Svehlak, Joe Wesley

Joe Wesley Svehlak, 80, passed away in Ennis on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

Joe was born in Ellis County on August 16, 1932 to Joe Jerry and Rosie (Vrana) Svehlak. He grew up in Ellis County and attended school at St. John Catholic School. On October 17, 1959 he married Theresa Sulak and they made their home in Ennis, Texas. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy aboard the USS Boyd during the Korean War.

He worked for Ennis Business Forms for forty-seven years as a pressman. He was a member of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, KJT and VFW. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and loved to cook.

He is survived by sons: Joey Svehlak and his wife Rhonda of Ennis and Jeff Svehlak of Ennis; daughters: Lorrie and her husband, Joe Nichols of Ennis and Allison Svehlak of Ennis; thirteen grandchildren: five great-grandchildren and two sisters: Henrietta Steele of Ennis and Geraldine and Joe Melvin of Mesquite.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Theresa Svehlak on December 11, 2005.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis. Mass of the Christian Burial will take place on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Ennis with Father John Dick as celebrant. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Entombment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

Source: J.E. Keever Mortuary-Ennis, TX

Vrana, Albert (Vojtech)

San Antonio Express, Saturday, February 9, 1929


CHARLOTTE, Tex., Feb, 8, Albert Vrana, 47, died at his home at Hindes early Thursday morning.  He had been living in Atascosa County for 20 years, had been a lifelong member of the Catholic Church.  He was married 23 years and is survived by his widow and eight children.  Vrana lived in Charlotte, where he owned a gin for several years, later trading his property for a gin and ranch at Hindes.











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Sims, Anna (Vrana) Barta

Anna Pauline Sims of Marion passed away Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the age of 98. Anna was born July 10 in Campbellton to Louise (Odlozelik) and Vojtech Vrana.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son Steve Barta, sisters Geraldine Kloth and Mary Stanard and brothers Adolph Vrana and Albert Vrana.

She is survived by her daughter Charlene Calhoun of Marion; son Albert Joe Barta of Onalaska; brothers Anton Vrana of Kerrville and Julius Barta and wife Adelaine of Poteet; sister Estelle Heiser and husband Bill of Pearsall; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2007 from 2-9 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton. Services will be held Friday, January 2007 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Jourdanton with interment following at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Jourdanton.

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Vrana, Louise (Odlozelik)

San Antonio Express, Thursday, March 25, 1965
PLEASANTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Vrana, 79, of Charlotte will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Hurley Funeral Chapel here, followed by Requiem Mass at 9:15 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic church at Jourdanton.  Burial will be in St. Matthew’s Cemetery.  She died Tuesday in a Jourdanton hospital.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Annie Brice and Mrs. Gerry Kloth of Dilley, Mrs. Mary Slanard of Aberdeen, Miss., and Mrs. Estelle Heiser of Pearsall; four sons, Adolph and Albert Vrana of Charlotte, Julius Vrana of Poteet and Tony Vrana of San Antonio; 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.








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Vrana, Edwin (Edward)

San Antonio Express Friday, August 9, 1935


JOURNDANTON, Tex., Aug. 8. — Edwin Vrana, 21, son of Mrs. Albert Vrana of Davis Switch, died Wednesday of injuries received while working at a gin. Vrana’s left arm was caught in the gin’s saws and badly mangled. He was rushed to Pleasanton for medical attention, where his arm was amputated at the elbow. He died from loss of blood.

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Vrana, Rosalia (Opella)

The Waco News Tribune Thursday, February 15, 1956

Mrs. Rosalia (Opella) Vrana, 56, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday at her residence in West.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption, West. Father George Doskocil officiating, burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Aderhold Chapel, West.

Survivors: Six sons, Albert Vrana, Jim Vrana, John Vrana, August Vrana, all of West. Justin Vrana and Julius Vrana of California; two daughters, Mrs. Angeline Kahanek of Houston and Mrs. Rosie Smith of Dallas; one brother, Adolph Opella of El Campo; one sister, Mrs. Agnes Galufka [Jalufka?] of Hallettsville.

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Hodanek, Anna (Valenta)


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, January 17, 1924, page 8


While on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Henry Kainer, who lives near shiner, Mrs. Anna Hodanek of Flatonia, was taken suddenly ill last Thursday night and died about 11 p.m. She was born in Bohemia, coming to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Valenta, Sr., settling in Austin county. Two years later she was married to Josef Hodanek and they moved to Flatonia where they had lived 44 years.

