Stanek, Frank

Shiner Gazette, 20 Oct 1921

Frank Stanek’s Remains Expected Friday or Saturday

A telegram was received Tuesday by Post Adjutant O. S. T. Meyer that the body of Private Frank Stanek, killed in France will arrive in Shiner Friday or Saturday of this week and the interment will take place on Sunday. Frank Stanek was wounded and died the same day as Private Joe Kolar and was in the same company. The battle took place in the Muese-Argonne. The Kolar-Stanek Post will be in charge and an effort will be made to secure the Legion Band of Gonzales, also Chaplain Ludwig to make the address.

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Source: Regina Janak

Source: Regina Janak

Vyvial, Cecilia

YOAKUM, Texas, Dec. 26.– Funeral services for Mrs. Cecilie Vyvial, 54, of the Breslau community, whose death occurred at her home, were held from the Moravia Catholic Church, with the Rev. D. A. Sykora and the Rev. Joe Pustka officiating.  Burial was in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Vyvial is survived by the following children; Jaro, Houston, Martin, Breslau; Mrs. William Bartek, Yoakum; Mrs. Walter Koening, Breslau; John, Mary Gladys, Lillie and Willie Mae Vyvial, all of Breslau, and Mrs. Adella Townsend of Yoakum.

Dallas Morning News, December 27, 1930

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Vyvial, Cecilia

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

Kunetka, Mary


San Antonio Express, Friday, June 7, 1940

HALLETTSVILLE, June 6.—Mrs. John Kunetka, 76, of Breslau, native of Czecho-Slovakia, died at her home and was buried at Moravia Thursday. She leaves her widower and four sons, Rudolph and John Jr. of Breslau, Adolph of Moravia, and Joe of Hallettsville.

Mary Kunetka, 1863-1940, was buried in Moravia Ascension Cemetery.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries



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, Jan


San Antonio Express, Monday, April 12, 1926

YOAKUM, Tex., April 11.—Having lived all but one year of reaching the 100 mark, John Chudej of Moravia, Lavaca County, rural village 30 miles northeast, was buried during the week just ended, says word received here Sunday. The deceased is said to be survived by a brother, 96 years old, at West, Tex. Chudej was born in Moravia, Austria, but came to his country about 50 years ago. A wife 68 years old, survives.

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

Halata, Bernard “Barney” Joseph


Source Unknown
Friday, May 29, 1987

Bernard Halata Laid to Rest

Bernard Halata, of Houston, was laid to rest at Ascension Church Cemetery, at Moravia, Texas, Thursday, May 21, 1987.

Bernard was born September 29, 1929, in Lavaca County, which he always considered his home. He was the fifth child born to Aloysia Olsovsky Halata and the late Joseph Halata.

At the age of 4 years, Bernard started first grade at Old Kinkler School which he attended through the 10th grade. Bernard then attended Moravia High School through the 11th grade. He met his future wife, Dorothy Rektorik at Moravia School.

With the intention of attending the twelfth grade he moved to Weimar to live with his older sister; he graduated at Weimar High School at the age of 16. He then attended college and received a teacher’s certificate at the age of 17.

Bernard then taught the next two years at Old Kinkler School. He then moved to Houston. On October 10, 1949, he married Dorothy. During the next 17 years of their 37 years of marriage they were blessed with eight children, 5 boys and 3 girls: Michael, Richard, David, Thomas, Mary, Regina, Theresa and Mark.

Throughout his life Bernard was a dedicated Catholic, husband, father, grandfather, and employee, and yet he always had time for the community and for his many friends when it was asked of him. No matter what was asked of him by his family, his employer, by the church, and also by the Knights of Columbus, he answered the call, many times above and beyond what was expected of him.

Bernard will not only be loved and missed by his family, but will also be missed by hundreds of friends he made throughout this short 57 years here on earth. He was laid to rest at Moravia, but will never be laid to rest in the hearts and minds of those who new and understood him the best. We will always love and miss you Barney. – Contributed.

Houston Chronicle, 21 May 1987


Bernard “Barney” Halata, 57, beloved husband, father, Grandpa, “Pa-Pa”, passed away May 19, 1987.

Member of the Catholic Community of St. Luke’s The Evangelist. Employed by American General Life Ins. Company for 38 years where he served as the Ass’t Vice President-Manager of Graphics Services. He was the Vice President of Houston Association of In-Plant Printing. Member of Knights of Columbus, past Grand Knight, District Deputy, former State Warden and served on numerous State Committees for the Knights of Columbus. Member of the Peter and Paul K.J.T Society, Moravia, TX. Coach and Board Member of Edgewood American Little League. Obtained a teaching certificate at the young age of 17, and taught two years at Boethel School, Lavaca County, TX before coming to Houston.

Preceded in death by his father, Joseph Halata, Houston and his sister, Ollie Pohl.

Survived by wife Dorothy Halata, Houston; sons, Michael Halata and wife, Linda, League City, Richard Halata and wife, Celeste, Pearland, David Halata and wife, Diane, Halletsville, Thomas Halata and wife, Debra, Houston and Mark Halata, Houston; daughters, Mary Ann Gardner and husband, Mark, Houston, Regina Rayner and husband Dudley, Houston, and Theresa Howell and husband Earl, Houston; 15 grandchildren; mother, Aloysia Halata, Halletsville; mother-in-law, Lillie Rektorik, Hallettsville; brother, Father William Halata, Houston, TX; sisters, Mary Anders and husband, Eddie, Weimar, TX., Leona Sooter and husband Charles, Los Angeles, CA., Bernice Nowak and husband, Marvin “Brother-in-law”, Pearland; brother-in-law, Alfred Pohl, Hallettsville; sister-in-law, Daryln Smith, Houston; numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 1987, St. Luke’s The Evangelist Catholic Church, 11011 Hall Road with Rev. Dominic Pistone Jr. and Rev. William Halata, co-celebrants.

Graveside services and interment 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Ascension Church Cemetery, Moravia, Texas. Pallbearers: Floyd Tafelski, Thomas Coler, David Korkmas, Alfred Stryk, Leonard Kuenstler, Stan Loibl, and Bill Cowart. Honorary Pallbearers: All Past Grand Knights of Knights of Columbus Council No. 4577.

Your love will be with us forever. We know that you will continue to watch over and guide us. We will miss you. Daddy, we love you.

Both obituaries contributed by Sandra Long Anders

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries