Archives for September 2012

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








Source:Fayette County Obituaries

Lidiak, Pauline (Adamcik)


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 16, 1931


Speaking of the death of Mrs. Pauline Lidiak, a lady favorably known and related to many people of this section, which occurred in LaGrange Monday of last week, the LaGrange Journal says:

Mrs. Lidiak, whose maiden name was Miss Pauline Adamcik, was born in Moravia, Austria, June 21, 1853, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Adamcik. The family came to America in the year 1860 and located at what is known as the Ammannsville section. She was united in marriage with Frank Lidiak, June 19, 1877, and to them was born eight children, two of whom preceded her in death. The living children are: Mrs. L. J. Rose, LaGrange; Mrs. E. E. Buschek, Yoakum; F. J. Lidiak, , LaGrange; Mrs. Edna Zapalac, Austin; Mrs. E. A. Ginzel and Mrs. Hugo Hoppe, Smithville. Mr. Lidiak died August 17, 1923.

She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Stavinoha of Temple, Mrs. Annie Stavinoha of Ammannsville and Mrs. Mary Boehm of Moulton, and two brothers, Frank Adamcik of LaGrange and John Adamcik of Smithville, also survive.

The funeral took place from the old family home Wednesday morning at 9:15 o’clock, the body taken to the Sacred Heart Catholic church where Rev. S. A. Zientek, LaGrange, and Rev. E. A. Holub of Taylor conducted the services. Interment was had at the new cemetery. The pall bearers were her grandsons, Edw. Rose of Houston, Joe Bushek of Yoakum, LeRoy Zapalac of Austin and Robt. Frank Hoppe of Smithville, and her grandsons by marriage, Fred Pape, Jr., of LaGrange; Wm. Klimicek of Houston and Wm. Walker of Smithville.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis










Source: Fayette County Obituaries


Janda, Agnes (Adamcik)



Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 27, 1967

Final Rites For Mrs. Agnes Janda, 78, at Hostyn

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Janda, 78, sister of Mrs. Charles Lidiak and Charles Adamcik of here, were held Friday, July 21, at Koenig Funeral Home, La Grange, and Hostyn Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Janda died July 19 in Fayette Memorial Hospital. The former Miss Agnes Adamcik, daughter of Frank and Anna Matula Adamcik, she was a lifelong resident of Hostyn. She was married to Henry J. Janda Oct. 11, 1909; Mr. Janda died on April 1, 1966.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Hoffmann and Miss Annie Janda, both of Hostyn; two sons, Lad Janda of Houston and Richard Janda of Austin; six grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Frank Kruppa of La Grange, Mrs. Emelia Vacek of Smithville, Mrs. Lidiak here, and Mrs. Richard Kruppa and Mrs. Adolph Matocha of Hostyn; and three brothers, Mr. Adamcik here and George E. and Adolph Adamcik of La Grange.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis








Source: Fayette County Obituaries


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.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross








Source: Fayette County Obituaries

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.

Obituary contributed by Matt Cross








Source: Fayette County Obituaries



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


Melnar, Lillie (Pekar)


Lillie Pekar Melnar, age 93, of Hallettsville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. She was born on November 5th, 1918, in Sweet Home TX, to John and Frances Fait Pekar. On October 26th 1943 Lillie married Victor Melnar in Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October 2003. She was a member of St John the Baptist Catholic church of Koerth TX, a farmer’s wife, homemaker, member of Sweet home American Legion Auxiliary, KJZT, a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, and friend. Lillie’s witty and crafty ways will always be remembered. She will always be in our hearts and in our memories. May God grant her eternal rest.

Lillie is survived by: 2 daughters, Magdalen Demel and husband Marcus of Schulenburg, Mildred Marie Kirkland and husband Tommy of Maryville Tennessee; 2 sons, Dennis Melnar and wife Carol of Georgetown and Victor Melnar Jr. of Hallettsville; 6 grandchildren, Marc Demel and wife Sheila of Seguin, Michael Lee Demel and wife Cheri of Schulenburg, Angela Heger and husband Lance of Weimar, Darren Melnar and wife Krista of Austin, Bradley Melnar and wife Natalie of Hutto, Kari Thormann and husband Luke of Cedar Park; 12 great-grandchildren; Macey and Lexey Moekel, Skylar and Bralan Heger, Peyton Dahl, Taylor, Dalton and Cooper Demel, Audrey and Owen Melnar, Lilly Thormann and Isaac Melnar; 2 sisters, Annie Darby of Rockdale, Mary Long of Leander; 2 brothers; Henry John Pekar of Hallettsville and Robert Pekar of Schertz.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Victor Melnar Sr.; 5 sisters, Frances Hermes, Janie Migl, Matilda Kutach, Eleanor Dolezal, and Toni Kopecky; and brother, Charlie Pekar.

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Koerth. Visitation: 4 pm,Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Wake Service: 7 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Charles Sonnier. Pallbearers (Grandsons): Grand Sons; Marc Demel, Michael Lee Demel, Darren Melnar, Bradley Melnar, Lance Heger and Luke Thormann. Honorary Pallbearers: Great grandchildren. Burial: St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Koerth. Memorials: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Hospice of South Texas, or a charity of your choice.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX

Zatopek, Lillie (Trojcak)


Lillie Trojcak Zatopek, 98, of Hallettsville, passed away Sept. 22, 2012. She was born on Sept. 5, 1914 to Joe F. & Agnes Drozd Trojcak in the Moravia Community in Lavaca County. She married August Zatopek on Oct. 30, 1934 in Hallettsville. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Moulton.

Lillie worked at Weingarten Inc. in Hallettsville for 25 years. She retired in 1965. Lillie enjoyed canning, dominoes, listening & singing to Polka Music. Her main love was making quilts for family and friends. She made over 450 quilts in her life time, of those 450 quilts; she only sold one, the rest she gave away as a sign of her love for people.

Lillie is survived by: daughter Delores Shely & husband Warren; son Marvin Zatopek & wife Nancy; sister Helen Noack; 6 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 11 step great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; and 17 step great great grandchildren.

Lillie was preceded in death by: husband August; parents; 2 sisters Carrie Padilla and Viola Heiman; 2 brothers, Willie at infancy and Charles Trojcak; and 1 step great great grandson Cameron.

Funeral Service: 11 am, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church of Moulton. Visitation: 4 pm, Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home. Prayer Service: 7 pm, Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Herb Beyer. Pallbearers: Scott Smith, Chris Zatopek, John Patrick, Justin Patrick, Dennis Mueller, and D.J. Mueller. Honorary Pallbearers: Bruce Robinson and Mark Mueller. Burial: Moulton City Cemetery. Memorials (in lieu of flowers): Zion Lutheran Church of Moulton (P.O. Box 176, Moulton, TX 77975), American Heart Association, or American Cancer Society.

Source: Hallettsville, TX

Technik, Anne Mae (Zaruba)


Anne Mae Technik, 88, of Hallettsville, passed away Sept. 22, 2012. She was born on Nov. 18, 1923 to Joseph & Annie Cejka Zaruba in Lavaca County, Texas. She married to Julius C. Technik on Sept. 6, 1948 at St. Peter Lutheran Church of Hallettsville. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Anne was a member of the Texas Extension Education Association, formerly known as the Extension Homemakers, for 55 years and served as secretary/treasurer for most of that time. She worked diligently for the club and thoroughly enjoyed the activities. Her last meeting she attended was on Jan. 2012, and she never missed a meeting or function, unless she was ill.

Anne enjoyed doing handwork and arts & crafts. She will be remembered for her embroidery work and Kleenex box corners which she did for pastime.

Anne is survived by: daughter Susan Technik of Hallettsville; brother Frank Zaruba & wife Rita of Hallettsville; 9 grandchildren, Trey Rainosek, Gwen Holt & husband William, Josh Kremling, Hannah Cooper, Nailene Cooper, April Cooper, Nailer Cooper III, Bonnie Cooper, and Michael (MJ) Cooper; and 1 great grandchild Caitlynn Holt.

Anne was preceded in death by: her husband Julius; parents; 3 brothers, George at infancy, Robert and Joe F. Zaruba Jr.; and sister Helen M. Appelt.

Funeral Mass Service: 2 pm, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 6 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Msgr. John Peters. Pallbearers: William Technik, Ronnie Technik, Clarence Blume, Jack Zaruba, Jimmy Appelt, and Nailer Cooper III. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Hallettsville. Memorials: Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville or Blue Bonnet Youth Ranch.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX

Koerth, Eugene E.


Eugene E. Koerth, 68, of Hallettsville, passed away Sept. 25, 2012. He was born on Feb. 10, 1944 to Ervin & Pauline Prasek Koerth in Lavaca County, TX.

Eugene is survived by: son Jimmy Koerth & wife Tammy of Hallettsville; daughter Pam Wilson & husband Rocky of Seagoville; 2 brothers, Charles Koerth Sr. of Hallettsville and Larry Koerth & wife Sandra of Hallettsville; 2 sisters, Sharon Rother & husband Marvin of Hallettsville and Karen Haley & husband Ed of Dayton; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and beloved dog Jada.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service: 3 pm, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Kubena Funeral Home. Visitation: 12 noon, Friday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Brother Henry. Memorials cab be made to the family of Eugene Koerth.

Source: Kubena Funeral Home-Hallettsville, TX