

Honorary pallbearer was Jeffery Muska.

Source: Lavaca County Tribune Herald-January 27, 1997


Schneider, Lillian (Wenglar)


Lillian Schneider, who passed away at her home at Moravia on Tuesday, May 26, 1992 at the age of 84.

Sister Schneider was born at Moravia on May 12, 1908 to Frank and Marie (Lanca) Wenglar.  She attended school at Radhost and Moravia.  On July 3, 1939 she and Earl Schneider were united in marriage in California, but had resided in Moravia since 1967 and was a member of Moravia Catholic Church and SPJST Moravia Lodge No. 23.

Recitation of the rosary, led by Rev. Brian Crookes, was held Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m. in Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel in Schulenburg.

Christian Burial Mass was held Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia, Texas with Rev. Brian Crookes officiating.  Burial followed in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors are a step-son, Bob Schneider of Arizona; five sisters, Willie Mae Broz, Edith Schwartz and Cecile Herzik of Moravia.  Elenora Koenig of Austin, Martin Maresh of Corpus Christi, two brothers, L.A. Wenglar of Moravia, James Wenglar of El Campo; two step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sister Schneider was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers were nephews, Phil Guenther of Moravia, Frank Broz of Austin, Dan Wenglar of Missouri City, Charles A. Maresh of Corpus Christi, Joe Krnavek and Joseph Krnavek, Jr. of La Grange.

Schewenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg was in charge of the arrangements.

Source: SPJST Vestnik


Hrncir, Ludvik Leo


Ludvik Leo Hrncir of Hallettsville, who died on Wednesday, July 23, 1975, at 11:45 a.m. at Moravia, at the age of 66 years.  Death was to due an apparent heart attack.

Brother Hrncir was born August 19th, 1908 in Lavaca County, near Moravia.  He was married to the former Christine Garrett on November 27, 1947, in San Antonio.  He was a school teacher and accountant at Hallettsville, and at the time of his death he was retired.

Funeral services for Brother Hrncir were held Friday, July 25th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 2 p.m., under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alois J. Morkovsky officiating.  Burial was in Moravia Catholic Cemetery at Moravia.

Surviving are his wife Christine; a son, John of Fairbanks, Alaska; five brothers, C.R. Hrncir of Hallettsville, Louis Hrncir of San Antonio, Matt Hrncir of Yoakum, Ben Hrncir of Galveston, and Richard Hrncir of Rosenburg.

May our departed brother rest in peace

Resolution Committee: Annie Foytik, Lydia Sperlik, Carrie Bohacik

Source: SPJST Vestnik-October 8, 1975

Jurena, Stacie (Holub)


Stacie Jurena, who passed away Monday March 14, at the Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville.  Sister Stacie had been ill for the past 3 1/2 years and had been a resident of the Stevens Convalescent Center in Hallettsville prior to her death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jerome (Stacie) Jurena, Sr., 82, were held Wednesday, March 16, 1983, at 2 the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg with Rev. Benton Thurmond and Rev. Tim Edwards officiating.  Burial was in the City Cemetery in Schulenburg.

Sister Stacie was born to Frank and Julie (Holub) on April 19, 1900 in Morava, Texas and on October 18, 1921 she was married to Jerome Jurena and they settled in the Velehrad Community.

She was a member of our SPJST Lodge Velehrad since July 3, 1939.

Survivors are three sons, Alvin Jurena of Schulenburg, Eugene Jurena of Moulton and Jerome Jurena Jr. of San Antonio; five sisters, Mrs. Cecilia Berger of Moravia, Mrs. Lucille Hilscher of Houston, Mrs. Annie Hilacher of San Antonio, Mrs. Helen Krause of Victoria and Mrs. Eda Holacka of Dallas; six brothers, Emil R. Hrncir of Hallettsville, Gus Hrncir of Rosenburg, Henry Hrncir of Houston, William Hrncir of Moravia, Erwin Hrncir of Dallas and Stanley Hrncir of Hillje; also surviving are six grandsons; and three step-granddaughters.

Pallbearers were Dwight Jurena, Mark Jurena, Wilbur Jurena, Steven Jurena, Paul Jurena and Alfons Kalums.

May our faithful departed lodge sister rest in peace.

