Archives for August 2012

Recipes & Remembrances of High Hill: A Collection of Pictures, Stories and Recipes-FOR SALE

Copies of the cookbook entitled “Recipes & Remembrances of High Hil: A Collection of Pictures, Stories and Recipes” are for sale!  This book contains old family recipes, family histories, and pictures of parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill, TX.

This cookbook can be ordered through the St. Anne’s Society of High Hill.  Here is the order form:

Burning of the Witches

Ellis Island Records

If you have family members who came to America through Ellis Island, you can view passenger records at:

St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery

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Kocian, Baby


Ed Kocian and wife, young people of the St. John section, buried their first born, a little girl, in St. John cemetery yesterday.  It lived but a day.

Source: Schulenburg Sticker-January 22, 1915


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


Muska, Eda V. (Blahuta)


Eda V. Muska, 78, of Hallettsville died at her home Thursday, Jan 16, 1997 at 8:20 a.m.

She was born June 21, 1918, in Lavaca County to Frank and Lillian (Jalufka) Blahuta.

On Dec. 27, 1937 she was united in marriage to Emil A. Muska at Moravia.

She was co-owner with her husband of Muska Floors for 44 years.  Mrs. Muska was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Catholic Daughters of America, Wednesday Bridgettes, Gold Association, Bridge Club  and the SPJST Lodge.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Beth Allen of Hallettsville; two sons Emil David Muska of Moravia and James Thomas Muska of Sugar Land; a brother, Ira J. Blahuta of Moravia; 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emil A. Muska on March 7, 1987; a son, Donald Ray Muska on Dec. 14, 1996, and a brother, Guthrie Blahuta.

Visitation will begin at noon Saturday, Jan. 18 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel, Hallettsville.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home.

The body lay in state at the funeral home until 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. when it was taken to Sacred Heart Church.  Rosary was recited at the church at 2:30 p.m.  Sunday and funeral services followed at 3 p.m.  The Rev. John Peters officiated.

Burial followed in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery in Moravia, under the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were grandsons Chad P. Muska, Marc Cinadr, Jim Muska Jr., Jonathan T. Muska, Michael Muska, Brannon Muska.

Honorary pallbearer was Jeffery Muska.

Source: Lavaca County Tribune Herald-January 27, 1997


Schneider, Lillian (Wenglar)


Lillian Schneider, who passed away at her home at Moravia on Tuesday, May 26, 1992 at the age of 84.

Sister Schneider was born at Moravia on May 12, 1908 to Frank and Marie (Lanca) Wenglar.  She attended school at Radhost and Moravia.  On July 3, 1939 she and Earl Schneider were united in marriage in California, but had resided in Moravia since 1967 and was a member of Moravia Catholic Church and SPJST Moravia Lodge No. 23.

Recitation of the rosary, led by Rev. Brian Crookes, was held Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m. in Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel in Schulenburg.

Christian Burial Mass was held Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia, Texas with Rev. Brian Crookes officiating.  Burial followed in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors are a step-son, Bob Schneider of Arizona; five sisters, Willie Mae Broz, Edith Schwartz and Cecile Herzik of Moravia.  Elenora Koenig of Austin, Martin Maresh of Corpus Christi, two brothers, L.A. Wenglar of Moravia, James Wenglar of El Campo; two step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sister Schneider was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers were nephews, Phil Guenther of Moravia, Frank Broz of Austin, Dan Wenglar of Missouri City, Charles A. Maresh of Corpus Christi, Joe Krnavek and Joseph Krnavek, Jr. of La Grange.

Schewenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg was in charge of the arrangements.

Source: SPJST Vestnik


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


Hrncir, Ludvik Leo


Ludvik Leo Hrncir of Hallettsville, who died on Wednesday, July 23, 1975, at 11:45 a.m. at Moravia, at the age of 66 years.  Death was to due an apparent heart attack.

Brother Hrncir was born August 19th, 1908 in Lavaca County, near Moravia.  He was married to the former Christine Garrett on November 27, 1947, in San Antonio.  He was a school teacher and accountant at Hallettsville, and at the time of his death he was retired.

Funeral services for Brother Hrncir were held Friday, July 25th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 2 p.m., under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alois J. Morkovsky officiating.  Burial was in Moravia Catholic Cemetery at Moravia.

Surviving are his wife Christine; a son, John of Fairbanks, Alaska; five brothers, C.R. Hrncir of Hallettsville, Louis Hrncir of San Antonio, Matt Hrncir of Yoakum, Ben Hrncir of Galveston, and Richard Hrncir of Rosenburg.

May our departed brother rest in peace

Resolution Committee: Annie Foytik, Lydia Sperlik, Carrie Bohacik

Source: SPJST Vestnik-October 8, 1975