Archives for November 2012

Bartos, Theodore M.

Victoria Advocate, April 26, 2001


JEDDO—Theo Bartos, 44, of Jeddo, died Monday, April 23, 2001.

He was born Jan. 14, 1957, in Shiner, to Theodor and Dorothy Anders Bartos of Cistern. He was a truck driver at Cal-Maine Egg Plant and a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Kathy Bartos; daughter, Caitlin Bartos of Jeddo; parents; sisters, Patricia Bartos of Flatonia and Bernadette Swoboda of East Bernard; and grandmother, Mary Anders of Moulton.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange, with Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.

Burial will be at Moravia Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Memorials: Trust fund for Caitlin Bartos at Fayette Savings in La Grange and Flatonia

Obituary contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Bublanina Recipe


1/2 cup-Splenda sugar blend or sugar
1/2 cup-Butter
1 cup-Flour
1/2 teaspoon-Cream of Tartar
1/2 teaspoon-Salt
Powdered Sugar (for sprinkling on top)
1/2 teaspoon-Orange Peel
1/2 cup-Mixed Berries

*You will need an 8×8 pan

  1. Cream the sugar and butter.
  2. Separate the egg whites from yolks. Beat both separately. Egg whites should be stiff.
  3. Add and blend beaten egg yolks to the mixture.
  4. Sift salt and flour together into a separate bowl.
  5. Alternate adding flour/salt mix and egg whites.
  6. Add Cream of Tartar and Orange Peel
  7. Place berries of your choice on top
  8. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of fruit and batter mix

Bake for 30 minutes on 400 degrees. This time can vary so keep an eye on your dessert. Take out and let it cool, then serve.

***This recipe is an adaptation of one submitted by “Tinks” on  For the original recipe go to:



This was my first time making the dessert Bublanina. According to Google Translate, Bublanina means “souffle”. So, the Bublanina should have a puffed up and fluffy appearance.

I used a recipe by “Tinks” from The preparation time was only 20 minutes and bake time 35-40 minutes.

Here are the ingredients that I used:

  • Splenda Sugar Blend (the recipe calls for sugar)
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Salt
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Orange Peel
  • Mixed Berries


This is a picture of what the dessert looked like before I sprinkled powdered sugar on top of the fruit. (While the Bublanina bakes, the fruit is supposed to sink into the batter.)








The recipe called for a 10″x6″x5″ pan. I only had an 8×8 pan handy.

As I looked at the dish in the oven, I saw my fruit had sank into the batter in some places. I was unsure when to pull the dessert out because I did not want the cake to fall.

After 31 minutes of cooking, the cake was ready to pull out of the oven. The edges were a little darker than I like, but the rest was golden brown.

Below is a picture of the finished product.








I am surprised how yummy this dessert tastes with so little ingredients.  The Splenda mixture worked well as a sweetener. I chose to use this sweetener because we are trying to limit our sugar intake.

If you are looking for an easy Czech dessert to make, this is definitely a great recipe to try. For my adaptation of this recipe, click on Bublanina




Kunetka, Mary


San Antonio Express, Friday, June 7, 1940

HALLETTSVILLE, June 6.—Mrs. John Kunetka, 76, of Breslau, native of Czecho-Slovakia, died at her home and was buried at Moravia Thursday. She leaves her widower and four sons, Rudolph and John Jr. of Breslau, Adolph of Moravia, and Joe of Hallettsville.

Mary Kunetka, 1863-1940, was buried in Moravia Ascension Cemetery.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries



Jalufka, Julius G.

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, June 21, 1969 Advocate News Service

Julius G. Jalufka

HALLETTSVILLE—Julius G. Jalufka, 78, a retired Hallettsville banker, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday in a San Antonio hospital.

Mr. Jalufka was born April 6, 1891, in Moravia, Tex. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 2433 and the SPJST Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Miss Mary Pustejovsky.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and 3:30 p.m. at the Moravia Catholic Church with burial in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Frank Polasek of Hallettsville; Mrs. James Bradecky Jr. and Mrs. Otto Petter of El Campo and Mrs. Alley Vsemer of Fredericksburg; a son, Lawrence A. Jalufka of LaGrange; five sisters, Mrs. Helen Mikulenka and Mrs. Ollie Brauner of Hallettsville, Mrs. Lillian Blahuta of Moravia, Mrs. Carrie Ford of Houston and Mrs. Willie Mae Maxora of El Paso; two brothers, Jerome Jalufka of Robstown and Jim Jalufka of Kerrville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries


Kocian, Ed

Victoria Advocate, Friday, Dec. 9, 1966

Ed Kocian

HALLETTSVILLE — A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home for Ed Kocian, 78, a native of Lavaca County who died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in a Seguin hospital.

Mr. Kocian was born Nov. 19, 1888, in Lavaca County. He married the former Anna Kutac in 1914. She preceded him in death in 1929.

Funeral will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home and at 9:30 from Moravia Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Edward Bartsch will officiate.

Surviving are six sons, Julius of Deneiger, Bruno of Dickinson, Eldon of Austin, and Edward Jr., Valentine and Thomas, all of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. John Fikac of El Campo, Mrs. Julius Krupala of Houston, Mrs. Erwin Seidenberger of Seguin, Mrs. Leo Babik of Pasadena, and Mrs. Edwin Boehm of Shiner; a brother, Adolph of Moulton; a sister, Mrs. Adolph Motal, also of Moulton; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries


Chudej, Jan


San Antonio Express, Monday, April 12, 1926

YOAKUM, Tex., April 11.—Having lived all but one year of reaching the 100 mark, John Chudej of Moravia, Lavaca County, rural village 30 miles northeast, was buried during the week just ended, says word received here Sunday. The deceased is said to be survived by a brother, 96 years old, at West, Tex. Chudej was born in Moravia, Austria, but came to his country about 50 years ago. A wife 68 years old, survives.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Chudej, Agneska


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, June 26, 1915

Hallettsville, Tex., June 25.—Agnes Chudej, the pretty 18-year-old daughter of John Chudej Sr., a farmer who resides about ten miles above here in the Moravia section was found dead in a pool of water in Mixon Creek Tuesday afternoon. The young woman had left home early in the morning to gather some water lilies and peppermint greens for a bouquet. Later in the day when the dogs which had accompanied her returned home without her the family became uneasy and at once instituted a search with the result that her body was found in the pool. A physician was hurriedly called, but life was extinct. The body was interred Wednesday.

Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Lavaca County Obituaries

Eden Valley Cemetery

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