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BOSSY JACKSON

Weimar Mercury, 10 Jul 1897, page 8

Halletsville, Texas, July 6.—Sheriff Houchins this morning arrested and jailed Tom Roberson on a charge of murder.

Last Saturday night Bossy Jackson while sitting in the house of a family where he was visiting, twenty miles south of here, was shot and killed, the party who did the shooting sticking the gun in through a crack in the wall of the house. All parties are colored.

Weimar Mercury, 17 Jul 1897, page 8

Halletsville, July 12.—Since the arrest of Tom Roberson, charged with the assassination of bossy Jackson in the Seculsion neighborhood, last Saturday night a week ago, the sheriff has also arrested and jailed Pat Watson, Frank Tone and Ida and Martha Tone, all of whom will on Wednesday have an examining trial. All the parties are negroes.

"DOCTOR" JACKSON

Shiner Gazette, 3 Jun 1903

PRACTICAL JOKE VICTIM.

Revelers Mixed Alcohol and Tobacco Juice With Whisky and Death Resulted.

Yoakum, Texas, May 26. – An aged man, locally known as Doctor Jackson, died at the Buckhorn saloon in Yoakum at about 8 o’clock last night as the result of a practical joke played on him by a crowd of revelers. It seems from the evidence adduced at the inquest held that a mixture of whisky, alcohol and tobacco was given the man, who was partially intoxicated at the time, to drink and as a result of drinking the poisonous concoction he died, death being due to acute alcoholic poisoning. The remains were shipped to Halletsville for burial.

"Doctor" Jackson's burial place may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross

JOHANNAH VON LIENEN JAEGGLI

Shiner Gazette, 20 Oct 1910

Just as we go to press we learn of the sad death of Mrs. J. T. Jaeggli of Moulton who passed away Tuesday evening from an operation of appendicitis.

Johannah Von Lienen Jaeggli, 23 Sep 1876 – 18 Oct 1910, was buried in the Moulton City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

ANNIE VALIS SIMPER JAEHNE

Shiner Gazette, 5 Dec 1985

Impressive Rites for Annie Jaehne

Mrs. Edwin F. Jaehne, nee Annie F. Valis, of Shiner died Friday, Nov. 22, 1985 in Citizens Memorial Hospital at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 5 days.

Funeral services were held at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25 with the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating.

Burial followed in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Bryan Vaclavik, Carlos Cook, Bernie Siegel, Thomas Stluka, Frank "Duff" Wagner, and Joe Marek Jr.

Named honorary pallbearers were Daniel Bohuslav, Clarence Sembera, Edward Kloesel and Alois Herman.

Rosary was recited at the funeral home Sunday at 7:30 p.m. by the parish, and 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church by the KJZT, Altar Society and Catholic Daughters.

Annie Jaehne was born July 17, 1911, near Shiner, daughter of John J. and Elizabeth (Siegel) Valis. She was a lifelong resident of Shiner.

On Oct. 6, 1936 in Shiner, she was married to Albert August Simper. The couple made their home in Shiner. Her husband died Oct. 12, 1953 after a sudden illness.

She later married Edwin F. Jaehne and they made their home in Shiner, residing here continuously.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin F. Jaehne of Shiner; two sons, Edwin E. and August Jaehne of Shiner; two daughters, Miss Jeannette Jaehne and Mrs. Clara Vaclavik of Houston; two brothers, John W. Valis and George Valis of Shiner; and one grandchild.

In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Sept. 2, 1964; her mother, June 11, 1978; a brother, Louis L. Valis, Jan. 18, 1966; and an infant grandchild, Eugene Jaehne, Jan. 25, 1976.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ANTON JAHN

The Victoria Advocate, Friday, March 15, 1963, Page 6

Anton Jahn

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Anton Jahn, 75, who died Monday, were held Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. at the Kubena Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Sacred heart Catholic Church. Burial was in Sacred heart Catholic Cemetery, with Msgr. A.H. Morkovsky officiating.

Surviving are his wife; five sons, William, Victor, Johnny and Carl Jahn, all of Hallettsville, and Maurice Jahn of Valley Station, Ky.; six daughters, Mrs. Walter Tesch, Mrs. Alfred Lee Schott, Mrs. Ted Manuel, all of Hallettsville, Mrs. Archie Wood of Yoakum, Mrs. Johnny Johnson of Fort Worth and Mrs. Johnny B. Hall of Odessa; 28 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe

ARTHUR JAHN

The Weimar Mercury, 5 Jun 1928, page 3

BODY OF MAN FOUND HANGING FROM RAFTER

Moulton, Texas, June 13. — Relatives found the lifeless body of Arthur Jahn, 47, hanging by a rope to a rafter in his garage.

Justice of the Peace August W. Janszen rendered a verdict of suicide.

Mr. Jahn was a native of Europe and resided on a farm several miles south of here. He is survived by his parents, wife, two sons, three daughters and other relatives. burial was in the Moulton cemetery.

ALPHONSE A. JAKS

Victoria Advocate, 16 Nov 2005

Alphonse A. Jaks - SHINER

SHINER - Alphonse A. Jaks, 92, of Shiner, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005.

He was born July 27, 1913, in Shiner, to the late Frank and Klotilda Wagner Jaks. He was an assistant shop superintendent for Kaspar Wire Works, retiring after 41 years of service. He was a Lutheran.

Survivors: wife, Elvera Sander Jaks; daughter, Marilyn Box of Victoria; sons, David Jaks and A.J. Jaks, both of Shiner, and Carl Jaks of Seguin; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brothers, Edward Jaks, Frank Jaks Jr., and Herman Jaks.

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at United Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Rev. Lynae Sorensen officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-3352.

Memorials: United Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church or Shiner Volunteer Fire Department.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

EDWIN JAKS

Victoria Advocate, Monday, April 11, 1966

SHINER—Edwin Jaks, 53, proprietor of Jaks Cafe in Shiner, died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday in a Shiner hospital.

Mr. Jaks was born March 1, 1913, in the Kokernot community of Gonzales County.

Funeral services will be held at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Buffington Funeral Home, with a Requiem Mass to be sung at 9 a.m. at Shiner Catholic Church. Burial will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Steffek Jaks; and a brother, Robert, both of Shiner, and a sister, Miss Adela Jaks, of Austin.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

HERMAN A. JAKS

Victoria Advocate, December 26, 2000

HERMAN A. JAKS

SHINER—Herman A. Jaks, 89, of Shiner, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000.

He was a bus driver at Shiner Catholic School and was a Catholic. He was a veteran who served in World War II and a member of the American Legion Post No. 201.

Survivors: daughter, Charlene Whiteside of Huntsville; son, Harvey Jaks of Shiner; brother, Alphonse Jaks of Shiner; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Frank Jaks Jr. and Edward Jaks.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-3352.

Memorials: donor's choice

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

HILDA MARIE FRIEDRICH JAKS

Victoria Advocate, Mar 30, 2004

Hilda M. F. Jaks

SHINER - Hilda Marie Friedrich Jaks, 77, of Shiner, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004.

She was born June 19, 1926, in Gonzales County, to the late Albert and Olga Frankenhauser Friedrich. She worked in the forming department for Kaspar Wire Works and was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, and KJZT Society.

Survivors: daughter, Carol Fiedler of Richmond; son, David Jaks of Moor Park, Calif.; brother, Max Friedrich of Shiner; and two grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Robert S. Jaks.

Visitation will begin 7:30 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert E. Knippenberg officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-3352.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

FRANK JAKUBIK

Shiner Gazette, 4 Jan 1905, page 1

Died Suddenly.

Halletsville, Texas, Dec. 25. – F. Jakubik, editor and proprietor of the Novy Domov, a weekly Bohemian paper published here for years was found dead in his office this morning, where he died suddenly from heart failure. His health had for some time been bad. He leaves a wife and a number of children to mourn his loss. He was one of the leading Bohemians in the state, and will be greatly missed.

Frank Jakubik, 29 Jun 1854 – 25 Dec 1904, was buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum. Contributed by Matt Cross

FRANK LOUIS JAKUBIK

San Antonio Express, Monday, October 16, 1939

YOAKUM, Oct. 15.—Frank L. Jakubik, 53, native of Yoakum, and at one time editor of the Yoakum Daily Herald, died at Houston Friday evening. He was at the time of his death employed on the "Texan," a Bohemian publication edited by his sister, Mrs. Bessie Drozda.

Survivors are the widow, one daughter, one brother, the mother, seven sisters.

Frank Louis Jakubik, 16 Mar 1886 - 13 Oct 1939, is buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Yoakum. His marker includes a photo. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOSEPH F. JAKUBIK, Sr.

Victoria Advocate, Friday, Sept. 20, 1968

Joseph Jakubik Sr.

YOAKUM—Joseph F. Jakubik Sr., 78, a native of Yoakum, died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday in a nursing home here.

Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Saturday from the Buffington Funeral Home chapel, and at 10 a.m. from the St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Matocha officiating. A rosary will be recited at the chapel at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mr. Jakubik, who resided on Route 3, was a retired mail carrier. He was born March 25, 1890 in Yoakum and was a life-time resident of the area.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine E. Jakubik of Yoakum; three daughters, Mrs. George Faltysek of San Antonio, Mrs. John Stryk of Schulenburg, Mrs. Waymon Johnson of Yoakum; two sons, Joseph F. Jr. of Richardson, and Francis of San Jose, Calif.; four sisters, Sister Aloisa of Victoria, Mrs. Janie Pribyl of Victoria, Mrs. Mathilda Janecek of San Antonio, and Mrs. John Redig of Houston; and nine grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALPHONSE J. JALUFKA

Hallettsville New Era Herald, 30 Aug 1957

Rites Read in Shiner Tuesday for A. Jalufka

Funeral rites were read Tuesday, August 27 from the Buffiington Funeral Home at 8:30 a.m. and Shiner Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. for Alphonse J. Jalufka with the Reverend John Hanacek officiating. Burial was in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

A member of the Shiner Council of the Knights of Columbus and the K. J. T. lodge of Shiner, Mr. Jalufka died at the Wagner Hospital August 25 at 9:55 p.m. and rosary was recited at Buffington Funeral Home Monday August 26 at 7:30 p.m. He was 49 years seven months and 28 days of age.

Mr. Jalufka had participated in his daughter's wedding on Saturday morning before suddenly taking ill.

Born in Moulton December 27, 1907, he followed the occupation of concrete construction worker. On October 17, 1933 he was united in marriage at Moulton to Viola Miculka and they settled in the Shiner community where they made their home until his death.

Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Anthony and Dennis Jalufka and one daughter, Mrs. George Janak of Houston, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jalufka, one brother, Laddie Jalufka of Shiner and one sister, Mrs. George Spann of Shiner.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Annie, who died in childhood.

Contributed by Matt Cross

AUGUST JALUFKA

Victoria Advocate, Sunday, October 26, 1975

SHINER—August Jalufka, 86, of Shiner, died Saturday in a Houston hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Shiner Catholic Church with burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are his wife, of Shiner; four daughters, Mrs. Jake Cimrhanzl, Mrs. Madeline Johnson and Mrs. Howard Rogers of Houston and Mrs. Joan Williamson of Arizona and three sons, Frank and Florian Jalufka of Gonzales and Edwin Louis Jalufka of Cost, Tex.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

CLAUDE E. JALUFKA

Victoria Advocate, Monday, July 13, 2009

CLAUDE E. JALUFKA

MOULTON - Mr. Claude E. Jalufka, age 81, of Moulton, passed away July 10, 2009 in Moulton.

Survivors: wife, Angeline Jalufka of Moulton; three sons, Gerard and Mollie Jalufka, Marcus and Mava Jalufka, Henry and Judy A. Jalufka, all of Moulton; brother, Daniel Jalufka of Victoria, sister, Jeanette Evans of Houston; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation began at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at the Smith Funeral Home in Moulton. A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2009 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton. Services will be held at 10 a.m. today, July 13, 2009 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating. Burial will follow in the Catholic Cemetery.

Smith Funeral Home, 404 West Bobkat Drive, Moulton, Texas.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe

EMIL J. JALUFKA

The Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, Friday, March 9, 1990

EMIL J. JALUFKA

Emil J. Jalufka, 81, of Moulton, died at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 1990, in the Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m., Friday, March 2, at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, with the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating, assisted by Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy of Edna and Rev. Wayne Flagg of Victoria. Rev. Flagg also served as organist at the Mass.

Burial followed in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery, with full military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, in full regalia, stood guard during the services.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Mark Jalufka, Henry Jalufka, Gerard Jalufka, Don Rothbauer, Stephen Bailey and John Lingor.

A native of Moulton, Mr. Jalufka was born December 16, 1908, to the late Ignac and Hedwig (Kubena) Jalufka. On September 5, 1927, he was united in marriage to Claudia Hruska. On September 5, 1989, they observed their 62nd Wedding Anniversary.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U. S. Army as a machine gunner with the 36th Infantry Division during the European Theatre. He earned the Bronze Infantry Rifleman Badge. While serving in France, he was wounded, and permanently, partially disabled, and received the Purple Heart. He received his honorable discharge on January 16, 1946.

He was a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of which he was past faithful navigator. He was a charter member of the Moulton Knights of Columbus, a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and an honorary member of the Moulton Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Moulton American Legion Post, St. Joseph Society, St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Moulton Hermann Sons Lodge, serving as president in 1973.

Mr. Jalufka also served on the Moulton City Council for 18 years.

He was the owner of Jalufka Texaco for 36 years.

On October 15, 1985, he suffered a stroke and was in ill health since then.

He is survived by his wife, Claudia Jalufka of Moulton; a daughter, Jeannette, and husband, Harry Evans of Houston; two sons, Claude E. Jalufka and wife, Angeline of Moulton, and Daniel N. Jalufka and wife, JoAnn of Victoria; a sister, Anna Lockstedt of Moulton; seven grandchildren: Mark Jalufka, Mrs. Don (Jennifer Jalufka) Rothbauer, Henry Jalufka and Gerard Jalufka, all of Moulton; Harry Evans Jr. of California, Mrs. Stephen (Virginia) Bailey of San Antonio and Mrs. John (Maggie) Lingor of Houston; nine great-grandchildren: Stayton Jalufka, Wesley and Toby Rothbauer, Brian and Eric Jalufka, all of Moulton; David and Todd Bailey of San Antonio and Kristen and Matt Lingor of Houston.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn, who died in infancy, and one brother, Joseph Jalufka.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe

EVANS DWAYNE (BO) JALUFKA

1982 Shiner Gazette news clipping

BO JALUFKA

YOAKUM – Bo Jalufka, 25, of Yoakum was pronounced dead at a Yoakum hospital Wednesday evening, June 30, 1982 from injuries received when he fell from the back of a pickup truck while working cattle.

Jalufka was with three other men when the fatal accident happened in the pasture owned by Joe Lauer four miles northwest of Yoakum in Lavaca County. Jalufka was the son-in-law of Lauer.

Yoakum ambulance attendant Jimmy Wood said the emergency call was received at 7:10 p.m.

Lauer said Jalufka was attempting to take a rope off a cow that had been roped when he fell from the truck. Lauer said Jalufka never regained consciousness after falling to the ground.

Jalufka had been working cattle with Lauer’s son, Joe Lauer Jr.; another son-in-law, Joe Machalec, and a neighbor, Buddy Hrncir.

Dwayne “Bo” Jalufka, a guager [sic] for an oil company, was born Nov. 19, 1956, in Yoakum son of Louis L. and Lois (Evans) Jalufka.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 2 at the Catholic Church in Koerth with the Rev. Al Padalecki officiating.

Burial followed in Salem Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Glenn Hermes, Rob Williams, Jim Williams, Wesley DeBord, Reggie Riebschlaeger and Ricky Blake.

Contributed by Matt Cross

FRANK JALUFKA

Victoria Advocate, 25 Nov 1967, page 11

Frank Jalufka

HALLETTSVILLE – Frank Jalufka, 93, a life-long resident of Lavaca County, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a Shiner hospital.

Mr. Jalufka was born in February 1874. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church near Hallettsville, and the St. Isidore Society.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Henry Psencik will officiate.

Rosaries were recited Friday night at the funeral home chapel.

Due to a conflict in the schedule of masses at the church, the funeral mass for Mr. Jalufka will be held at a later date.

Surviving are a son, Louis S. Jalufka, of Hallettsville; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His wife, Mary, died in 1936.

Contributed by Matt Cross

GERRY LEE JALUFKA

Victoria Advocate, 9 Mar 2010

GERRY LEE JALUFKA

YOAKUM - Gerry Lee Jalufka, age 65, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2010. He was born on Oct. 19, 1944 in Hallettsville to Alphonse and Mary Lee Appelt Jalufka.

He was a bank vice-president, served in the U.S. Army, and was a Catholic.

Survivors: sisters, Yvonne Wick and Rosemary Byrnes, both of Yoakum, and Lisa Kottwitz of Bulverde; brothers, Royce Jalufka of Corinth, Miss., Wayne Jalufka of Houston, Lynn Jalufka of Shiner, and Mark Jalufka of San Marcos.

A memorial rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

A memorial funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to the St. Joseph Catholic Church or St. Joseph Catholic School Endowment Fund.

Online guest book may be signed at thielecooper.com.

Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Matt Cross

IGNAC JALUFKA

Victoria Advocate, Sunday, August 6, 1967

Ignac Jalufka

MOULTON—Funeral services for Ignac Jalufka, 86, of Moulton, will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from St. Joseph's Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Jalufka was born in Lavaca County. He died Friday in a Shiner hospital.

Surviving are a son, Emil J., and a daughter, Mrs. Annie Lockstedt, both of Moulton; a brother, August of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Veronika Peters of Alvin; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ISIDOR JALUFKA, Sr.

Victoria Advocate, Sunday, April 21, 1974

I. Jalufka Sr.

SHINER—Isidor Jalufka Sr., 88, of Shiner died Saturday morning. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Shiner Catholic Church with burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Jalufka is survived by three sons, Frank of Shiner, Fred of Nursery and Idisor Jr. of Garwood; six daughters, Mrs. Theodore Sedlar and Mrs. Edwin Wasserman, both of LaGrange, Mrs. James Wheeler of Highlands, Mrs. Emil Kolar at Fairbanks, Tex., Mrs. Edgar Lehnert of Nursery and Mrs. Henry Welfel of Shiner; two brothers, Jim and Rudolph of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Opela and Mrs. Annie Janak of Hallettsville; 44 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JULIUS G. JALUFKA

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, June 21, 1969Advocate 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.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

LOUIS JALUFKA

1964 Hallettsville Herald-Tribune

Louis Jalufka

Mr. Louis Jalufka of Shiner, brother of Mrs. Ignac Jalufka of Moulton, passed away Friday morning, October 30 at the age of 86 years.

Funeral services were held at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Shiner Saturday morning, October 31, with the Rev. John Hanacek officiating. Interment was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. George Spann of Shiner, one sister, Mrs Veronica Peters of Alvin; and two brothers: Mr. August Jalufka of Shiner and Mrs. Ignac Jalufka of Moulton. Among those paying respects and attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Emil J. Jalufka, Mr. Ignac Jalufka, and Mrs. Carl Lockstedt of Moulton.

Contributed by Darlene Baker

LOUIS JALUFKA

Victoria Advocate, Sunday, April 14, 1974

Louis Jalufka

HALLETTSVILLE—Louis S. Jalufka, 65, of Hallettsville, died at 1:35 p.m. Saturday in a Shiner hospital.

A farmer, Mr. Jalufka was born July 8, 1908 in Lavaca County, He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 8:45 a.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, near Hallettsville, with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday by the parish at the funeral home chapel.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mathilda Kalisek Jalufka of Hallettsville; two daughters, Mrs. Frankie McElroy of Hallettsville and Mrs. Leonard Rother of Victoria; a son, Daniel Jalufka of Hallettsville and nine grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MARILYN JOSEPHINE JALUFKA

Moulton Eagle, Friday, January 27, 1933

INFANT DIES

On Sunday, January 22, a little baby girl arrived to gladden the hearts and the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Jalufka of this place, but the parents' joy was of brief duration, for, after a stay of only six hours, the spirit of the babe forsook its tenement of clay and winged its flight to the eternal home.

The little body was tenderly laid to rest in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery Monday morning, Rev. Joseph Kopp conducting the funeral services.

The little one had been given the name of Marilyn Josephine.

The Eagle tenders its sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe

ROYCE EUGENE JALUFKA

Victoria Advocate, September 12, 2012

ROYCE EUGENE JALUFKA

YOAKUM - Royce Eugene Jalufka, age 71, formerly of Corinth, Mississippi, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2012.

He was born on May 4, 1941 in Hallettsville to Alphonse and Mary Lee Appelt Jalufka. He was a chemical engineer for R & M Energy. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and he loved gardening, cooking and watching pro football.

Survivors: wife of 36 years, Nancy Jalufka; sons, Ben Jalufka and Neal Jalufka and wife Iris; grandchildren, Gavin Jalufka and Emily Jalufka; sisters, Yvonne Wick, Rosemary Byrnes and husband J.T. and Lisa Kottwitz and husband David; brothers, Wayne Jalufka and wife Thanh, Lynn Jalufka and wife Judy and Mark Jalufka and wife Linda: sister-in-law, Jo Reynolds along with nieces, nephews, friends and co-workers.

Preceded in death by: parents; brother, Gerry Jalufka.

A celebration of Royce's life will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be given to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or cancer research.
On-line guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

MARY JANACEK

Victoria Advocate, Sunday, February 6, 1972

Miss Mary Janacek

HALLETTSVILLE—Miss Mary Janacek 80, of 105 Ford St., died at 10:25 a.m. Friday in a local hospital.

Miss Janacek was born Dec. 4, 1891, in Lavaca County. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the KJZT Society.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanley Petru officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

The body will lie in state until 1 p.m. at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel.

Rosaries were recited Saturday night at the funeral home chapel by the parish and the society.

Surviving are two half-sisters, Misses Tony and Julia Janacek, both of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ADOLPH W. JANAK

Victoria Advocate, January 29, 1999

ADOLPH W. JANAK

SAN ANTONIO—Adolph W. Janak, 73, of San Antonio and formerly of Hallettsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999.

He was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Hallettsville, to the late Ignac and Leoplina Srubar Janak. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired mechanic and served at Via Transit System of San Antonio. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 539 of St. Hedwig, DAV and St. John The Baptist Church.

Survivors: daughter, Debra Hernandez of Hallettsville; brothers, Frank Janak of San Antonio and Alvin Janak of Port Lavaca; and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Otillie Marie Kocian Janak; and brother, Ignac Janak.

Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A prayer/wake service will be 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John The Baptist Church of Koerth, the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at the grave by the American Legion Post No. 230 in Hallettsville. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 798-3271.

Memorials: donor's choice

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

AGNES PUSTKA JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1969

Mrs. August Janak

SHINER—Mrs. August J. (Agnes) Janak, 78, a native of Lavaca County, died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday in a Shiner hospital following a long illness.

Mrs. Janak was born Jan. 1, 1891 in Lavaca County and had been a member of St. Cyril Methodius Catholic Church of Shiner, KJZT Society, Christian Mothers Society and the Altar Society.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville and at 2:30 p.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church at Hallettsville with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Hubert Janak of Schulenburg officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

She was preceded in death, in 1957, by her husband.

Survivors include four sons, Msgr. Hubert Janak of Schulenburg; Paul and Joseph Janak of Hallettsville and Melvin Janak of Moulton; five daughters, Mrs. M.V. Gillar of Moulton; Mrs. Bernard Roeder, Mrs. Edwin Gerlich, Mrs. Ernest Janak and Mrs. John Kopczymski, all of Houston, two brothers, Matt and Ludwik Pustka, both of Hallettsville; three sisters, Miss Antonia Pustka and Mrs. Barbara Netardus, both of Hallettsville and Sister Mary Margaret of Omaha, Neb.; 32 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

AGNES STASNY JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Jan 23, 2004

Agnes M. Janak

HALLETTSVILLE—Agnes M. Janak, 89, of Hallettsville, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004.
She was born Jan. 30, 1914, in Sweet Home, to the late John and Katherine Wagner Stasny. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: daughter, Gladys Hengst of Belton; sons, Gene Janak of Seguin and Bill Janak of Fredericksburg; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Willie S. Janak; sisters, Mary Agnes Janak and Estelle Faltysek; and brothers, John Frank Stasny and William Stasny.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALEX JANAK

Weimar Mercury, 1 Sep 1944, page 7

CPL. JANAK, NATIVE OF HALLETTSVILLE, KILLED

Houston, Texas, Aug. 19. — Cpl. Alex Janak, 32, son of Mrs. Carrie Janak, Route 9, Box 1177, was killed recently in France, the War Department informed his wife, Mrs. Tommie Lee Janak, who lives with their small son, A. J. Jr., in Huntsville. Corporal Janak, infantryman, who took part in the invasion on D-Day, had been overseas almost a year. A native of Hallettsville, he attended school there, and was a resident of Houston for 14 years, during which time he was owner of a garage here. He has a brother, Joe Janak, who lives here with his mother, and five sisters. They are: Mrs. Helen M. Thomason, Mrs. Pauline Nelson, Mrs. William Graves, Mrs. Joe Tylich and Miss Betty Janak, all of Houston.

ALFONS T. JANAK

ALFONS T. JANAK

HALLETTSVILE—Alfons T. Janak, 84, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, July 23, 2000.

He was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Lavaca County, to the late Frank Ferdinand and Emilie Korinek Janak. He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of KJT and St. Mary's Church.

Survivors: daughters, Patricia Opela and Earline Chovanetz, both of Hallettsville; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Anastazie Steffek Janak; parents; sisters, Mary Stansky, Emilie Cecilia Bujnoch, Clara Hedwig Bollom and Annie Krupa; brothers, Willie Tom Janak, Alex Frank Janak, Lambert Alois Janak, Henry Janak and Laddie Janak.

Visitation will begin 11:30 a.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel and 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALOIS JANAK

Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 15, 1933

ALOIS JANAK KILLED IN UNUSUAL ACCIDENT

Thursday night Alois Janak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Janak of near Komensky, fell off a fast moving truck driven by his brother-in-law on the paved highway near Weimar and was so injured by a concussion of his brain that on the way to La Grange hospital he died. Surviving Mr. Janak are his wife and 4 months old baby. Alois was sitting with his friend on the hind part of the truck bed, their feet dangling, and Alois all at once disappeared from the truck.—Hallettsville Tribune.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALOIS JANAK

San Antonio Express, Monday, May 13, 1935

SHINER, Tex., May 12.—Alois Janak, who suffered a fractured skull in a fall from his truck Sunday, died here following a skull operation which it was hoped would save his life.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

BOHUMIL JANAK

Big Spring Herald, Thurs., Nov. 6, 1975

HALLETTSVILLE, Tex.—Bohumil Janak, 64, of Shiner, Tex., was killed Wednesday night in a collision of his pickup truck and a car two miles west of here on U.S. 90A.

Mrs. Janak suffered critical injuries and was taken to a Victoria hospital. The couple's son Jerry is a state highway patrolman stationed at Pleasanton.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

CARRIE PUSTKA JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1969

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Carrie Pustka Janak, 83, of Hallettsville, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday in a local hospital after a long illness.

She was born Jan. 17, 1886 in Lavaca County.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home, and at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Hubert Janak officiating, assisted by the Rev. Henry Psencik and the Rev. Lambert Laskowski. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Survivors include six sons, Mat and Joe of Hallettsville, Ben of Yoakum, Louis of Dallas, Peter of Colorado, and Leo Janak of Shiner; two brothers, Ludwig and Matt Pustka of Hallettsville; four sisters, Sister Mary Margaret of Nebraska, Mrs. August Janak of Moulton, Miss Tony Pustka and Mrs. Anton Netardus both of Hallettsville and seven grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

CECILIA SVETLIK JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Friday, December 5, 1975

Mrs. Cecilia Janak, 62, of Shiner, died Thursday morning in a local hospital from injuries received Nov. 5 in a traffic accident west of Hallettsville in which her husband, B. L. "Theo" Janak, 64, was killed instantly.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church near Hallettsville with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

The body will lie in state at the church until 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

A Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel by the parish.

Mrs. Janak was born Aug. 20, 1913, in Lavaca County, to Adolph Svetlik, now a resident of Hallettsville, and the late Mrs. Agnes Tobola Svetlik. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the KJZT Lodge of Wied.

Surviving, besides the father, are a daughter, Miss Sylvia Janak of Houston; three sons, Henry Janak of Victoria, Jasper Janak of Port Lavaca and Jerry Janak of Pleasanton; three sisters, Mrs. Lee Berkenhoff and Mrs. Marcella Kalisek of Moulton and Mrs. Frank Matula of Hallettsville; three brothers, Jero [Jaro?] Svetlik of Victoria, Alfonse Svetlik of Shiner and Frank Svetlik of Hallettsville and seven grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

CECILIE HERMAN JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Thursday, Dec. 12, 1968

Mrs. John Janak

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. John Janak, 83, of Sweet Home, died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in a Yoakum hospital.

Mrs. Janak was born April 20, 1905 in Lavaca County and was a member of the KJZT Society and American Legion Auxiliary.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. from the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home with the Rev. Vaclav Dily officiating. Burial will follow in the Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, one son, Ernest Janak of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Leslie Brenek of Sweet Home and Mrs. Freddie Jansky of Hallettsville; six brothers, Alois Herman of Shiner, Frank Herman of Wied, Bohumil Herman of Sweet Home, Ernest and Laddie Herman of Houston and Stanley Herman of St. Louis, Mo., and nine grandchildren.

Rosary was recited at the funeral home Saturday by the KJZT Society and the parish.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ERNEST L. JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, December 21, 1976

HALLETTSVILLE—Ernest L. Janak, 62, of Hallettsville, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at his home.

Rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Stanley Petru officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Janak was born Nov. 25, 1914, in Lavaca County. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. He had been plant superintendent of the local Weingarten's store for 29 years.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae; two sons, Robert E. of Bellaire and Charles E. of Houston; a daughter, Betty Jean Janak of Houston; three brothers, August of Shiner, Eddie and Emil of Hallettsville; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Schneider, Mrs. Cecile Dornak, Mrs. Willie Dornak, and Mrs. Rudolph Smirak, all of Hallettsville; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Tom Dornak, Joe and Henry Kostelnik, Arthur Elzler, and Wayne and Ralph Harton.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

FRANK I. JANAK

Victoria Advocate, July 17, 1999

FRANK I. JANAK

HALLETTSVILLE—Frank I. Janak, 78, of San Antonio and formerly of Hallettsville, died Wednesday, July 14, 1999.

He was born Oct. 1, 1920, in Hallettsville, to the late Ignac Ernest and Leopoldina Srubar Janak. He was a veteran of World War II of the Korean Conflict and was a retired fireman of Randolph Air Force Base, retired security officer of the San Antonio Zoo and was a farmer and rancher.

Survivors: daughters, Frankie Lamascus Guerra of Floresville, Shelia J. Boyle of Darlington, S.C., Sharon Pigge of Grove City, Ohio and Karren Brown of Smyrna, N.C.; brother, Alvin J. Janak of Port Lavaca; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brothers, Adolph William Janak and Ignac Edward Janak; and one grandson.

Visitation will begin at noon today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A wake service will be 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Church, the Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

GEORGE D. JANAK

Victoria Advocate, 4 Oct 2003

George D. Janak

HOUSTON - George D. Janak, 67, of Houston, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003.

He was born June 15, 1936, in Hallettsville, to the late Nick and Millie Dolezal Janak. He was a retired machinist. He was a member of St. Christopher's Catholic Church of Houston for 40 years.

Survivors: wife, Barbara Jalufka Janak; daughter, Diane Krejci of Pearland; sons, Michael Janak of Houston, Robert Janak of Charlotte, N.C., and Chris Janak of Pearland; sisters, Dorothy Picha of Shiner, Evelyn Shupak of Houston, and Frances Shupak of Lovelady; brothers, Leo Janak of Hallettsville, Edward Janak of Washington state, and Edwin Janak of South Houston; and six grandchildren.

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

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert E. Knippenberg officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-3352.

Memorials: Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

Contributed by Matt Cross

IGNAC JANAK, Jr.

Victoria Advocate, Monday, February 19, 1973

Ignac Janak Jr.

HALLETTSVILLE -- Ignac E. Janak Jr., 48, of Hallettsville died at 7:10 p.m. Saturday following a sudden illness.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home.

The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Tuesday when it will be taken to the Catholic Church in Koerth for funeral services at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Henry Psencik will officiate, with burial in Koerth Cemetery.

Mr. Janak was born July 20, 1924 in Lavaca County and was a farmer and rancher.

Survivors include three brothers, Frank I. Janak and Adolph W. Janak, both of San Antonio, and Alvin J. Janak of Port Lavaca.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MRS. J. W. JANAK

Weimar Mercury, 30 Sep 1960, page 1

Rev. Roman Janak's Mother is Buried

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Mary's Church, Lavaca County, for Mrs. J. W. Janak, 90-year-old mother of ther Rev. Roman Janak, pastor at Ammannsville.

Mrs. Janak died Sept. 22 at her home. Her son officiated in the mass.

A native of Czechoslovakia, she came to this country in 1887, settling at Wied. Her husband, J. W. janak, died in 1933. Four other sons, three daughters, 66 grandchildren and 112 great-grandchildren survive her.

JAMES A. JANAK

Victoria Advocate, February 27, 1999

JAMES A. JANAK

WEIMAR—James A. Janak, 91, of Weimar, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999.

He was born July 8, 1907, in Lavaca County, to the late Joe Alois and Carrie Agnes Cervenka Janak. He was a member of St. Michael's Church.

Survivors: sons, Johnnie Janak of Smithville, Tony Janak of Richmond and Quinton Janak of Rosenberg; sisters, Mary Janak and Pauline Greer, both of Hallettsville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Mary Agnes Stasny Janak; brother, Willie S. Janak; and one grandson.

Visitation will be held until 8:30 a.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at St. Michael's Church in Weimar, the Rev. John Bily officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hallettsville. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 798-3271.

Pallbearers: Carl Janak, Johnnie Joe Janak, Ronald Janak, Shawn Janak, Gene Janak and Irvin Janak.

Honorary pallbearer: Tiffany Janak

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

JOHN JANAK

Shiner Gazette, April 19, 1945

John Janak Died at his Home

John Janak, aged 94 years and 10 months, passed away at his home on Yoakum, Rt., 2, on April 13 at 8 p.m.

Funeral Services were held at the Sweet Home Catholic Church on Sunday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in the Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery.  Rev. G. Kuratko officiated at the last rites.

Pallbearers were grandsons:  Arthur Hutchinson, Charlie Heidaker, Ladin Heidaker, Ladin Janak, Gene Ebner and Ben Beyer.

Survivors are, his wife and two sons, Joe Janak, Yoakum, and Frank Janak, Shiner.  Six daughters, Mrs. John (Frances) Heidaker, Yoakum; Mr. Frank (Agnes) Bolech, Shiner; Mrs. (Annie) Mons, Houston; Mrs. Leo (Minnie) Ebner, Koerth; Mrs. Fred (Carrie) Kopecky, Sweet Home; Mrs. J.W. (Dolly) Hall, Wimberly, Texas; one sister Mrs. Joe Svoboda, Dayton, Texas; 20 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.  One daughter Mrs. Ben (Louise) Novak, also one infant daughter and one son John Janak preceded him in death. 

The gazette extends sincere sympathy to all who are bereaved by his passing. 

Contributed by Regena Williamson

JOHN JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Friday, Dec. 12, 1969

John Janak

HALLETTSVILLE—John Janak, 98, retired farmer, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a Hallettsville hospital.

He was born Dec. 24, 1970 [sic] at Moravia.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home, and at 9:15 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOHN JANAK, Jr.

Halletsville Herald, 7 Aug 1914

Cutting Affray at Yoakum Terminates Fatally

John Janak, a young Bohemian farmer, aged twenty-five, living in Lavaca county, was the victim of a fatal cutting affray Saturday night at a ball in Yoakum. His assailants, all Bohemians, Alvin Targac, aged 20, Raymond Targac, aged 18 years and Joe Kuechler, are under arrest and held in the DeWitt county jail under a charge of murder.

Defendants have retained the firm of Davidson & Bailey, Cuero, Texas in their defense and will be given an examining trial before Justice Criswell at Yoakum next Monday.

The difficulty arose about midnight at the dance hall and is said to have started from a good natured badinage indulged in by the quartette. Finally young Janak stepped from the door and the difficulty ensued, he receiving five knife wounds, one twelve or thirteen inches long, starting under the left ear, two stabs back of the shoulder and two cuts twelve or fifteen inches long across the back. The wounded man was immediately conveyed to the office of a physician, but was found to be dead.

Sheriff Jesse B. Farris was notified by long distance telephone about 1:30 o'clock Sunday morning and immediately went to the scene in an automobile; arriving at the Targac home four miles this side of Yoakum at 3 o'clock, where the [defendants] were held under arrest by the Yoakum city marshal and Deputy Constable Jacobs. The accused men made voluntary surrender. They were conveyed to Cuero Sunday and lodged in jail charged with murder.

Alvin and Raymond Targac were well acquainted with the slain man, while the other defendant, Joe Kuechler, is said to have been a mutual friend of the three. No previous trouble is said to have existed between the men and none were drinking, it is alleged.

Defendants were unaware that Janak was dead until so notified by Sheriff Farris and then showed considerable concern.—Cuero Star.

JOSEPHINE STEFFEK JANAK

Victoria Advocate, March 24, 2000

JOSEPHINE JANAK

HALLETTSVILLE—Josephine Janak, 88, of Hallettsville, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000.

She was born Feb. 4, 1912, in Hallettsville, to the late Louis and Mary Steffek Kalmus. She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville. She was also a member of Catholic Daughters of Americas, KJZT Society and the Garden Club.

Survivors: daughters, Dorothy Nixon of El Campo, Jo Ann Kristek of Hallettsville, Betty Jean Pekar of Stafford and Bunnye Uehlinger of San Antonio; son, Dennis R. Janak of Brazoria; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Laddie Janak; parents; brother.

A rosary will be recited 9:30 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, (361) 798-3271.

Pallbearers: Marty Janak, Monty Janak, Ryan Orsak, Jason Pekar, Jake Burnside, Kyle Uehlinger, Randy Kristek, David Hance and Mark Mozisek.

Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Ronald Goelzer, Larry Ludwig and Alfonse Wayne Kalmus.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

LEOPOLDINA SRUBAR JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Friday, Sept. 6, 1968

Mrs. Ignac L. Janak

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Ignac Leopoldina Janak, 70, of Hallettsville, died at 2:35 a.m. Thursday in a local hospital.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete late Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Mrs. Janak was born April 21, 1898 in Lavaca County, the daughter of the late Theodore and Rosalie Srubar. Her husband died in 1948.

Survivors include four sons, Frank and Adolph W. Janak, both of San Antonio; Alvin J. of Port Lavaca and Ignac E. Janak Jr. of Hallettsville; four brothers, Emil and John Srubar, of Shiner, Eddie of Lolita, and Joe Srubar of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Peter Morisak of Fairbanks, and Mrs. Adolph Kristek of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MARY AGNES JANAK JANAK

Victoria Advocate,May 24, 2004

Mary Agnes Janak

HALLETTSVILLE - Mary Agnes Janak, 94, of Hallettsville, died Friday, May 21, 2004.

She was born Aug. 15, 1909, in Wied, to the late Joe Alois and Carrie Cervenka Janak. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and a member of the KJZT.

Survivors: sons, Benedict H. Janak of Hallettsville and Raymond T. Janak of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Pauline Greer of Hallettsville; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Lambert Alois Janak; and brothers, Willie S. Janak and James A. Janak.

Visitation begins at 2 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home and 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

MARY JANE KUTACH JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Aug 14, 2006

HALLETTSVILLE - Mary Jane Janak, 90, of Hallettsville, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in Hallettsville.

She was born June 24, 1916, in Worthing, to the late Louis and Marie Chaloupka Kutach.

She was a member of KJZT, St. Mary's Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of Americas, and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughters, Mary Jane Rehm and Magdalen Rehm, both of Hallettsville; sons, Leroy R. Janak and Paul L. Janak, both of Hallettsville; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: daughter at infancy; sons, Lawrence Janak and Blaise Janak; sisters, Albina Dornak, Pauline Jansky, Justina Spacek, Angie Cinadr, Georgia Frank, Lillie Bujnoch, Dorothy Pekar and Helen Brod; and brothers, Julius Kutach, Adolph Kutach and Leon Kutach.

Visitation will be 3 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home.

A rosary will be recited 6 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home and 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the church.

Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Pallbearers: Larry Janak, Timmy Janak, Mark Janak, Tommy Janak, Randy Janak, Dusty Rehm, Rich Rehm, Pat Rehm.

Memorials: Sacred Heart School, Hospice of South Texas, or Christ the King Church India Missions Fund.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

MARY R. JANAK

Victoria Advocate, April 14, 1999

MARY R. JANAK

HALLETTSVILLE -- Mary R. Janak, 86, of Hallettsville, died Monday, April 12, 1999.

She was born Feb. 1, 1913, in Wied, to the late Nicholas Willie and Elizabeth Satsky Janak. She was a retired school teacher, having taught at Old Sweet Home, Needville and New Sweet Home.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, KJZT and Catholic Daughters of Americas and was an organist for Stevens Convalescent Center, Hallettsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Sacred Heart Church.

Preceded in death by: brothers, Jaro V. Janak, Edward Janak and Adolph Janak; and sisters, Bertha Janak, Justina Matusek and Major Matilda Ann Janak.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MATT I. JANAK

Victoria Advocate, May 8, 2000

MATT I. JANAK

HALLETTSVILLE -- Matt I. Janak, 87, of Hallettsville, died Saturday, May 6, 2000.

He was born May 10, 1912, in Lavaca County, to the late Alois and Carrie Pustka Janak. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the American Legion in Moulton and the KJT. He was also a veteran of World War II.

Survivors: brothers, Ben Janak of Hallettsville, Pete Janak of Denver, Colo. and Leo G. Janak of Shiner.

Preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Louis P. Janak and Joe Alois Janak.

Visitation will begin 12:30 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home.

A rosary will be recited 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A rosary will be recited 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

METHOD JANAK

San Antonio Express, Friday, July 17, 1936

YOAKUM, Tex., July 16.— Funeral services for Method Janak, 6, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Janak, were held yesterday. Interment was in the Augustine Catholic Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, one sister, Johanna Janak, his grandmother, Mrs. Francis Najvar, of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MIKE V. JANAK

Victoria Advocate, Monday, January 8, 1973

Mike Janak

HALLETTSVILLE—Mike V. Janak, 62, of Hallettsville died unexpectedly Saturday evening at his home.

Mr. Janak was born Sept. 26, 1910 in Lavaca County. He was married to the former Lillie Wanger Oct. 14, 1936, who survives.

A farmer, he was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the KJT society, and the Knights of Columbus.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home, and at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife; six sons, Ludwig, Julius and Patrick Janak, all of Victoria; Norbert, and Edmund of Houston, and Benjamin of Hallettsville; four daughters, Mrs. Laurence Veit of Shiner, and Mrs. Raymond Kelnar, Mrs. Nick Merran, and Miss Rosemary Janak, all of Houston; three brothers, F. M. and Guntham, both of Hallettsville, and Rudolph of Shiner; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Fikac of Shiner, Mrs. Joe Pesek of Jourdanton and Mrs. William Barton of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

STEVE JANAK

San Antonio Express, Saturday, August 23, 1941

HALLETTSVILLE, Aug. 22.— Services will be Saturday at St. Mary's for Steve Janak, 39, proprietor of the Hallettsville Electric Company, who was killed in the crash of his plane near town Wednesday.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Val Janak, of Wied, and nine brothers and sisters.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

THEOFIL JANAK

San Antonio Light, November 12, 1937

SHINER, Nov. 12.—Funeral services were held Thursday for Theofil Janak, 18 killed in an auto wreck near Weid. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Janak.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 19, 1937

YOUTH KILLED.

Hallettsville, Texas, Nov. 11.—Theofil Janak, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Janak of Wied was killed instantly Tuesday night, while returning to his home when the radius rod of the car which he was driving broke and he lost control, the car overturning on top of him, crushing his chest and breaking his neck. His father and mother, one brother, Tom of Hallettsville; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Nevlud of Wied, Miss Edith Janak of Corpus Christi and Miss Martha Janak of Yoakum survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

VALENTA JANAK

Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, August 20, 1913

Hallettsville, Tex., Aug. 19.— Little Valenta Janak was buried here last night. He died that his small sister might live. Death was due to the effects of getting overheated and exhaustion. He had run through long rows of white and pink cotton blooms to inform his parents, who were in the field, that the small sister had swallowed something and was choking to death.

The mother and father followed the child as he ran back to the house. They arrived in time to save the girl, but the son became instantly ill and after a brief time died.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ANNIE AGNES SVOBODA JANCA

Victoria Advocate, Monday, April 29, 1974

Mrs. Janca

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Louis Janca, 67, of Hallettsville died at 8 a.m. Sunday in a local hospital.

She was born March 7, 1907 in Praha, Tex., and was a member of Moravia Catholic Church.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home. The body will lie in state at the Funeral home until 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, when it will be taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for funeral services at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Benton Thurmond and the Rev. Stanley Petru will officiate, with burial in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Louis; and two sisters, Mrs. John L. Mozisek of Hallettsville and Mrs. Rosalie Wallace of Angleton.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

AUGUST J. JANCA

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, October 15, 1977

August Janca

YOAKUM—August J. Janca, 70, of 217 Isdale Drive, Yoakum, died Thursday in a local hospital. He was born Jan. 11, 1907, in Fayette County.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. W. J. Clements officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Janca was retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Houston and had lived in Yoakum for the past 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Louise Janca of Yoakum; and a sister, Mrs. Olga Hajek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

BEN JANCA

Victoria Advocate, 4 Sep 1970, page 9A

Ben Janca

YOAKUM—Ben Janca, 79, of 1707 Parsifal in Victoria, was dead on arrival at a Victoria hospital at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday of an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Janca had resided in Victoria for the past three months and was a former Yoakum resident.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

A rosary was recited Thursday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Pete Veselka of Woodsboro, two brothers, John Janca of Rosenberg and Jerry Janca of San Antonio; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Brosch of Cistern, Mrs. Helen Strouhal of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Lydia Zurobec of San Antonio; six grandchildren including Miss Theresa Janca and Mrs. James Miori, both of Victoria; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

EMIL RUDY JANCA

Victoria Advocate, 16 Aug 1954, page 1

Local Man Found Dead in Parked Car

Emil Rudy Janca, 38, of 1707 Parsifal was found dead yesterday afternoon in the front seat of his car that was parked in his garage.

According to County Judge J. T. Linebaugh, Janca apparently died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Linebaugh took charge of the inquest in the absence of Justice Alfred C. Baass who is out of the city.

Linebaugh has returned a formal verdict of "death due to natural causes—exact cause unknown, but probably due to cerebral hemorrhage."

Janca had returned from a trip to Woodsboro with his daughter about 1 p.m. yesterday. After he failed to leave his car, a Richardson ambulance was called and the man was found dead.

Linebaugh and Chief Deputy Sheriff Montie Marshall, who conducted an investigation, reported there was no signs of foul play.

Janca, who is a former resident of Woodsboro, has lived in Victoria for the past 12 years. He was employed as a mechanic.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Janac [sic] of Yoakum; his wife, Helen; two daughters, Theresa and Betty Ann, and one sister, Mrs. Pete Veselka of Woodsboro.

Rosary for Janca will be recited from the Richardson Funeral Home today at 8 p.m. by the Rev. F. O. Beck.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yoakum. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Originally interred in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum, Emil Janca was reinterred at Resurrection Cemetery in Victoria following his wife's death. Contributed by Matt Cross

LIDIE JANCA

Shiner Gazette, 7 Jan 1909, Wied column

Henry Janca had the misfortune to loose [sic] his little girl. We sympathize with the grief-stricken parents.

Lidie A. Janca, 23 Oct 1904 – 16 Dec 1908, was buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, near Hallettsville. Contributed by Matt Cross

MATHILDA LAUER JANCA

Shiner Gazette, 4 Nov 1965

MRS. BEN JANCA

Yoakum - Funeral services were held at 9:00 a.m. Friday, October 22, 1965 from Buffington Funeral Home chapel, Yoakum, and at 9:15 a.m. from St. Joseph Catholic Church for Mrs. Ben (Mathilda) Janca, 72 years, 8 months and 4 days. She was a lifetime resident of Yoakum.

The Rev. John Matocha officiated. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mrs. Janca was born February 16, 1893. She died at the family residence at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 1965.

Survivors include the husband; a brother, Emil Lauer of Yoakum; four sisters, Mrs. Emma Orsak and Mrs. Jim (Louise) Mikulenka, both of Yoakum, Mrs. Rudolph (Albina) Olshovsky of Danbury, and Mrs. Mary Horky of Angleton; a daughter, Mrs. Pete Veselka of Woodsboro; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

A brother, John Paul Lauer of Yoakum, passed away March 16, 1962.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Mrs. TOM JANCA

Galveston Daily News, Thursday, March 14, 1920

Yoakum, Tex., March 13.-- The funeral of Mrs. Tom Janca, 45, whose death occurred at the family home in Hallettsville last Saturday, was held from St. Joseph's Catholic Church here Tuesday morning, with Rev. P.J. Kleffer officiating. Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery. She is survived by her husband and several children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ADOLPH J. JANDA

Shiner Gazette, 14 Sep 1967

For Ad. J. Janda

This community was again called upon to mourn the loss of another native son and lifelong resident when the announcement was made of the death of Adolph Janda. The final summons came at 11:40 p.m. Sunday, September 3, 1967 in the Frank M. Wagner Memorial Hospital at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 3 days.

His illness was diagnosed as malignant last night last January and since then was hospitalized much of the time.

Funeral services were held from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, Tuesday, September 5 at 9 a.m. and continued at 9:15 a.m. with Requiem High Mass in Sts. Cyril and Methodius' Catholic Church. Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. His nephew, the Rev. John Wagner of Nixon officiated at the last rites. Rosary by the parish, led by the Rev. John J. Hanacek, was recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4. Rosaries were also offered by the Knights of Columbus, led by Jim Chotenovsky, the Catholic Youth Organization with the Rev. Charles Carolan and the Nuns from the Parochial Schools.

Serving as pallbearers were Alvin Boehm, A. H. Maneth, Felix Hybner, Louis Matula, James Cimrhanzel and Frank Streng, all fellow members of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Janda was also a faithful member of the Catholic Church and the Shiner Chamber of Commerce.

Adolph Joe Janda, one of eight children, was born December 30, 1904 near Shiner (Wied community), Lavaca County, Texas, son of Frank and Anna (Dlouhy) Janda, both natives of Czechoslovakia. His parents and two of his sisters, Mary and Magdalena, came to America in 1888 and settled at Praha. After a brief time, they moved to a farm in the Wied community and resided there until 1920 when the family moved to Shiner.

Mr. Janda was educated in the Wied and Shiner Public Schools. In 1923, he went to work for Wendtland and Novak, mercantile business, and after seven years, in 1930, he took employment as a clerk with Wolters Bros. Co. in the grocery department. He held this position for 18 years and in 1948 became manager of the Piggly Wiggly store in Shiner until 1958. Since that time and until January 12, 1967, he operated Janda's Place.

On October 12, 1925, he was married to Louise Jiral at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Hochheim, and the couple continuously made their home in Shiner where they reared their two children.

Left to mourn his passing are his devoted wife, Mrs. Louise Janda of Shiner; his 17-year-old daughter, Carol, a St. Paul High School senior; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mildred (Wegener) Janda, and three grandsons, Stephen Robert, Michael Scott and Daryl Charles, all of Giddings; two sisters, Mrs. Joe (Annie) Stanek of Shiner, Mrs. Frank (Mary) Kurtz, Mrs. Jim (Magdalena) Kurtz, both of Moulton.

He was preceded in death by his father on February 28, 1948 and his mother on August 18, 1950; two sisters, Mrs. Anton (Rosie) Petru, who died May 3, 1938 and Mrs. John (Ludmila) Mikes, who died December 16, 1963.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ALVIN C. JANDA

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, September 4, 1976

Alvin Janda

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Alvin C. Janda, 77, of Yoakum, died at 10:15 a.m. Friday in a local rest home.

Mr. Janda, a clerk in a retail store, was born in May of 1899 in Hostyn. He was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Church in Shiner.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel with Burial in City Cemetery.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Cinderella Brugger of La Grange and Mrs. Georgia Nitske of San Antonio and a brother, Joe Janda of San Antonio.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

LOUISE HELEN JIRAL JANDA

Victoria Advocate, 21 Dec 1997, page 12A

LOUISE H. JANDA

SHINER - Louise Helen Janda, 89, of Shiner, died Friday, December 19, 1997.

She was born Aug. 18, 1908, in Lavaca County to the late Vincent and Marie Hajek Jiral. She was a cook for Shiner Hospital. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America and KJZT and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Carol Heinrich of Victoria; son, Robert Janda of Giddings; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Adolph Janda; four sisters; and six brothers.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

A KJZT and Catholic Daughters rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Monday at STS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. John Wagner officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ALBERT JAMES JANECEK

Victoria Advocate, 5 Jun 2004

Albert J. Janecek

HALLETTSVILLE - Albert James Janecek, 69, of Hallettsville, died Friday, June 4, 2004.

He was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Goliad County, to the late Felix Charles and Mary Albina Zezula Janecek. He was a veteran and a member of the Catholic Knights of America and Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: sisters, Rosie Burnett of Milton, Fla., and Mary Ann Preifer of Port Lavaca; and brother, Frank Janecek of Hallettsville.

Preceded in death by: brother, Edward Janecek.

Visitation will begin 8:30 a.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday at Nordheim Cemetery in Nordheim. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: Sacred Heart Church or School of Hallettsville.
Contributed by Matt Cross

ANTONIO DOLEJSI JANECEK

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, March 23, 1966

Mrs. Antonio D. Janecek, 79, of 512 N. Meyer St., died at 3:30 a.m. Monday in a Austin hospital following a short illness. A retired nurse, she had been visiting relatives in Austin.

A resident of Victoria nearly all of her life, Mrs. Janecek was born Nov. 3, 1886, at Cat Spring, in Austin County, daughter of the late Frank and Katherine Dolejsi. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Mrs. Janecek is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edward W. Hill of Port Lavaca and Mrs. William Schultz of Austin; a son, Ben Janecek of El Campo; 13 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Janecek.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home Chapel and at 2:15 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating at a low mass. Burial will be in Shiner, with graveside rites at the SPJST Cemetery. Rosary was recited Monday night at the chapel.

Pallbearers will be Leon Hosek, Henry Janota, William Janota, Frank Drozd, Ed Bravenec and J. J. Mikeska.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

BEN J. JANECEK

Victoria Advocate, 9 Jan 1970, page 10A

Ben J. Janecek

YOAKUM—Ben J. Janecek, 76, of 407 Criswell St., died at 3:40 a.m. Thursday in a local hospital.

Mr. Janecek was born Nov. 22, 1893 in Lavaca County, and had resided in Yoakum for 28 years.

He was a farmer and was formerly employed in the leather industry and was a grocer by trade. He was a veteran of World War I.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael O'Schaughnessy officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Earline Przybyszewski and Mrs. Valeria Ledwig of San Antonio; a son, Gilbert Janecek of Yoakum; a brother, Joe Janecek of Victoria and 10 grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

EMILIE HILSCHER JANECEK

Hallettsville New Era Herald, Fri., 28 Mar 1952

Last Rites for Mrs. Emilie Janacek [sic.] Read in Yoakum

Mrs. Emilie Janecek, wife of Ben Janecek, passed away on Tuesday, March 4 at 8:57 p.m. in a San Antonio hospital after being ill approximately two months.  She was taken to San Antonio February 13 where she submitted to two brain surgeries.  Her death was caused by a brain tumor.  Her condition was not considered serious until two weeks before passing. 

Mrs. Janecek was born in Lavaca County September 1, 1894.  She was 57 years, six months and three days at the time of her passing. She was the daughter of Joe and Emilie Hilscher who preceded her in death.  Two sisters, Mrs. F. Frieda and Adell, who died in infancy, also preceded her.

On November 16, 1920 she was united in marriage in Shiner to Ben Janecek.  They made their home in Goliad County until 1942 when they moved to Yoakum.  To this union three children were born.  These children survive together with their father.  They are, one son, Gilbert, of Yoakum, and two daughters, Mrs. Earline Przybyzewski of San Antonio, and Miss Valerie Janecek of Cuero, three brothers, Joe and Adolph Hilscher of Yoakum and C. Milscher of San Antonio, two sisters, Mrs. H.O. Braden of San Antonio and Mrs. Otis Shoemaker of Yoakum and three grandchildren also surviving.

Rosary was said at 8 p.m. Wednesday night and funeral services were held Thursday at 9:45 from Buffington Funeral Chapel and at 10 a.m. from St Joseph's Church with Monsignor Putska officiating.  Internment was in St Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum.
Contributed by Matt Cross

FRANK A. JANECEK

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, October 5, 1976

Mr. Janecek

Advocate News Service
MOULTON—Frank A. Janecek, 83, of Moulton, died Monday morning at his home.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton. Burial will be in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Annie; three sons, Julius of Houston, Leonard of Yoakum, and Frankie of Moulton; a daughter, Mrs. Henritta Simper of Moulton; four sisters, Mrs. Valsta [Vlasta?] Kloesel of Victoria, Mrs. Amelia Kieker of Shiner, Mrs. Anton Resek of Sweet Home, and Mrs. Elizabeth Kubecka of San Antonio; a brother, Bohumil Janecek of Orchard; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

GILBERT JANECEK

Victoria Advocate, 30 Jul 1999

GILBERT JANECEK

YOAKUM—Gilbert Janecek, 74, of Yoakum, died Thursday, July 29, 1999. He was born June 10, 1925, in Charco, to the late Ben and

Amelia Hilcher Janecek. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from Texas State Highway Department and the Texas State Health Department. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sweet Home American Legion Post No. 5003, Yoakum DAV and was a member of Yoakum Assembly Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.

Survivors: wife, Benita Janik Janecek; daughters, Barbara Chrastecky of Victoria, Annette O'Shea and Patricia Berger, both of Sugar Land and Kim Janecek of Birmingham, Ala.; sons, Clinton Janecek of Birmingham, Ala., Timothy Janecek of Austin and David Janecek of Shiner; sisters, Earline Przybyszewski and Valeria Ledwig, both of San Antonio; and six grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Mausoleum. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, (361) 293-2333.

Memorials: St. Joseph building fund or St. Joseph school endowment fund.
Contributed by Matt Cross

LEONARD C. JANECEK

Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, 28 November 2007

LEONARD C. JANECEK

YOAKUM - Leonard C. Janecek, age 84, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. He was born on July 5, 1923, in Moulton, to Frank and Annie Ulcak Janecek. He retired from Circle Y as a saddle maker supervisor and was a Catholic.
Survivors: son, Donald Janecek and wife Janice of Sweet Home; sister, Henrietta Simper of Moulton; brother, Frankie Janecek of Moulton; granddaughters, Stacey Motal and husband Douglas, Claire Kutzer and husband Rex; and great-grandchildren, Brent Motal, Kyle Motal, Rex Tyler Kutzer, and McKayla Kutzer.

Preceded in death by: a brother, Julius Janecek.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on today at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Mausoleum.

Pallbearers: Rodney Wenske, James Jurica, Matt Kutzer, Donald Motal, Mike Cuellar, Jim Moore and Michael Janecek.

Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe

WILLIE JANECEK

Victoria Daily Advocate, Thursday, February 16, 1922

Willie Janecek, aged 36 years, 10 months and 10 days, a successful farmer of the Guadalupe Community of this county, died at his home last Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock. The remains were prepared for burial and shipped to Shiner, Texas, Wednesday morning. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ANTON JANIK, Sr.

The Shiner Gazette, August 8, 1940

Anton Janik, Sr.

We pause reverently to pay tribute to a noble citizen, Anton Janik Sr. who passed from this life at his home, Tuesday, August 6 at 1 a.m. at the age of 67 years, 11 months and 21 days. He had been ill for some time but skilled hands could not stay the hand of his Heavenly Father who called him to a Land where we never grow old.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Shiner Catholic Church, Thursday, August 8, 1940 at 9 a.m. The Rt. Rev. Mons. Netardus officiating. Requiem High Mass will be celebrated. Interment in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Janik was born in Fayette County, Texas, moving to Lavaca County 45 years ago to make his home. He has been engaged in farming all his life.

Thirty years ago Mr. Janik and his family moved to the present home place, which he bought and improved.

In October 1897, at Moulton, Texas, he was united in marriage to Miss Sophie Simper. To this union eleven children were born. Ten of whom survive.

Surviving Mr. Janik are the following: wife, Mrs. Sophie Janik, five daughters; Mrs. Philomena Kubecka, Mrs. Mary Drabek, Mrs. Annie Mikes, Miss Albina Janik and Miss Adel Janik, all of Shiner; five sons, Anton A., Frank, Adolf, Rudy and Albert Janik, all of Shiner; two brothers, Steve Janik, Sweet Home, Texas and Frank Janik of Floresville; five sisters Mrs. Francis Opela, Oklahoma, Mrs. M. Pustejovsky, Danbury, Mrs. Betty Farek, Kingsville, Mrs. Havel, Poth, and Mrs. Stavinoha, Placedo, Texas. Also, 20 grandchildren.

Deceased was born and reared in the Catholic Faith, living his life true to the teachings of his church. He was a faithful husband, a loving father, a true brother, and a neighbor always ready to go when needed.

Our loved ones cannot stay with us always and we should be willing for them to be released from the infirmities and cares of this life. The sacrifices made by them during their stay on earth shall not go unrewarded in that Home not made by human hands.

The Gazette joins the many friends of the family in extending sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil

LUDMILA MAREK JANIK

Victoria Advocate, Sunday, June 12, 1977

Mrs. Janik

SHINER -- Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Janik Sr., 69, of Shiner, who died Friday in a local hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

Burial will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery under direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, Frank Janik Jr. of Houston and John Janik of Shiner; two daughters, Mrs. Morris Voelkel of Sugar Land and Miss Evelyn Janik of Houston; two sisters, Miss Theresa Marek of Shiner and Mrs. Charles Jansky of El Campo; and six grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MARY JANIK

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, July 18, 1964

Mrs. Steve Janik Sr.

YOAKUM -- Mrs. Steve (Mary) Janik Sr., 81, a former Yoakum resident, who lived in Wharton, died at 3 a.m. Friday in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be at 8:45 a.m. Monday from Buffington Funeral Home Chapel and at 9 a.m. from St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. John Matocha officiating.

Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel.

Mrs. Janik was born May 15, 1883, in Lavaca County.

Survivors include five sons, Steve of Austin, Frank of Yoakum, Henry and Joe of Lane City, and Daniel of Wharton; five daughters, Mrs. Mary Hanzelka of Yoakum, Mrs. Agnes Smolik of Lane City, Mrs. Annie Nozisek [Mozisek?] of Hallettsville, Mrs. Rose Hill of Boneville, Mo. and Mrs. Christina Dwyer of El Paso; three brothers and a sister, 51 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

FRANTISEK JANIS

Shiner Gazette, 1 Aug 1895

A son of Vinc Janish was brought here from Flatonia Monday, where he had been under the treatment of Dr. Allen for about three weeks. Monday night he grew much worse and died at the residence of F Morys. Deceased was 17 years old and had been ill about nine years. The funeral took place Tuesday.

Frantisek Janis, 25 Jul 1878 – 30 Jul 1895, was buried at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery at Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross

DORIS MARIE WINTER JANOTA

Victoria Advocate, June 4, 1999

DORIS MARIE JANOTA

MIDWAY -- Doris Marie Janota, 69, of Midway, died Monday, May 31, 1999.

She was born April 15, 1930, in Yoakum, to the late Walter and Hattie Hagen Winter.

Survivors: husband, Edward Janota; daughters, LaJoyce Parris of Victoria, Shirley Janota of Houston and Peggy Beard of Midway; sons, Donald Janota of Richmond and Kenneth Janota of Midway; sisters, Helen Winter and Joann Lau, both of Victoria, Adela Winter of Rosenberg, Martha Tesch of Yoakum and Evelyn Russell of Corpus Christi; brothers, Fritz Winter of Victoria and Bill Winter of San Marcos; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, the Rev. Charles Eckert officiating.

Burial will be at SPJST Cemetery in Shiner. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 798-3271.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

STEVE A. JANIK, Sr.

Victoria Advocate, Monday, Nov. 4, 1963

YOAKUM—Funeral services for Steve A. Janik Sr., 86, who died Friday morning in a Shiner hospital will be held at 8:45 a.m. Monday in Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, and at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. John Matocha officiating. Burial will be in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Janik was born Dec. 26, 1876, in Fayette County.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Janik of Yoakum; sons, Steve Jr., of Austin, Frank of Yoakum, Henry of Lane City and Daniel of Wharton; five daughters, Mrs. Mary Hanzelka of Yoakum, Mrs. Agnes Smolik of Lane City, Mrs. Annie Mozisek of Hallettsville, Mrs. Rose Hill of Booneville and Mrs. Christine Dwyer of El Paso; two sisters, Mrs. Filomina Stavinoha of El Campo and Mrs. Barbara Farek of Kingsville; 50 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

FRANK JANOTA

San Antonio Express, Saturday, December 6, 1930

MOULTON, Tex., Dec. 5.—The body of Frank Janota, 48, who died in Los Angeles, Cal., from injuries received when his automobile was hit by a train, was laid to rest in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Joseph Kopp officiating. He is survived by his mother, several brothers and sisters.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ADELLA CINADR JANSKY

Victoria Advocate, Friday, November 24, 1967

Mrs. Johnnie Jansky

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Johnnie Jansky, 49, the former Adella Cinadr, died at 1:45 a.m. Thursday in a Sinton hospital. She had resided in Sinton for the past several years.

Mrs. Jansky was born April 22, 1918, in Lavaca County, and was married to Johnnie Jansky Sept. 26, 1939. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton.

Rosaries will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday by the parish at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville, and at 8 p.m. by the family.

Funeral services will be held at 10 p.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home, and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church near Hallettsville. The Rev. Henry Psencik will officiate.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Louis Hill of Houston and Miss Rose Marie Jansky of Sinton; two sons, Johnny of Houston, and James of Sinton; five sisters, Mrs. Adolph Jansky and Mrs. Tom Kanak, of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Jerome Janak, Mrs. Peter Mach and Mrs. Ernest Herman, all of Houston; three brothers, Johnny and Edward Cinadr of Hallettsville and Joe Cinadr of Houston; and four grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ADOLPH W. JANSKY

Victoria Advocate, Thursday, December 18, 1975

Adolph Jansky

HALLETTSVILLE—Adolph W. Jansky, 67, of Hallettsville, died at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in a local hospital.

Mr. Jansky, a blacksmith, was born Dec. 6, 1908 in Edgar, Tex. He was married to the former Mary Cinadr Sept. 24, 1929 at St. Mary's, near Hallettsville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Stanley Petru officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, KJT, Knights of Columbus, and was a retired member of the Hallettsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Joseph Jr., Freddie J., Charles A and Alphonse A., all of Hallettsville; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Fabian of Houston; a half brother, Emil Svab of Hallettsville; a sister, Mrs. Annie Grahmann, of Hallettsville; and 19 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth, David, Patrick, Mike and Glenn Jansky and Larry Svab.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ANNIE JANSKY

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, June 27, 1970

Miss Annie Jansky

HALLETTSVILLE—Miss Annie Jansky, 82, died in a local hospital at 10:50 a.m. Friday following an illness of several weeks.

Miss Jansky was a native of Lavaca County and was born Nov. 21, 1887. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Rosary was recited by the parish Friday night at the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 10 a.m.

Burial will be in City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Stavinoha, Paul, Victor and Charlie Jansky, Paul Parillon and Lee Fehrehkamp.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Gus Appelt of Hallettsville and Mrs. Mary Stavinoha of Houston; four brothers, Charles, Joe, Wylie and Hector Jansky, all of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ELLIE REAGAN JANSKY

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, October 10, 1967

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Ellie Jansky, 73, whose home near Hallettsville was destroyed by a tornado which spun out of Hurricane Beulah, died at 2 p.m. Monday in a Hallettsville hospital.

Mrs. Jansky was not injured in the story.

She was born Dec. 5, 1893, in Lavaca County.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dwight Reagan, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Joe B. Jansky; three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Fertsch of Hallettsville, Mrs. Paul Tarrilion of San Antonio, and Mrs. Robert Guenther of Irving, Tex.; a brother, John Reagan of Hallettsville; three sisters, Mrs. Victoria Jansky of Hallettsville, Mrs. Weaver Bishop, both of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Maggie Campion of Austin.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JEROME JANSKY

San Antonio Express, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1969

HALLETTSVILLE—A Houston man was given a one-year probated jail sentence and fined $500 Monday after he pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the deer hunting death of a Hallettsville youth Saturday.

Lavaca County Judge Gus J. Strauss, who heard the plea, said the defendant, Richard Herman, 23, was shooting uphill at a deer when a stray bullet accidentally hit Jerome Jansky, 21.

The victim was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Jansky of Hallettsville. He was in a deer stand on the Alphonse Calmus hunting lease near here when the accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Investigator said Herman saw Jansky fall from the stand and took him to Ringer Memorial Hospital here, where he died at 1 p.m. Saturday of a bullet wound in the jaw.

Services for Jansky were held Monday.

Survivors besides his parents include a grandmother, Mrs. Emillia Svab of Schulenburg; four brothers, Joe, Freddy, Charles and Alphonse, all of Hallettsville; and a sister, Mrs. Robert Fabian, Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOE B. JANSKY

Victoria Advocate, Friday, March 28, 1969

Joe B. Jansky

HALLETTSVILLE—Joe B. Jansky, 45, of Hallettsville, died about 12:15 p.m. Thursday at his home here.

A television repairman, Mr. Jansky had been in ill health for the past few months.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dwight Reagan, pastor of First Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be in Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his father, Joe Jansky, with whom he lived; and three sisters, Mrs. Bobby Guenther of Dallas, Mrs. Paul Tarillion of San Antonio and Mrs. Josephine Fertsch of [rest omitted in obit]

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JANSSEN Child

Shiner Gazette, 26 Oct 1898, page 1, Moulton News column

The little 7 year-old daughter of J. L. Janssen died Tuesday at the family residence [illegible] a severe attack of the diptheria [sic]. The little girl was buried at the Baurville cemetery yesterday at 8 o’clock and a large crowd of sorrowing friends attended the funeral.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross

ARTHUR R. JANSSEN

Shiner Gazette, 22 Dec 1897

Henry Janssen lost his little month-old baby boy Sunday night from convulsions. The burial took place Monday evening.

Arthur R. Janssen, 16 Nov 1897 – 20 Dec 1897, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Note that December 20th was a Monday. Contributed by Matt Cross

GEORGE FREDERICK JANSSEN

The Shiner Gazette, December 16, 1971

Services Held For Native Texan Geo. F. Janssen, 89

George F. Janssen of Shiner, age 89 years, 2 months and 24 days, passed away suddenly at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 8, 1971 at the Trinity Lutheran Home, Shiner, where he had been a resident since February 1970.

Funeral services were held at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Shiner, Thursday, December 9. The Rev. C.C. Grosenbacher, pastor of the United Dr. Martin Luther Church, officiated at the last rites and graveside service.

Burial was in Shiner City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were his nephews, Johnnie Janssen of Yoakum, Willard Janssen of Yoakum, Willard Janssen of Granite Shoals, James and Leslie Janssen, Oliver Koenig and Perry Kloesel, all of Victoria.

George Frederick Janssen, one of 13 children, was born September 14, 1882, at Baursville, Lavaca County, Texas, son of John Leopold and Anna Sophia (Niemeyer) Janssen, natives respectively of Norden, Hanover, Germany and Grohsherzogtum, Oldenburg, Germany. His parents established their home on a farm at Baursville after their marriage on December 4, 1877 and were charter members of the Baursville Lutheran Church. It was in this church that Mr. Janssen was baptized into the Christian Faith on October 29, 1882 and was confirmed in the same church on April 11, 1894. he received his formal education in the Baursville and Moulton Schools.

In 1901, he came to Shiner to make his home and worked as a blacksmith in the shop which is still located on Ave E next to the Shiner Motor Sales. After a few years, he became a carpenter an later a building contractor. He practiced this profession until 1951 when he retired. After this he farmed and raised cattle as a hobby until his health failed.

On January 24, 1907, he was married to Lina Blume with the Rev. Wilhelm Dziewas officiating. The couple made their home in Shiner in the first house that Mr. Janssen built on the corner next to the blacksmith shop. Many of the homes in Shiner and this area were built by Mr. Janssen. Two children were born to this marriage union.

His wife died on September 6, 1956. In 1962 he went to make his home with his daughter. As his health began to fail, he moved to the Trinity Lutheran Home where he remained until his death.

Mr. Janssen was a member of the Hermann Sons Shiner Lodge No. 20 having joined the organization on December 3, 1905. In December 1965 he was awarded his 60-year membership pin at the annual Christmas party.

He is survived by a son, Elton J.E. Janssen; daughter, Mrs. George W. (Georgie Mae) Herder, both of Shiner; three brothers, Ludwig Janssen of Yoakum, Fritz Janssen of Victoria, Henry Janssen of Llano; two sisters, Mrs. Otto (Johanna) Umlang of Utopia, Mrs. Emil (Margaret) Koenig, of Victoria; three granddaughters, Mrs. Walter Gene (Shirley Janssen) Irle of Houston, Miss Sharon Janssen of Shiner, Mrs. Marc (Peggy Elaine Herder) Gentile of Conroe; four great-granddaughters; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his father, April 1, 1935; his mother, August 7, 1954; three brothers, Diedrick Gerhard 'Dick' Janssen of San Antonio, Jan 15, 1961; Benjamin Henry 'Ben' Janssen of Corpus Christi, December 10, 1962; Wilhelm J. 'Bill' Janssen of Yorktown, November 2, 1956; four sisters, one died at birth in February, 1891; Luckea Janssen, who was born December 24, 1891, died at the age of eight years; Mrs. Emil J. (Emma) Jaroszewski, Oct 3, 1965; Mrs. Elizabeth Gerdes, October 12, 1965.

Mr. Janssen was well and favorably known in this community where he resided for over 70 years. The bower of floral tributes bespoke of the esteem in which he was held. He will always be remembered as an outstanding citizen and a highly respected person whose memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder

FRANK JANUS, JR.

Friday, October 25, 1940
Hallettsville newspaper clipping

Funeral of Frank Janus Jr.

Many sorrowing friends and relatives attended the funeral of Frank Janus Jr. Monday afternoon. The procession left the family home at 2 pm and the casket was taken to the Vsetin Lutheran Church where Rev F. J. Kostohryz of Temple conducted funeral services. He spoke in both Czech and English at the church and officiated at home and grave. Miss Lona Melnar, dressed as a bride, with white satin gown, wreath and veil, followed the casket.

Pall bearers were: August, Henry and Clifton Melnar, Oscar Dusek, Elo Sklar, and Alphonse Martisak.

There were six flower girls all dressed in white; namely, Frances Martisak, Irene Dusek, Angelina Marek, Elsie and Evelyn Melnar, and Jane Srp. The other six flowerg girls were: Annie and Bessie Filla, Mary Vojtek, Margie Vasek, Elsie and Josephine Holly. The boys were Leonard Holly, Elvin Melnar, Anton and Jim Srp, Elden Holly and Frankk Vojtek.

Contributed by Darlene Baker

FRANK J. JANUS

Victoria Advocate, Sunday, July 24, 1977

HALLETTSVILLE—Frank J. Janus, 91, of Hallettsville, died Friday at 9:15 p.m. in a local hospital.

He was a life-long resident of Hallettsville, and was born Jan. 15, 1886 in Oakland, Tex. he was a member of the Czech Moravian Brethren Church at Vsetin.

Mr. Janus was a retired farmer.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 2:15 p.m. when it will be taken to the CMB church in Vsetin for services at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Henry Beseda will officiate.

Burial will be in the Vsetin Cemetery.

He was married to the former Frances Mikus, who preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 1964. They were married Nov. 5, 1907 in Hallettsville.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Frank Vapalac [Zapalac?] and Mrs. Willie Rehak of Needville, Mrs. Lester Frieda of Yoakum, Mrs. Alvin Kovarek of Port Lavaca; one sister, Mrs. Ed Melnar of Hallettsville; 17 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOHNNIE JANUS

Weimar Mercury, September 27, 1935

Father Kills Son, Accident

Johnny Janus, 18 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Janus of Rabbs Switch, was accidentally killed Monday morning at 10 o'clock by gun shot fired from a gun in the hands of his father. The full load struck the victim in the right side of this body and his right hand.

According to Justice of the Peace J.S. Strickler, who was called to the scene of the tragedy to hold and inquest, the elder Janus was squirrel hunting about two or three hundred yards from hi home. The son went to the pecan bottom in quest of pecans and crawled up a tree. The father, seeing only the hand of the boy, thought it to be a squirrel, fired, only to see his son fall out of the tree. A moss thicket which shielded the body of the boy made it impossible for the father to see him. After falling to the ground, Johnny ran back towards the house, but fell shortly before reaching home, dying shortly thereafter. The gun was a single barrel twelve gauge shotgun and the shot that struck the boy was number four bird shot. —Hallettsville New Era-Herald

Contributed by Regena Williamson

Tuesday, Oct 1, 1935 Hallettsville newspaper cliipping

Johnnie Janush (Janus)

A sad tragedy occured in the Rabbs switch section Monday morning about 10 o'clock when Johnnie Janush only 18 years and 1 week old, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Janush was accidentally shot and killed by his father. Mr. Janush went squirrel hunting and the son was at home when he left, then Johnnie decided to go to the pecan bottom in quest of pecans and crawled up a tree, the father coming back home by there and saw something moving in the tree , seeing only the hand of the boy he thought it was a squirrel and fired a shot, instead of a squirrel, his own son fell to the ground mortally wounded. Johnnie got up and ran over the fence back through the cotton patch towards the house, but fell before reaching home dying shortly thereafter. Johnnie was a fine hardworking lad and has many warm friends in this community all of whom are very much grieved over his tragic and untimely death.

The funeral was held from the family home Tuesday evening with burial in the Vsetin Cemetery where a very large number of sorrowing relatives and friends were present to pay their respects.

The pallbearers were Eman. Vasek, Joe Muenster, Adolph Vavrusa, Alvin Vasek, Frank Filla, and Manual Brown. The flower girls were : Millie Vasek, Josephine Pavel, Lillie Vasek, Annie Vavrusa, Elsie Vasek, Annie Filla, and Hermina Melnar.

He is survived by his heartbroken parents and one sister Mrs. Fred Vasek and many other sorrowing relatives and friends.

We extend sincere sympathy to the grief stricken parents and sister who have suffered the loss of the one that meant so much to their home and lives.

Contributed by Darlene Baker

JOSEPH JANUS

Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1950 pg 1

Final Rites for Joseph Janus, 69 Held This Morning

Funeral services for Joseph Janus 69, of Weimar were held from Hubbard Home a 9 o’clock and the Vsetin  Church at 10 o’clock this (Thursday) morning , Rev. C Emigholz of the local Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating.

Mr. Janus, a retired farmer who with his daughter, Annie, moved to Weimar from the County Line community after the death of his wife two years ago, had been bedfast and paralyzed for the past three years. About nine days ago he became seriously ill, and at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning he died.

He was born Feb 7, 1881, at Oakland, the son of Paul and Rosina Janus, and attended school at Bila Hora. He married Miss Rosina Chudej in 1903.

Surviving in addition to his daughter, who though partially crippled herself tenderly nursed him alone through the past two years, are four sisters, Mrs. Rosa Tricia of Vsetin, Mrs. Annie Zaruba of Hallettsville, Mrs. Jim  Melnar and Mrs. Ed Melnar of Bila Hora: and two brothers. John and Frank Janus of Hallettsville. 

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton

ROSINA CHUDEJ JANUSCH

Weimar Mercury, July 16, 1948, page 1

MRS. ROSINA JANUSCH BURIED WEDNESDAY

Mrs. Rosina Janusch, 65, resident near Weimar for the past 52 years, was buried at Vsetin, Lavaca County, Wednesday. Hubbard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Janusch died at her home Monday afternoon about 3 o’clock.
Born April 3, 1883, in Lavaca County, she was the daughter of John and Annie Shudej, who came to this country from Czechoslovakia.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Janusch, and one daughter, Miss Annie Janusch.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

ANNA JARES

Weimar Mercury, 16 Jan 1892, page 3

Miss Anna Jares, a young Bohemian lady who was working at Mr. John Schrimscher's in this place, was taken suddenly ill on last Sunday. She was taken to her home near Sweet Home were she died on Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock. The attack was hysterics brought on by fright. Her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery on the same evening, the Rev. Father Benes of Halletsville officiating.—Yoakum Times.

ANNA SLAVIK JARES

Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, April 1, 1970

Mrs. F. W. Jares

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. F. W. (Anna) Jares, 83, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday in a Yoakum hospital.

Mrs. Jares was born Jan. 1, 1887, in Austria and had been a long time resident of Hallettsville. She was a member of the KJZT Society and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 3:45 a.m. from the Kubena Funeral home Chapel and at 4 p.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanley Petru officiating. Burial will follow in Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited Tuesday at the funeral home.

Survivors include her husband, Frank W. Jares; three daughters, the Misses Cecelia Jares and Edith Jares, both of Hallettsville, and Mrs. C.E. Smith of Yoakum; four sons, Blaise Jares of Universal City, Dan Jares of Houston and Joe and Max Jares, both of Hallettsville; a sister, Sister Mary Clare Slavik of Incarnate Word Convent, Victoria; a brother, J. J. Slavik of Yoakum; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

DANIEL FRANK JARES

Victoria Advocate, Mar 5, 2004

HALLETTSVILLE - Daniel F. Jares, 87, of Hallettsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004. He was born Feb. 21, 1916, in Runge, to the late Frank William and Anna Slavik Jares. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: wife, Viola Blaha Jares; daughters, Annette Fajkus of Columbus and Judy Werner of Hallettsville; sons, Sylvester Jares and Lonny Jares, both of Hallettsville, and Danny Joe Jares of Houston; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sisters, one infant, Cecilia Jares, Edith Jares and Marie Ann Smith; and brothers, one infant, Blaise Jares, Joe Jares and Maxie Jares.

Visitation will be 1:30 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel and 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: Sacred Heart Church of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

VERONIKA JARES

Shiner Gazette, 24 May 1899

Buried at the Catholic cemetery, Saturday morning, Mrs. Veronica Jaresh, aged 81 years. Mrs. Jaresh came to Texas with the early Bohemian settlers and has now about nine married children living on farms of their own in Lavaca and adjacent counties. She died at the home of her son Lawrence. – Yoakum Times.

Veronika Jares, 21 Dec 1818 – 11 May 1899, was buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Yoakum. Contributed by Matt Cross

WALTER L. JARESCH

San Antonio Express, Friday, July 14, 1950

YOAKUM—Funeral services were held Tuesday for Walter L. Jaresh 42, son of Mrs. J. J. Jaresh of Schulenburg.

Mr. Jaresh was a former resident of Yoakum and died in the local hospital.

Msgr. Joseph Pustka officiated at the services in the Buffington Chapel and in St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are the mother and two sisters, Mrs. Edith Brantley, Angleton, and Mrs. Dorothy Hamilton of Kingsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ANNIE JARESH

Cuero Record, Thursday, Sept. 11, 1969

YOAKUM—Funeral services for Mrs. Anton (Annie) Jaresh of Yoakum who died in a Yoakum nursing home, were to be held today at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating. Burial was to be in Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary was recited last night at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Skinner and Mrs. Lillian McKinley of Houston; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

LEE JAROSEK

Weimar Mercury, Friday, August 11, 1961

Moulton Man Loses 3-Day Heart Battle

(Austin Statesman)

A dramatic fight for life by a man miraculously kept alive three days after his heart quit beating during surgery has ended at Seton Hospital.

Lee Jarosek, 57-year-old Moulton resident, died Thursday afternoon despite the best efforts of medical science to keep him alive.

A simple exploratory operation was in progress Monday by a urologist when Jarosek's heart suddenly stopped beating. The surgeon quickly opened the chest cavity and massaged the patient's heart to restore its beat.

Jarosek was placed in a thermal blanket, rushed from Brackenridge Hospital, to lower his body temperature and slow down his metabolism. When the metabolism is slowed down, the heart does not have to work so hard.

As the hours ticked away and Jarosek's heart kept up its faint beat, hope became brighter that he might recover from the brush with death. The skilled medical team continued to work over him, but his gallant heart skipped a beat again and finally stopped completely.

Jarosek is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Jarosek; his mother, Mrs. Clara Jarosek of Kingsville; a son Lee Andrew Jarosek of Moulton; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Lee Brueggman of Pasadena; three sisters, Mrs. Millie Dougherty and Mrs. Emma Minugm (Mingum?), both of Kingsville; Mrs. Clara Freytag of Flatonia; and three grandchildren.

Jarosek was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton.

His body was sent to Moulton by Wilke-Clay Funeral Home for services and burial.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JAROSZEWSKI Infant

Shiner Gazette, 5 Aug 1909

Mr. and Mrs. W. Jaroszenski, Miss Alma Otto, Rev. Alfred Bohat, Mrs. H. Schendel and daughter, Miss Linda, accompanied the remains of the little infant of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Jaroszewski to Shiner where the little one will be laid to rest. – Yoakum Times.

Infant Jaroszewski, 26 Jul 1909 – 26 Jul 1909, child of Otto & Mathilde, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

HELMUTH JAROSZEWSKI

Shiner Gazette, 4 May 1911, page 1, Half Moon News column

April 30th 1911.

Early this morning the sad news was received here of the sudden death of the little son Victor of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Jaroszewski of Yoakum. The funeral took place at the Shiner city cemetery at about 10 o’clock Sunday morning.

Shiner Gazette, 11 May 1911, page 1

The Gazette is called upon to correct an error in last week’s issue of the paper in which its correspondent, Der Humbugger, reported the death of a little son of Mr. Wm. Jaroszewski of Yoakum. It was not the son of Wm. Jaroszewski who died, but the son of Mr. Otto Jaroszewski, little Helmuth, who had been sick for about three months. The child was buried in the Shiner cemetery on Sunday, April the 30th. The sorrowing parents have our deepest sympathy.

Helmuth Jaroszewski, 26 Jul 1903 – 29 Apr 1911, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

STANLEY G. JASEK

Victoria Advocate, Oct 20, 2004

Stanley G. Jasek

MOULTON - Stanley G. Jasek, 52, of Moulton, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004.

He was born Jan. 11, 1952, in Moulton, to George J. Sr. and Julia T. Faltysek Jasek of Moulton. He was a welder and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Janelle Moeller Jasek; daughters, Shaa Wilson of Florida and Tiffany Osburn of Moulton; sons, David Kalisek, Eric Osburn, and Rickie Osburn Jr., all of Moulton; sister, Jackie Holub of Hamilton; brothers, Dennis Jasek of Houston, and George Jasek and Alan Jasek, both of Moulton; and three grandchildren.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial will be at Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, 361-596-4631.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

VACLAV J. JASEK

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, September 26, 1972

V. J. Jasek

MOULTON—V.J. Jasek, 72, died Sunday in a Shiner hospital.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton followed by Mass at 10 a.m. at Praha Catholic Church.

Mr. Jasek is survived by his wife, Annie of Moulton; four sons, Leon of Lake Jackson, Jim of Baton Rouge, Patrick and Benedict of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Ted Bernadett Motal of Moulton and Mrs. Robert Mary Weomans of Houston; one brother, five sisters and 17 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ANTON JEMELKA

San Antonio Express, Sunday, June 6, 1937

SHINER, Tex., June 5.—Anton Jemelka, 72, died here Thursday. The funeral was held Saturday.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ZEPHANIAH J. JENKS

Shiner Gazette, 27 Jul 1893

A Brakemans Horible [sic] Death.

Instantly Killed while on His Duty.

Brakeman Z. A. Jenks, running on morning Local, was instantly killed here Monday, morning, while makin [sic] a stake switch. This method of switching is exceedingly dangerous. It consists of passing a piece of timber from the engine to a car on the opposite track and so pushing the car. In this case the piece of timber broke while the cars were in motion and the broken stake struck Jenks in the beast [sic] forcing him down under the car and crushing in his chest and breaking his neck. Death was of course instantaneous. Jenks was an old railroad man having heen [sic] a conductor on the Illinois Central for some time, before coming to Texas. He wasformerly [sic] in the ice business in Rockport and is well known among railroad men all through this part of the state. His wife has a millinery store in Yoakum and is a very popular lady and her grief on beholding the bruised body of her husband was heart rending. Undertakers Blohm & Hahnke took charge of the body and it was shipped to Yoakum by the 1 o’lock [sic] passenger train where it was taken in charge by order of Railway Conductors of which he was a member. The local crew, Monday morn, consisted of Conductor Clark Engineer Reynolds and fireman Hitzman the brakesman Murry, Stierwalt and Jenks.

Weimar Mercury, 29 Jul 1893, page 2

Post Special: Shiner, July 24.—Z. J. Jenks, a brakeman on the Aransas Pass, was killed in the yards here this morning about 7 o'clock. He was making a push switch when the beam slipped, throwing him against the cars. His left breast was crushed horribly and his neck broken. Death resulted instantly. His remains were conveyed to Yoakum, where Jenks has a wife living.

Zephaniah Jenks, 1 Nov 1851 – 24 Jul 1893, was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Gazette article contributed by Matt Cross

Mrs. JENSEN

Shiner Gazette, 15 Apr 1909

A Sad Death.

Died Friday night, April 9, at the home of her father-in-law, Mr. C. F. Jensen, Mrs. Oliver Jensen, aged 19 years and 8 months. Mrs. Jensen had been sick for several weeks and came from San Antonio to Shiner about a week before her death. She received the best of medical aid, but all in vain. The cause of her death was thought to be hemorrage [sic] of the bowels. The interment took place Saturday evening in the City Cemetery. The father and mother of the deceased and her husband were summoned from Houston and San Antonio and arrived in time to attend the funeral.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross

DALE ROGER JETELINA

Victoria Advocate, November 30, 2003

HALLETTSVILLE - Dale Roger Jetelina, 34, of Hallettsville, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003.

He was born Aug. 26, 1969, in Richmond, to Robert J. and Leona Zurovec Jetelina of Wallis. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

Survivors: wife, Tracy Lynn Judd Jetelina; daughter, Aston Jetelina of Hallettsville; son, Dalton Jetelina of Hallettsville; sister, Linda J. Hlavinka of East Bernard; and brothers, Robert Jetelina Jr. of Waco and Wayne Jetelina of Orchard.

Preceded in death by: grandparents, Cyril Jetelina, Celestina Jetelina, Louis Zurovec, and Rita Zurovec.

Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel and 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: Sacred Heart School of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ANNIE JILEK

Victoria Advocate, Sunday, March 12, 1967

YOAKUM—Mrs. Annie Jilek, 88, died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday in a local hospital. She was born Jan. 10, 1879, in Praha, Tex.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:15 a.m. at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. John Matocha officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel.

Pallbearers will be Pete Raska, Eugene Anders, Johnny Leopold, Victor Schroeder, Fred Schiege and Louis Dostalik.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. S. D. Warner of San Antonio, Mrs. James P. King of Mobile, Ala. and Mrs. Paul D. Burrill of Belmont, Mass.; two sons, Julius J. Jilek of Yoakum and oscar C. Jilek of Palestine, Tex.; two sisters, Mrs. Kate Lutenbacker and Mrs. Emma Vrazel of Yoakum; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JULIUS J. JILEK

Victoria Advocate, Saturday, March 4, 1972

Julius J. Jilek

YOAKUM—Julius J. Jilek, 66, died unexpectedly at 3:30 a.m. Friday at his home.

Mr. Jilek was born Nov. 26, 1905, in Yoakum and had been a life-long resident of the city. He was a painter.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be E.G. Raska, Claude Jacobs, Charles Pate, Meyer Hanjdleman, John Leopold and Milton Stahala.

A rosary was recited at the funeral home Friday night.

Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. James B. King of Yoakum; Mrs. S.D. Warner of San Antonio and Mrs. Paul D. Burrill of Belmont, Mass.; a brother, Oscar C. Jilek of Palestine; and nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

TRACY DARILEK JILEK

Victoria Advocate, October 25, 2000

TRACY D. JILEK

MOULTON -- Tracy Darilek Jilek, 90, of Moulton, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000.

She was born Sept. 14, 1910, in Shiner, to the late Albin and Katherine Valenta Darilek. She was a homemaker, and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the SPJST No. 184.

Survivors: sister, Adel Hons of Houston; brother, Alfred Darilek of Houston.

Preceded in death by: husband, Frank Jilek; parents; three sisters; two brothers.

A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial will be at Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

VACLAV JILEK

Shiner Gazette, 12 Jul 1894

Hanged Himself.

On last Thursday night about nine o’clock the news spread over the city that W. Jilek, a blacksmith who has been a resident of Yoakum for a number of years, had committed suicide at his home in the western portion of the city. It seems that Jilek had been in a protracted spree and coming home about the hous [sic] above stated, he passed through the house and as he did so he bade his wife good bye, a thing which he had several times before done while intoxicated. She paid no particular attention to him, but a few minutes later she went to the cow pen to turn out a calf when she discovered her husband hanging in a lifeless condition from the shed, a small rope being drawm [sic] closely around his neck. An alarm was immediately given and it was learned that the attempt at suicide had been successful – Jilek being past all chances of recovery. Deceased leaves a wife and four sons and five daughters to mourn his sad-leaving, to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy. A post mortem examination was held, presided over by Justice E W Blakemon, yesterday morning and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts above stated, and at four o’clock the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery. Deceased was fifty-six years of age. – Yoakum Times.

Vaclav Jilek, who died in 1894 at age 56, was buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum. Contributed by Matt Cross

CHARLES A. JIRAL

Victoria Advocate, 6 Jan 1965, pages 1, 7

Yoakum Man Found Shot To Death

YOAKUM - Charles A. Jiral, 63, of Yoakum, was found dead on the steps of his home Tuesday morning with two bullet wounds in the left chest.

A .38 caliber revolver from which two shots had been fired was found at his side.

Lavaca County Justice of the Peace Matt Chudej investigated the shooting, but had not returned a verdict Tuesday night. DeWitt County Justice of the Peace O. C. Hagan would normally have investigated, but has been in ill health recently.

Mr. Jiral was born March 15, 1901 in DeWitt County.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the chapel, and at 10 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Wagner officiating. Burial will be in St. Anne's Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Jiral of Yoakum; one son, Frankie Joe, of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Annie Brenek and Mrs. Bernice Vancura both of Houston; Mrs. Theresa Spann of San Antonio and Mrs. Mary Katherine Schumacher of Cuero and Mrs. Charlene Stehle of Yoakum; two brothers, Ed of Floresville, and Emil Jiral of Yoakum; four sisters, Mrs. Ceceilia Wagner of Poth, Mrs. Annie Jansky of Floresville, Mrs. Mary Ryza of LaGrange, and Mrs. Adolph Janda of Shiner.

Shiner Gazette, 14 Jan 1965

Charles Jiral

Charles Jiral of Yoakum passed away at his home, Tuesday, January 5, 1965 at the age of 63 years, 9 months and 2 days.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel followed by a Requiem Mass at St. Ann's Catholic Church with the Rev. Father John Wagner, nephew of Mr. Jiral, officiating. Interment was in St. Ann's Cemetery.

Mr. Jiral was a retired business man, having for many years operated a pool hall in Yoakum.

Charles Jiral was born March 15, 1901 near Yoakum in the Midway community, son of Vaclav and Marie (Hajek) Jiral. He was married to Mary Stary October 4, 1921 in Yoakum.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Charles (Mary) Jiral of Yoakum; one son, Frankie Joe Jiral of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Frankie (Annie) Brenek and Mrs. Jim (Bernice) Vancura, both of Houston; Mrs. Albert (Theresa) Spann of San Antonio; Mrs. Harvey (Mary Katherine) Schumacher of Cuero and Mrs. Edgar (Charlene) Stehle of Yoakum; two brothers, Ed Jiral of Floresville and Emil Jiral of Yoakum; four sisters, Mrs. Adolph (Louise) Janda of Shiner; Mrs. Joe (Annie) Jansky of Floresville; Mrs. John (Cecelia) Wagner of Poth, Mrs. Emil (Mary) Ryza of La Grange.

He was preceded in death by his mother, who passed away December 12, 1909; his father who died January 24, 1943; his step-mother, Mrs. Vaclav (Mary Janisch) Jiral, passed away April 30, 1953; one sister, Theresa, died October 30, 1892 at the age of two weeks; three brothers, Joe Jiral of Yoakum, who passed away February 9, 1943; John Jiral of Yoakum died July 7, 1963, and Vincent Joe Jiral Jr. of Floresville who passed away June 15, 1964.

To all who knew and loved him and to his family sincerest sympathy is extended.

Contributed by Matt Cross

EMIL JIRAL, Sr.

Lavaca County Tribune Herald, 21 May 1993

Emil Jiral Sr., 88, of Yoakum died Tuesday, May 18, 1993.

He was born Feb. 7, 1905, in Yoakum, son of Vaclav and Marie Hajek Jiral.  He married Mary Sembera Oct. 21, 1924, in Shiner.  He was produce manager at Hub City Grocery Store in Yoakum and a member of K.J.T.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jiral; two daughters, Edith Vanek of Yoakum and Lorene Heller of Vanderbilt; a son, Emil A. Jiral Jr. of Houston; two sisters, Annie Jansky of Floresville and Louise Janda of Shiner; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vaclav and Marie Jiral; his step-mother, Marie Janish Jiral; two sisters, Cecilia Wagner and Mary Ryza; five brothers, Vincent Jiral, John Jiral, Edward Jiral, Joe Jiral, and Charles Jiral.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 20 at Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Yoakum, with Monsignor John Wagner officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum.

Pallbearers will be Joe Jiral, Wesley Jiral, Johnny Jiral, Dennis Jiral, Jimmy Jiral, Michael Vanek, Ray Jiral, and Robert Janda.

Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph School Endowment Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross

JOHN JIRAL

Shiner Gazette, 11 Jul 1963

John Jiral, 68

Funeral services were held in Yoakum Tuesday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. for John W. Jiral, 68, of 103 Southwell Street, Rev. E. J. Jansky officiating at Buffington Chapel, St. Ann's Catholic Church at Hochheim and St. Ann's Cemetery.

Born June 23, 1895, in Lavaca County. Mr. Jiral had lived throughout his life in this area. He moved to Yoakum in 1947. Time of his death was listed at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Huth Memorial Hospital in Yoakum.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Jiral of Yoakum; two sons, Johnny Jiral and Wesley Jiral, both of Yoakum; one daughter, Mrs. Walter (Louise) Adams of Yoakum; five grandchildren; four brothers, Emil and Charles Jiral of Yoakum, Edward Jiral of Poth and Vincent Jiral of Floresville; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Jansky of Floresville, Mrs. John Wagner of Poth, Mrs. Emil Rysa of La Grange and Mrs. Adolph Janda of Shiner.

Contributed by Matt Cross

JOHNNY W. JIRAL

Victoria Advocate, 6 Nov 2000

JOHNNY W. JIRAL

YOAKUM—Johnny W. Jiral, 76, of Yoakum, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000.  He was born Feb. 15, 1924, in DeWitt, to the late John and Mary Orsak Jiral. He was a retired maintenance technician for the  U.S. Postal Service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II, and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.  After retiring from the post office, he was a bus driver for Yoakum ISD for 10 years. He also was a member of the Yoakum Council No. 1582 third degree, the Yoakum Assembly forth degree Knights of Columbus and the St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Survivors: wife, Ruby Rohan Jiral; sons, Robert Jiral, Eddie Jiral and Larry Jiral, all of Yoakum; sister, Louise Adams of Yoakum; brother, Wesley Jiral of Yoakum; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church; the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.  Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.  Memorials: St. Joseph Building Fund or St. Joseph School Endowment Fund.

Contributed by Matt Cross

JOE V. JIRAL

Shiner Gazette, 18 Feb 1943

JOE V. JIRAL DIES ON FEBRUARY 9

The Death Angel came and closed the tired eyes of Joe V. Jiral on Feb. 9, at 12:45 p.m. to end a period of suffering of 2 1-2 years duration. The end came to the family residence near the Lone Tree School.

Joe V. Jiral was born on Jan. 12, 1899, the son of Mr. and Mrs. V. Jiral at their home near Yoakum. On October 6, 1919 he married Miss Lillie Janca, and to this union were born three children. A son, Alphonse died in infancy; his mother preceded him to the grave in 1909 and his father on Jan. 24, 1943.

The funeral procession left the family home, Thursday morning, proceeding to the St. Ann's church, where Requiem High Mass was held by Rev. A. V. Maneth of Nixon. An English sermon by the Rev. A. Morkovsky of Hallettsville, consoled the large gathering of relatives and friends.

Casket bearers were his nephews: Edward and James Jiral of Floresville, Johnny Jiral, Joe Janca, Adolph Malek of Yoakum and Frank Valavicek of La Grange.

Mr. Jiral leaves to mourn his departure, his griefstricken widow and two daughters, Mrs. Willie (Bessie) Immenhauser, and Miss Estelle, age 10; one grandson, a step-mother, five brothers and four sisters.

He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul society of the St. Ann's and the members attended in a body.

The Gazette offers tender sympathy to the relatives in their sad hour.
Contributed by Matt Cross

MARY H. SEMBERA JIRAL

Shiner Gazette, 5 Dec 1996

Mary H. Jiral, age 94 years, 2 months and 23 days, of Yoakum passed away Monday, November 25, 1996.

A KJZT rosary was recited at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Following the rosary, funeral services were held at 1 p.m. at the church, with the Monsignor John Wagner officiating.

The burial was at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum.

Pallbearer were James Kocurek, Chip Stokes, Michael Vanek, James Jiral, Dennis Jiral, Wesley Jiral, Johnny Jiral and Frankie Jiral.

Acting as honorary pallbearers were Ashley Vanek, Ashana Vanek, Bryan Jiral, Sharon Jiral, Lex Jiral, David Kocurek, Elizabeth Kocurek and Patricia Kocurek.

She was born Sept. 2, 1902 in College Station to the late William J. and Marie Skroh Sembera.  She was a homemaker, and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, KJZT Society and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Edith Vanek of Yoakum and Lorene Heller of Vanderbilt; one son, Emil A. Jiral of Hallettsville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Jiral was preceded in death by her husband, Emil Jiral Sr., May 18, 1993; her father, Jan. 9, 1964 and her mother.

Contributed by Matt Cross

MARY JANSKY JIRAL

Shiner Gazette, 14 Jun 1973

Mrs. John Jiral of Yoakum died at 11:55 a.m., Tuesday, June 5, 1973 in Huth Hospital, Yoakum, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 29 days.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 7 in St. Ann's Catholic Church, near Yoakum, with the Rev. Edward Jansky of Inez officiating.  Burial was in St. Ann's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert, Eddie, Larry and Emil Jiral, Jr., Wesley and James Adams.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m., June 6 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Yoakum, where the body rested in state.

Mrs. Jiral, nee Mary Jansky, was born February 6, 1898, in DeWitt County, daughter of Anton and Annie (Tobarco) Jansky.  She had been a lifetime resident of the Yoakum area.

Surviving are two sons, Wesley and Johnny Jiral, both of Yoakum; one daughter, Mrs. Walter (Louise) Adams of Yoakum; 5 grandchildren; one brother, Joe P. Jansky of Floresville; three half brothers, Rev. Edward Jansky of Inez, Charlie and Emil Jansky, both of El Campo; and two half sisters, Miss Emily Jansky of Inez and Mrs. Rudolph (Annie) Novosad of Rosenberg.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, July 7, 1963; stepmother, Mrs. Vincencie M. Jansky, April 13, 1958; and two brothers, Anton Jansky, June 15, 1969, and Rudolph Jansky.

Contributed by Matt Cross

MARY STARY JIRAL

Shiner Gazette, 10 Jun 1965

Mrs. Charles Jiral

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Charles Jiral of Route 2, Yoakum, Friday, June 4, 1965 from the Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, at 2:30 p.m. and continued with a Requiem Mass at St. Ann's Catholic Church at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. John Wagner officiating. Interment was in St. Ann's Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Buffington Chapel.

Mrs. Jiral passed away at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, June 3 in the Huth Memorial Hospital at the age of 65 years, 2 months and 9 days.

Mrs. Jiral, nee Mary Stary was born in Lavaca County March 24, 1900, the daughter of Matt and Josephine (Fojtik) Stary Sr. She was married to Charles Jiral October 4, 1921 at Yoakum.

Survivors include one son, Frankie Joe Jiral of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Frankie (Annie) Brenek and Mrs. Jim (Bernice) Vancura, both of Houston; Mrs. Albert (Theresa) Spann of San Antonio; Mrs. Harvey (Mary Katherine) Schumachers of Cuero; Mrs. Edgar (Charlene) Stehle of Yoakum; 14 grandchildren; two brothers, Matt and Joe Stary, both of Yoakum and four sisters, Mrs. John (Lillie) Janca of Yoakum; Mrs. Jerry (Maglene) Peters of Shiner; Mrs. Joe (Josephine) Horky of Hungerford and Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Michna of Wharton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away January 5, 1965; her father, who died August 8, 1950; her mother passed away in January 1959; two brothers, John J. Stary, who passed away February 12, 1965 and one died in infancy. Also one sister died in infancy.

To those whose hearts are broken by sorrow, may they look on the "other side" and find strength, comfort and peace, the peace that comes to all who trust in Him.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, 979-968-3121.

Contributed by Matt Cross

PEGGY WENZEL JIRAL

Victoria Advocate, 9 Jul 2006

PEGGY JIRAL - YOAKUM

YOAKUM - Peggy Jiral, 51, of Yoakum, died Saturday, July 8, 2006.

She was born Feb. 18, 1955, in Yoakum, to Mary Ann Kupka Wenzel of Yoakum and to the late John Henry Wenzel. She was a computer tech for Hochheim Prairie Insurance Company and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: husband, Eddie Jiral; sister, Shirley Ann Clancey of Edinburg; and brother, John Darryl Wenzel of Yoakum.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Roger Hawes officiating.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-5656.

Memorials: St. Joseph School Endowment, American Cancer Society, Accolade Hospice, or donor's choice.
Contributed by Matt Cross

VACLAV JIRAL

Shiner Gazette, 28 Jan 1943, page 1

Vaclav Jiral Sr. Dies Sunday

The death Angel Sunday Sunday night, summond the spirit of Vaclav Jiral, an aged and honest citizen of this section to its resting place. Mr. Jiral had been in bad health for some time and his condition had been serious for several days. Death brought rest to his tired soul.

The funeral took place Wednesday morning from the family residence, thence the Shiner Catholic church, where Requiem High Mass was celebrated with Rev. A. Maneth, as celebrant, assisted by Revs. Hug as deacon and Bily as subdeacon. A grandson, Johnny Wagner assisted as Master of Ceremonies. Mons. Netardus delivered a sermon in Czech at the local church and Father Hug had a sermon in English at St. Ann's Church.

Pall bearers were the sons, Jim, John, Eddie, Charlie, Emil and a grandson, Edwin. It was the request of this dear father that his sons serve as his casket bearers, one son was ill and was replaced by the grandson.

Mr. Vaclav Jiral was born October 17, 1864 at Netolic, Czechoslovakia. At the age of nineteen, he came to America and settled at Praha, Texas. On October 4, 1887, he was married to Miss Mary Hajek. In a few years they moved near Yoakum and in 1902 their new home was Hochheim Prairie. Eleven children were born to this union, one dying in infancy. The mother passed to Eternal rest on Dec. 12, 1909. On October 4, 1910, Mr. Jiral was married to Mrs. Mary Morris. The Jiral family has called Shiner home since 1927.

Surviving are his wife and the following children: Mrs. Joe (Annie) Jansky, Mrs. John (Cecilie) Wagner, Vincent and Ed. Jiral of Floresville; Mrs. Emil (Mary) Ryza of La Grange; John, Joe, Charlie and Emil of Yoakum; Mrs. Adolph (Louise) Janda of Shiner; thirty seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Jiral was a member of the K.J.T. lodge of St. Ann and of St. Isidor society of Shiner.

Shiner has lost a splendid, good man and citijen, one who was devoted to his family and to his church.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross

WESLEY J. JIRAL

Victoria Advocate, 13 May 2004

Wesley J. Jiral

YOAKUM - Wesley J. Jiral, 78, of Yoakum, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004.

He was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Yoakum, to the late John and Mary Orsak Jiral. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a former member of the Yoakum Volunteer Fire Department and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the VFW. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and worked for Richter Medical Clinic.

Survivors: stepsons, Michael Hajek of Hallettsville and Dexter Hajek of Mathis; sister, Louise Adams of Yoakum; six step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: wife, Corrine Jiral; and brother, Johnny Jiral.

A rosary will be recited 6 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Roger Hawes officiating.

Burial will be at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, St. Joseph Building Fund, or donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross

FRANCES KOLAR JOBB

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1968

Mrs. John Kolar Jobb

MOULTON—Mrs. John Kolar Jobb, 58, of Moulton, died at 11 p.m. Sunday in a Hallettsville hospital.

Mrs. Jobb was born in the Dickson Community.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home and at 2:15 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, John Jobb of Moulton; a son, Clyde Jobb of Hallettsville; four sisters, Mrs. Rosie Jobb and Mrs. Stella Krejci of Moulton and Mrs. Mary Zikek and Mrs. Lillian Krncir [Hrncir?] of Houston; four brothers, Slavik, Frank and Joe Kolar of Moulton and Adolph Kolar of Shiner and two granddaughters.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

LEVERNIA GERTRUDE JOHNSON

Halletsville Herald, 27 Sep 1900

Little Levernia Gertrude, the 6 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Johnson, living a few miles west of town died last Friday evening after a short illness. It was buried in the Old Moulton Cemetery Saturday. The grief stricken famillly and other relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.

JOE JOLLY

Shiner Gazette, 22 Feb 1899

-- Mr. Joe Jolly, a very popular citizen of Yoakum, died suddenly last Wednesday at the age of 47. He was a member of the Masonic and several other orders.

Two daughters survive him.

Burial place unknown. Contributed by Matt Cross

ANNIE JONES

Weimar Mercury, 13 Feb 1897, page 2

Halletsville, Texas, January 30. From parties who came to town for a coffin the Post correspondent learns that near Hope, twenty miles below here, yesterday morning, Mrs. Annie Jones, wife of Harry Jones, hanged herself in the barn at her home during the absence of her husband, who had gone for a load of household goods, as they were moving to their home, having been married but six weeks. No reason for her act is known or even surmised, unless she became temporarily deranged. She and her husband were young, well-to-do, and had started out to fight the battle of life together under most auspicious circumstances.—Post Special.

Annie Jones, 8 Oct 1869-29 Jan 1897, wife of Henry Jones was buried in the Terry Cemetery.

ELIZA JONES

Shiner Gazette, 26 Sep 1907, Local News column

Miss Eliza Jones, a mexican [sic.] woman died in Shiner last Thursday and was buried in the Catholic cemetery on Friday, Rev. Joseph Hudecek officiating.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross

J. R. JONES

Weimar Mercury, 8 May 1891, page 3

Mr. J. R. Jones committed suicide by poisoning yesterday morning. His young wife, his mother and family are heart-broken.—Halletsville New Era.

THEODORE G. JOOST

The Shiner Gazette, April 11, 1968

Theo. Joost Passes Away

Theo G. Joost, a life long resident of the Moulton area passed away at the Modern Nursing Home in Flatonia Monday, April 1, 1968 at 6:45 p.m.. He attained the age of 75 years, 3 months and 22 days.

A native of witting, he was born December 9, 1982, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Joost. He was reared in that community, and as a young man he was married to Helen Heidrich in the Shiner Lutheran Church.

Mr. Joost engaged in Farming, later moving to Moulton where he owned and operated the Joost Rest Home for many years. He retired some years ago when his health began to fail.

Me. Joost was a member of the Culak Lodge No. 165 SPJST and the Moulton Hermann Sons.

Funeral services were held at the Zion Lutheran Church , Moulton, Wednesday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Julius Holm officiating. The body lay on state at the Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, until 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, when it was conveyed to the church for services. Interment was in the Moulton City Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Woodrow Joost of Moulton and Warren Joost of Houston; one brother, Emil Joost of Houston; one sister, Miss Hertha Joost of Houston; one granddaughter and four grandsons.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer

FANNIE JORDAN

Weimar Mercury, 3 Nov 1894, page 2

We regret to note the death of Fannie, the 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Jordan of Yoakum, after a brief illness of measles. Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Searcy went to Yoakum yesterday evening to attend the burial. All of Mr. Jordan's children are down with the measles.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton

NORELIA JOURDAN

Weimar Mercury, 1 Nov 1918, page 1

COLORED SCHOOL TEACHER DIES OF PNEUMONIA

Norelia Jourdan of Halletsville, a teacher in the Weimar colored school, died Monday night after a brief illness of pneumonia, at the home of Prof. W. J. Mann, principal of the school, where she was kindly cared for during her illness. The remains were taken to Halletsville for interment Tuesday. Decedent was a graduate of the Sam Houston College of Austin, and during her services in the Weimar school proved that she was an able teacher, possessed of many accomplishments. Her death is sincerely regretted.

HENRY JUCKER, Sr.

Shiner Gazette, 31 Aug 1898

Mr. Henry Jucker, Sr., died last Thursday at the residence of his son, Henry Jucker, Jr. Mr. Jucker had been in this country only about six months, and was 72 years old. He was buried in the O. D. H. S. cemetery Friday, at 5 o’clock p. m.

Contributed by Matt Cross

CARL JUDD

Tuesday, October 27, 1936
Hallettsville newspaper clipping

Carl Judd

After a short illness of asthma, the spirit of Carl Judd passed to the Great Beyond at the home of his parents, Sunday morning at 9 o'clock.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 pm with interment in the Willow Creek Cemetery. Many sorrowing relatives and friends attending the last sad rites. The floral offering was profuse and beautiful.

Deceased was born and spent the 34 years of his life near Vienna. He was a bright young man and his sterling worth was noted by all who came in contact with him. He was a dutiful son whose presence will be sorely missed in the home made lonely by his passing.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. K. Judd, 3 sisters, Mrs. Mac Rickman of Cuero, Mrs. Forrest Brown of Rabb Switch, Miss Mattie at home. 3 Brothers, Sam and Grady of Sublime and H. at home. One brother, Victor died about 4 years ago.

Contributed by Darlene Baker

VICTOR JUDD

The New Era-Herald, 4 Mar 1932

Killed by Mule

Victor Judd, a young man of the Vienna section, was found dead near his home Wednesday afternoon at about 3 o'clock. From what we could learn of young Judd's misfortune, it appearss that he had just finished plowing with a pair of mules and had tied one of the animals and turned the other one loose. A while later his brother Sam found the body of the unfortunate youth with his face down in a small puddle of water near the tied mule. It is presumed that he was kicked by one of the mules as he was found to be bruised about his right eye and the back of his left ear. It is not known whether he was kicked into the water or went there attempting to revive himself. After the body was found, Justice of the Peace E. G. Peterson and Sheriff Gene Houchins were notified and left immediately for the Judd home, but their car stuck before they got there. However, they later held an inquest from the facts as mentioned above and pronounced his death as accidental.

Victor, who had reached the age of 17 years, 1 month and 2 days, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Kay Judd, and was born and reared in the Vienna section. He was a fine, hardworking lad and naturally members of the family as well as his many friends, are grieving very much over his tragic untimely death.

The funeral was held yesterday (Thursday) afternoon from the family home with burial in the Willow Creek Cemetery, Rev. J. T. King officiating. A large number of people were present to pay their last respects.

Besides his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Carl, Sam, Grady and H. R. Judd; three sisters, Mrs. B. Rickman, Mrs. Forrest Brown and Miss Mattie Judd, all of the Sublime-Vienna section; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Harbor of Dripping Springs, Hays Co. and Mrs. Henry Judd of near town.

The New Era-Herald extends heartfelt sympathy to the loved ones.

HARRY A. JUENGERMANN

Shiner Gazette, 23 May 1895

DIED.

The little six months old baby boy of August Jungermann died Monday night of the flux. The burial took place Tuesday evening. The bereaved parents have our sympathy in their sad loss.

Harry A. Juengermann, 19 Nov 1894 – 20 May 1895, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

LOUISE JANSSEN JUNGBECKER

Shiner Gazette, 27 Jan 1966, page 1

Mrs. Jungbecker Former Resident Dies In Houston

Sorrow filled the hearts of numerous friends in Shiner when it became known that Mrs. A. B. Jungbecker of Houston had passed away at 8:25 a.m. Friday, January 14, 1966 in a Houstonhospital at the age of 86 years, 9 months and 24 days.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15 at Geo. H. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home Chapel on McGowen Ave. in Houston with the Rev. James O. Schneider officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park, Houston, by the side of her husband.

Pallbearers were Scot Hild, Louis Hild, Thomas U. Gaddy, Howard Wood, William Bartels, all of Houston, Walter S. Janszen of Galveston, Robert S. Garman of San Antonio.

She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Women’s Guild Society of the church and Order of the Eastern Star, having been a former member of the Shiner OES Chapter.

Mrs. Jungbecker, the former Louise W. “Lulu” Janssen, was born March 20, 1879 at Galveston, Texas, daughter of Henry Gerhard and Johanna (Hegman) Janssen.

She was married on September 25, 1901 at Galveston to Alfred Benno Jungbecker of Shiner, son of August and Elizabeth (Rhode) Jungbecker. The couple made their home in Shiner where Mr. Jungbecker was a prominent young business man, operating a grocery and variety store. The couple left Shienr in 1902, but returned to Shiner in 1910 remaining here until 1916. Their grocery business was located at the present City Market, formerly Hajek’s Market. For a brief time the family made their home in Slaton. They returned to Shiner in 1918 to 1920 and operated the Palace of Sweets. From here they moved to Houston where they established a permanent residence. After the death of her husband on December 30, 1943, she made her home at 406 Sul Ross, Houston, where she lived for the past 22 years with her son Robert.

She loved Shiner and was a frequent visitor here with relatives and friends. Her last visit was made in December.

Survivors include her two sons, Alfred A. and Robert E. Jungbecker, both of Houston; three granddaughters, Mrs. Gene (Arline) Lassiter of Houston, Mrs. Kenneth (Edna) Hurley of Lubbock; Mrs. Jack (Elvera) Huff of Longview; five great-grandchildren; number of nieces and nephews.

She was the last of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by her parents; one brother, William H. Janssen and four sisters, Annie and Kate Janssen, Mrs. Minnie Jung and Mrs. Julia Hild.

Attending the last rites of their aunt were Miss Mayme Merseburger of Shiner, Miss Mabel French of Houston, Mrs. W. C. (Hattie Ruhmann) DeWeese and Mr. DeWeese of Rockport, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Merseburger of Houston.

Contributed by Matt Cross

NICK & GLADYS CHUDEJ JURACEK

Weimar Mercury, 26 Jan 1945, page 1

Young Lavaca Co. Couple Drowns in High Flood Waters

Private and Mrs. Nick Jurecek, Jr., lost their lives when they drove their car into a flooded stream at Camp Hood, last Thursday.

Private Jurecek had been home near Witting in Lavaca county. His wife was returning to camp with him for a visit, leaving their baby with her folks at Moravia. When entering Camp Hood, Jurecek drove his car across the creek over a low water bridge, but the bridge was not there and the couple was plunged into eighteen feet of water.

The current was swift and took the car downstream rapidly. The body of Private Jurecek was found about a mile down stream, but up to Tuesday the body of his wife had not been found.

Private Jurecek was born April 22, 1922, and had attended school at Witting. His wife, nee Miss Gladys Chudej, was born March 3, 1924.

Weimar Mercury, 2 Feb 1945

Mrs. Nick Jurecek's Body Found Week After Drowning

The body of Mrs. Nick Jurecek was found in the Cowhouse Creek at Camp Hood on Thursday of last week, one week after she was drowned when the car in which she and her husband, Pfc. Nick Jurecek, plunged into 18 feet of water.

The body of Pfc. Jurecek was found the same day the couple drowned, but the body of Mrs. Jurecek was not found until a week later. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Moravia.

The couple is survived by one child, one year old.

CARRIE F. JURECEK

Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, January 17, 1973

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Carrie F. Jurecek, 84, of Garden City, Tex., died Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. in a Schulenburg nursing home.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hallettsville, and was born in Praha, Tex., Sept. 1, 1888. She married Nick Jurecek Jan. 4, 1908. He preceded her in death Oct. 4, 1956.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville until 1 p.m. Thursday when it will be taken to St. Mary's Catholic Church near Hallettsville for services at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating.

Pallbearers will be Nick Chudej, Jerome Chudej Jr., Henry Chudej, Ed Krenek, Fred Ohnheiser and Kermit Thilie.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors are two sons, Theo Jurecek of Houston and Charlie Jureck of Garden City; four daughters, Mrs. M.J. Gallia of Yoakum, Mrs. Jerome Chudej of Angle, Tex., Mrs. Bessie Spaeggins of Houston and Miss Lillie Jurecek of Garden City; two half sisters, Mrs. Adolph Kocian of Moulton and Mrs. Jim Gijer of Victoria; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALVIN J. JUREK

San Antonio Express-News, May 26, 2010

ALVIN J. JUREK

Alvin J. Jurek, 87, passed away on Monday, May 24, 2010 in Big Springs, Texas. He was born June 1, 1922 in Hallettsville, Texas to Frank and Annie Kubena Jurek. Alvin was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Hermann Sons Harmonia Lodge, Hermann Sons Mixed Chorus and the German-American Club in Las Vegas. Alvin was a graduate of the Landig Mortuary School in Houston and had been employed by Charles Hanavan Funeral Home, Roy Akers Funeral Chapels and Sunset Funeral Home all in San Antonio. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a First Sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific Theater. He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Jurek and wife Judy, Paul Jurek and wife Shirley and daughter, Patty Dior; 22 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, numerous friends, colleagues and extended family. The visitation will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 North Loop 1604 East, (between Stone Oak Parkway-Voigt Dr. and US Hwy. 281.) The Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 350 Sutton St. at St. Cloud. The interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery next to his wife Mildred who preceded him in death in June 1982. To offer condolences, please log on to www.sunsetnorthfuneralhome.com. Arrangements under the direction of Sunset North Funeral Home, San Antonio, TX.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe

ANESKA JUREK

Shiner Gazette, 26 Apr 1899

The funeral of Mrs. John Jurek took place last Monday. She was buried in the Catholic cemetery.

Aneska Jurek, 1854 – 1899, was buried in SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

CHARLES AND ROSA JUREK

Shiner Gazette, 1 Jun 1911

A Mother Poisoned Two Children and Attempted to Poison Herself.

A Mrs. Jurek, living on the Braches place on Peach creek, according to her own statement, on account of ill treatment by her husband, determined to commit suicide and in order not to leave her two children in the care of her husband, to take their lives also. On Tuesday afternoon she dissolved a number of match heads in water and gave the mixture to her children to drink and drank some herself. What she drank caused her to vomit and she thus escaped the effects of the potion. The two children died Wednesday morning. They were aged one and three years. Mrs. Jurek was arrested this morning and placed in jail. Officers left today for the scene of the tragedy to hold an inquest. It is not known as yet whether the charge against the woman will be for murder or for insanity. – Gonzales Inquirer.

Mrs. Jurek was a daughter of Mr. Wm. Grossmann and was quite young, having been married only four years.

LATER – Mrs. Jurek was adjudged insane by the county court at Gonzales last Friday.

Karel Jurek, 2 Aug 1908 – 22 May 1911, and Ruzena Jurek, 16 Jun 1910 – 22 May 1911, were buried in the Shiner SPJST Cemetery. They were the children of Joe and Berta (Grossmann) Jurek, who later divorced. The death certificate for Charles (Karel) Jurek shows his birth and death dates as 8 Aug 1908 – 23 May 1911. Little Rosa's shows her age as 11 months. Contributed by Matt Cross

MARIE MARALIK JUREK

See obituary for Marie Maralik Yurek

ANNIE JALUFKA JURENA

San Antonio Express, Wednesday, July 19, 1950

HALLETTSVILLE, Tex.—Requiem Mass was read at Koerth Monday for Mrs. Annie Jurena, 83, prominent pioneer of the community, who died Saturday at a local hospital.

Born in Czechoslovakia just 83 years before her death, she had arrived in this country 81 years ago when her parents settled in the St. Mary's Section and later at Koerth. She was married to John Jurena at St. Mary's in 1885.

Surviving are three sons, Gus Jurena of Koerth, E.F. Jurena of Victoria and John Jurena of Houston; four daughters, Mrs. J. W. Hermes of Hallettsville, Mrs. J.F. Merek of Shiner, Mrs. Annie Hanus of Houston, and Mrs. Annie Sitka of Wharton; one sister, Mrs. Frank Bartos and one brother, Emil Jalufka of Sweet Home; a half-brother, Louis Mohyla of Hallettsville; 29 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

FRANCES JURENA

Victoria Advocate, Friday, March 16, 1973

Mrs. Jurena

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Frank J. Jurena, 85, a native of Lavaca County and a resident of Hallettsville, died at 11:55 a.m. Thursday in a local nursing home.

She was born May 19, 1887.

Surviving are three sons, Alphonse of Bloomington. Rudolph of Ezell and Frank A. of Koerth; three daughters, Mrs. Julia Eschenburg of Victoria, Mrs. Emily Franz of Columbus and Mrs. Louis Steffek of Edna; a sister, Mrs. Victoria Rigamonti of Victoria; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the Kubena Funeral Home chapel. The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 12:45 p.m. Saturday, at which time it will be taken to the Koerth Catholic Church for funeral mass at 2 p.m.

Burial will be in Koerth Catholic Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOSEPH JURENA

San Antonio Express, Sunday, Dec. 26, 1943

Joseph Jurena of Hallettsville, Texas, passed away in a local hospital Thursday, Dec. 23, 1943.

Survived by brother, A. J. Jurena of Yoakum, Texas.

The body was taken overland to Hallettsville, Texas, for services and interment in the Koerth, Texas, cemetery.
Arrangements by the Alamo Funeral Home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

PHILIP C. JURENA

Victoria Advocate, Thursday, January 7, 1971

Philip C. Jurena

HALLETTSVILLE—Philip C. Jurena, 54, of Rt. 4, Yoakum, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday in a Killeen hospital.

A civil service employe, Mr. Jurena was born Oct. 8, 1915, in Lavaca County. He was a veteran of World War II, and was a member of the Koerth Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post 571. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Koerth Catholic Church with the Rev. Vaclav Bily officiating. Burial will be in the Koerth Catholic Cemetery.

The body will lie in state at Kubana Funeral Home until 9:30 a.m. Thursday. A Rosary was recited by the parish at the funeral home chapel Wednesday night.

Surviving are six sisters, Mrs. John Rainosek, Mrs. Otto Havel and Mrs. Louis Wick of Hallettsville, Mrs. Emil Rainosek and Mrs. George Menkink of Yoakum and Mrs. Bernard Meuth of Copperas Cove Tex., and three brothers, Steve Jurena of Yoakum, Gene Jurena of Houston and John Jurena of Edinburg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

RUDOLPH GUS JURENA

Victoria Advocate, December 16, 2000

RUDOLPH GUS JURENA

HALLETTSVILLE -- Rudolph Gus Jurena, 84, of Hallettsville, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000.
He was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Lavaca County, to the late Frank Joe and Frances Smolik Jurena. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a U.S. veteran serving in World War II and receiving the Purple Heart. He was a member of KJT and the American Legion.

Survivors: wife, Stazie Chalupa Jurena; daughters, Eunice Evers of Kilgore and Bernice Schmidt of Needville; son, Maurice Jurena of Caldwell; sisters, Beatrice Steffek of Edna and Emily Franz of New Braunfels; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation was 3 p.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Koerth. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Pallbearers: Russell Evers, Michael Judy, Chris Bordovsky, William Hermes, Robert Jurena and Leonard Steffek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MARY JURICA

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Thursday, September 26, 1986

Mary Jurica, 93, of Shiner, died Sept. 23 at a Hallettsville nursing home following a short illness.

Services were held Tuesday at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner with Paul Cooper officiating. Burial followed in SPJST Cemetery.

Jurica was born Jan. 7, 1892. She married Willie Jurica who preceded her in death in 1977. She was a lifelong Lavaca County resident.

Survivors include sons Felix Jurica of Yoakum, Rudolph Jurica and Herman Jurica, both of Shiner, Robert Jurica and Fred Jurica, both of Canyon Lake, and Marvin Jurica of New Braunfels; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

There are over 4,000 obituaries of Central Texans with Czech roots at Steve Alvarez's TXBHS web site. These include many people from Lavaca County and some with German surnames.