Kubena, Frances E.

San Antonio Express, 29 Oct 1965


Marion – Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Praha for Mrs. Frances E. Kubena, 69, of Marion. She died Wednesday. Burial will be in Praha Catholic Cemetery with arrangements by Zizik-Kearns-Downing Funeral Home, San Antonio.

Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Lillie Jiral, Poth, Mrs. Mary Ann Kotzur, Victoria, Mrs. Agnes Remmerz, Converse, and Miss Frances Kubena, Marion, sons Johnny Kubena, Seguin, Edwin Kubena, San Antonio and Joe Kubena, Marion.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross












Source: Fayette County Obituaries

Kubena, Bohumir Alois

Bohumir Alois Kubena

Floresville Chronicle-Journal, 25 Mar 1949


B.A. Kubena of Block Hill Community died at his home there at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 18.

The body lay in state at Murray Funeral Home until Sunday a.m. at which time it was taken to Praha, Texas.

Rosary was said Saturday evening, March 19 at 8:30 at Murray Funeral Home. The Rev Leopold officiated.

Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church in Praha Monday, March 21 with interment at Praha Catholic Cemetery, Rev Vaclav Bily, a nephew of the deceased, of Blessing, officiated.

Mr. Kubena, born August 5, 1895, was a native Texan, having spent most of his life in Fayette County. He lived at Praha prior to moving to Wilson County. He had lived in the Block Hill Community for the past five years where he engaged in farming. He served with the Army in World War I.

Mr. Kubena was planting in his field when he suffered a stroke. Everything possible was done but he passed away without regaining consciousness. At the time of his death he was 54 years, seven months and 13 days.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Frances Kubena, three sons, John B. of San Antonio, Edwin and Joseph of Block Hill, four daughters Mrs. Agnes Remmers of Kenedy, Sister M. Lydia of the Nazareth Convent in Victoria, Lilly of San Antonio and Mary Ann of Block Hill and two sisters.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross









Source: Fayette County Obituaries

Novak, John J.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 10, 1955


Funeral services for John Novak, 77, father of Bohumir Novak of Weimar, were held Monday at Flatonia, with burial at Praha, Rev. J. A. Petru officiating.

Mr. Novak, a retired farmer, is survived by his wife; six sons, Henry and Albert of La Salle, Bohumir of Weimar, Adolph J. and Bennie of Flatonia, and Edmund of New Orleans; and two daughters, Mrs. Joe Zelia and Mrs. Anton Mathias of Rosenberg.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis




Wagner, Hattie (Fielder) Machalec


Victoria Advocate, 19 Dec 1995, page 14A

FLATONIA – Hattie Fiedler Machalec Wagner, 72, of Flatonia died Sunday, Dec. 17, 1995.

She was born June 10, 1923, in Flatonia to the late Frank and Adela Branecky Fiedler. The homemaker was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughter, Magdalene Wenske of Yoakum and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: one brother.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.


Burial will be at Praha Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 895-3311.

Memorials: Masses or donor’s choice.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross


Horak, Josef


Weimar Mercury
21 Nov 1930, page 3


Mr. Joe Horak, aged about 84 years, died Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Julia Novak, in the Breslau section. Deceased had been ill for some time and though the very best of medical attention was administered, he finally succumbed, due to the infirmities of age.

The funeral took place Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the Schwenke undertaking parlors in Schulenburg. Requiem mass was held in the Praha Catholic Cemetery and interment took place in the Praha cemetery. Rev. Anders officiating.

Mr. Horak was born in the old country, coming to Amerca when a young man. Most of his life was spent in the Praha section, and during his long residence in that community he was always held in hgighest regard by all who had the pleasure to make the acquaintance.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Ed, of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. John Bordovsky of San Antonio, Mrs. Novak of Breslau and Mrs. Frank Koudelka of Komensky, and three sisters, Mesdames Frances Gallia of Moravia, Mary Fojtek of Yoakum and Chas. Sugarek of Beeville. One son and one daughter precedd him in death.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved. — Halletsville New Era-Herald.









Source: Fayette County Obituaries

Vrana, Emma (Branecky)


Emma Vrana, age 87, of Praha passed away Monday, November 30, 2009. Mrs. Vrana was born February 3, 1922 in Flatonia to Edward Branecky and Mary Sandera Branecky. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha, a lifetime member of Young Farmers, and a school custodian for many years.

Mrs. Vrana is survived by four sons: Charlie Vrana, Jr., and wife Carol of Flatonia, Johnny Vrana and wife Malisia of North Richland Hills, Bonaventure and wife Sharon of Flatonia, and Randy Vrana and wife Sian of Fort Worth; three daughters: Bernice Pokluda and husband Alphonse of Schulenburg, Helen Schaefer and husband Robert of Flatonia, and Irene Bartek and spouse J.D. of Flatonia; two brothers: Frank Branecky of Flatonia and Joe Branecky of Seguin; two sisters: Lillie Holubec of Bryan and Pauline Klesel of Richmond; 12 grandchildren: Theresa Pavlica, Deborah Friedrich, Richard Pokluda, Monica Pflughaupt, Greg Vrana, Ryan Vrana, Elizabeth Viktorin, Darlene Bartek, Shelia Vrana, Sherie Vrana, Jared Vrana, Rachel Vrana; 12 great-grandchildren: Janice Pavlica, Brandon Pavlica, Justin Pavlica, Macy Friedrich, Madison Pokluda, Taylor Viktorin, Tyler Viktorin, Claire Viktorin, Jack Vrana, Joshua Vrana, Avery Vrana, Parker Vrana. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charlie Vrana, Sr., son Leroy Vrana, two granddaughters Marica Pokluda and Allison Vrana, one great grandson Caleb Vrana, and two sisters Cecilia Vrana and Agnes Hajek.

Pallbearers will be Greg Vrana, Ryan Vrana, Richard Pokluda, Jared Vrana, Eric Viktorin, and Edward Branecky.
Visitation will begin at 11:00 am Wednesday December 2 at Smith Funeral Home – Flatonia. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Praha. Services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday December 3 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Praha with Rev. Joe Hybner and Rev. Edward Bartsch. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Source: Smith Funeral Home-Flatonia, TX


Zapalac, Agatha Marie (Pavlicek)

September 25, 1917 – November 1, 2010

Flatonia – Agatha Marie Zapalac age 93, passed away on November 1, 2010.

She was born on September 25, 1917 in the Praha – Engle area to Ignac and Vlasta (Urbis) Pavlicek. She attended schools in Praha and Engle and was a graduate of Flatonia High School where she served as captain of the volleyball team.

She was a loving caregiver to her parents, husband and children. She worked at Flatonia City Market for over 25 years and was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughters, Juanita Ervin of Schulenburg and Jan Lahodny of Flatonia; sisters, Della Kurtz and Georgie Mae Havel of Schulenburg and Earlene O’Brien (Richard) of Engle; brother, I.J. Pavlicek (Margaret) of Schulenburg; four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: parents; grandmother, Agnes Peters; husband, Alfred E. Zapalac; brother, Edwin (Papoose) Pavlicek; parents-in-law, Charles and Agnes (Zatopek) Zapalac; brothers- in-law, Joe Kurtz, Jerry Havel and Christian Barta; and sisters- in-law, Julia Barta and Lillie Zapalac.

Visitation will be 8:00 am Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Friday, November 5, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia will Rev. Joe Hybner officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Praha.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Sacred Heart of Mother Teresa # 2570, Sacred Heart Parish; P.O. Box 186 Flatonia, Texas 78941.

Smith Funeral Home – 128 East 5th Street – Flatonia, Teas 78941 361-865-3311

Source: Smith Funeral Home-Flatonia, Texas

Family Names: Zapalac, Pavlicek, Urbis, Barta

Hajek Jr., Felix Frank


Felix Frank Hajek Jr. of Houston passed away May 5, 2012 at the age of 77. He was born in Praha October 19, 1934 to the late Felix A. and Frances (Korbel) Hajek.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Felix is survived by numerous cousins.

Visitation will start Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. Rosary will be Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha with Father Gabriel Maison officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Praha.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Smith Funeral Home, 128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, Texas 78941

Source: Smith Funeral Home-Flatonia, TX


Okruhlik, Julia (Blaha)


Julia Okruhlik, age 89, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012. She was born July 29, 1922 in Praha to the late Joseph and Rosalie Wenglar Blaha. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was also a member of the Altar Society and KJZT.

She is survived by her husband, Anton Okruhlik; daughters, Patricia Hajek of Brenham and Geralyn (Charles) Klimitchek of Hallettsville; sister, Josephine Okruhlik of Fort Worth; two grandsons, Robert (Tammy) Hajek and Jeffrey (Kelly) Hajek; and great grandchildren, Kourtney Hajek and Brittney Hajek, all of Brenham; sister-in-laws, Stazy Hajek of Praha and Sister Rose Okruhlik of Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, George Okruhlik; sister, Lillie Sofka; and son-in-law, Clarence Hajek.

Visitation will begin 4:00 pm Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. A Rosary will be recited 6:00 pm Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. The Funeral Mass will be held 2:00 pm Monday, March 26, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha. Burial will follow at the Praha Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Klimitchek, Robert Hajek, Jeffrey Hajek, Alvin Hajek, Charlie Hajek and Bennie Okruhlik. Memorials can be given to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church-Praha or Sacred Heart Catholic School-Hallettsville.

Words of comfort may be shared with the Family at

Source: Smith Funeral Home-Flatonia, TX