Resolution Committee: Lillian Kristinik, Alfonse Kristinik, Ella J. Lichnovsky

Source: SPJST Vestnik


Hrncir, Agnes Agatha (Rektorik)


Agnes Agatha Hrncir, who passed away Friday March 6, 1981, in a local hospital at age 85.

Sister Hrncir was born January 12, 1896 in Lavaca County and her parents were the late Frank and Mary Rektorik.  She was a resident of Robstown area since 1919.  Her husband was the late R.E. Hrncir who died August 2, 1959.  They were early settlers in the area and made their living farming.

She became a member of SPJST 4 March 1921, just over 60 years ago and was a member of Lodge No. 117 in Robstown all those years. Many lodge meetings were held in her home over the years and many of her relatives were active in the local lodge.  One son, Eugene Hrncir, is serving as District VII rest Homes Director and her daughter-in-law, Thelma Hrncir is the director for District VII.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 9 at 2 p.m., in the First United Methodist Church, where she had been a faithful member for many years.  She was buried in Robstown Cemetery beside her late husband.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Robstown Funeral Home.

Surviving are: three sons, Wilson Hrncir and Oscar Hrncir of Robstown, Eugene Hrncir of Corpus Christi; tow sisters, Mrs. Vlasta (Joe) Fabrygel of Robstown and Mrs. Paulie Hrncir of Hallettsville; seven grandchildren.

She is greatly missed by her children and grandchildren, to whom she had been most devoted. May our departed sister rest in eternal peace.

Resolution Committee:  Helen Pavelka, Gusta Sijansky

Source: SPJST Vestnik-September 9, 1981


Vrana, Leo Raymond


Leo Raymond Vrana, 89, passed from this life to the next with family beside him on Sunday, February 20, 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born in Moravia, Texas on March 21, 1921 to Ignac Bohuslav Vrana and Millie Olsovsky Vrana, the fourth of six children.

Leo was a Pearl Harbor survivor and was awarded six campaign ribbons; Asiatic Pacific Theater – six bronze battle stars; American Defense; American Campaign; WWII Victory; WWII Occupation – Navy; Philippine Liberation – two bronze stars; the Good Conduct medal and the Presidential Unit Citation for the Leyte Gulf surface engagement. Leo was honorably discharged November, 1946, and returned to Robstown to join his father in their construction business. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He attended Robstown High School and graduated in 1938.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ignac and Millie Vrana, sisters, Frances Rektorik, Cecelia Just, and Bernice Hellmann Klosterman, and brother, Theodore Vrana.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Henrietta Prochaska Vrana; his children, Suzanne Vrana, Mary Shafer (Mark Shafer), Steve Vrana and Greg Vrana; grandchildren, Valerie Collins (Chris Collins) and Megan Shafer; great grandchildren, Eric Shafer and Olivia Collins; sister, Georgia Blumberg; and several nieces and nephews.

The Rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel.

The Funeral Mass will be concelebrated at 10 A.M. Thursday, February 24, 2011 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Robstown. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park with military honors.

Source: Sawyer-George Funeral Home-Robstown, TX


Jalufka, Kyle Louis


Kyle Louis Jalufka, 20, of Hallettsville was called to heaven on July 29, 2012.

He was welcomed into the world on January 29, 1992 by his father Daniel Louis Jalufka Jr., his mother Deborah Kaiser Jalufka, and his big brother Jason Jalufka. As a young child Kyle always tried to bring a smile to everyone around him and in 2010 he graduated from Hallettsville High School. Kyle was a very creative soul. He expressed his creativity by drawing portraits, playing the guitar, and tattooing himself along with many of his best friends. His organs were donated to help others to survive.

He is survived by: Parents Daniel Louis Jalufka Jr. and Laura Castro of Hallettsville, and Deborah and Justin Shaw of Woodward Oklahoma; Grandparents, Mary Kaiser, Theresa and Daniel Jalufka Sr.; Brother Jason Jalufka and wife Amy Jalufka; his two nephews Rylan and Raiden Jalufka; his Uncles, Tony and Randy Jalufka and Daniel Kaiser of Shiner; Aunts, Michelle Drozd, Lisa Moore, Stacey Berger and husband Ernie of Shiner, April Romero of San Antonio; and numerous cousins and many friends.

Kyle joins his Uncle Wayne Jalufka, Grandmother Bonnie McBroom and Grandfather John Leslie Kaiser in heaven.

Memorial Mass Service: 7 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hallettsville, TX. Officiate: Rev John Peters. Memorials (In Lieu of flowers): the family asks that donations be made to an account in Kyle’s name at Peoples State Bank. This will help to defray expenses.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX


Klimitchek, Victoria “Vickie” (Vanek)


Victoria “Vickie” Klimitchek, 86, of Hallettsville, passed away July 30, 2012. She was born on Dec. 5, 1925 to Joe & Mary Michna Vanek in Hallettsville. She married Robert H. Klimitchek on Jan. 9, 1945 in Hallettsville. She was a member of KJZT, Altar Society, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Miss Vickie was a loving, caring sweet person who was compassionate and always willing to help others.

She was very active in her life right up to the time of her sudden illness. She never had an idle moment. As Debbie Fishbeck stated, Aunt Vickie could throw a batch of Kolaches together before breakfast, pick vegetables out of the garden, then proceed canning those veggies for something good to eat down the road or share them with her family and friends as her way of saying she loved you. Every morning she started each day by praying for her family & friends & reading the bible. She enjoyed teaching family and friends her special techniques of baking her kolaches and noodle making, especially to hey grandchildren. In 2005, Vickie presented a Kolache baking demonstration at Czech Heritage Celebration in Round Top, Texas.

She was an inspiration to others with her faith in God and a person who never missed a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion where a card was sent. She was like the “Little Energizer Bunny” always on the go, taking people to doctors, buying groceries for others, or visiting with shut-ins.

Vickie grew up on a farm and worked in the fields while attending Sacred Heart School. It was very difficult to balance that life style and still get an education. She would tell us stories about how far they had to walk to school & how physically demanding farm life could be.

Later, she met Robert Klimitchek and was married on January 9th 1945 and raised two children, of which she was very proud of. She worked at Weingartens, Inc. for 25 years, then 11 years at Lavaca Medical Center until retiring in 1993.

She enjoyed baking, cooking, driving her John Deere tractor, and most of all fishing. She was very attached to her animals, especially her two dogs, Sally and Suzie and her daughter’s dogs, Robin and Bear. They were a joy to her life.

Vickie is survived by: son Robert J. Klimitchek & wife Virginia of Victoria; daughter Patty Kallus & husband Joe of Hallettsville; 2 sisters, Marie Grafe and Frances Byrd & husband Bill of Hallettsville; 4 grandchildren, Bobby Klimitchek Jr., Jennifer Klimitchek Wendel, Ashley Kallus Reese, and Ryan Kallus; and 7 great grandchildren, Kaylin Klimitchek, Haley Wendel, Hanna Klimitchek, Blake Klimitchek, Kelly Wendel, Jack Reese, and Raylyn Hendrick.

Vickie was preceded in death by: husband Robert; parents; 4 brothers, Joe, Charles, Stanley, and Louis Vanek; 2 sisters, Maggie Volcik and Kathryn Munke; and great grandson, Garrett Klimitchek.

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. John Peters. Pallbearers: Bobby Klimitchek Jr., Ryan Kallus, Ashley Reese, Jennifer Wendel, Bill Byrd, Victor Janak, Hollis Magruder, and Don Jones. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Memorials (in lieu of flowers): Sacred Heart Catholic School, KJZT, or Altar Society.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX


Opela, Adele (Lorfing)


Adele Lorfing Opela, 96, of Hallettsville, passed away Aug. 6, 2012. She was born on Nov. 27, 1915 to Philip & Barbara Herold Lorfing Sr. in Lavaca County, TX. She married Julius F. Opela on Feb. 14, 1950 in Sweet Home, TX. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of Hallettsville.

Adele is survived by: daughter Peggy Coyle & husband Patrick of Austin; and 2 grandchildren, Julius Albert Coyle and Katharine Adele Coyle.

Adele was preceded in death by: her husband Julius; parents; 6 brothers, John, Jacob, Theodore, Fritz, Arthur, and Philip Jr. Lorfing; 3 sisters, Elizabeth Laas, Margaret Woytek, and Tillie Werner; and niece Evelyn Hrncir.

Funeral Service: 10 am, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Prayer Service: 7 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Jonathan Mielke. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Memorials: St. Peter Lutheran Church of Hallettsville.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX