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

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


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


Hrncir, Anton


Victoria Advocate, Friday, January 26, 1968

Anton Hrncir

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Anton Hrncir, 66, of Moravia, died Wednesday in a Weimar hospital after suffering a heart attack Friday.

Mr. Hrncir was born in June, 1901, in Lavaca County, and was married to the former Mary Svoboda.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, and at 9:30 a.m. at Moravia Catholic Church. Burial will be in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Alton Beselzny, of St. John; Monica Hrncir of Austin, and Patricia Hrncir, a U.S. Air Force nurse serving in Korea; two sons, Anthony of Houston and Patrick of Fort Polk, La.; six brothers, C. R. and L. L., both of Hallettsville, Matt of Yoakum, Ben of Galveston, Louis of San Antonio, and Richard of Rosenberg; and three grandchildren.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Hajek, Agnes (Chovanetz)

Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Sep 1993, page 12

Agnes C. Hajek

Agnes C. Hajek, formerly of Moravia, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 4:20 p.m. at Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville at the age of 96 years, 1 month, 28 days.

She was born on June 22, 1897, to Frank and Rosalie (Fojtik-Konvicka) Chovanetz in the New Kinkler community and attended school there.

On Sept. 25, 1916, she married Alfred Hajek at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church at Moravia.

She resided in Moravia all her life, until her husband passed away in May 1978. Then, she lived with her daughter in Beasley for five years, and spent the next 10 years at Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg and Oak Manor Nursing Center in Flatonia.

A rosary and wake service were held on Friday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel. It was led by the Rev. Henry Rachunek of Hungerford-Beasley, who became a close friend of hers while she resided with her daughter.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 21at 10 a.m. at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia. The Rev. Benton Thurmond, her close friend for many years, officiated.

Dwayne Young and Nicolas Neskora served as altar boys. Dorothy Rybak was the organist. Her friends served as the choir and sang two Czech songs as well as “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Pallbearers were Frank Poessel Jr., grandson; Edgar Eggert Jr. and Reynold Veselka, nephews; and L.A. Wenglar, Alvin Kohleffel and Thadious Polasek, long-time friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband in May 1978; a daughter, Mildred Vacek in Feb. 1991; and a son-in-law, Frank Poessel in March 1977.

She was the last one in her generation of the Chovanetzes and Hajeks.

Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia Poessel of Beasley; son-in-law, John R. Vacek of Dickinson; and grandson, Frank Poessel Jr. of Beasley.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home handled arrangements.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Chovanetz, John Chovanetz and Charles Chovanetz.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Kocian, Antonia Srubar Maresh

Unidentified August 1948 newspaper clipping

Antonie Kocian Passes Away

Another elderly lady, Mrs. Antonie Kocian, passed from this earth at her home in the Breslau community, Thursday, August 12, at 9:00 p.m. She had reached the age of 77 years, 6 months, and 25 days.

Funeral services were held from the Kubena Funeral Home, Saturday, August 14, at 7:45 a.m. and at the Moravia Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. Very Rev. A.J. Morkovsky offered the Funeral High Mass. Burial took place in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Czechoslovakia, and came to this country years ago. In 1911 she settled at Breslau, where she lived until her death. She was married in Europe to Los. Srubar as a young woman. After the death of her husband she married Iganc Maresh in 1912 at Hallettsville. Some time later her second husband died, and in 1920 she was married to August Kocian, at West. The deceased was a member of the S.P.J.S.T. Society.

Surviving are two sons, Anton Srubar of Breslau and Charles Maresh of Moravia: one sister, Mrs. Mary Orsak of Koerth, and six grandchildren.

Obituary contributed by Regena Williamson

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Konvicka, Rosie Marie (Barborak)

Victoria Advocate, March 2, 2000


MORAVIA—Rosie Marie Konvicka, 90, of Moravia, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000.

She was born Aug. 14, 1909, in Moravia, to the late Joseph and Frances Jurica Barborak. She was a homemaker and a member of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughters, Loraine Deem, Arlene Holmes and Vernell Shanks, all of Moravia and Linda Konvicka of Houston; son, Franklin A. Konvicka of Houston; sister, Bessie Janak of Schulenburg; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: husband, August Konvicka; parents; one sister; five brothers.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia, the Rev. Brian Crookes officiating. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries