Brinkman, Stonewall

Funeral services for Stonewall “Buster” Brinkman, 82, of Bryan are set for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Dime Box Brethren Church, with Pastor Jim Heckman officiating. Interment will follow at Hranice Cemetery in Dime Box. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2012 at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell. Mr. Brinkman passed away July 4, 2012, in Bryan, Texas.

Buster was born in Birdsong, Texas on December 31, 1929, and grew up in Deanville, Texas. He was the second youngest of nine children. During his teenage years, Buster worked in his father’s cotton gin, driving cotton to market in Bryan and selling it for his father. He joined the Navy during the Korean War, specializing in ship mechanics, and traveled the globe, including the Artic, Japan, and Korea. While in the Navy, Buster married his teenage sweetheart, Rose Marie Balcar. They were blessed with 42 years of marriage and three children ~ Keith, Dawn, and Kyle.

Buster attended Texas A & M University in College Station and earned a bachelors degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1959, which led him to the Texas oil and gas fields with Halliburton. A few years later, Buster secured a job with the IRS as part of the first ever Federal Petroleum Auditing Division, which he eventually managed and from which he retired. His IRS job afforded additional travel to Canada and many states throughout the United States, including Alaska and Washington DC.

Buster moved back to his beloved Aggieland in 2004, when he married Olga Marie Nimtz. During their seven year marriage, he and Olga enjoyed tropical cruises and vacations to various destinations throughout the United States.

Buster is a member of the Brethren Church, in Dime Box, Texas, and has been a dutiful servant in God’s churches throughout his life. He had a wonderful singing voice and sang harmony often and most especially enjoyed traditional hymns.

Buster is survived by son and daughter-in-law; Keith and Roberta Brinkman of Dime Box, daughter and son-in-law; Dawn and Jim Freeman of Mansfield, step daughters and husband; Sharla and Kendal Beason of Pearland, Susan Nimtz of College Station, brother and sister-in-law; Jimmy and Betty Brinkman of Deanville, sister and brother-in-law; Mildred and Doyle Weiderhold of Pasadena, grandchildren; Andrew Hayes-Stoker, Robert and Sarah Brinkman, Elizabeth and Matt Reiter, Celia Klorman, step grandchildren; Chase Ahrendt, Kaylee Beason, great grandchildren; Allyson Reiter and Jonas Evans and Ava Klorman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus Brinkman and Emma Fojtik Brinkman, two wives, one son, Kyle Richard Brinkman, and one grandson, David Keith Brinkman.
The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Dime Box Brethren Church, 8361 FM 141, Dime Box, Texas 77853.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Strickland Funeral Home of Caldwell.
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Submitted by Lydia Mousner

Fojtik, Edith J. (Brinkmann)

2/15/1898 -8/22/1979

Services for Mrs. Edith J. Brinkmann Fojtik, 81, of Caldwell are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Caldwell. The Rev. Emelian Foltyn, pastor, will officiate.

A rosary is scheduled for 8 p.m. today in the chapel of the Phillips and Lucky Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fojtik died Wednesday night in a Caldwell hospital. She was born Feb. 3, 1898 in Burleson County, where she lived most of her life. She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors included three sons, Emil J. Fojtik, of Round Rock, J.D. Fojtik of Houston, and Jimmy A. Fojtik of Austin, six daughters,Mrs. Calvin (Angelina) Morriss of Austin, Mrs Russell (Hattie) Graves of Austin, Mrs. Charles (Mary Ann) Barak of Ausitn, Mrs. Doc (Rosalee) Weatherford of Clovis, N.M., Mrs. Charles (Lydia) Luza of Bryan, and Mrs. J.T. (Grace) Rosenkrantz of Freeport.

Two brothers, Eugene Brinkman of Somerville and Ed Brinkman of Brazoria; three sisters, Mrs. Parrot of Caldwell, Mrs. Wilimenia Wilhelm of Houston, and Mrs. Viola Kaiser of Austin. 32 grandchildren, 31 great- great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Submitted by Lydia Mousner

Source: Bryan Daily Eagle

Luza Sr., Charles J.

March 14, 1922 – September 1, 1991

Funeral services for Charles J. Luza, Sr., 69, of Bryan will be at 1:30 PM Thursday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bryan. <br)

Officiating will be the Rev. John McCaffrey, pastor. Entombment will be in Monsignor Gleissner Mausoleum.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM Monday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.
Mr. Luza was born on March 14, 1922 in Bryan, Brazos Co., TX and his parents were V.A. Luza and Cecilia Matous Luza.

Mr. Luza died Sunday morning at home. He was a lifetime resident of Bryan. He was a retired carpenter from Texas A&M University and a member of K.J.T. No. 14, Sons of Hermann in Deanville, V.F.W. No. 4692 in Bryan and Disabled American Veterans.

Mr. Luza served in the Army during World War II as a member of the 29th Inf. Div. E. He was awarded a Purple Heart, a Good Conduct Medal and an East European African Middle East Service Medal.

He enjoyed playing dominoes, fishing, playing the accordion, barbecuing, and especially helping others with home repairs. He will be remembered for his great affection for his children and grandchildren. Mr. Luza was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was proceeded in death by his parents, and his brother, Jerome.

Survivors include his wife, Lydia Fojtik Luza of Bryan, four sons and three daughters-in-law. Charles Jr., and Elain Luza and Timothy and Becky Luza, all of Bryan. Robert and Patty Luza of Kenefick, and Emil V. Luza of Wynnsboro, three daughters and sons-in-law, Lydia Luza Mousner and Robert, Pamela Luza McConal and Patrick of Bryan and Sandra Luza Bragg and Roy of Austin, two brothers, Vincent J. Luza and wife, Judy,and Anton C. Luza and wife Willie Ann, both of Bryan, four sisters, Mary Luza Zemanek and Cecilia Luza, both of Bryan, Helen Luza Milberger and husband, James, of Wheelock, and Tracy Luza Horn and husband Alfred of Ft. Worth, two aunts, Helen Vrla of Dallas and Frances Matous of Ennis and 30 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Brazos County or the St. Joseph’s Parish Activity Center.

Pallbearers: Charles Barak Sr; Emil J. Fojtik; Alfred Horn; Charles E. Luza; Diane Luza; Chad McCartney; James Milberger; Jimmie Rosenkranz.

Submitted by: Lydia Mousner

Source: Bryan Daily Eagle September 1991

Source: Lydia Mousner

Source: Lydia Mousner

Fojtik, Dorothy Maie (Richter)

Dorothy Mae Richter Fojtik, 87 years old and a lifetime resident of Columbus Texas, passed away peacefully on the morning of June 27th with her son by her side in Columbus. She was born on December 3, 1924 in Columbus, Texas to Charles Richter and Katie (Anderson) Richter.

She fought a long, difficult illness that took away her simplest pleasures in life. She loved music and found so much joy in singing and playing her instruments and anyone that knew her, also knew she loved Elvis Presley. She treasured all of her photos of family and friends and loved to sit around and look through them. She enjoyed crocheting, watching funny movies, and writing to her pen pals from all over the world. She couldn’t wait to open the mail box everyday to see what kind of cards or letters she had received from family and friends. Our mother was a very compassionate woman who loved everyone and would share what little she had.

We can find peace, knowing that our mother was a Christian and is now in heaven with our Lord and is no longer suffering. God truly blessed us with a wonderful Mother that loved us dearly and all of our most precious memories of her will be in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