She is survived by her husband, eight daughters, Mesdames Anna Studlar, Francis Velek, Amelia Vrana, Emma Varna [Vrana], Vlasta Mueller, Rosie Dulak, Ella Kainer, and Lillie Pavlas, two sons, Lada and Jerome, thirtythree grand children and four great-grand children, a brother, Frank Valenta, living at Flatonia, and a sister, Mrs. J. A. Marik, at Shiner.

The funeral services were conducted at the family residence and cemeteay by Judge E. J. Motis. Burial was made in Flatonia cemeteay. A choir of select voices rendered beautiful hyms.

Those who attended the funeral from Shiner were: Mr. and Mrs. Hy Kainer, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Jemelka, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sembera, Mrs. Frank Dolejsi, Mr. Frak [Frank] Hodanek, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Picha, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hodanek, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kurtz, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dulak and family, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Velek, Mesdames J. A. Marik, C. Valenta and Adolph Richter, Mr. John Valenta, Misses Valesta and Valentina Marik.

The Gazette extends sympathy.

Obituary contributed by Nancy Schmidt








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Vrana, Gilbert Raymond


Victoria Advocate, 11 Nov 2002, page 9A

FLATONIA – Gibert Raymond Vrana, 38, of Flatonia, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002.

He was born May 12, 1964, in Weimar, to the late Florian Sr. and Rosie Dach Vrana. He was a gas station attendant and a Catholic.

Survivors: sisters, Carolyn Vrana, Shirley Lanni and Kathleen Masek, all of Flatonia, and Dorothy Eaheart of Ingle; and brothers, Florian Vrana Jr., Edwin Vrana and Michael Vrana, all of Flatonia.

Preceded in death by: parents.

Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home chapel in Flatonia.

A rosary will be recited tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at High Hill Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

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Vrana, Rosie Helen (Dach)


Victoria Advocate, 4 Feb 1992, page 12A


FLATONIA – Rosie Helen Dach Vrana, 63, of Flatonia, died in a Victoria hospital Sunday, Feb. 2, 1992, after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Vrana was born Jan. 10, 1929, in High Hill to the late Anton and Mary Schenk Dach. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia.

Survivors: husband, Florian Vrana; daughters, Carolyn Vrana, Shirley Lanni and Kathleen Masek, all of Flatonia, and Dorothy Eaheart of Schulenburg; sons, Florian Vrana Jr., Edwin, Michael, and Gilbert Vrana, all of Flatonia; sister, Annie Polnick of Schulenburg; brother, Anton Dach of Schulenburg; and eight grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents.

Rosary 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home chapel of Flatonia.

Services 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Father Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 865-3311.

Pallbearers: J.V. “Sonny” Polnick, Wayne McCuan, Daniel Dach, Marvin Hrcek, J.D. Bartek and Bohumil Vrana Jr.

Honorary pallbearers: Robert Schaeffer, Johnny Lev, Anton Dach Jr. and David Vrana.

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Vrana, Leroy James


Victoria Advocate, 16 Mar 1971, page 5A

Services Set For Victim Of Drowning

FLATONIA — Services for Leroy James Vrana, 19-year-old Flatonia youth who drowned near Gonzales Sunday, will be conducted at Smith Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Services will follow at Praha Catholic Church at 4 p.m. The Rev. Marcus Valenta will officiate. Burial will be in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

The youth drowned while on a boating outing on Wood Lake with other Flatonia residents. Vrana and a friend, Ivan Dornak, 19, fell from a boat piloted by Tony Pulkrabek. Life preservers were thrown to both youths but Vrana failed to grab his. The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. some 90 yards from shore. The body was recovered by Gonzales and Seguin rescue firemen at 11:30 p.m. Wood Lake is formed by a dam on the Guadalupe River.

Vrana was born in Flatonia Sept. 25, 1951, son of Mrs. Emma Vrana and the late Charles Vrana. He was a senior at Flatonia High School.

Besides the mother, other survivors are four brothers, Charles Jr., Johnny, Bonaventure and Randy Vrana of Flatonia; three sisters, Mrs. Bernice Pklude of Schulenburg and Helen and Irene Vrana of Flatonia; and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Baranecky of Flatonia.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross