Zapalac, Lillian M.

Lillian M. Zapalac, age 90, of West, passed away Thursday evening, December 27, 2012 at Providence Health Center in Waco.

A rosary will be recited and Mass of Christian Burial celebrated 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption, with Rev. Ed Karasek as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Lillian was born August 19, 1922 in Abbott, the daughter of Henry C. and Emilie (Jezek) Zapalac. She graduated from West High School in 1941 and Providence Nursing School in 1944. Lillian served her country during World War II as an army nurse. She was honorably discharged at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1946. Lillian worked for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Dallas for 33 years until her retirement. She then worked for West Rest Haven for a short period of time. Lillian was a very faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption. She was also member of the Catholic Daughter’s of America Court #829, K.J.Z.T. St. Ludmila Society #11, and St. Anne’s Altar Society.

Lillian is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, George Zapalac.

Survivors include a brother, Henry Zapalac and wife Mildred; a sister, Georgia Landkamer; an aunt, Lillian Cassidy; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers are Charles Zapalac, Randy Zavodny, Matt Regmund, Richard Zapalac, Tommy Muska and Ray Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home-West, TX

Orsak, Charles Edward “Chuck”

On November 3, 2012 Charles Edward “Chuck” Orsak passed away in Dallas, TX. Chuck is survived by his three children Leah Orsak Erard of Austin, Geoffrey Charles Orsak and his wife Catherine Bohnert Orsak of Dallas, Stephen Paul Orsak and his wife Katherine Cecil Orsak of Dallas, and his sister, Linda Orsak Fitch and her husband Randy Lynn Fitch of El Campo. Chuck is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, John David and William Edgar Erard of Austin, and Emily Ann Orsak, Sarah Grace Orsak, Mary Elizabeth Orsak, and Peter Geoffrey Orsak, all of Dallas, along with his wonderful nieces and nephews.

Chuck was born on July 25, 1937 in Blessing, TX to Charles Vince Orsak and Justine Zapalac Orsak. Shortly thereafter, they relocated to El Campo, TX where he attended school and graduated from El Campo High School. He had an active and successful sports and academic life while attending school in El Campo. He always thought it special that he was the only boy to graduate in the academic top ten in his senior class. He loved all sports, having been a four year letterman in football, baseball, basketball, and a three year letterman in track. When he was 14, his baseball team, the El Campo Sluggers captured the attention of the city during the summer of 1952. Competing in the national Little Bigger League (today known as the Babe Ruth League), they were Texas State Champions, National Region 6 Champions, and then as one of eight teams competed for the national title in Camden, NJ. The boys had a successful run, eventually winning the Consolation Championship, and placing third in the nation. The city of El Campo hosted a victory parade for the team upon their return. All the Sluggers stayed connected with one another throughout their lives.

After high school, he attended Wharton County Junior College for two years where he was elected student body president both years. He then was awarded a scholarship by Central Power and Light Company to study Electrical Engineering at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX. There he met his wife Elizabeth Grace Cumberland, and upon graduation they moved to Schenectady, NY for his first job with General Electric. While in New York, they had their first two children, Leah Therese and Geoffrey Charles. After a few years, they returned to Texas where he began a long and successful career at CPL in Corpus Christi. Shortly after returning, they had their third child Stephen Paul. When Chuck retired as Executive Director of Electrical Design, he was working to help bring wind power to the Gulf Coast as a way of reducing energy costs in Texas. In recognition of his contributions to Texas electrical power, he was recognized with a Texas Senate Proclamation.

He later moved to Dallas to be closer to family. One of his great joys was to support his grandchildren in their school and athletic activities. As the first member of his own family to attend college, he was passionate about the importance of higher education. He started a scholarship fund at Wharton County Junior College in the names of his parents, and helped make it possible for his children and nieces and nephews to attend and graduate from college.
Chuck was a devout Catholic who was proud of his Czech heritage, and his hometown of El Campo. He loved to fish, play golf, sail, and eat great food. Most of all, he loved to be with his family.

Charles Edward Orsak was preceded into death by his mother and father, Justine Zapalac Orsak and Charles Vince Orsak, his brother James Clifton Orsak, and his niece Sarah Lynn Fitch.

