Archives for July 2012

Hrncir, Charles “Chuck” L.


Charles L. “Chuck” Hrncir, 88, of Schulenburg, retired Vice President of Austin National Bank, passed away June 16, 2011.

Chuck was born on September 25, 1922 to Charles R. & Ida Gallia Hrncir in Komensky, TX. A graduate of Hallettsville High School, Chuck attended Texas A&M in 1940. He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942. During his active duty (1942-46, 1950-51), he served as a drill instructor and as Asst. Provost Marshal of Fukuoka, Japan. A Marine “Mustang”, he rose through the ranks to become an officer. On retirement from the USMCR Fleet Marine Force in 1958, he held the rank of Major.

Chuck married Marilyn McGehearty on January 21, 1946 in St. Austin’s Catholic Church in Austin, TX. A member of the Texas A&M Class of 1944, he received his degree in1949 and joined Sears Roebuck and Company as a management trainee. On his retirement in 1978, he was Regional Manager of the Kansas City Group and he had held management positions in Sears’ stores in Austin and throughout Texas and the Midwest.

Active in civic and church organization, Chuck served as President of the Austin Chamber of Commerce (1976), Director of the Texas Retail Federation, President of the Capitol City A&M Club, President of Merchants Association of Greater Kansas City; Vice President of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and a member of the Board of Kansas Industrial Commission and on the Boards of Directors of: the Capitol Area, Council of Boy Scouts; United Way; Holy Cross Hospital, and other civic and church organizations.

A Knight Grand Cross in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, he was an active Catholic who participated in the founding of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Austin and the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Shawnee Mission, KS. He was a member of the KJZT and the Serra Club.

Chuck is survived by his children: Charlotte Hrncir of Washington D.C., Kathleen Hrncir of Austin, Charles “Charlie” Hrncir & wife Karen of College Station, TX; Dr. Peggy Minnich & husband Glenn of Fredericksburg, VA, and Sharon Kennedy & husband Johnny of Houston; 2 brothers, Wilton A. “Bill” Hrncir of Hallettsville, TX, and Col. Oran “Doc” Hrncir of Copperas Cove, TX; sister Ida Bludau of Hallettsville, TX; and 7 grandchildren, Michelle Minnich, Shannon Minnich, Charles “Chase” Hrncir, Kaleb Hrncir, Jacob Hrncir, Katie Mae Kennedy, and Sean Kennedy.

Chuck was preceded in death by: his wife Marilyn; parents; and daughter Marilyn Anne Hrncir.

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church of Moravia, Texas. Visitation: 4 pm, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. John Peters. Pallbearers: Chase Hrncir, J.G. Hrncir, John Hrncir, Kaleb Hrncir, Pat Pagel, Andy Pesek, Lt. Col. (ret) Michael Loftus, and Sean Smith. Honorary Pallbearers: Wink Bludau, Wilton”Bill” Hrncir, Oran “Doc” Hrncir, John Hrncir and Tommy Hughes. Memorials: Texas Czech Heritage Cultural Center, or Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church. Burial: Ascension of our Lord Catholic Cemetery.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX


Fojtik, Jim


Jim Fojtik, age 93, of Bay City went to be with the Lord and his loving wife, Ollie, on June 25, 2012. He was born in Jackson County, Texas, on February 26, 1919, to Frank and Bessie Tomasek Fojtik.

Jim was an amazing man and his life speaks for itself. He was a faithful man: he was faithful to his family, to his church, to his neighbors, to his country. Jim cared for his wife until the day of her death. He was a loving father. He loved spending time with his children and was always there when they needed him. His grandchildren were special to him. He was “Uncle Jimo” to many children not his own. He tended to the church, inside and out, with reverence. Everyone who was blessed to know him loved and respected him. He was honest, kind, with a wonderful sense of humor, and always a gentleman. Jim proudly served his country for 48 years, from 1938 to 1986. He joined the United States Army in January of 1938, and retired on January 31, 1960. During World War II, beginning in 1942, he served with the 9th Infantry Division campaigns in Casablanca, North Africa; Tunisia; Sicily; England; Normandy Beach, France, going ashore on Day 6 after D-Day; Belgium; and Germany. After the European Campaign he was stationed in Italy, then West Germany. In 1949 he returned to the States and was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division in Ft. Hood, Texas. From 1951 to retirement Jim’s tours of duty took him and his family to Baumholder, Germany; Nancy Ordinance Depot, France; and Fort Bliss, Texas. In April, 1960, Jim went to work for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Lock Operator. He retired from the Corps on September 3, 1986.

After his retirement Jim kept busy with his “ranch,” taking care of his cattle and garden. His second job during this time was to mow lawns, mostly for elderly folks.

Survivors include his daughter, Helen and Bill Moran; sons Lacy Fojtik and Kit Mok, and Michael and Leah Fojtik; grandchildren, James and Summer Moran, Meghann and Kevin Bass, Alexis Fojtik, Braeden Fojtik, and Landon Fojtik; great grandchild Daniel James Bass; sisters, Hattie and Dick Poole, Bessie Hutson, Agnes Fikes, and Mary Valka. He also is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ollie Marie Crosson Fojtik, sisters Lillian Polensky and Annie Kucera, and brothers Albert Fojtik, Frank Fojtik, and Louis Fojtik.

Pallbearers will be Lacy Fojtik, Michael Fojtik, Bill Moran, James Moran, Louis John Fojtik, Ray Allen Polensky, Tommy Fikes, and Ricky Poole. Honorary pallbearers will be Helen Moran, Bill Fojtik, Robert Fojtik, Wesley Fojtik, Auddie Hutson, Gordon Hutson, Gary Poole, Jeff Poole, Joe Valka, Loddie Valka, and Steve Valka.

The celebration of Jim’s life well-lived will be Thursday, June 28, at 2:30 pm at the First Pentecostal Church, 700 Avenue I, Bay City, Texas with Dr. Marvin Moore and Rev. Wayne Neyland officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Pentecostal Church, P. O. Box 1644, Bay City, Texas 77404.

The family thanks those who helped care for Jim including Iris Chenault, Jennifer Childers, Julianne Collins, Dora Flores, Miranda Howell, Harriet Janise, Cody Jones, Tonya Piwonka, Sarah Sanabria, Julie Schuster, Raquel Solis, and Jerrica Weathers.

Source: Taylor Brothers Funeral Home-Bay City, TX


Peter, Jerry James


Jerr James Peter, age 86, passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with congestive heart failure, in Bay City, Texas, on February 6, 2012, while surrounded by his family.

Born in Wallis, Texas, on April 22, 1925, to Louis William Peter and Bessie Rose Parma. After graduating from Wallis High School in 1942, he worked at Todd Shipyard in Galveston repairing war damaged ships until he was old enough to join the service. He then joined the Merchant Marines and served during World War II as a Boiler Fireman and Jr. Engineer on Liberty Ships. He traveled the world until 1947 and then began working as a carpenter for his father.

Jerry met the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Linda, when she came to Wallis to teach school. They married and began their life together in Wallis. After marriage he worked in the oil fields as a rough-neck and was on a crew that drilled one of the first offshore oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1957 Jerry began work for Phillips Petroleum and he and Linda moved to Van Vleck, Texas where they raised their three children. The majority of his career was with Phillips primarily working in the Alki Unit where he retired after 27 years at the position of Stillman. On his days off he loved to fish & flounder in Matagorda Bay and hunt deer in the Fall. Jerry also ran a herd of cattle and grew pecans at his place in Cedar Lane, which he continued after retirement. His interest in genealogy led him to travel to the Czech Republic several times. He could speak and write Czech and took great delight in Sunday telephone calls to the friends he made on his trips.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Texana “Linda” Peter; his daughters, Mary Peter Cudd & husband Michael of West Columbia and Helen Peter of Houston; his son, Louis William Peter & wife Debbie; four granddaughters, Mary Helene Toth, Elizabeth Texana Anderson, Katherine Lee Peter, Rebecca Lynn Peter; four great-grandaughters and sister, Florence Svoboda.

Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Jerry from four to six o’clock in the evening, followed by a rosary at 6:30 o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 7th day of February, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas.

The funeral service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday the 8th day of February, 2012, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Bay City, Texas. Honorary Pallbearers are Buddy Greer, Leonard Ferguson, Roy Clegg, Alvin Marek, Mark Clark, Johnny Reuther, Bill Jahnsen, Mike Cudd, Ross Toth, and Fred Holub.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests one’s kind consideration of donating to the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center; P. O. Box 6, LaGrange, Texas, or Holy Cross Catholic School, Bay City, Texas.

Source: Taylor Brothers Funeral Home-Bay City-TX

Vrana, Edwin A.


Edwin A. Vrana, age 92, of West, passed away early Thursday morning, July 26, 2012 at West Rest Haven in West.

Graveside services will be held 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Fatima Cemetery near Abbott, with Rev. Boniface Onjefu officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the West Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Aderhold Funeral Home in West.

Mr. Vrana was born September 17, 1919 in Fayetteville, the son of August and Josephine (Machacek) Vrana. They soon moved to the Abbott area where he attended school. On February 28, 1941 he was united in marriage to Estelle “Esther” Pavlas in Abbott. She preceded him in death on April 2, 2008. Edwin served his country with the United States Army during World War II in the North African Theatre, Sicily and Germany. While in Germany, he was wounded and captured becoming a Prisoner of War. For his injuries in battle he was awarded a Purple Heart.

Upon his return, he worked as a carpenter for the Roy Herring Construction Company and the Henry Beck Construction Company for over 55 years before retiring in 1993. He was also co-owner of the Circle Burger in West for many years. Edwin was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of the Assumption. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4819 and the West Bass Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, Bar-B-Queuing, collecting old coins, and selling fireworks.

Edwin is also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lillian Kaska and Edna McCoy.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Vrana and wife Gayle of Dallas and Gary Vrana and wife Terri of Gholson; a daughter, Pat Seace and husband William of Irving; a sister, Estelle Ray; grandchildren, Kirk Seace and wife Susie, Michael Vrana, Matthew Vrana and Michelle, and Caitlin Vrana; a great granddaughter, Kadence Vrana; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Rest Haven Memorial Fund.

Source: Aderhold Funeral Home-West, TX


Zatopek, Elsie Hildegard (Cook)


Mrs. Elsie Hildegard Zatopek, 96, of La Grange passed away Friday, February 27th, 2009 at Monument Hill Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

Elsie was born in Ellinger, Texas on October 2, 1912, the daughter of the late Frank and Pauline (Miller) Cook. Elsie was a very talented quilt maker and could make some of the best Kolaches in Fayette county. Elsie was a hard worker and a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by: daughters, Ruby Bertsch and husband Leon of Sweeny,Tx; Vivian Renner and husband Wayland of Bloomingrove,Tx; grandchildren, Jerral Johnson and wife Cindy of Bellville,Tx; Elizabeth McGraw and husband Todd of Bloomingrove,Tx; Micheal Bertsch and wife Kelly of Sweeny, Tx; Mark Bertsch and wife Patti of Bay City, Tx; Marie Nairn and husband Ralph of Sweeny, Tx; Miron Bertsch and wife Julie of Tomball, Tx; Melinda Goodrum and husband Tim of Clute, Tx.

She is also survived by Great-Grandchildren, Carissa Johnson; Jerrad Johnson;Laura Bertsch; Amy Bertsch;Kyle, Wade, and Ross Nairn;Lindsey Bertsch; Leigh Bertsch; Sara Bertsch; Travis Bertsch;Katie and Lainie McGraw.

Mrs. Zatopek was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; eight brothers and sisters; great-granddaughter, Haley Bertsch;

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ellinger, TX, at 10:00AM on Monday, March 2nd, with Rev Fr. Stephen Nesrsta officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Church Cemetery Ellinger, TX.

Friends may call Koenig & Strickland JECMENEK Chapel in Ellinger Sunday 5:00-7:00PM with a Holy Rosary being recited at 6:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church 815 St. Mary’s Church Rd Ellinger, Tx .

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

Family Names: Zatopek

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

Zbranek, Annie Emilie (Zaskoda)


Annie Emilie (Zaskoda) Zbranek, 97, of Industry, passed away on Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at Colonial Belle Nursing Home in Belleville.

Annie was born in Industry, Texas on January 28, 1913, the daughter of the late Adolph and Emilie Frances (Zanek) Zaskoda.

Annie was a member of the Altar Society, Fireman’s Auxiliary, SPJST, Woodmen of the World, West End Historical Society, and Sons of Hermann. She worked as a funeral director for 60 years at Zaskoda Chapel in Industry.

She is survived by two sons Jim Zbranek and wife Marene of Houston and Julius Zbranek and wife Yoshi of Lacy, Washington, daughter Beatrice Hornak and husband Laddie of Houston, five grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 8, 2010 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Zaskoda Chapel in Industry. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Industry, Texas, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Cemetery in Industry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, P. O. Box 808, Bellville, TX 77418.

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

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

Family Names: Zaskoda, Zbranek, Zanek, Hornak

Zbranek, Bessie Ann (Holub)


Bessie Ann (Holub) Zbranek, 90, of La Grange, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2010 at the Care Inn in La Grange.

Bessie was born in Wallis, Texas on February 18, 1920, the daughter of the late Peter and Annie (Galia) Holub. She married Edwin Zbranek on February 13, 1949 in Wallis, Texas.

Bessie worked as a Janitor at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

She is survived by son David DeMarco and wife Catherine of La Grange, daughter Betty Regan of Buda, two grandchildren: Kim Sanders and Belinda Richter; three great grandchildren: Lauren and Landen Sanders and Aubrey Richter; and one step grandchild: Crystal Richter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin, three sisters, two brothers, and son-in-law Ronald John Regan.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2011 at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Plum. A rosary will be recited prior to the funeral service beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, P.O. Box 97, Plum, Texas 78952 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home

Family Names: Holub, Zbranek, Galia

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

Vasek, Vlasta Madeline (Canik)


Mrs. Vlasta Madeline Vasek, 92, of Fayetteville, TX. died Saturday, January 24th, 2009.

Vlasta was born in Colorado County, Texas on May 15, 1916, the daughter of the late Joesph and Marie (Kulhanek) Canik. She Married Jerome J. Vasek in Frelsburg,Texas. She was preceded in death by her: Parents, Husband, Brothers: Rudolf, Joe, Alfred, August: Sisters, Mary Janish, Christina Pavlicek, Hermina Kubicek, Bertha Wostarek.

She is survived by Daughters Gladys Schwartz wife of Harold, Jr. of Brenham,TX; Mary Ann Coufal wife of William of La Grange,TX; Son Larry Vasek of Fayetteville; Sister, Tonie Halfmann of New Ulm,TX; Sisters In Law, Lorene Canik of Fayetteville,TX; Evelyn Kneblik wife of Arnold of Fayeteville; Brother in Law, Lad Vasek husband of Margie of Fayetteville,TX. She is also survived by 6 Grandchildren, and10 Great Grandchildren.
Family request donations to St. John’s Catholic Church Fayetteville, TX .

Source: Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home