Maresh, Marion C.


Marion C. Maresh, who passed away Wednesday, February 5 in Westwood Manor Nursing Home in Corpus Christi at the age of 86.

Sister Maresh was born November 30, 1910, in Moravia, Texas, to Frank and Marie (Lanca) Wenglar.  On December 28, 1936, she was united in marriage to Charles M. Maresh in San Antonio.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Joe Krnavek of La Grange; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Gladys Maresh and Charles and Cathy Maresh, all of Corpus Christi; one brother L.A. Wenglar of Moravia; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Willie Mae Broz, Cecile Herzik, Edith and John Schwartz, all of Moravia, and Alene and Paul Koenig of Hallettsville; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson, Kenny Maresh.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Chamberlain officiating.

Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Corpus Christi.

Memory Gardens Funeral Home of Corpus Christi was in charge of arrangements.

May our departed sister rest in peace.

Resolution Committee: Millie Berger, Lorene Vaculik, Doraine Buck

Source: SPJST Vestnik-March 12, 1977


Rektorik, Jaro. W.


Jaro. W. Rektorik who passed away after a long illness on Thursday, March 31, 1977, at the age of 84.

Brother Rektorik was born March 14, 1893, in Moravia, Texas, and moved to Robstown in 1920.  He was a farmer until he retired a few years ago.  He was a veteran of World War I and was a past commander of the American Legion Post No. 155, Robstown.

Brother Rektorik joined the SPJST July 9, 1911, as a member of Lodge 23, Moravia, and transferred his membership to Lodge 117, Robstown, September 11, 1921, where he was a member until his death.  He had been a member of the Society for over 65 years.  Brother Rektorik had faithfully served as an officer for many years, first elected as the financial secretary in December, 1922, and held this office until January 1, 1959, later served as president until March 1, 1964.  He was one of the lodge’s earliest sales representative.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 2nd at 2 p.m. in the Robstown Funeral Home Chapel with Monsignor George Scecina officiating.  Interment was in the Robstown Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife Agnes; one daughter, Peggy (Johnny L.) Knesek of Austin; two sons, Archie Rektorik of Robstown and Herbert Rektorik of Spring; four sisters, Mrs. R.E. Hrncir, Mrs. Joe Fabrygel, both of Robstown, Mrs. Frank Hrncir of Moulton, Mrs. Emil Hrncir of Hallettsville; 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

May our departed brother rest in eternal peace and his memory live among us always.

Source: SPJST Vestnik


Sassin, Adolph John


Adolph John Sassin, 77, of Corpus Christi, Texas who passed away Wednesday, May 6, 1987.

He retired from Lone Star Beer Company after 25 years of employment; prior to that he had worked for Chapman Ranch.

He was past president of SPJST Lodge No. 79 and a member of the Czech Heritage Society.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Martha Sassin, in 1975.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bob (Martha) Johnson of Corpus Christi, Texas; one son, Adolph James Sassin of Corpus Christi, Texas; two sisters, Mary Hermis of Corpus Christi, Texas and Maggie Kristek of Yoakum, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday at Maxwell P. Dunne Chapel.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with Father Randy Majek officiating.  Burial followed in Seaside Memorial Park.

May he rest in peace.

Resolution Committee: Judy Majek, Michael Majek, Millie Elzner

Source: SPJST Vestnik


Jalufka, Jerome W.


Jerome W. Jalufka, 90, of Violet, passed away October 8, 1988 in a local hospital after a short illness.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewel Jalufka in November 17, 1984.  He was born in Moravia, Texas, and moved to Violet in 1923 when he started his own business, Violet Grain and Gin Company.  He was president of Violet Grain and Gin Company where he was active until his death.  He was past president of the Texas and National Cotton Ginners Association.  He was a vice-president with the Corpus Christi Board of Directors, and was a member and past president of the Rotary Club.  He was a Nueces County Judge in 1958.  He was a graduate of Texas A&M in 1916.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Williams of Violet, and Mary Frances Studer of Arlington, Texas; two sons, Jerome E. Jalufka of Corpus Christi, and Earl Davis Jalufka of Violet; four sisters, Carrie Ford of Kingsland, Texas, Ollie Brauner of Hallettsville, Helen Mikulenka, also of Hallettsville, and Willie Mae Maxem of El Paso, 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Violet.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David, Stephen, John, and James Williams IV, Robert, John Lyle, and Jerry Jalufka, David Ebert, and Wes Bevly

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Violet or to a favorite charity.

Source: Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Services-Corpus Christi, TX


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