She is survived by her two sons, Harold Rollins Jr. and wife Brandy, Ronald Rollins Sr. and wife Janie; daughter Cathy Meuth and husband Dwaynne; grandsons, Ronald Rollins Jr., Carey Rollins; step grandsons Chris Meuth, Rick Humphrey and George Humphrey; granddaughters, Robin (Rollins) Malak; Caitlin Meuth, step granddaughter Holly Meuth; great grandchildren, Teara Paszkowski and Tyler Paszkowski and one great-great granddaughter Carrianne Rollins. Nieces and nephews, Shirley Tripplet and her husband Lawrence, Verna Jean Buchanan, Margaret Frances Loewen, Marsha Richter, Barbara Richter Dancer, Vivian (Dolly) Robertson, Howard Shultz, Alma Shultz Smith, Bennie Shultz, John Shultz, James Shultz and Anna Mae Shultz Blanton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolf Fojtik, parents Charles W.D. Richter and Katie Mae (Anderson) Richter, siblings, Linzie Turner, Ben Henicke, Walter David Richter, Josie ( Henicke) Shultz, and Margaret Lucille Richter Bryant.

Visitation will be held on Friday, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, and at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus on Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 10:00 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Pastor Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment will follow in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Pallbearers are Harold Rollins, Jr., Ronald Rollins, Sr., Ronald Rollins, Jr., Dwaynne Meuth, Reggie Briscoe and Chris Smith.

We would like to thank Dr. Hrachovy for his compassion and care, the doctors at Columbus Community Hospital, Pastor Marsh with St Paul Lutheran Church, the nurses and staff at River Oaks Nursing home and a special thank you for the compassion Asera Hospice Care gave to our mother.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the American Cancer Society, 4401 Lilac St., Victoria, TX 77901; or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125 in her name.

Source: Henneke Funeral Home-Columbus, TX

Malek, Delores “Pinky” Ann

Delores “Pinky” Ann Malek, 67, of El Campo died September 27, 2012. She was born on October 25, 1944 in Wharton, TX.

She is survived by her mother Lydia Orsak Stelzel of Wharton, daughter Monica Chumchal and husband Kenneth of El Campo, son James Malek and wife Kay of East Bernard, grandchildren Cody and Paige Chumchal, Justin Malek, Tyler and Emily Kurtz, sisters Margaret Fojtik of Wharton, Patricia Pless of East Bernard and Theresa Thigpen of Round Rock. Her father Harvey Stelzel and husband William “Bill” Malek preceded her in death.

Visitation will begin 1:00 pm Friday, September 28 at Triska Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, September 29, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with Reverend Gary Janak officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers are Danny Pless, David Pless, Hans Stelzel, Ronnie Faul, Jr., Russell Shelton and Randy Chumchal.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Philip’s Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, Texas

Fojtik, William F.

Died, Saturday, Sept. 13, 1930, William F. Fojtik, 22, beloved son of F. J. Fojtik and brother of Mrs. Mary Hobizal, and Joseph H. Fojtik, all of Flatonia.  Remains were sent to Fayetteville, Texas, Saturday night.  Interment at Fayetteville Monday.  Arrangements by Zizik-Kearns Undertaking Co.

San Antonio Express, Sunday, September 14, 1930
















Obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Source: Texas Czechs Yahoo Group

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


Cooper, Lydia (Fojtik)


Lydia Cooper, 89 of Garwood, passed away on January 2, 2012. She was born on November 17, 1922 in Needville to the late John and Mary Zachek Fojtik. She was retired as a registered nurse and served in the U. S. Army. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Catholic Daughters of America and the Christian Mothers.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Jane Terry and husband Stanley of Katy, sons John J. Gogan and wife Betty of Houston, Michael David Gogan of Houston, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sisters Vlasta Boehm of El Campo and Virginia Pavlovsky of Garwood. She was preceded in death by her husbands John Gogan, Sr. and Raymond Frank Cooper, sons Patrick Joseph Gogan and James Gogan, and sister Alice Schoellmann.

Visitation will be on Wednesday from 3 pm until 8 pm. Services will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012, with a Rosary recited by the Christian Mothers at 10 am followed by Funeral Services at Triska Funeral Home with Deacon Edward Wendel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nada.

The family would like to give special thanks to Lydia’s caregiver, Deborah Elledge, for her loving care.

Source: Triska Funeral Home-El Campo, TX

Family Names: Zachek, Fojtik, Boehm, Pavlovsky