Throughout his adult life he was dedicated to helping the poor through his service to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. When the society’s allotted money ran out, he would often quietly supplement these funds with his own, making it possible for families to continue living with dignity.

Visitation will begin at 11 am on Friday at Triska Funeral Home. A parish Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with funeral services to follow at 10 am. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park in El Campo, TX.

Pallbearers are Emily Orsak, Sarah Orsak, Mary Orsak, Peter Orsak, John Erard and William Erard.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, National Council of the United States, 58 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043-3706.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, Texas

Zapalac, Sharon

Sharon Zapalac passed away August 12, 2011, at the age of 67 at home in Smithville, Texas.

Sharon was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in String Prairie, and was always a very spiritual person. It was her strong faith that sustained her through the last couple of years as she battled cancer. While her health deteriorated her spirit of fun and zest for life were always present.

Sharon found her soul mate and partner for life, Steve Zapalac also of Smithville, at the age of 15. They were married on October 15, 1962. The couple celebrated with two ceremonies, one in Vicuna, Mexico and then at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Smithville, Texas. The couple renewed their vows several times over the years in honor of the love they shared for each other. Together they founded Zapco Paper, where Sharon devoted most of the last twenty years building a successful company that is filled with people she loved and considered family.

Sharon is survived by husband Steve Zapalac and their three sons, Steve (Coey) Zapalac, Shawn (Jennifer) Zapalac and Shannon (Callie) Zapalac, all of Smithville; brother, Yerger (Anne) Hill III of Austin, Texas; and sister, Diane (Terry) James of Smithville. Sharon has nine grandchildren; Kristin Zapalac, Blakelee Saunders, Lane Saunders, Mary Claire Zapalac, Grant Walker Zapalac, Kennedi Zapalac and Victoria Zapalac. Sharon is also survived by her cousin Grey (Pam) Hill, of Smithville, Texas.

Visitation is Tuesday August 16th from 6:00p to 8:00p with Rosary at 7:00p at Marrs Jones Funeral Home in Smithville. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, String Prairie at 10:30a, Wednesday, August 17, 2011, followed by burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the .

Arrangements under the direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home, Smithville, TX.

Source: Marrs-Jones Funeral Home-Smithville, Texas

Zapalac, Annie (Kana)


Shiner Gazette, 24 Sep 1987, page 9

Mrs. Annie Kana Zapalac Rites Held

FLATONIA – Annie Zapalac, 79, of Flatonia died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1987 in a Houston hospital.

She was born July 8, 1908, in Fayette County, daughter of the late Steve and Frances (Muzny) Kana. Mrs. Zapalac was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia. The Rev. Ed Kelly officiated.

Burial followed in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Rosary was at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia.

She is survived by her husband, R.D. Zapalac of Flatonia; a son, Edwin Zapalac of Flatonia; two daughters, Mrs. Ervan E. (Jeanette) Zouzalik of Flatonia and Mary Ann Tichacek of East Bernard; two sisters, Frances Krutta of El Campo and Edith Katzfey of San Antonio; five brothers, Henry, Steve and Edmond Kana of El Campo, George Kana of Palacios and Joe Kana of Healdton, Okla.; and 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family requests that those who desire to do so may make contributions to the Flatonia Catholic Church Building-Maintanance [sic] Fund.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross









Source: Fayette County Obituaries

Wasek, Raymond Bernard


Raymond Bernard Wasek, 76 of Houston, passed away on July 28, 2012. He was born in Wharton on March 6, 1936 to the late August and Emilia Zapalac Wasek. He was a credit manager with Houston Freightliner Trucks before his retirement. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 until 1958.

He is survived by his wife Delores Bercak Wasek of Houston, daughters Brenda Wasek of Lake Jackson, Kimberly Avriett of Anahuac, son Gary Wasek of Galveston, grandchildren Justin Palmer, Kristin Daniels, Lindsey Avriett and Haley Avriett, brothers Edward Wasek of El Campo and Frank Wasek of Freeport. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother August Wasek, Jr.

Rosary and memorial service will be held at 3pm on Friday, August 3, 2012 at Triska Funeral Home with Deacon Patrick Kubala officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in New Taiton. Honorary pallbearers are Benjamin Wells, Nicole Holmes, Michael Holmes, Sara Baugher and Gene Baugher.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the donor’s choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Source: Triska Funeral Home, El Campo,TX

Dornak, Mary Ann (Zapalac)


Mary Ann Zapalac Dornak of El Campo, passed away on September 15, 2012 at the age of 80. She was born October 19, 1931 in El Campo to the late J.M. and Sofia Rek Zapalac. She graduated from high school in three years and went on to graduate from St. Joseph Nursing School. She worked for over 40 years as an RN and as Director of Nursing for most of that time.

Her favorite ways of spending her time was fishing and gambling. Before her illness she loved to fish at the gravel pit with her family and her best friend Gayla Dluhos every Monday. In her later years she enjoyed fishing at the bay. She visited Las Vegas to gamble twice a year, in the spring and fall.
She is survived by her husband of almost 59 years, Victor Dornak of El Campo, daughters Beverly Dornak Supak and husband Pat of El Campo, Vicki Dornak Limmer and husband J. Brent of El Campo, son Douglas “Bubba” Dornak and wife Wanda of El Campo, grandchildren Tracy Yenawine Oldag and husband Donald, Ryan and Kaylin Panning, Jamie and Jordan Limmer, Emorie Dornak, great-grandchildren Carly and Tanner Oldag all of El Campo, and her brother James Zapalac and wife Ilene of Memphis, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Theresa Ann Dornak and brother Johnie Zapalac.

Visitation will begin on Tuesday at 2 pm at Triska Funeral Home with Catholic Daughter Rosary at 7 pm. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Memorial Park.

Pallbearers are Ryan Panning, Pat Supak, Jamie Zapalac, Marc Zapalac, Robert Garrett and Terry Stanphill.

Memorials in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Philip’s School.

Words of condolences may be shared with the family at
Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX

Zapalac, Anita Zophia (Sladek)


Anita Zophia (Sladek) Zapalac, 95, long time La Grange resident, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Monument Hill Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Anita was born on July 30, 1914 in Fayetteville, Texas to the late R.C. and Anna (Zapalac) Sladek. She was united in marriage with Louis Zapalac on June 10, 1935 and to this marriage two sons were born. She was a prominent and well respected business woman in La Grange until her retirement in 1978. She was very active after her retirement playing Bingo, fishing at the coast with her family, and traveling with her dear friends, Amanda Petras and Virginia Adamcik. Anita was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Sacred Heart Altar Society, and the hospital auxiliary.

Anita is survived by her two sons, Dr. Robert Zapalac and wife Mary of Alexandria, Virginia; Jim Zapalac and wife Sheron of La Grange; grandson, Russell Zapalac of Austin; granddaughters, Amy Heiden and husband David of Alexandria, Virginia; Laurie Zapalac of Boston, Massachusetts; Julie Zapalac of Lewisville; great-grandsons, David Francis and James Robert Heiden of Alexandria, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers: John, Arnold, Frank, and Ernest Sladek; and two sisters: Bessie Knesek and Mary Prasifka.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange, Texas, with Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz and Deacon Mike Meismer officiating. Interment will follow in the La Grange City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 208 W. Pearl Street, La Grange, Texas.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

Family Names: Sladek, Zapalac, Knesek, Prasifka

Zapalac, Lillie Millie (Kulhanek)


Lillie Millie (Kulhanek) Zapalac, 96, of La Grange, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.

Lillie was born in Colorado County, Texas on September 28, 1915, the daughter of the late Albert and Annie (Tomascheck) Kulhanek. She married Ben J. Zapalac on November 10, 1936 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellinger, Texas.

Lillie was a house wife and worked part-time at Kruez Meat Market. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a charter member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Annunciation #1962 since it was instituted in March, 1966.

She is survived by one daughter, Kay Karstedt and husband, James Karstedt, Sr. of La Grange; sister, Margie Halfmann and husband, Joe of Columbus; two sisters-in-law: Johnnie Mae Kulhanek and Bernice Zapalac both of La Grange; three grandchildren: James Karstedt, Jr. and wife, Julie; Katina Kunetka; John Karstedt and wife Bonny all of La Grange; five great grandchildren: Calley, Kolby and Madelyn Karstedt, Barrett and Wyatt Kunetka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ben, of 67 years; seven sisters and 2 brothers.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

Family Names: Kulhanek, Zapalac, Tomascheck, Kunetka

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