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JOLIN A. PACE

Weimar Mercury, December 28, 1895 pg 2

Yoakum Times: It becomes our painful duty to record the death of Mr. J. A. Pace this week, his demise occurring at the residence of Mr. W. S. Woolsey. One and a half miles northeast of Yoakum at 3:30 o’clock yesterday morning, after a protracted illness of the dreaded disease consumption. Deceased had been expecting death for some time and we are pleased to state was prepared to go to that happy land beyond the stars, where there is no more sorrow, no more care, and all is peace and joy and love. Mr. Pace was in the 32d year of life and leaves a wife and one child and many friends to mourn his taking off.  The remains were laid peacefully to rest in the city cemetery beside his little daughter, who died some two years ago, the last sad rites being conducted under the auspices of the local lodge, Knights of Honor, of which order he was an honored and beloved member. To the sorrowing wife, relatives and friends the Times extends condolence.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton

SIDNEY ELIZABETH PACE

Colorado County Citizen, February 9, 1893

Oakland Newsy Notes

Mrs. W. S. Woolsey of this place left here Sunday morning for Yoakum to visit the bedside of little Siddie Pace, her grand-daughter, who was reported very ill, and it is sad to learn that before her arrival the little sufferer had breathed its last. Mr. and Mrs. Pace have the sympathy of their many friends here in the loss of thieir precious little babe.

Sidney Elizabeth Pace was the daughter of Jolin A. and Effie Woolsey Pace. Contributed by Deborah Smith.

CARL F. PAGEL

Lavaca County Tribune, 20 Oct 1944

Capt. Carl F. Pagel Is Lavaca's Highest Ranking Officer To Die In Action

Captain Carl. F. Pagel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Pagel of Hallettsville, was killed in action on September 25, in a raid on the Bonins Islands, in the South Pacific. Word to this effect was received by his parents here Tuesday, October 17.

He was 25 years old, and is the highest ranking Lavaca County officer to die in action. He was a Navigator on a Liberator which was in a heavy raid when he lost his life.

The death of Captain Pagel increases this county's total war dead to fifty-three, and in his death this city loses another brave soldier.

Carl was born in Hallettsville, and graduated from [Hallettsville] Hi School in the class of 1937. He entered the University of Texas, and when he went into the service he lacked only six weeks of study before graduating. He played football on the Brahma eleven-man teams of 1935 and 1936, lettering both years.

Goes Across

Captain Pagel entered the Air Corpos on Aug. 12, 1941, beginning his training at Lindbergh Field, California. He received his wings at Maxwell Field, Ala., remaining in this country for some time as an Air Corps instructor in Navigation, being stationed at various fields throughout the country. On May 23, 1944, he was sent across, and his first service abroad was at Hickam Field, Hawaiian Islands. He took part in raids on the Marshall Island, Truk Island, Saipan, and other South Pacific islands. It was during attacks on the Bonins when he died. Nature of his death is as yet unknown.

Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Stewart Boney of Houston, and Miss Fifi Pagel of here.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson

HELENA FEHRENKAMP PAGEL

Hallettsville Herald, January 10, 1889

—We regret to note the death of Mrs. F. Pagel, which occurred at her home at Breslau yesterday morning.

Helena Fehrenkamp Pagel (13 Mar 1847 - 8 Jan 1889) was the widow of Friedrich Samuel (Fritz) Pagel. They're both buried in the Breslau Cemetery.Photograph and obituary contributed by Rox Ann Johnson

HERMAN PAGEL

The Victoria Advocate, Thursday, February 20, 1964

Herman Pagel

YOAKUM—Funeral services for Herman Pagel, 70, of Yoakum, who died Sunday in a local hospital, were held Tuesday afternoon at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. D.L. Dolton officiating. Burial was in Pilot Grove Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Pagel; one son, Elo, both of Yoakum; three daughters, Mrs. John Harbus of Victoria, Mrs. Michael Angelo of Beaumont, and Mrs. W.A. Wimberly of Yoakum; one brother, L.A. Pagel, of Cotulla; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Maeker of El Campo, Mrs. Minnie Maeker and Mrs. Louise Breithaupt, both of Shiner; and 11 grandchildren.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe

GEORGE "EMIL" C. PAGEL

Hallettsville Herald, January 14, 1892

Mr. Emil Pagel died near Witting Monday night. Mr. Pagel had been a sufferer from consumption for a long time and death comes as a relief. He was esteemed by those who knew him.

Emil Pagel is buried in the Breslau Cemetery. Photograph and obituary contributed by Rox Ann Johnson

EMILIE JOHANNE WILHELMINE PAGEL

Weimar Mercury, July 8, 1893

Halletsville New Era:
At the home of Mr. Aug. Pagel near Breslau, his 17-year old daughter was shot yesterday. It is the old story of an unloaded pistol. The Ball passed through her neck. She is dangerously hurt.

Weimar Mercury, 15 Jul 1893

Miss Pagel, who was accidentally shot in the neck last week, is some better, although the lower part of her body is still paralyzed.

Emilie Pagel was born 7 June 1876 to August and Helene Schilling Pagel. Her death date is unknown, but she had died before the 1900 census.Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson.

JOHANNA DOROTHEA (ANNIE) PAGEL

Weimar Mercury, 16 May 1908, page 3

Halletsville, May 9.—Miss Annie Pagel died this morning. She was 30 years old. She is survived by her mother and several sisters and brothers.

Hallettsville Herald, 15 May 1908

A TRIBUTE OF LOVE.

At 3:50 o'clock a. m. May the eighth, our dear Miss Annie Pagel was kissed by the Angels into the last long sleep and carried on celestial pinions to the realms of eternal bliss. We can not think of her as dead. A beautiful life begun on eath, transplanted in Heaven. A noble type of Christain [sic.] womanhood, her gifts and graces were not idle for she used them for her God. But Oh! how we miss her in the choir, in the Sunday school, in the church, in the Aid Society, around the sick bed, and every where. The comfort and stay of her widowed mothers' heart. Dear Miss Annie how we all loved her, she was so good, so pure, and so true. We cannot understand why such a useful life was so soon taken, but we know God does all things well, and that in his great love and mercy her soul was wafted into eternity, there to unfold in all its beauty and loveliness, around the great white throne of Him who said: "Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God believe also in me".

Loved ones, Friends grieve not for me.
Think of me as always near,
My beckoning hands are held out to thee,
Look upward, dry your falling tear.

Mrs. Chas. Kuykendall.

Annie Pagel was buried in the Charles Pagel Family Cemetery. Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson

OTTO J. PAGEL

May 1965 Hallettsville newspaper clipping

Otto J. Pagel

Funeral services were held from the Kubena Funeral Home Monday, May 2 at 2 p. m. for Otto J. Pagel who passed away in San Antonio on May 1st at 1:30 p. m. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery. Rev. O. K. Oelke officiated.

Survivors are two sisters, Miss Emma Pagel and Miss Minnie Pagel both of Hallettsville and a number of nieces and nephews.

The deceased, who reached the age of 79 years, 1 month and 16 days, was born in Hallettsville on March 15, 1886.

Pallbearers were Willie Neumann, Berry Nolen, Maurice Childress, Tom Martin, Anton Haidusek, and James Haidusek.

Contributed by Matt Cross

F. PAKEBUSCH

Shiner Gazette, 7 Mar 1906

Mr. F. Pakebusch died last week from injures received in a runaway. He was buried in the Shiner cemetery.

Shiner Gazette, 7 Mar 1906, page 1, Dryer [sic] Dustings column

Mr. – Pakelbuch [sic], an esteemed citizen, died on last Wednesday from injuries received some time ago by his team running away with him. His relatives have our deepest sympathy.

This grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross

RICHARD E. PARGAC

The Victoria Advocate, Monday, May 2, 1966

HALLETTSVILLE—Richard E. Pargac, 47, former Hallettsville resident died Saturday in Houston where he had been employed.

Mr. Pargac was born March 29, 1919.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home, at 10 a.m. at Moravia Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ed. Barsch officiating. Burial will be in Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Emelia Pargac; four sisters, Miss Mary Pargac of Houston, Mrs. Hermina Strelec of El Campo, Mrs. Charles Novak and Mrs. John Novak, both of Hallettsville; and two brothers, Raymond of Schulenburg and Frankie of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALLEN PARKER

Shiner Gazette, 10 Jul 1980

Allen Parker Rites Held

Funeral services for Allen Parker of Shiner were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 9 at Little Bethel A.M.E. Church with Rev. James R. Foley officiating. Interment was in Bluebonnet Hill Cemetery at Shiner. Jamison Funeral Home of Yoakum was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were friends of the family. The Stewards of Little Bethel A.M.E. Church were named honorary pallbearers.

He died at 3 a.m., Sunday, July 6, 1980 at the Trinity Lutheran Home where he had been a resident since June 13, 1980. He was 75 years, 9 months and 21 days of age at the time of his death.

Mr. Parker, son of Dee and Ada (Deal) Parker, was born Sept. 15, 1904 in Gonzales County. He grew up and attended school at Elm Slough and Dilworth.

Surviving are a daughter, Leloa North of Hereford; three granddaughters; a sister, Mrs. Julia Gates of Shiner; a brother, R.G. Williams of Shiner and a niece, Myrtle Price of Shiner, who cared for him.

His parents, two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.

Contributed by Matt Cross

W. P. PARKS

Lavaca County Tribune, May 26, 1959

W. P. Parks Died Sat., May 23rd

Mr. W. P. Parks 75, of Sublime, died in Renger Hospital Saturday, May 23rd.  Funeral services were held from the Kubena Funeral Home Monday, May 25th at 2: 30 p.m. and then at the Sublime Baptist Church. Rev. C.L. Wiegel officiated at the services.  Interment was made in Willow Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Parks was born in Hallettsville, February 16th, 1884 and was united in marriage with Mrs. Lillie Mae Criswell November 2nd, 1913 in Sheridan.  They made their home in Sublime after their marriage. 

Survivors are his wife Mrs. W.P. Parks, tow sons J.B. Parks at home, and W.T. Parks at Sublime,  One daughter: Beatrice Parks at home. One sister Mrs. Ada Randow at Sublime.  One grandchild Billy Dean Parks.  One daughter preceded him in death as did one sister Mrs. Pearlie Varnell.

Pallbearers were Harper Kloppenburg, T.E. Kane, Chas. Whitley, Eddie Davenport, Bill Hart, Ike Reese.  Honoary pallbearers were Dr. R.J. McReynolds, Ed. Davenport, Sr., Oscar Sicko, J.E. Brown, J.G. Reese, Jim Winton, Halton Buchanek, C.J. Fernau, G.H. Dodd, Sam Devall, F.P. Wenckens, J.F. Timm, Albert Appelt and F.W. Greenewald. 

Contributed by Regena Williamson

FRANCES A. PARMA

Victoria Advocate, May 21, 1977

SHINER—Funeral Mass for Mrs. Frances A. Parma will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Shiner Catholic Church.

The burial will follow in the Shiner SPJST Cemetery.

Mrs. Parma, 90, of El Campo, died Thursday afternoon in an El Campo nursing home.

A rosary was recited Friday night in the Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Parma of El Campo; one son, Mark Parma of Corpus Christi; four daughters, Mrs. James Rebecek of Wharton, Mrs. Dennis Zaskoda of El Campo, Mrs. Hilton Mertz of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Carl Haas of Sublime; two brothers, Frank and Rudy Herchek, both of Yoakum; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

HENRY L. PARR

Shiner Gazette, 1 Oct 1902, Halletsville News column

Henry Parr, aged 19 years, died at his home near Salem, a few miles below here yesterday after a lengthy illness from complication of diseases.

Henry L. Parr, 4 Feb 1883 – 21 Sep 1902, son of P.W. & Mary S., was buried in the Salem Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

MATILDA C. PARR

Weimar Mercury, 14 Apr 1922

YOAKUM PIONEER DIES.

Yoakum, Tex., April 8.—Mrs. Matilda C. Parr, who died at the home of her son, W. P. Parr, was a pioneer of Lavaca county. She came here from Alabama with her parents when she was only 5 years old and had lived in Lavaca county ever since. She was married to G. S. Parr in 1854. She was the mother of 12 children, has 57 granchildren and 126 great grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. She joined the Baptist church 50 years ago. She was 83 years of age at her death.

Mrs. Anna Pastucha

Victoria Advocate, Thursday, August 27, 1970

HALLETTSVILLE – Mrs. Anna Pastucha, 90, of Hallettsville died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in a local hospital. 

She was born March 9, 1880, in Czechoslovakia. 

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 2 p.m. Thursday, at which time it will be taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for funeral services at 3 p.m. 

The Rev. Thomas McQuade will officiate, with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. 

Survivors include a son, William Pastucha of Hallettsville; four daughters, Miss Martha Tomsu, Mrs. Richard Jahn, Mrs. Louis Krenek and Mrs. Alfred Jahn, all of Hallettsville; and six grandchildren.  

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

TYLER ADDISON PATE

Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home

YOAKUM: Tyler Addison Pate, age 22, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013. 

He was born in Houston on April 17, 1991. He was a motorman employed by Edde Drilling Company. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. 

Survivors: parents; Charles (Chuck) and Lynette Barton Pate; Fiancee, Haley Pagel; daughter, Taylor Addison Pate; Maternal grandparents, Eugene and Lorene Barton of Yoakum; Paternal grandparents, Charles and Betty Pate of Yoakum; Uncles and Aunts, Larry and Barbie Barton, Kenneth and Denise Barton, Michael and JoAnn Barton, Si and Kim Pate Cook and Chad and Theresa Pate. 

Preceded in death by: great-grandparents, Theo and Carrie Kalmus, Rudolph and Rosie Barton, Hilda Kelley, and J.D. and Vacie Pate; uncle, Kenneth Pate. 

Visitation will be Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers: Myles Pate, Channing Pate, Weston Barton, Geran Barton, Cole Barton, Logan Barton, T.J Matula and Dalton Handley.

 Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALBINA HUSINECKY PATEK

Victoria Advocate, 15 May 1975, page 12A

Mrs. Patek

SHINER – Mrs. Jim Patek Sr., 76, of Shiner, died Tuesday in a Houston hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Shiner Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are six sons, Charles, Frank and Joe of Seguin, Louis and Benjamin of Houston, and Jimmy Jr. of Shiner; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Mikes and Mrs. Albina Kubenka of Seguin, Mrs. Emily Holub of Houston and Mrs. Lillian Swisher of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Emily Wagner of Cistern; 30 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ANNIE VAVRICKA PATEK

Victoria Advocate, July 24, 2004

Mrs. Victor "Annie" Patek, SR.

Mrs. Victor "Annie" Patek, Sr., 82, of Shiner, Texas, died July 22, 2004. She was born October 3, 1921, in Sweet Home, Texas to the late John E. and Annie Targac Vavricka.

She attended South Mustang School and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, KJZT, Catholic Daughters, and the Altar Society.

Survivors include: her husband, Victor Patek, Sr. of Shiner, Texas; 4 sons, Marvin & Earlene Patek of Hallettsville, Ervin & Mary Patek of Moulton, Victor, Jr. & Karen Patek of Shiner, Michael & Rose Patek of Shiner; 6 daughters, Dorothy & Daniel Fojtik of Moulton, Anne & Robert Meyer of Houston, Carol Smith of Katy, Dodie Bannert of Katy, Darlene & Tim Kresta of Shiner, Rosie & James Ross of Gonzales; 29 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Albina Mauric; 4 brothers, Eugene, John, Louis, and James Vavricka; and 1 grandson, John Fojtik.

Visitation begins, Friday, July 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited Saturday, July 24th at 7:30 p.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, July 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert Knippenberg officiating. Interment to follow at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Daryl Fojtik, Curtis Patek, Matthew Patek, Nicholas Smith, Scott Bannert, Kevin Patek, Cameron Kresta, and Duane Fojtik. Honorary Pallbearers: David Fojtik, Marty Patek, Ryan Bannert, Kendle Patek, Dakota Kresta, and Conor Kresta.

Memorials: Funeral Masses. Buffington Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

AUGUSTINA DRABEK PATEK

Shiner Gazette, 11 Feb 1988, page 7A

Mrs. Laddie Patek Rites Sunday

Mrs. Augustina Drabek Patek of Shiner died Friday afternoon, Feb. 5, 1988 in Trinity Lutheran Home in Shiner where she was a resident since Dec. 21, 1987. She transferred from Shady Oak Nursing Home after a 4½ month stay. Last May she became seriously ill and after hospital confinement, she [was] cared for by her children until Aug. 11 when she entered the nursing home. She reached the age of 83 years, 5 months and 18 days.

She was born Aug. 17, 1904, near Shiner, daughter of Frank and Annie (Janecek) Drabek. She was a member of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the KJZT and Altar societies.

On November 5, 1922, she was married in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner to Laddie Patek, well known member of the former Patek Orch. The couple resided at Shiner for eight years, then moved about 1931 to their farm in the Old Sweet Home community where she had since made her home. Her husband died Mar. 9, 1963.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner with the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating, assisted by Deacon Paul Patek, who gave the homily.

Altar attendants were Paul Patek Jr., Brian Patek and Tommie Patek; and Mrs. Doris Patek served as lector.

Offertory gifts were presented by granddaughters Nancy Walla of Smithville, Carolyn Patek of Dallas and Cathy Patek of Victoria.

Hymns sung by the adult choir included “Only A Shadow,” “Just As I Am,” “The Strife Is O’er,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace, accompanied by Mrs. Elvera Jaks at the organ.

A parish rosary was held at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner where the body lay in state.

Another rosary was recited jointly in church at 1:30 p.m. Sunday by members of the KJZT and Altar societies.

Burial took place in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, David Wagner of Houston, Darren Wagner, Gary Schlenker, both of Victoria, Greg Patek of Austin, Darrell Schlenker and Mark Patek of Shiner.

Surviving are three sons, Laddie Patek Jr. and Edward Patek, both of Victoria, John Patek of Yoakum; four daughters, Mrs. Edward (Agnes) Schlenker of Shiner, Mrs. Mary M. Smith of Austin, Mrs. Pat (Gussie) Walla of Smithville, Mrs. William (Ann) Wagner of Victoria; 26 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are three half brothers, Rudy Drabek of Shiner, Eddie Drabek of Colorado, Joe C. Drabek of San Antonio; two stepsisters, Mrs. Adella Leck of Yoakum, Miss Albina Drabek of San Antonio; and a stepbrother, Jeffery W. Peter of Houston.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her mother, about 1913; her father, Feb. 28, 1948; a brother, Leo Drabek, May 10, 1972; her stepmother, Mrs. Mary E. Matusek Peter Drabek, Feb. 22, 1965; stepbrother, M/Sgt. Laddie J. Peter, USAF (Ret.), Nov. 18, 1975.

Contributed by Matt Cross

CHARLES PATEK, Sr.

Victoria Advocate, 7 Oct 1981, page 10A

Charles Patek Sr.

SHINER Charles Patek Sr., 83, of Shiner, died at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday in a local hospital after a short illness.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1898, in Lavaca County near Shiner and was a member of the Patek Orchestra, the KJT Society of Shiner, and the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church.

Funeral services will be held at the Shiner Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Thursday. A rosary will be recited at the Buffington Funeral Home chapel in Shiner at 7 p.m. Wednesday by the KJT Society and at 8 p.m. by the parish.

Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Patek of Shiner; two daughters, Mrs. Den [Ben] G. Kocian and Mrs. Ben Matula, both of Shiner; five sons, Victor and Charles Jr., both of Shiner, and August, Rudy and Dennis, all of Houston; a brother, Joseph Patek Sr. of Shiner; 49 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

CHARLES WILLIAM "CHUCK" PATEK

Victoria Advocate, March 31, 2012

CHARLES "CHUCK" WILLIAM PATEK

HALLETTSVILLE - Charles "Chuck" William Patek, 85, of Hallettsville, passed away on March 29, 2012. He was born on April 2, 1926 to William & Margaret Blake Patek in Palestine, Texas. He married Henrie Mae Hruzek on July 11, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Chuck enlisted in the United States Navy on March 10, 1944, served his County in WWII for 2 years. He received the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.

Chuck became a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1953, after marrying Henri Mae, and continued to attend Sunday Mass there throughout his entire life. He was always involved with the church picnics, helping out by offering his accounting skills wherever he could.

Chuck was involved in many organizations in Hallettsville community during his life; Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Hallettsville Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion and VFW.

Chuck retired as a city manager of Navasota, and moved back to Hallettsville with his wife to spend his retirement years. Didn't take long and he was working again with bookkeeping and tax accounting work for many locals within the community. He worked until 6 months prior his death, and enjoyed his self-employment years immeasurably.

Chuck loved any kind of sports, and it was not uncommon to go by the house and catch him watching his favorite teams, the Houston Astros or during football seasons the Houston Oilers. Chuck was also an avid hunter and outdoorsman throughout his life, and spent many years at the Fredericksburg deer lease with his son Michael, and best friend Alvin Langhammer of Schulenburg. He always got his deer on opening morning, never failed.
Chuck loved his grandkids and always looked forward to them coming to the house on Main St. for holidays and other gatherings.

We love you Dad, and we miss you very much. You are at home now and at peace with our Lord God.

Chuck is survived by: daughter Margaret Quinn & husband Robin of Edna; son Michael Patek & wife Tammie of Victoria; brother Billy Patek & wife Kitty of Lumberton, TX; and 3 grandchildren, Breeann & Mikayla Patek of Victoria, and Jeremy Waters of San Antonio.

Chuck was preceded in death by his wife Henrie and his parents.

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Monday, April 2, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.
Visitation: 4 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home.
Rosary: 6 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home.
Officiate: Rev. John Peters.
Memorials: American Cancer Society, or Donor's Choice.
Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.kubenafuneralhome.com.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

CHARLIE PATEK

Victoria Advocate

SHINER - Charlie Patek, age 90, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013. 

He was born August 10, 1923 in Shiner to Charles James Patek, Sr. and Elizabeth Veit Patek. 

He was a butcher and worked at Patek's Grocery and Market for 37 years. He was a veteran and belonged to the Shiner DAV, Shiner VFW and American Legion, KJT, Shiner Business Men's Association and Knights of Columbus. 

Survivors: wife, Mary L. Heimann Patek; daughters: Marjorie Petru and Pat Shimek (Marty) of Shiner and Charlene Ulman (Stan) of Montgomery Tx.; sons: Bernie Patek (Marzeline) of Moulton, Raymond Charles Patek (Marilyn) of Katy and daughter-in-law, Barbara Patek, Donald Patek (Marsha) of Shiner and Charles Patek III (Stacey) of Tomball; 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Kocian of Shiner; brothers: Rudy Patek (Bea) of Moulton and Dennis Patek (Mary) of Pearland; bother-in-law, Ben Matulaof Shiner and sister-in-law Mary Jane Patek of Port Alto. 

Preceded in death by parents, infant son, Joseph Patek; brothers, Victor and Gus Patek; sister, Helen Matula; great-grandson, Clayton Patek and son-in-law, Bill Petru. 

Rosary 6 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.  Funeral mass 10 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2013 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with Rev Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Burial at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. 

Memorials may be given to Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church or Shiner Catholic School. 

On-line guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com.  Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis 

FRANK J. PATEK

Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, Thursday, January 7, 1999

Frank J. Patek, 77, of Seguin, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999. Born to the late Jim and Abine Husinecky Patek on Jan. 8, 1921, in Shiner, Texas. He was a fireman.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Berger Patek; son, Bill J. Patek; sisters, Mary Mikes, Abine Kubenka, Lillian Swisher, all of Seguin; daughter, Evelyn M. Alexander of San Antonio; daughter, Helen M. Skinner; and son, Roy W. Patek of Spring, Texas; daughter, Gladys M. Skinner of Conroe, Texas; sister Emily Holub; and brothers, Louis Patek and Benny Patek of Houston; brothers, Charles and Jimmy Patek of Shiner; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Bernice Patek; sons, Franky and Ervin Patek; sister, Lillian Janda; and brother, Joe Patek.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 1999, at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner. A rosary will be held at 7:30 on Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements by Buffington Funeral Home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JACOB PATEK

Shiner Gazette, 29 Aug 1906

Jacob Patek.

Mr. Jacob Patek, living near Shiner, died last Sunday, aged 61 years. Mr. Patek had been sick some time from cancer of the stomach. His remains were laid to rest on Monday in the Catholic cemetery, and were attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The GAZETTE joins their many friends in offering sympathy to the family in their bereavement.

Jakub Patek, 1841-1906, husband of Marie, was buried at SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross

JERRY JOHN PATEK

Victoria Advocate, 26 Aug 2004

Jerry J. Patek

SEALY—Jerry John Patek, 72, of Sealy and formerly of Shiner, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004.

He was born Oct. 28, 1931, in Shiner, to the late Jerome Frank and Carrie Matus Patek. He was an insurance agent and a Catholic.

Survivors: sisters, Evelyn Holub of Houston, Estelle Heimann of Wharton, and Carrie Hajek of Austin; and brothers, George Patek and Daniel Patek, both of Houston, Eugene Patek of Shiner, and Freddie Patek of Sealy.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert Knippenberg officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross

JIM PATEK

Shiner Gazette, 7 Dec 1898

Little Jim Patek, aged about four years son of Mr. and Mrs. Patek, living near Shiner died last Saturday and was buried Sunday. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the GAZETTE in their misfortune.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross

LADDIE PATEK

Lavaca County Tribune, Tues., 12 Mar 1963

Laddie Patek, Well Known Musician, Dies

Laddie Patek, 61 well known member of the well-known Patek orchestra of Shiner, died Saturday in an Eagle Lake hospital.

Mr. Patek was on his way home with the orchestra from Houston where they had played for a dance Thursday night, March 7th. At Eagle Lake he became seriously ill and the orchestra stopped to place him in the Eagle Lake Hospital where he remained until his death Saturday, March 9th. According to word received, Mr. Patek had been under a doctor's care for some time but continued the work he loved so much, playing with this famous orchestra which was organized years ago by his late father.

Funeral services were held in Shiner Monday morning March 11th at St. Cyril and Methodius Church and burial was in Shiner Catholic Cemetery, Reverend J. J. Hanacek officiating. Laddie Patek was the father of Miss Gussie Patek a nurse at Renger Memorial Hospital in Hallettsville. His wife and several children survive. The family home was at Old Sweet Home in Lavaca County about half way between Sweet Home and Shiner.

Contributed by Matt Cross

MYRON L. PATEK

Victoria Advocate, 23 May 2001, page 11A

MYRON L. PATEK

DESOTO—Myron L. Patek, 45, of Desoto, and formerly of Yoakum, died Monday, May 21, 2001.

He was born Sept. 7, 1955, in Yoakum, to John William and Virginia Pavlas Patek of Yoakum. He was a corporate operation manager at Hutton Communications Inc. and a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Cheryl Vinklarek Patek; sons, Tim Patek and Jeff Patek, both of Desoto; parents; sisters, Mary Mayes of Victoria, Cathy Stubbs of Portland, Ginny Marek of Bastrop and Theresa Van Sickle of Katy; brothers, Mark Patek and Greg Patek, both of Shiner and Johnny Patek of Yoakum.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

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

Memorials: American Cancer Society, St. Joseph Building Fund or St. Joseph School Endowment Fund.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ROBERT PATEK, Sr.

Victoria Advocate, February 29, 2004

Robert "Bob" Patek, Sr. of Shiner, Texas died Thursday, February 26, 2004 at UTMB Hospital in Galveston, Texas after a courageous battle against a lung disease. Bob died of complications from a lung transplant he received in November 8, 2003, after his own lungs were compromised by severe Pulmonary Fibrosis.

He was born June 3, 1938, in Shiner, to the late Joseph Sr. and Emilie Novosad Patek. Bob was a businessman and co-owner of Patek Grocery and Market. He was a Catholic and a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius parish in Shiner. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the K.J.T. societies. Bob was a retired member of the Shiner Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Shiner Chamber of Commerce. Through his faith and business, Bob touched many people's lives as he was present to all and a friend to so many he came in contact with.

Survivors: Wife, Betty Lou Hajek Patek of Shiner; daughters, Lisa Koenning and Connie Mraz, of Shiner; son, Robert "L.B." Patek Jr. of Shiner; daughter-in-law, Lisa Honish Patek; sons-in-law, Jeff Mraz and Harold Koenning. Sisters; Barbara Lloyd of Shiner and Rosalie Vrana of Midway; brothers, Joe "Peppy" Patek, Jr., William D. Patek, Deacon Paul Patek, all of Shiner and 9 grandchildren, Kevin, Kyle, and Kris Patek; Cullen, Hannah, and Sarah Koenning; Cody, Courtney, and Hunter Mraz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother David Wayne Patek, Sr.

Visitation will begin Sunday, February 29 at 8:00 a.m. at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. A Rosary/Wake Service will be held Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Mass of Resurrection Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 1st, also at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating.

Burial will be at the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are nephews: Joey Patek, Jimmy Lloyd, Jr., Billie Patek, Jr., Paul Patek, Jr., David Patek, Jr., and Randy Vrana.

Memorials: Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church Memorial Fund, Shiner Catholic Schools or Donor's Choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

ELSIE MARY SCHINDLER PATTERSON

Victoria Advocate, Dec 22, 2005

Elsie Mary Patterson, 82, born September 23, 1923, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2005.

She is preceded in death by her husband William H. Patterson, her father Emil Alois Schindler, her mother Effie Mae Schindler, her brother Carl E. Schindler, her brother-in-law Victor J. Rybak and an infant brother.

She graduated from Hallettsville High School in 1942. She taught school at Pagel Settlement & Sublime Elementary School. She moved to Corpus Christi in 1944 and married her husband on August 9, 1947.

She is survived by her sons Donald (Kay) Patterson of Little Elm, Texas and Mark A. Patterson of Corpus Christi; her brother Alvin T. Schindler of Victoria, Texas; her sisters Lucille M. Rybak of Victoria and Josie J. Zappe of Hallettsville, Texas; her brother-in-law Joseph P. Zappe of Hallettsville; and her sisters-in-law Lois Schindler of Victoria, Texas and Margie Schindler of Yoakum, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Erin L. Rangel, Kimberly L. Gonzales, and Courtney D. Patterson; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Rybak, Gary Rybak, Michael Schindler, Douglas Zappe, Robert Zappe, and Joe Zappe II.

Visitation will be at 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at Premier Cremation & Funeral Care Funeral Home, 3720 S. Alameda with a Rosary at 7 p.m. that same evening. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 22, 2005 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hallettsville, Texas with Rev Fr John Peters, celebrant. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

"O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in giving that we receive, it is pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

JOHN F. PATTERSON

Shiner Gazette, 11 Nov 1903

Mr. John Patterson of Old Moulton, who has been sick for several weeks with typhoid fever, died last Friday night.

John F. Patterson, 7 Jan 1884 – 6 Nov 1903, was buried in the Moulton Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

D. A. PAULUS

Weimar Mercury, 10 Jun 1932, page 1

Hon. D. A. Paulus of Halletsville Dead

Many of our people who picked up their daily paper Monday morning were shocked to read of the death of Hon. Dave A. Paulus, former state senator of this district and county judge of Lavaca county for a number of years, which occurred at the family home in Halletsville Saturday night, after an illness extending over many months. The funeral took place in Halletsville Monday afternoon.

Judge Paulus was a man of ability along all lines of endeavor. He served this district most capably for twelve years as state senator, being succeeded by the present state senator, Hon. Gus Russek. He was a deep student, a capable man, an untiring worker, deeply interested in the welfare of his fellow-man, and up to the time of failing health, took a deep interest in the affairs of the nation. He will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends throughout South Texas.

He is survived by the widow, one daughter and four sons, to whom our heartfelt condolence is extended.

Contributed by Matt Cross

JAMES ELLIS PAULUS

Weimar Mercury, 9 Nov 1934, page 1

Death Again Invades The Paulus Home

Death again invades the D. A. Paulus home at Halletsville, taking thence from a son, James Ellis Paulus, who was killed in an automobile accident Sunday night near Yoakum. Mr. Paulus and his wife, Mr. “Ziggie” Schaefer of Schulenburg and Miss Evelyn Moore of Halletsville were en route to Gonzales when their car was side-swiped by another car, which made no stop to see what damage was done or to offer help.

The Paulus car was overturned and Mr. Paulus injured so badly that he died before dawn. The other occupants of the car were injured to some extent, but not seriously. The only clue to the other car was a broken hub cap. Mr. Paulus was buried at Halletsville Monday.

To the Paulus family, visited by death a number of times in the past few years, our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ROSCO PAULUS

Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Apr 1926, page 1

Rosco Paulus Killed

Rosco Paulus, son of Ex-Senator Paulus, was accidentally killed in Kenedy Tuesday morning at 1 o’clock.

Rosco was a brakeman on the Southern Pacific railway, some way while working he was caught under the wheels of a train, his body was cut intwo [sic].

He was married about a year, his home was in Yoakum. The funeral services will be held in Hallettsville. He was about 25 years of age.

The sympathy of the community is extended the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ANNIE SCHACHERL PAVELKA

Victoria Advocate, September 16, 1978

Mrs. Pavelka

SHINER – Mrs. Annie Pavelka, 58, of Shiner died Thursday night in a Yoakum hospital after a lengthy illness. 

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Shiner Catholic Church.  Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic cemetery.  Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Saturday at Buffington Funeral Home here. 

Surviving are her husband, Charlie Pavelka; a son, Robert Pavelka; two daughters, Mrs. Julius Siegel and Miss Barbara Pavelka; a brother, Henry Schacherl; and two grandchildren, all of Shiner. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALVIN LAWRENCE PAVELKA

Victoria Advocate, August 14, 1999

KERRVILLE—Alvin Lawrence Pavelka, 76, of Kerrville died Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999.

He was born Dec. 2, 1923 in Moulton. He was a self-employed construction worker and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Josephine Fritz of Kerville; sister, Angie Koehler of San Antonio.

Preceded in death by: father, John Pavelka; mother, Catherine Vavra Pavelka; sister, Sylvia Stastny.

A rosary will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at Rosewood Funeral Chapels.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Resurrection Cemetery. Full military honors will be observed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corp. League, D.A.V., C.W. V. and American Legion.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Rosewood Funeral Chapels, 573-4546.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

GEORGE PAVLAS

Victoria Advocate, 19 Sep 2005

George Pavlas - MOULTON

George Pavlas, 85, of Moulton, Texas, passed away September 17, 2005.

Born October 1, 1919 to the late Willie J. and Albina Darilek Pavlas. He was a retired employee of Alcoa, as well as business owner of Pavlas Tavern in Moulton. George, a veteran of World War II, was also a member of the American Legion and VFW.

Survivors: spouse, Vlasta Barta Pavlas; three daughters, Jenny Keeling and husband Stan, Roswell, GA; Deralle Pohler and husband Michael, Shiner, TX; Nancy Grau and husband John, Friendswood, TX. four grandchildren: Clinton Pohler, Austin, TX; Wendy Blackerby and husband John, Frisco, TX; Ashley Grau, Orlando, FL; Kyle Grau, Friendswood, TX. one great-grandchild: Ella Grace Blackerby. sister, Martha Pavlicek; brother, Willie F. Pavlas.

Preceded in death by: Stepmother, Anna Bohuslav Pavlas;

Rosary will be recited September 19, 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Moulton and services September 20, 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Reverend John Peters officiating.
Contributed by Matt Cross

JEANETTE MARIE SCHUMANN PAVLAS

Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, February 6, 1997

Jeanette Pavlas

Jeanette Marie (Schumann) Pavlas, 63, of Cuero passed away Thursday, Jan 30 at 4:05 a.m.  Born in Moulton on Jan. 13, 1934, she was the daughter of Albert and Amelia “Mollie” (Pelech) Schumann.  A homemaker, she was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church of Missouri City and the KJZT.

Survivors include her mother, Amelia “Mollie” Schumann of Moulton, a daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and Wellie Harris of Stafford; and son and daughter-in-law, William and Michelle Pavlas of Missouri City; a sister, Lynnell Hudson of Moulton; and four grandchildren.  Preceding her in death were her father and a brother.

The funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton followed by burial in the church cemetery.  The Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiated.

Rosary was recited on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Smith Chapel in Moulton. 

Contributed by Rob Brown

ALFONCE PAVLICA

Victoria Advocate, April 22 and April 23, 1980

YOAKUM – Alfonce Pavlica, 64, of 301 Goldman St. in Yoakum died suddenly at his residence at 9:30 a.m. Monday. 

He was born June 21, 1915 in Shiner and was a retired manager at the Yoakum Cannery. 

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Bishop Hugo Gerbermann officiating. 

Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. 

Among those surviving are his wife, Trudie Pavlica; a son, Andrew Pavlica both of Yoakum; four sisters, Mrs. Christine Emery of Mercedes, Mrs. Frances Matland and Mrs. Margaret McMillan, both of Brenham and Mrs. Blanche Taylor of San Antonio;  a brother, Johnny Pavlica of McAllen; and two grandchildren.  

Pallbearers will be John, Dennis and Terry O’Neill, Ronnie Biehunko and Allen and John Munson. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ANDREW A. PAVLICA

Victoria Advocate, February 22, 2013

ANDREW A. PAVLICA

YOAKUM - Andrew Alfonce Pavlica, age 59, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

He was born on July 27, 1953 in Mercedes to Alfonce and Trudie Bradshaw Pavlica. He was a welder.

Survivors: daughter, Ashley Garza of Yoakum; grandchildren, Jordan Garza and Vanessa Garza both of Yoakum, Saida Garza and Teresa Garza both of Cuero; special friend, Penny Sims of Yoakum.

Preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Paige Pavlica Garza.

Family visitation on Sunday from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MAGGIE KURTZ PAVLICA

Victoria Advocate, 24 Mar 1999, page 10A

MAGGIE KURTZ PAVLICA

SHINER – Maggie Kurtz Pavlica, 80, of Shiner, died Monday, March 22, 1999.

She was born June 2, 1918, in Shiner to the late W.M.B. and Josephine Michalec Kurtz. She was a homemaker and was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

Survivors: sisters, Frances Wenske of Moulton, Bessie Heidaker of Yoakum, Emily Brom of Houston and Dorothy Gast of Navasota; and brother, Steve Kurtz of Yoakum.

Preceded in death by: husband, Steve Pavlica; an infant sister; and brothers, Bill Kurtz, Victor Kurtz, Henry Kurtz and Rudy Kurtz.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Bruno Wenske, Dennis Zatopek, Edwin Mayer, Don LaFitte, Mike O’Dell, Victor Mach, James Meisetschleager and John Meisetschleager.

Memorials: donor’s choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ANITA LYDIA KOHLLEFFEL PAVLICEK

Victoria Advocate, April 12, 2004

Anita L. Pavlicek

HALLETTSVILLE - Anita Lydia Pavlicek, 68, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, April 11, 2004.
She was born Dec. 1, 1935, in Lavaca County, to the late Charles Elo and Annie Leibicher Kohlleffel. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Moulton.

Survivors: daughters, Ann Klaus of Houston, Alice Snook of Iola, and Annie Pavlicek of Hallettsville; sons, Adolph Pavlicek of Porter and Frank Pavlicek of Yoakum; brother, Alvin Kohlleffel of Hallettsville; and eight grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Adolph V. Pavlicek.
Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home chapels.

A wake service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ascension of the Lord Catholic Church in Moravia, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Moravia Catholic Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ANNETTE NAJVAR PAVLICEK

Victoria Advocate, December 16, 2003

Annette Najvar Pavlicek

Annette Najvar Pavlicek, 61, of Houston passed away peacefully at home, on December 13, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Hallettsville, Texas on August 15, 1942 and graduated from Sacred Heart High School. She became a registered vocational nurse in 1961 and was active in Catholic Daughters of the Americas and KJZT. She moved to Houston in 1963 with her husband to start their family. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Her husband, Edward J. Pavlicek and father, Jim Najvar, predeceased her in death. She is survived by her loving family including mother, Pauline Najvar of Hallettsville, sister Bernice Morgenroth and husband Bob of Victoria, and four children all of Houston, Arnold Pavlicek, Linda Carman and husband Gerald, Diane Reed and husband John, and Daryl Pavlicek and wife Anthi, grandson, James.

Visitation: 3pm, Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, Texas.

Rosaries: 7pm, Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home and 9:30am, Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church.

Service: 10am, Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at Sacred Heart Church, Hallettsville, Texas.

Burial: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Moulton, Texas.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

ELO FRANK PAVLICEK

Victoria Advocate, Aug 30, 2004

Elo F. Pavlicek

MOULTON - Elo Frank Pavlicek, 85, of Moulton, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004.

He was born June 7, 1919, in Lavaca County, to Joe Frank Sr. and Annie Jilek Pavlicek. He was a self employed TV repair salesman and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Lexie Vinklarek Pavlicek; daughters, Darlene Hill of San Antonio, Sherri Pavlicek and Elaine Rister, both of Houston; son, Melvin Pavlicek of Katy; and five grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brothers, Joe F. Pavlicek, Herbert Pavlicek, Alfons Pavlicek, and Anton Pavlicek.

Visitation will begin today at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

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

Memorials: KC Monsignor Robert Schmidtt Memorial Fund or St. Joseph Memorial Fund.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

EMIL JOSEPH PAVLICEK

Brazosport Facts, Clute, TX, August 8, 2007

On August 6, 2007, an avid fisherman was called home by the Lord. Emil Joseph Pavlicek ("Polly") was born June 5, 1925, near Moulton, Texas, to Josephine and Louis Pavlicek.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen; parents; and brothers, Albert and Gene Pavlicek.

Emil is survived by three children, daughter, Barbara Mohler and husband, Roddy; son, John Pavlicek; and daughter, Denise Burch and husband, Johnny, all of Freeport; two brothers, Louis and Frank of Moulton; grandchildren, DeDee Foshee, Amy Painter, Ashley Pavlicek, Elise Faulkner, Matthew Burch; great-grandchildren, Aaron Foshee, Adam Foshee, Timothy Painter and Austin Delashmit; special friends, Cindy and John Patterson and Daniella Montemayor.

E.J. fought a valiant battle with cancer yet rarely complained. Family members would take him for his treatments and he would be ready to go fishing almost as soon as he got home. He loved yard work and could be seen outside tending his garden and plants or mowing the grass. His daughters said they had a hard time keeping up with him. He never thought he would lose the battle - his courage is to be commended. Emil was a smoker, and as soon as he heard the word he had to quit, he lay them down and never touched another one. If his determination and courage can save one life by not smoking, then he would be proud to know that it can be done with a strong will and faith in God.

Emil served his country in the Navy during the Pacific-Asiatic Campaign stationed in Okinawa from 1944-1946.

He began a career at Dow Chemical Company as an operator from 1946 until 1995, when he reluctantly retired. One unbelievable record he held while working at Dow and one which will probably never be broken is 43 years perfect attendance - now that's determination! Most of his life he was very healthy, a strong-willed man who believed in giving an honest day's work for an honest day's pay.

Fishing truly was his passion and he spent many hours on the water with family catching the limit. Grandson, Matthew, was his special fishing buddy and would go anytime he had a chance with his Grandpa, which was often. The waters along the coast will miss seeing Polly coming at them in his boat.

Special and loving thanks to Dr. Pant, Dr. Falcon, Holly, Cathy, Monica and rest of the staff, Dr. Bonnen and staff, Helping Hands and Hearts Hospice, and the spiritual strength from Ruby Ruiz. The care, dedication and support you showed our Dad is a blessing from the Lord.

Services will be Friday, August 10, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas. Graveside services will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations in Emil's name be made to American Cancer Society and/or a hospice of your choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

GEORGE D. PAVLICEK

undated 1944 news clipping

GEORGE PAVLICEK DIES OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION

DIED JULY 3 OF WOUNDS RECEIVED FIGHTING WHILE IN FRANCE

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pavlicek of Komensky have been notified by the war [department] that their son, S. Sgt. George D. Pavlicek, died of wounds received in action in France on July 8. He was inducted in March, 1942 and had been overseas since April, 1944. On September 13, 1944 he would have been 28 years of age.

He was born in Lavaca County and attended school at Novohrad, Shiner parochial training school, and Komensky, from which he graduated in 1937. He received his military training at Camp Barkeley, Tex. La., California, and Ft. Dix, N. J. He was in the infantry in the 90th Division.

Sgt. Pavlicek was a fine young man, a credit to his parents and to his country. He was a devout member of the Catholic Church and his life was guided by its teachings.

He is survived by his grief-striken [sic.] parents, two brothers, Franklin and Pfc. Otto J. of the U. S. Army; and four sisters, Mrs. Edward (Julia) Kainer, Eugenia, Marcelline and Georgiann.

Memorial services will be held at a future date.

We offer sincerest sympathy to this family in its [sorrow].

George Pavlicek is buried in the Praha Catholic Cemetery in Fayette County.

JOHN PAVLICEK

Corpus Christi Times, Tuesday, June 19, 1951

Funeral services for John Pavlicek, 67, a farmer in the Edroy community for several years, were to be held at 4 p.m. today in Shiner.

Pavlicek died at 5 a.m. yesterday in Shiner.

He is survived by a son, Frank Pavlicek of Corpus Christi; a daughter, Mrs. Fannie McNeth of Flour Bluff; a brother, Ed Pavlicek of Corpus Christi, and an uncle, J. R. Pavlicek of Corpus Christi

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOSEPHINE PAVLICEK

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, February 15, 1977

MOULTON – Mrs. Josephine Pavlicek, 82, of Flatonia, died Monday. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton with the Rev. Robert Schmidt officiating.  Burial will be in Moulton Catholic Cemetery. 

Survivors include her husband, Louis; five sons, Elbert, Louis, Eugene and Frank, all of Moulton and Emil of Freeport; two sisters, Mrs. Louis Krhovjak of Schulenburg and Mrs. Frances Pekar of Taylor; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

VLASTA H. REHAK PAVLICEK

Victoria Advocate newspaper clipping

VLASTA H. PAVLICEK

MOULTON - Mrs. Vlasta H. Pavlicek of Moulton passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at the age of 90.

Mrs. Pavlicek was born March 12, 1920, to the late Anton and Mary (Mikush) Rehak Sr. in Hallettsville.

Visitation started at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton. Rosary will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton. Smith Funeral Home, 404 West Bobkat Drive, Moulton, Texas 77975, 361-596-4631.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ROBERT "BOBBY" PAVLISKA

Kubena Funeral Home

Robert “Bobby” Pavliska, 58, of Hallettsville, passed away Nov. 30, 2013. 

He was born on June 9, 1955 to Henry A. & Agnes Netardus Pavliska Sr. in Shiner. He was a member of 3rd degree Knights of Columbus Council 2433, 4th degree Knights of Columbus Assembly 1128, KJT, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. 

Bobby is survived by: brother Jerome Pavliska & wife Georgia of Gonzales, sister Agnes Darilek & husband James of Gonzales, and sister-in-law Linda Pavliska. 

Bobby was preceded in death by: his parents, and brother Henry A. Pavliska. 

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Wednesday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Wednesday, at Sacred Heart Church. Officiant: Msgr. John Peters. Memorials: Sacred Heart School Capital Campaign, Sacred Heart Athletic Fund or donor's choice Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Originally published December 5, 2013 at 11:27 p.m., updated December 5, 2013 at 11:27 p.m.  Victoria Advocate

He was known to many in Hallettsville and surrounding areas as simply The Polka Man. 

For others, he was Justice of the Peace Pavliska from Precinct 3. 

However he was labeled, he was regarded as one the friendliest community activists in town. 

On Thursday, longtime Justice of the Peace Robert "Bobby" Pavliska, of Wied, died of acute adrenal failure after battling health issues for many years. 

He was 58. 

"He never met a stranger. He always talked to everyone. He was a jovial, big man, you know, and when he would laugh, his Santa Claus belly would jiggle," said his sister-in-law, Linda Pavliska, of Hallettsville. "He had a great sense of humor, and he loved to have fun." 

Pavliska's popular catchphrase, "I'm from Wied," was often repeated in jest among those who listened to his popular KHLT polka radio show or attended his many broadcasts at area football games and other sporting events. 

He was an avid sports fan, especially supportive of his local teams, Linda Pavliska said. 

"He liked sports, and he liked watching the kids participate. That was his joy," she said. "He wasn't able to do his broadcasts at the games the last few years because of his health, but that didn't stop him from going to the games." 

Pavliska served 23 years in Precinct 3, a post he enjoyed because it allowed him to share sacred and special moments with the community. 

"He saw a lot of (tragedy), you know, because he would have to go out if there was a fatality," Linda said. "Those were hard for him, especially when he had to perform an inquest for a friend when someone he knew died. But he did his job, and he enjoyed it." 

Pat Fawbush, another Hallettsville relative, said the moments he enjoyed most as a justice of the peace were performing marriage ceremonies. 

"That's why he loved it. For those moments he shared with people," Fawbush said. 

Pavliska was active with the Knights of Columbus. 

He was a third-degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 2433 and fourth-degree with Knights of Columbus Assembly 1128. 

He served with the Catholic Union of Texas and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. 

"He was very involved with raising money for schools and athletics, whatever he could do to help the kids," Fawbush said. 

Agnes Darilek, Pavliska's sister, said Pavliska died in his sleep just before 1 p.m. Saturday. 

"He went peacefully. It was a beautiful way to die," she said.

 Pavliska's legacy in Hallettsville will be one of selfless service and a desire to spread joy to all who called him friend. 

He had a good life. "He got to do what he enjoyed most, which was to be around the community, serve people and serve God - on his own terms," Fawbush said. "He was able to bring a lot of joy into people's lives."

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

PAVLISKY

Shiner Gazette, 17 Dec 1908, Nickel News column

A very sad accident occurred last week. A Bohemian woman, a stranger, whose reason was dethroned, and who was visiting her son, Pavlisky by name, caught fire and was burned almost to death. Death ensued a few hours after being discovered. Her remains were buried at Moulton Catholic cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross

FRANK CHARLIE PAVLU

Victoria Advocate, Monday, January 29, 1973

HALLETTSVILLE – Frank C. (Speedy) Pavlu, 69, of Hallettsville, died at 5 a.m. Sunday in a local hospital. 

He was born Sept. 14, 1903 in Lavaca County. 

The body will lie in state until 2 p.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home, when it will be taken to Sacred Heart Church for funeral services at 3 p.m.  The Rev. Stanley Petru will officiate, with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. 

Survivors include four brothers, Louis and Victor, both of Hallettsville; Anton of Victoria and Joe Pavlu of Austin; three sisters, Miss Louise Pavlu of Houston, Miss Annie Pavlu of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Adolph Klieber of Victoria; two half-brothers, Willie and Albert Pavlu of Houston; and two half-sisters, Miss Betty Pavlu of Hallettsville and Sister M. Gabriel of Victoria. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALONZO PAYNE

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 1907 on page 1.

Hallettsville December 18.—It was Alonzo Payne who was killed near Hackberry Monday night by being shot in the head with a gun. Members of the family say it was accidental. His wife said he and she were scuffling over the gun, he was trying to shoot her, when it was accidentally discharged and resulted in his death. Sheriff Noble brought with him to town two boys of deceased and his wife and will keep them in jail for further developments. One boy is about 14 years old, the other younger.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton

FRANTISEK PECH

Moulton News, 4 Apr 1895

DIED.

Mr Peck an aged gentleman living near here died Thursday eve. He was about 65 years old. The funeral took place here Friday and was attended by a vast crowd of people.

Frantisek Pech, 12 Apr 1828 – 28 Mar 1895, was buried in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Moulton. Contributed by Matt Cross

ADOLPH PECHACEK

Hallettsville Tribune, 23 Mar 1934

Adolph Pechacek

A very large attendance of relatives from far and near attended the funeral of Adolph Pechacek Sr. who, at the age of 83 years died at the home of his son Otto in Houston Texas Tuesday at 1:30 a.m. Requiem mass at 9:00 a.m. Thursday was read by the Rev. A. Raska of El Campo, a nephew of the deceased in the Sacred Heart Church, who also conducted the funeral ceremonies at the grave in the Halletsville Catholic Cemetery. Our pastor Rev. A. Mathis preached a touching sermon in German. The deceased was born in Morava, Europe, came in his early age to America, settling in Frelsburg. He married Miss Fredericka Berckenhoff and in 1890 they moved to Lavaca County near Witting. Several years ago they moved to Houston where they resided until now. He is survived by his wife and seven children. Adolph of Yoakum, Joe near Houston, Emil in Ballinger, Otto in Houston, Mrs. Frank Grahmann in Halletsville, Mrs. Ed. Ermis in New Braunfels, Mrs. Frazer near Yoakum and many grandchildren. Lord accept his soul to dwell in your house.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ADOLPH G. PECHACEK

Victoria Advocate, 8 Apr 1956

Adolph G. Pechacek

Yoakum, April 7 - Adolph G. Pechacek, 71, died in a Houston Hospital Friday. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Monday from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yoakum. Internment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. and will be said again at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Pechacek had lived in the Yoakum area all his life.

He is survived by three sons, Adolph A. Pechacek of Boerne, Leo Pechacek of Yoakum and Carl Pechacek of Victoria, three daughters, Mrs. Ladike Kubicek of Houston, Mrs. Herman Petering of Yoakum and Mrs. Freddie Sanchez of Victoria, 17 grandchildren and 36 great-grand children.

Contributed by Matt Cross

AGNES PECHACEK

Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, 25 Nov 1975

Mrs. Agnes Pechacek, 79, of Hallettsville, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1975, in a San Antonio hospital.

The body lay in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 9 a.m. Monday when it was taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for funeral services at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Stanley Petru officiated with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Mrs. Pechacek was born March 6, 1896 in Lavaca County.  She was married to Fritz Pechacek in 1915 in Hallettsville.  He died in 1929.

Survivors include two sons, Paul of San Antonio and Ambrose of Laguna Vista, Texas; four daughters, Mrs. Victor Kraus, Mrs. Jerome Holub and Mrs. Colice Picard, all of San Antonio, and Mrs. Ray Maris of Billings, Mont.; a brother, Henry Bludau of Hallettsville; a sister, Mrs. Alphonse Leopold of Hallettsville, 30 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

CHRISTINE PECHACEK

Hallettsville Semi-weekly Herald, 7 Jan 1930

Death of a Child

The many friends of Mrs. Fritz Pechacek, of Route 5, sympathize with her in the loss of her baby daughter, Christine, aged 12 days, who died Friday January 3rd.

The funeral was held Saturday with services in the Sacred Heart Church and interment in the Catholic Cemetery Rev. A. Mathis officiating. Pallbearers were Hilbert and Joe Bludau Jr.

The child is survived by her mother, several brothers and sisters.  To them we extend our deepest sympathy.
Contributed by Matt Cross

EMILIE PECHACEK

Lavaca County Tribune, 7 Apr 1953

Mrs. Emilie Pechacek Laid to Rest April 2

Funeral services for Mrs. Emilie Pechacek, 67, of 209 South Street, Yoakum, were held Thursday, April 2 at 2 pm at Buffington chapel and with 2:15 services at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Msgr. Joseph Putska officiated and also read interment rites at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Born at Gonzales February 25, 1886, Mrs. Pechacek died at San Antonio, Tuesday, March 31.

Survivors include her husband Adolf C. Pechacek of Yoakum, sons Leo Pechacek of Yoakum, Adolf Pechacek of Boerne, Carl Pechacek of Victoria; three daughters, Mrs. Amelia Kubicek, Houston, Mrs. Annie Petering, Yoakum and Mrs. Martha Sanchez, Victoria, two brothers Gus and Alois Lorke, Hallettsville, 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Contributed by Matt Cross

FREDERICKA BERCKENHOFF PECHACEK

Hallettsville Tribune, 9 Aug 1938

Former Halletville Resident Expires at Highland Home Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Adolph Pechacek, 77, a former longtime resident of Halletsville whose death occurred Sunday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Henry Fraizer of the Highland section, were held Tuesday, August 9, with her nephew the Rev. A. Raska of El Campo officiating at Requiem High Mass at the Sacred Heart Church Here.

The deceased was born in 1864 in Frelsburg in 1883 she was united in marriage to Adolph Pechacek. She resided during her married life variously at Witting, Pagel place and Halletsville.

Survivors include four sons, Adolf of Yoakum, Joe and Otto of Houston, Emil of Rowena, three daughters, Mrs. Clara Fraizer of Highland, Mrs. Frank Grahmann of Halletsville, Mrs. James E. Hermes of New Braunfels, two sisters Mrs Peter Raska of Yoakum, Mrs. Laura Mitchell of San Antonio and a sister- in-law, Mrs. Mary Berkenhoff of Halletsville in addition to a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Internment was in the local Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross. Photo contributed by Cullis Hollub

LEO ERVIN PECHACEK

Victoria Advocate, 4 Apr 2007

YOAKUM - Leo Ervin Pechacek, 90, of Yoakum, passed away Sunday, Apr. 1, 2007.

Leo was born in Hallettsville on Oct. 26, 1916 to the late Adolph and Emelin Lorke Pechacek. He was a retired saddle maker and a veteran of WWII.

Survivors include two sons, Leonard W. Pechacek of Houston and David Pechacek of Spring.  Leo was preceded in death by: his wife, Stella; two brothers; and three sisters.

Services: 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with internment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Contributed by Matt Cross

STELLA TUPA PECHACEK

Victoria Advocate, 14 Sep 2000

STELLA PECHACEK

Yoakum—Stella Pechacek, 82, of Yoakum, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000.

She was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Flatonia, to the late John and Frances Novak Tupa. She was a retired leather stainer at Tex Tan and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a member of the KJZT and the VFW Auxiliary.

Survivors: husband, Leo Ervin Pechacek; sons, Leonard Wayne Pechacek of Houston and David Pechacek of Spring; sisters, Rosalie Harabis of Yoakum, Annie Svatek of Fredresburg, Frances Svatek of Flatonia and Mary Wolkarte of Houston; brother, Johnnie Tupa of Houston; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, (361) 293- 2333.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ADOLPH P. PEKAR

The Victoria Advocate

SHINER - Adolph P. Pekar, age 80, went to be with the Lord on October 10, 2013. 

He was born May 8, 1933 in Shiner to Paul Jr. and Mary Molnoskey Pekar.  He was a farmer, a lifelong member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and a member of KJT and KJZT. 

Adolph served in the United States Army from July 16, 1953 to June 2, 1955. Upon completion of his service in the Army, he married Laverne Elores Koenning. They were happily married for 56 years and were blessed with 7 children.

His hobbies were ranching, gardening, barbecuing and playing dominoes with his family. He never met a stranger and always maintained a good sense of humor, even at the end of his life. He was his family's rock and foundation and will be greatly missed by many. 

Survivors are; wife, Laverne Pekar; 4 daughters, Bridget Vinklarek of Victoria, Denise Pesek of Shiner, Debbie Vernor (James) of Gonzales and Michelle Nieto (Joe) of Victoria; 3 sons, Calvin Pekar (Paula) of Shiner, Glen Pekar (Therese) of Hallettsville and Marlin Pekar (Terri) of Yoakum; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; 4 sisters, Mary Ann Marek, Agnes Darilek (Frankie), Pauline Kloesel and Beatrice Opela (Bob); sister-in-law, Angie Pekar; 3 brothers, Norbert Pekar (Theresa), Paul Pekar III and Henry Pekar. 

Preceded in death by parents, son-in-law, Darryl Vinklarek; brother, Raymond Pekar; infant brother, Benjamin and infant sister, Rosalie. 

Visitation beginning at 9 a.m., Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.  Rosary 6 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.  Funeral mass 10 a.m. Monday, October 14, 2013 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with Rev. Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Burial at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Clint Pekar, Kevin Pekar, Curtis Pekar, Bradley Pesek, Derrick Vinklarek and Cody Pekar.  Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren, Jessica Gillespie, Lauren Vinklarek, Brooke PesekByran and Addison Pekar, Cameron and Aidan Vernor, Carson Nieto and great-granddaughter, Madelyn Pesek. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Accolade Hospice of Yoakum, American Diabetes Association, Incarnate Word Convent or Donor's Choice.

On-line guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com.  Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JAMES W. PEKAR

Victoria Advocate, Friday, March 17, 1967

HALLETTSVILLE – James W. Pekar, 76, of Hallettsville, died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday in a San Antonio hospital. 

He was born June 19, 1890 in Sweet Home, Tex. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home, and at 2:30 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home, with the Rev. Vaclav Bily officiating. Burial will be in Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery. 

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Joe Sitka of Wied, Mrs. Walter Knezek of Sweet Home and Mrs. Adolph Opela of Wied; two sons, Jon C. Pekar of San Antonio and Willie of Gonzales; four step-sons, Alfons Dworsky of Yoakum, Alfred Dworsky of Bloomington, Anton Dworsky of New Braunfels and Richard Dworsky of Channelview, Tex; three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Kocian, Houston, Mrs. Annie Chaloupka of Schulenburg and Mrs. Mary Wick of Rio Hondo; and four brothers, John, Frank and Adolph Pekar, all of San Antonio, and Willie Pekar of Yoakum.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOSEPH A. PEKAR

Shiner Gazette

SWEET HOME MAN KILLED BY LIGHTNING

Joseph A. Pekar, 47, Lavaca County farmer, was killed by lightning last Sunday afternoon during a thunderstorm while tending livestock. A horse and eight chickens were also struck and killed.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Sweet Home Catholic Church, with burial in the Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, his mother, Mrs. Johanna Pekar, a son, Louis and an adopted son, Willie, with the army in England; also 5 grandchildren and several brothers and sisters.

Contributed by Matt Cross

LILLIAN WURM PEKAR

Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home

YOAKUM - Lillian Wurm Pekar, age 77, passed away August 13, 2013. 

She was born June 22, 1936 in Lavaca County to John and Virgie May Neel Wurm.  She married Edward Pekar on September 6, 1954 and shortly afterwards moved to Houston. 

Survivors are daughter, Tracy Rogers (Chad) of Houston; sister, Betty Flessner (Gordon) of Yoakum; brothers, Glen Wurm of Houston, Robert Wurm (Shirley) of Yoakum and Charles Wurm (Rhonda) of Yoakum. 

Preceded in death by parents, husband, Edward Pekar Sr., and son Edward Pekar Jr.; sisters, Mary Howell, Marlene Wurm and Sherilyn Koenning; brothers John Wesley Wurmand James Edward Wurm. 

Visitation 12 noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2013 with funeral service at 2 p.m. at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. 

Pallbearers are Gordon Flessner, Shane Flessner, Roy Koenning, Charles Proschko, Harry Howell III and Harry Howell IV. 

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association. 

On-line guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com.  Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

 MARY KOCIAN PEKAR

Victoria Advocate, November 5, 1978

HALLETTSVILLE – Mrs. Mary Pekar, 82, of Yoakum, died Saturday morning in a Yoakum hospital. 

Born in Lavaca County on May 23, 1896.  Mrs. Pekar was a member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home.  She married Frank Pekar in Sweet Home Sept. 28, 1914. 

Funeral services for Mrs. Pekar will be Monday at 3 p.m. in the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Rev. Al Padalecki officiating.  Burial will be in Sweet Home Catholic Cemetery.  The body will be at Kubena Funeral Home until 1:30 p.m. Monday, and rosary will be recited at the funeral home Sunday at 7:30 p.m. 

Mrs. Pekar is survived by her husband, of Yoakum; six daughters, Mrs. Georgia Vanek of Houston, Mrs. Betty Ann Schaefer of Houston, Mrs. Adela Vanek of Houston, Mrs. HelenBujnoch and Mrs. Elizabeth Dworsky, both of Bloomington, and Mrs. Dorothy DEworsky of New Braunfels; four sons, Felix Pekar of Yoakum, Jerome Pekar, Victor Pekar and AlbinPekar, all of Houston; a sister, Mrs. William Pekar of Yoakum; a brother, Anton Kocian of Sinton; 40 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. 

Pallbearers at the funeral will be grandsons Lawrence Pekar, Alfred Dworsky, David Dworsky, Michael Pekar, Kenneth Vanek and Gene Bujnoch. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ABE PEPPER

Weimar Mercury, 1 Apr 1899

Halletsville, Tex., March 20.—Mr. Abe Pepper, aged 32 years, a native of Halletsville and a well known and popular business man, died at his home last night, after suffering great agony for forty-eight hours. The doctors pronounced the malady to be meningitis. He leaves a wife and two children, besides his parents and other relatives. He was a member of the A. O. U. W., and was buried by said order this afternoon. His is the third death from this disease, the other two being Frank Wurm of Koerth and Otto Koenning of Breslau, two farmers, who went home from here, where they were attending court, and died in a very short time, Wurm dying in thirty-six hours after leaving home.

HENRY PEPPER

Hallettsville Herald
27 Oct 1892

Death of Henry Pepper.

Henry Pepper, son of Mr. L. S. Pepper, died at the family residence in Lake Charles, La., on Thursday morning, October 20, and was buried in that city the following day. Abe Pepper of Halletsville, a brother of the deceased, attended the funeral. Henry is the second child of which Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Pepper have been bereaved since their removal from Halletsville to Lake Charles some months ago. The family, it is understood, will return to Halletsville as soon as business engagements will permit and reside here in future.

DESIDERIO F. PEREZ

Shiner Gazette, 3 Oct 1900

Mr. D. F. Perez, a prosperous and hard working Mexican, died last Wednesday of hemorrhage of the bowels, and was buried Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in the Catholic cemetery. He was well thought of by his friends and acquaintances, a good crowd of whom attended the funeral.

Desiserio Perez, 10 Feb 1865 – 26 Sep 1900; born at Tamaulipa, Mexico, was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Shiner. Contributed by Matt Cross.

PESEK CHILD

Shiner Gazette, 23 Apr 1908, Local News column

The little 3 year old son of Mr. Mike Pesek died last Sunday of Dysentery and was buried in the Shiner cemetery on Tuesday.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ALBINA PAVLAS PESEK

Shiner Gazette, 24 Nov 1977

Mrs. Pesek Rites Held

Mrs. Willie J. Pesek, 90 years, 8 months and 28 days, died at 12:35 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16, 1977 in a Yoakum nursing home.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Sacred Heart Church, Hallettsville. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The Rev. Stanley Petru officiated.

The body was taken to the church from Kubena Funeral Home at 9 a.m. Friday.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday by the parish at Kubena Chapel.

Mrs. Pesek, nee Albina Pavlas, was born Feb. 18, 1887, in Lavaca County, daughter of Felix and Frances Pavlas. She was married to Willie J. Pesek on Oct. 10, 1910 in the Praha Catholic Church. He preceded her in death Aug. 27, 1947.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Lillian Kristek of Hallettsville, Mrs. Annie Koerth of Alice, Mrs. Josephine Prasek of Agua Dulce, Mrs. Angeline Roberts of Victoria; three brothers, Adolph Pavlas of Flatonia, Louis and Julius Pavlas, both of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Mary Doubrava of Cuero; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

EDDIE R. PESEK

Victoria Advocate,  May 4, 1980

SHINER – Eddie R. Pesek, 80, of Yoakum, a native of Shiner, died in a Yoakum hospital Saturday at 7:55 a.m. 

A retired farmer and carpenter, he had lived most of his life in Shiner and had moved to Yoakum several years ago. 

He was the son of the late Matt and Mary Marek Pesek. 

Funeral services will be held at the Shiner Catholic Church Monday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating.  Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.  Rosary will be recited at the Buffington Funeral Home of Shiner on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. 

He is survived by his wife, Eva Pesek of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. Leonard Janecek of Yoakum and Mrs. Lois Schumann of Houston; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charlie and Frank Pesek of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Bill Jurica of Shiner. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ELLA MAE STOELTJE PESEK

Victoria Advocate, June 27, 2000

Ella Mae (Stoeltje) Pesek, 65, of Victoria passed away Sunday, June 25, 2000.

She was born on February 12, 1935, in Lavaca County to the late Sam Stoeltje, Sr. and Ella (Schmidt) Stoeltje. She attended school in Witting and graduated from Shiner High School in 1953.

She married Adolph Pesek on June 28, 1953, in Moulton, Texas. They resided in Victoria for all 47 years of their married life. She was employed for 29 years at Groce-Wearden and Scrievners Grocery Company as the PBX operator. She was an active member of First English Lutheran Church, being a member of the Ruth Circle. She held many offices in her family reunions and enjoyed entertaining and visiting her many friends and family. She enjoyed her role as wife, mother, sister, aunt, homemaker and caregiver.

She is survived by her husband, Adolph of Victoria; a daughter, Brenda Faye Pesek Marek and husband, Glenn of Temple; a son, Ronnie Lee Pesek and wife, Kellie of Inez, a son, Lonnie Ray ''Buck'' Pesek and wife, Anita of Yoakum; eight grandchildren, Brett Wayne Marek, Melody Autumn Marek, and Storey Spring Marek of Temple, Trenton Lee Pesek and Trevor Jordan Pesek of Inez, Amanda Renee Pesek, Brady James Pesek, and Shelby Kaye Pesek of Yoakum; three sisters, Jesma Schmidt, Joyce Ummelmann, and Hattie Buss of Seguin; a brother, Sam Stoeltje, Jr. and wife Dorothy of Seguin, a brother, Franklin D. Stoeltje and wife Anna Lois of Victoria; a sister-in-law, Valasta Pesek Pirkle and husband Stephen ''Bubba'' of Gonzales. She is aunt to seventeen nieces and nephews and their children.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Kaye Pesek Bouldin and a sister, Erma Hauschild.

Visitation for Mrs. Pesek will be Tuesday, June 27, 2000, from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at 10:00 A.M. at First English Lutheran Church, Rev. William ''Bill'' Hassel officiating.

Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Chad Donegan, Arlene Hauschild, Monroe Hauschild Jr., Brian Pirkle, Kevin Pirkle, Ralph Schmidt, Carl Stoeltje, David Stoeltje, Donnie Stoeltje, Sam Stoeltje III and Steven Stoeltje.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of South Texas, 2004 Fagan Circle, Victoria, Texas, 77901, First English Lutheran Church, 516 N. Main, Victoria, Texas, 77901, or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Arrangements under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels, 573-4546

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

EMIL PESEK

Weimar Mercury
February 4, 1938 page 2

Well Know Yoakum Resident Succumbs

Yoakum, Texas, Jan 29.—Emil Pesek, 50, well known resident of Yoakum died suddenly at Weimar Thursday afternoon. Mr. Pesek had attended to business in Yoakum Thursday morning and went to Weimar in the afternoon. He was born in Lavaca county, near Praha, and moved to Yoakum 26 years ago. After working in the National Bank a number of years, he went into the insurance business. He was active in politics, having managed the campaign of Congressman Mansfield several times.

Brief services will be held at the home Sunday morning, after which requiem high mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Internment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Annie Benys Pesek, one daughter, Anita, one son , Leon,: four brothers Frank of Schulenburg, Adolph of Moulton, John of Taylor William of Hallettsville; six sisters, Mrs. John Muska of Yoakum, Mrs. Anton Wagner of Moulton and Misses Mary , Annie, Albineo and Agnes Pesek of Moulton.—Houston Chronicle Special

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The people of our little community were fairly startled on learning of Mr. Pesek's death. He had only been in town for a short time. Feeling badly he had gone into Watzlavick’s Pharmacy for a simple remedy that he thought would afford him relief.  It was evident he was he was a victim of acute indigestion. However, as the remedy failed in this instance to give relief, he asked for a place to lie down, as he was feeling badly. He was shown into Dr. A. H. Potthast’s office, and it being evident that he was a very sick man, the doctor and others did everything possible for his comfort and welfare.

However, their efforts were in vain. In just a short time the life of this good man was brought to an end.

His family was notified just a few moments after he showed plainly that he was a very sick man, and they hurried to his bedside, but arrived too late—he had passed away ere they reached Weimar.

Their grief was pitiable, to say the least of it. Only a short while before they had seen him in full vigor of health, and now he was gone from them forever. The sympathy of hundreds of our people went out to the bereaved ones in their distress.

Mr. Pesek in past years had visited our city on numerous occasions. For a number of years he was one of Congressman Mansfield’s managers and was well acquainted with a large circle of people throughout this section. He was a likeable man full of pep and energy, an upright, good citizen, and his passing so quickly is viewed with the deepest and sincerest regret.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton

ERMA HUBER PESEK

from Thiele Cooper Funeral Home—Yoakum, TX

Erma Pesek, age 84, of Sweet Home, died on Saturday, May 2, 2009.

She was born on January 23, 1924 in Lavaca County to Louis and Freida Kruse Huber.

She was a leather worker for Tandy Brands. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Catholic Daughter’s of America and American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors: daughter, Sharon Griggs and husband Ted of Highlands, Texas; sons, John Pesek and wife Carrie of Sweet Home, Kenneth Pesek of Yoakum; grandchildren, Kelly Bullard, Michelle Lammey, Ken Pesek, Jr. and Alisa Pesek; great-grandchildren, Jazzmin and Jordan Bullard, Justin and Kiley Griggs, Jonathan, Nicholas, Natalie and Julian Lammey, Keith and Ruby Pesek.

Preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Pesek.

Wake Service was at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

Funeral mass was at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

F. J. PESEK

Weimar Mercury, 15 Feb 1908, page 3

Halletsville, Feb. 6.—F. J. Pesek, tax collector, of this county died yesterday afternoon after an illness of about three weeks.

Mr. Pesek had served the county as its tax assessor for ten years prior to the last election, when he was elected tax collector, and was serving his first term when death claimed him. He was very popular with the people.

He was in his 58th year and is survived by a wife and eleven children. His death was due to a complication of troubles. His body was interred at Praha in Fayette County in the family graveyard.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton

MARY VESELY PESEK

Yoakum – Mary Pesek, 83, of Yoakum, died Friday, Oct. 8, 1999.

She was born Nov. 15, 1915, in Moulton to the late Frank and Frances Dusek Vesely.  She was a homemaker and was a sales clerk for Montgomery Ward.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, president of KJZT, Catholic Daughters of America, St. Joseph Altar Society, Prayer Line member of KJT, and was a member of Sweet Home American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and volunteered at local nursing homes.

Survivors: sons, Jerome Pesek, Jr. of Spring, James Pesek of Katy and Dan Pesek of Houston; sisters, Agnes Baros and Frances Sylvester, both of Yoakum; brother, Frank Vesely of New Orleans, La.; and five grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Jerome Pesek, Sr.; and brothers, James T. Vesely and Joe Vesely.

A parish rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today, a KJZT and Catholic Daughters rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

Entombment will be at St. Joseph Mausoleum.  Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, (361) 293-2333.

Memorials: St. Joseph Church building fund.
Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore

MILDRED MARIE DOLEZAL PESEK

Victoria Advocate, 14 Oct 2003, page 8A

MILDRED M. PESEK

SHINER – Mildred Marie Pesek, 77, of Shiner, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003.

She was born April 20, 1926, in Shiner, to the late Frank A. and Lillie Kral Dolezal. She was a member of KJZT, SPJST and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: husband, Laddie Pesek; daughters, Jeanette Poppe of Franklin and Charlene Janak of Hallettsville; sons, Robert “Bobby” Pesek and Dale Pesek, both of Shiner; sister, Emily Wigrys of Houston; and seven grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: brother, Edward Dolezal.

A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

A KJZT rosary will be recited 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Robert Knippenberg officiating.

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

Memorials: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, South Texas Hospice, American Cancer Society or Shiner Nursing and Rehab.

Contributed by Matt Cross

SHIRLEY ANN KRISTEK PESEK

Victoria Advocate, Friday, October 31st, 2003

Shirley A. Pesek

Mrs. Shirley Ann Pesek, age 50 yrs. passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2003.

She was born November 3, 1952 in Hallettsville to the late Eddie W. Kristek and Evelyn Antrich Kristek. Shirley was a secretary for Stevens Health Care & Rehab Center in Yoakum. She was also an agent for Catholic Life Insurance.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by: husband, Kenneth Ray Pesek Sr. of Yoakum, daughter: Alisa Evelyn Pesek and fianc Steve Hastings of Gonzales, son: Kenneth Ray Pesek, Jr. and wife Carrie of Yoakum. Additional family, Ashley Nicole Machicek of Yoakum. Grandson, Keith Allan Hastings. 3 brothers, Harvey Wayne and wife Cindy Kristek of Victoria, Anthony and wife Virginia Kristek of La Grange and Patrick and wife Theresa Kristek of Yoakum. Nieces: Ginny Kristek, Andrea Kristek and Leanne Kristek and nephews, Harvey Kristek, Jr., Shawn Kristek, Shannon Kristek, Heath Kristek, Quintin Kristek and Garrett Kristek. Also survived by mother-in-law, Erma Pesek of Sweet Home, brother-in-law John Pesek and wife Carrie of Yoakum and sister-in-law, Sharon Griggs and husband Ted and their daughters Kelly & Michelle of Houston.

Pallbearers are: Harvey Kristek, Jr., Shawn Kristek, Shannon Kristek, Heath Kristek, Garrett Kristek and John Pesek.

Honorary pallbearer: Quintin Kristek.

There will be a Catholic Daughters rosary on Friday at 10:30 A.M. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum followed by the funeral mass at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be in Queen of Peace Cemetery in Sweet Home.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum. 361-293-2333

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

PETER Child

Shiner Gazette, 3 Feb 1910, Morris School News column

The little infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peter died last Saturday after an illness of a few days. He was buried Saturday afternoon in the Yoakum Catholic cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross

CHARLES PETER

Shiner Gazette, 23 Sep 1909

—Mr. Charles Peter, who recently married Miss Lena Wendell and was afterwards operated on for appendicitis, died quite suddenly at Yoakum last Sunday night. Mr. Peter had been up and about for several weeks and was thought to be fully recovered. His death was very sudden and unexpected. He died at the home of his brother, Frank, about four miles from Yoakum and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery at Yoakum, and the funeral was attended by a large crowd of friends and relatives, to whom we extend the fullest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross

JAN PETER

Shiner Gazette, 27 Jul 1904

Found Hanging From Tree.

John Peter, a Bohemian farmer living on the Wm. Green place near Shiner, suicided last Saturday by hanging himself from the limb of a tree. This was his third attempt at suicide, once by taking arsenic and once by hanging. He was about 70 years old, and leaves a wife and several children.

There are no dates on Jan Peter's marker in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

JAN PETER

Shiner Gazette, 6 Aug 1908, Lone Tree Cullings column

We are sorry to report the death of Mr. J. Peter, Sr., of Morris prairie, who died so suddenly at his home July 24, and was buried the next day in Yoakum Catholic cemetery. A very large crowd attended the burial. He leaves eight sons and two daughters. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing children.

Jan Peter, 1845 – 24 Jul 1908, was the husband of Anastasia Peter. Contributed by Matt Cross

JOHN PETER

Moulton Eagle, Friday, November 27, 1903, page 3

Mr. Jno. Peter, aged 103 years, died Monday night at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Janek [Janik], near Nickel. The interment took place in the Catholic cemetery Tuesday evening. May he rest in peace.

According to his birth record in Ticha, Moravia, Jan Petr was born December 21, 1819 in House #79, making him actually 83 years old at the time of his death. Contributed by Nancy Schmidt

IGNAC J. PETEREK

The Cuero Record, Thursday, March 9, 1967

Funeral services for Ignac J. Peterek, 76, of Yoakum, were conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Yoakum and at 9:15 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Matocha officiating. Burial was in a Catholic Cemetery in Shiner.

Mr. Peterek died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in a Yoakum hospital.

Survivors include his wife: Mrs. Agnes Peterek of Yoakum; a son, Ignac E. of Cuero; a daughter, Mrs. Agnes Vaclavik of Yoakum; two brothers, Clement of Gonzales and John of Austin; three sisters, Mrs. Julie Pustejovsky of Houston and Mrs. Marie Vrazel of Yoakum, and Mrs. Joe Vrazel of Shiner; 10 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOHN PETEREK

Weimar Mercury
2 Feb 1940, page 4

Shiner Man Accidentally Killed by Rifle Shot

John Peterek, aged 22 years, who lived seven miles northwest of Shiner was killed Monday morning by the accidental discharge of his .22 rifle. The tragedy occurred while he was crawling through a fence in search of rabbits. He left home at about 8:30 a.m. The bullet struck him in the head and he died instantly. Justice of the Peace Kloesel was called and rendered a verdict of accidental death.

The young man was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ignac Peterek, Sr., and was highly thought of in his community. Besides his parents, he leaves a brother, Ignac Jr., and a sister, Mrs. Agnes Watzlavick, to mourn his death. — Hallettsville New Era-Herald.

ANNA MARIE LEIST PETERING

"Herald-Times Highlights" from pages of The Herald-Times, Yoakum Daily Herald and The Yoakum Weekly Herald.

Jan 2-24, 1941

Mrs. Anna Marie Petering, 71, passed away Jan 9. She was born October 29, 1869 in Fayette County. In 1893, she came to Pilot Grove. On Oct. 15, 1895, she married Henry J. Petering, and came to Dewitt County.

According to her death certificate, Anna Petering was born in Fayette County to Wm. and Anna Haska Leist. She was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Carla Ratcliff.

HENRY W. PETERING

Victoria Advocate, 14 Jul 1965

Henry W. Petering

Yoakum - Henry W. Petering, 68 year old Yoakum carpenter and farmer, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital at 5:20 p.m. Monday after suffering a heart attack.

A lifetime resident of Yoakum, Mr. Petering was born on May 25, 1897. He resided on Route 3.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at Buffington Funeral Chapel and at 9 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Matocha officiating.

A rosary was recited Tuesday night at the funeral home chapel.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Petering of Yoakum, a son, Edwin Petering of Bay City; two sisters, Mrs. Albert DeDear and Mrs. Annie Condle, both of Yoakum and three grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

HERMAN A. PETERING

Victoria Advocate, 7 Oct 1998, page 8A

HERMAN A. PETERING

YOAKUM - Herman A. Petering, 90, of Yoakum, died Monday, Oct. 5, 1998.

He was born Nov. 17, 1907, in DeWitt County, to the late Herman D. and Clara Leist Petering. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a farmer and was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and VFW.

Survivors: stepdaughters, Erleen Boedeker and Shirley Rehak; and sisters, Clara Petering of Yoakum and Alma Huber of Shiner.

Preceded in death by: wife, Annie M. Petering; stepson, Robert Mudd; sisters, Hattie Berg and Anna Hanzelka; and brother, Fred Petering.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the Rev. Tim Van Antwerp officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, 293-2333.

Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church or donor's choice.
Contributed by Matt Cross

ANNIE PECHACEK MUDD PETERING

Shiner Gazette, 26 Jul 1984

Mrs. Boedeker’s Mother Annie Pechacek Petering Dies

YOAKUM – Annie M. Petering, 71, of Yoakum, died Saturday, July 21, 1984 at 1:45 a.m. in the Yoakum Catholic Hospital following a short illness.

A prayer service was held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at Buffington Funeral Home, where the body lay in state.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. Thomas McCrone officiating.

Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum. Pallbearers were Arthur Boedeker, David Boedeker, both of Shiner, Autry Futschik, Jr. of Hallettsville, Eugene Hanzelka, Charles Hanzelka and Alvin Leist, all of Yoakum.

Mrs. Petering, one of 6 children, was born Oct. 29, 1912 in Hallettsville, daughter of Adolph G. and Emilia (Lorke) Pechacek. She was first married to Ernest Mudd and three children were born to them. On May 19, 1975, she married Herman Petering and they made their home at Yoakum where she was a longtime resident.

Surviving are her husband, Herman Petering of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. Lee Roy (Erleen) Boedeker of Shiner, Mrs. Anton (Shirley) Rehak of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Laddie (Emilie) Kubicek of Houston, Mrs. Fred (Martha) Sanchez of Victoria, two brothers, Carl Pechacek of Victoria and Leo Pechacek of Yoakum; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Apr. 6, 1956; her mother; a brother, Adolph A. Pechacek, May 3, 1981; and a son, Robert Mudd, May 19, 1975.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ANNA H. KRETT PETERS

Victoria Advocate, Friday, Feb. 23, 1968

Mrs. John Peters

YOAKUM – Mrs. John Peters, 91, lifelong resident of the Yoakum area, died at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in a local hospital. 

She was born Nov. 2, 1876 at Praha. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, and at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Matocha officiating.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. 

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Milady Peters, of Yoakum, and Mrs. Hermina Marek of Houston; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Johnny Chilek, Robert Benys, Raymond Richter, George Wysalla, Charles Bitterly, and Vincent Honc. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

DANIEL W. PETERS

Victoria Advocate, July 23, 2008

DANIEL W. PETERS

SHINER - Daniel W. Peters, age 78, died on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. He was born on April 19, 1930, in Lavaca County, to Victor and Frances Siegel Peters.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; worked with Agricultural Stabilization Service; Department of Transportation; was manager of American Legion Park; was a reserve constable; attended the first Police Academy in Lavaca County by Victoria College; was Precinct 3 constable; municipal court judge for the city of Shiner from 1978 until present; Precinct 3 justice of the peace; Precinct 3 commissioner of Lavaca County; and as commissioner he was instrumental in efforts to obtain a grant to move the trestle bridge to the Spoetzl Brewery, to have the Senior Citizen Center in Shiner, and building the new Lavaca County Jail. He also served on the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission. He was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and an usher there, member of KJZT, Kc's KJT, Business Men's Club, Game and Fish League, and Chamber of Commerce. He ran his own meat market, loved his cows, and was a lifetime farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Benjamin Peters. Survivors: wife, Amalia "Molly" Pustka Peters of Shiner; daughter, Monica Peters of Port O'Connor; sons, Daniel "J. R." Peters and wife Deborah, and Daryl Peters, all of Shiner; and three grandsons, Jonathan, Christopher and Joseph Peters.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at the church with the Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating. Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Father Sean Donahue Fund, Shiner Public Library, or Shiner Volunteer Fire Department.

Online guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com. Arrangements with Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil

MARY PETERS

Shiner Gazette, 9 Mar 1898

Mrs. Mary Peters, aged 79, died at the home of Wm. Mulker Sunday and was buried at the Hermann Soehnes’ cemetery Monday evening. She was the mother of Mrs. August Jungerman of Cost, Gonzales county, and had been here on a visit for about a month.

[in adjacent column]

Aug. Jungerman desires us to thank his many friends here for their kindness and assistance to his last Sunday and Monday on the occasion of the death and burial of Mrs. Mary Peters, Mrs. Jungerman’s mother.

D. Peters of near Ledbetter came down Monday in answer to a telegram announcing the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary Peters.

Mary Peters may have an unmarked grave. Contributed by Matt Cross

MARY EMMA PETERS

Shiner Gazette, 19 Jul 1894

The little four year old daughter of John Peters, of Sweet Home, died Friday night and was buried Friday night at Hallettsville.

Mary Emma Peters, 27 Jul 1891 – 13 Jul 1894, daughter of J. G. and M. Peters, was buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery #1. Contributed by Matt Cross

JIM PETERSON

Shiner Gazette, 29 Oct 1902

A Tragedy at Yoakum.

Peterson, a San Antonio & Aransas Pass Brakeman Cut and Stabbed.

R. A. Hamby Under Arrest.

Yoakum, Tex., Oct. 26. – The first tragedy of note in a number of years was enacted upon the streets of Yoakum at about 3:30 o’clock this afternoon when Jim Peterson, a brakeman in the employ of the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway, was shot at and then cut and stabbed. R. A. Hamby, a copper smith in the employ of the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway, was arrested. The beginning of the trouble is said to date back to January 23, of the present year when Hamby and his wife separated.

The wounds inflicted upon Peterson are of a very serious nature. The cut is in the left shoulder and the stab in the right side of the abdomen, the entrails being cut in a number of places. The weapon used was a dirk with a six inch blade.

Hamby, when arrested and jailed, had on a breast plate of Russian iron made by himself.

The injured man is under the care of two physicians and is in a very critical condition. His parents, who reside at Elmendorf, near San Antonio, have been wired for.

Hamby is from Crossville, Tenn. He was taken to the Cuero jail for safe keeping.

Contributed by Matt Cross

MRS. JOE PETRAS

Victoria Advocate, November 24, 1978

SHINER – Mrs. Joe Petras, 87, of Shiner, died Thursday at a local hospital. 

A rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Shiner. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Shiner Catholic church, with burial in Shiner Catholic Cemetery. 

Survivors include her husband of Shiner, three daughters, Mrs. Mary Kridler of Gonzales, Mrs. Ella Simper and Mrs. Millie Migl of Shiner, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

LUDWIG PETREK

San Antonio Light, Tuesday, April 12, 1949

FLATONIA, April 12.-- Services for Ludwig Petrek, 44, were held Sunday from the Moulton Catholic church. Interment was in Moulton Catholic cemetery.

Petrek was found dead Friday.

Survivors are the parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Andrew Petrek, Moulton; six sisters, Mrs. Ed. Breitschaff, Flatonia; Mrs. Lexie Boehm, Mrs. Lee Jarasek, Mrs. Roy Kotzebue, Miss Josie Lee Petrek, all of Moulton, and Mrs. Johnny Kubenka, Witting, and three brothers, J.C. Petrek, Freeport, and Joe and Adolph Petrek, both of Moulton.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

BILL PETRU

Victoria Advocate, July 10, 2012

BILL PETRU

SHINER - Bill Petru, age 68, passed away on July 8, 2012.

He was born on September 30, 1943, in Shiner to Adolph and Helen Werner Petru. He was a truck driver, served in the U. S. Army, was a member of Shiner KC's, and Sts Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Marjorie Patek Petru; sons, Billy Petru and wife Cindy of Shiner, Billy Knight of Van Alstyne, Lee Knight and wife Stacy of Humble and C. J. Knight and wife Michele of Shiner; nine grandchildren, Dalton, Lindsey and Luke Petru, Delaney, Chance, Katelyn, Tyler, Kaleigh and Hunter Knight; sister, Joan Herman and husband Edwin of Shiner; brothers, Larry Petru of San Antonio, Michael Petru and wife Donna of Victoria and Jonathan Petru and wife Clare of Shiner.

Preceded in death by: parents and his first wife, Beverly Petru.

Rosary at 7:30 on Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral mass at 10:00 a. m. on Thursday at Sts Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with Rev. Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Interment at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers: Tony Spann, Josh Petru, Stephen Patek, Dalton Petru, Brian Herman and Dustin Shimek.

Memorials may be given to Shiner Public Library, Shiner Volunteer Fire Department or Sts Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Interment at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.
Online guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

EMILY PUSTEJOVSKY PETRU

Victoria Advocate, June 5, 2011

EMILY PETRU

SHINER - Emily Petru, age 97, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2011. She was born on Oct. 24, 1913, in Lavaca County, to John and Mary Tesar Pustejovsky. She was a homemaker, a member of Sts Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, and a 70-year member of KJZT.

Survivors: son, Leroy Petru and wife Karen of Baytown; grandchildren, Lisa Elliott, Rodney Smith, Shelli Johnson, Staci Helsel and husband Tyson, Keith Petru and wife Stephanie; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lorene Hajek of Shiner.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Frank Petru; daughter, Bobbie Smith; brother, Robert Pustejovsky; and a sister, Rosie Bujnoch.

Rosary will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at Sts Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating. Interment will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.

Online guestbook may be signed at thielecooper.com.
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

EUGENE PETRU

Victoria Advocate, June 21, 2006

EUGENE PETRU

Yoakum—Eugene Petru, age 74 of Yoakum died June 20, 2006. He was born December 28, 1931 in Shiner to the late Anton & Rosie Janda Petru. He was a butcher and served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors are two daughters: Katherine Jendrzey and husband David, Linda Hagan and husband Dennis. Three grandchildren: Christopher Jendrzey and wife Elizabeth, Heath Hagan & Chance Hagan and one great-grandaughter: Aubrie Jendrzey.

Graveside services will be on Thursday at the Shiner Catholic Cemetery at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Roger Hawes officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given to the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum 361-293-5656.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

FANNIE A. BERGER PETRU

Victoria Advocate, July 27, 1999

CORPUS CHRISTI—Fannie A. Petru, 82, of Corpus Christi, died Monday, July 26, 1999.

She was born May 28, 1917, in Chlottenberg, to the late Alois and Johanna Reif Berger. She was a retired cook and a Catholic.

Survivors: husband, James Petru; daughters, Betty Mraz of Houston and Barbara Allen of Sandia; sons, Charles Petru and James Petru Jr., both of Portland; sister, Evelyn Patek of Seguin; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: daughter, Helen Herro; sister, Johanna Kurtz; and brothers, Alois Berger, Joseph Berger, Fred Berger, Louis Berger, Bill Berger, Edwin Berger, Elo Berger and Edgar Berger.

Visitation will be 3 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, the Rev. Morgan Rowsome officiating.

Burial will be at the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Corpus Christi. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 594-3352.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

FRANK PETRU, Sr.

San Antonio Express, Monday, March 22, 1926

SHINER, Tex., March 21.—Frank Petru Sr. died here Friday and was interred in a local cemetery Saturday afternoon. He was 69 years of age and is survived by numerous children and grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JENOVEFA PETRU

San Antonio Express, Sunday, October 20, 1935

YOAKUM, Tex., Oct. 19.—Mrs. Jenovefa Petru, 75, died at her home near here today. Funeral services will be held at the home Sunday morning. Interment will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph F. Petru, five daughters, Mrs. Frank Jurena, Yoakum; Mrs. Martin Lisy, Kingsville; Mrs. Robert Dornak, Gonzales; Miss Antonia Petru, Yoakum; Sister Mary Ann, Cuero; sons, Raymond Orsak, of Simpson, Okla; Victor Orsak of Simpson, John Chumchal, Shiner; 49 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Jenovefa Petru's birth and death dates are 1 Jan 1860 - 18 Oct 1935. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JIM RAYMOND PETRU

Victoria Advocate, November 25, 2003

CORPUS CHRISTI - Jim Raymond Petru, 89, of Corpus Christi and formerly of Shiner, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003.

He was born Aug. 30, 1914, in Shiner, to the late John and Antonia Zouzalik Petru. He was a retired carpenter and a Catholic. He was a member of Carpenter's Local.

Survivors: daughters, Betty Mraz of Houston and Barbara Allen of Sandia; sons, Charles Petru and Jimmy Petru, both of Portland; sister, Louise Berger of Houston; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Fannie Berger Petru; daughter, Helen Herro; sisters, Mary Heimann, Antonia Caka, Agnes Shimek and Bessie Smith; and brothers, John Herman Petru, Frank Petru, Clement Petru and John Petru.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Morgan Rowsome officiating.

Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOHN H. PETRU

Victoria Advocate, October 17, 2000

SHINER—John H. Petru, 93, of Shiner, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000.

He was born Aug. 7, 1907 in Fayette County to the late John P. and Antonia Zouzalik Petru. He was a farmer/rancher and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Marie Caka of Shiner; son, Melvin Petru of Shiner; sister, Louise Berger of Houston; brother, Jim Petru of Corpus Christi; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: wife Olga Heinzel Petru; parents; sisters, Mary Heiman, Agnes Shimek, Bessie Smith and Antonia Caka; brothers, Frank Petru and Clement Petru and an infant brother.
A rosary will be recited 7:30 tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

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

Submitted by Rosemary ErmisMiss Lucy Petru

LUCY PETRU

Victoria Advocate, September 17, 1979

Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday for Miss Lucy Petru, 75, of Victoria, who died Saturday in a local hospital. Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shiner with Msgr. Stanley Petru officiating.  Burial will be in Shiner Cemetery. 

A native of Shiner, Miss Petru was born Oct. 4, 1903. 

Survivors include a brother, Thomas Petru of Victoria; six sisters, Mrs. Vlasta Meteranek and Mrs. Rosie Slovazek of Victoria, Mrs. Jim Cerny, Mrs. Clara Hrabis and Mrs. Clement Kurtz of Shiner, and Miss Mary Petru of Corpus Christi. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

OLGA HEINZEL PETRU

Victoria Advocate, September 27, 1999

SHINER—Olga Heinzel Petru, 90, of Shiner, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999.

She was born Nov. 24, 1908, in Breslau, to the late Frank and Anna Winkler Heinzel. She was a homemaker and a Catholic. She was a member of the KJZT and loved quilting.

Survivors: husband, John Petru; daughter, Marie Caka of Shiner; son, Malvin Petru of Shiner; sisters, Tracy Bonorden of Victoria and Mollie Pohler and Frances Brunkenheofer, both of Gonzales; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Tillie Hoyer and Janie Huser.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church.

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

Memorials: donor's choice.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

RAYMOND W. PETRU

Victoria Advocate, March 1, 2001

YOAKUM—Raymond William Petru, 65, of Yoakum, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001.

He was born March 18, 1935, in Yoakum, to the late Godfrey and Anastasia Matus Petru. He was a small engine mechanic and a Catholic. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors: wife, Marilyn Pagel Petru; daughter, Dorothy Kocian of Alice; sons, Raymond Petru and Ronald Petru, both of Alice; sister, Elizabeth Janak of Moulton; and four grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; sister, Margaret Petru.

A rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

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

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

CHARLES PFEIL, Sr.

Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1907, page 1

Death of Chas. Pfeil Sr.

After suffering for several weeks from an attack of la grippe and other diseases, Mr. Chas. Pfeil, Sr., succumbed to the dread destroyer, last Thursday night and was laid to rest in the Hermann Sons Cemetery, Friday evening at 4 o’clock p. m. Mr. Pfeil was 57 years old and had been a resident of Lavaca county for about 25 years. He was a good citizen and a man who attended strictly to his own affairs.

He leaves a wife and four grown sons to mourn his demise.

Mr. Pfeil was a member of the order of Hermann Sons and stood high in that order. The order attended the funeral in a body and performed their services at the grave. Rev. Wm. Dziewas also conducted services at the grave. The funeral was one of the largest ever seen in Shiner and showed the high esteem in which the deceased was held.

The Gazette joins his many friends in extending sympathy to the family.

Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1907, Half Moon Locals column

Mr. Chas. Pfeil sr., died Thursday night at one o’clock and the funeral took place at 4 o’clock p. m Friday. Mr. Pfeil was a wealthy farmer of this section and was well liked by all who knew him.

Messrs. Carl Kusel, Anton Thormaehlin and C. Habermann of Nordheim were here last week to attend the funeral of Mr. Chas. Pfeil, sr.

Karl Pfeil, 30 Dec 1849 – 21 Feb 1907, husband of Helene, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Hermann Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

LOUISE PFEIL

Shiner Gazette, 15 Jan 1902

Death of Miss Pfeil.

Miss Louisa Pfeil, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Pfeil, sr., died last Friday of typhoid fever. She had been ill for some time and her death was not unexpected. She was just on the threshold of young womanhood, being only 17 years of age. Her death will prove a great loss to her parents. The Gazette extends deepest sympathy. The funeral took place Saturday in the city cemetery and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends.

Louise Pfeil, 18 Apr 1884 – 10 Jan 1902, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

RUDOLPH PFEIL

Shiner Gazette, 9 Aug 1894

DIED.

The infant child of Fritz Pfeil was buried on Wednesday of last week.

Rudolf Pfeil, 13 Jul 1894 – 24 Jul 1894, was buried in the Bunjs Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

WILHELMINE PFEIL

Shiner Gazette, 22 Mar 1905

Mrs. Wilhelmine Pfeil died at her home near Shiner last Saturday night about 8 o’clock. A full account is given of the sad affair in the letter from Bunjes in another part of this paper.

Shiner Gazette, 22 Mar 1905, Bunjes School Notes column

Our people were deeply grieved last Sunday morning to learn that on the night previous Mrs. Wilhelmine Pfeil had died. She was born in Brandenburg, Germany in 1845, having reached the 59th milestone in May last. She had been in failing health for some time, and her death was not unexpected. She was married to Mr. Fred Pfeil, who preceded her a number of years ago. Eleven children were born to this union, nine of whom are still living. Her remains were laid to rest at the Bunjes cemetery. Rev. Wolfsdorf, pastor of the Lutheran church at Yoakum, officiated at the funeral in service spiritual and consoling to all present. A large concourse of people gathered in spite of bad roads to do honor to her memory. A queenly woman has passed away who still lives in the hearts and lives of those who came within the circle of her influence.

Wilhelmine Pfeil, 13 May 1845 – 18 Mar 1905, was buried in the Bunjs Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

BERTHA KRONEMANN PFUHL

Shiner Gazette, 3 Aug 1904, Local News column

Mrs. Fred Pfuhl died very suddenly at Cuero last Wednesday, from the effects of an operation. The remains were brought to Shiner and interred in the city cemetery on Thursday, Rev. Dziewas officiating.

Bertha F. E. Pfuhl, nee Kronemann, 11 Oct 1855 – 27 Jul 1904, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

MARY AGNES POSPISIL PHILLIPS

Houston Chronicle, 21 Oct 2009

MARY AGNES PHILLIPS

MARY AGNES PHILLIPS, 90, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on the evening of October 15, 2009. She was born in Moulton, Texas on July 3, 1919 to Louis and Agnes Pospisil. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil C.Phillips Jr., and daughter, Charlene Cutaia.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Mireles and husband Jesse; son, Cecil Phillips and wife Mary; grandchildren, Laura Cook, Marc Cutaia, Joseph Cutaia, Louis Cutaia Jr., Misty Tyler, Rachael Phillips and Courtney Phillips; great-grand-children, Austin Cook, Tori Chumchal and Colin Tyler; and sister, Helen McMicken.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. at Forest Park East Funeral Home. Service will be held on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Forest Park East Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder

AUGUST PICHA

Shiner Gazette, 31 Aug 1911, page 1

Killed by Lightning.

During a light thunderstorm late last Friday evening, August Picha, a young farmer residing between Shiner and Sweet Home, was struck by lightning and instantly killed.

Mr. Picha was in his field standing on his wagon emptying some sacks of cotton. His wife was standing on the ground near the wagon. There was a light flash of lightning and the wife saw the husband’s clothing burning and him fall over dead. Mrs. Picha was not even shocked by the flash. Mr. Picha leaves his wife and two little children.

Shiner Gazette, 31 Aug 1911, Mount Olive News column

A gloom was cast over the entire community Friday evening by the sudden death of Mr. August Picha, who had been struck and instantly killed by lightning at 5 o’clock that evening. He had just returned from Shiner where he had been to the gin. After returning home he took his wagon to the field and was on the wagon emptying a sack of cotton when he received the deadly stroke.

Mr. Picha was one of this county’s most highly respected citizens and an industrious and substantial farmer. He had been a resident of this community for three years, having moved here from above Shiner. He leaves a sorrowing wife and two sweet little twin children, a boy and girl, only about two years old. Mrs. Picha was formerly Miss Mary Greal [Grill].

The remains were laid to rest in the Shiner Catholic cemetery. Mr. Picha leaves besides many relatives, a host of friends.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the many friends and relatives during their time of sorrow.

The widow of August Picha, 7 Aug 1886 – 25 Aug 1911, later married William Kubicek. Contributed by Matt Cross

CATHERINE M. PICHA

Victoria Advocate, 9 Mar 2002

Catherine M. Picha

YOAKUM—Catherine M. Picha, 59, of Yoakum, died Friday, March 8, 2002.

She was born Oct. 17, 1942, in Yoakum, to Adeline Suhr Hagan of Yoakum and the late Lester F. Hagan. She worked for Double D Ranch Wear as a pattern cutter and was owner of Ye Olde Sewing Shoppe. She was a member of the Quilting Guild in Cuero and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: husband, Milton E. Picha; sisters, Sharon Hopkins of Yoakum and Karen Holster of Sweet Home; and brother, Dennis Hagan of Yoakum.

Preceded in death by: father.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel in Yoakum. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating.

Private graveside services will be held. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: American Cancer Society or St. Joseph School Endowment Fund.
Contributed by Matt Cross

JOHN PICHA

Shiner Gazette, 30 Mar 1911

Death of John Picha.

The many friends of Mr. John Picha were shocked and pained to learn of his death. He had been sick but a short time, but his death was not looked for at this time. Mr. Picha resided in a beautiful home in the Vlastenec neighborhood, and was of a very social disposition and well liked by everybody. His death will leave a void among all his old friends and associates. The funeral took place Friday and was attended by one of the largest funeral processions ever seen in Shiner. The interment was had in the Catholic cemetery and services were performed by Rev. Jos. Hudecek. Mr. Picha was about 65 years old and leaves a wife and one son and several grand children to mourn his death.

John Picha, 1845-1911, was buried in SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

CLARA KUTACH KUBICEK PILAT

Lavaca County Tribune, 1 Apr 1955

Mrs. Clara Pilat Dies At Houston

Mrs. Clara Pilat, 60, former resident of this community, died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schaefer, in Houston, March 30, at 1:00 a. m.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home here, Saturday, April 2, at 8:30 a. m., and at St. Mary's Church at 9:00 a. m. Rev. Henry Hilscher officiated at a Requiem High Mass. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Hallettsville in 1865. She lived here almost all her life. In 1929, she married Jno Kubicek and he died in 1929, and in 1935 she married Albert Pilat who died in 1949.

Surviving are four sons, Bennie Kubicek of East Bernard, Johnnie Kubicek of Dallas and Pete Kubicek in Idaho, John Pilat of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Schaefer of Houston and Mrs. Emil Siegel of Shiner; five brothers, Sylvester Kutach of Speaks, Nick Kutach of San Antonio; Alfred Kutach of Houston, August Kutach of Rosenberg and Steve Kutach; and one sister, Mrs. Albert Drexler of Edna. Two grandchildren also survive.

Clara Pilat was first married to John Kubicek, who died in 1929. Contributed by Matt Cross

PETE PILAT

Victoria Advocate, May 8, 1976

SHINER - Pete J. Pilat Sr., 64, of Houston, died Friday morning in Houston. 

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Saturday at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Shiner Catholic Church. Burial will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery. 

Surviving are his wife, a son, Pete Jr. of Shiner; two daughters, Mrs. C. J. Mensik and Mrs. Fabian Gorka, both of Houston; a brother, John of Shiner; four sisters, Mrs. Jane Nickel and Mrs. Mary Nerada both of Houston, Mrs. Annie Tronicek of Shiner and Mrs. Theresa Koncaba of Moulton; and 11 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

 MELVIN P. PILSNER

Victoria Advocate, January 19, 2005

Melvin P. Pilsner passed on to the Lord peacefully on January 16, 2005, at the age of 75. He was born September 2, 1929 in Yoakum, Texas to the late Paul and Annie Louise Leist Pilsner.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Clara Belle Pilsner; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Yolanda Pilsner of Wharton, and David and Suzanne Pilsner of Pearland; Grandchildren, Kyle, Eric and Luisa; brother, Raymond Pilsner, and his wife Pat, of Victoria; niece Terry Anderson and nephew Randy Pilsner.

After growing up in Yoakum, Melvin graduated from Victoria College and was Circulation Manager at the Victoria Advocate. He then served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. In 1954 he went to work for Union Carbide, where he retired as a Shift Supervisor in 1986.

He will be remembered as a compassionate man who was always helping his friends and neighbors, and for his great sense of humor.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, January 20, 2005 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Waak and Rev. Charles Placker officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Pilsner, David Pilsner, Kyle Pilsner, Eric Pilsner, Luisa Pilsner and Waylen Berger.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of South Texas.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

GREG PILZNER

Victoria Advocate, August 18, 2012

GREG PILZNER

YOAKUM - Greg Pilzner, age 59, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2012. He was born on February 24, 1953 in Yoakum to Victor and Kathleen Leitch Pilzner. He worked at the Yoakum Community Hospital in the maintenance department and was a Baptist.

Survivors: daughter, Jacci McFalls and husband Jett of Victoria; grandchildren, Faith McFalls and Rylee McFalls; sisters, Beverly Deichman of Illinois, Veronica Brown of Shiner, Mary Nickle of Victoria and Therese Pilzner of Wimberley; brothers, Anthony Pilzner of Oklahoma and Victor Pilzner, Jr. of Victoria;

Preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bernadette Kuecker.

Family visitation on Saturday from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service on Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Bowden officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Joe Brown, Jr., Bruce Nickle, Brian Bastian, Dr. James Drost, Dillon Konvicka and Bob Deichman.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of South Texas or First Baptist Church.

On-line guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com

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

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Mrs. JOHN PITCH & Child

Shiner Gazette, 15 Nov 1894

A four year old child of John Pitch, living near Hope, died on the 7th and it’s [sic] mother died on the 11th and two more of the children are very low. Mrs. Pitch was a sister of Mrs. Patton McCord, of this place.

Contributed by Matt Cross

WILLIAM PLAGEMANN

Eagle Light Headlight, 30 Nov 1918

Billy Plagemann Dead.

Mr. Wm. Plagemann, a well known rice man, [died] in San Antonio Monday of pneumonia. The remains were shipped to Shiner where the funeral took place Tuesday. Mr. Plagemann was formerly stationed at Bay City in the rice business and frequently visited Eagle Lake during the rice seasons. He is survived by his wife and several children to whom the Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy. Mrs. Plagemann was formerlly Miss Cecil Habermacher, daughter of Editor and Mrs. J. C. Habermacher of Shiner, and before her marriage to Mr. Plagemann was a frequent visitor in Eagle Lake. Mrs. W. A. Thatcher of Houston was a passenger on the Sap train Monday night en route to Shiner to attend the funeral.

EVA BENES PODANY


Victoria Advocate, Monday, March 4, 1974

Mrs. Podany

Advocate News Service
SHINER—Mrs. Eva Podany, 84, of Shiner, died Sunday in a local nursing home.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home.

Funeral services wil be held at 10 a.m Tuesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, with burial in SPJST Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Alfred Joe Benes, of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Morris Haychuck and Mrs. Charles Rothmund, both of Houston, and Mrs. Albert Dolezal of Seabrook; a sister, Mrs. Mary Kouril of Czechoslovakia; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

MARIA PODSIM

Shiner Gazette, 12 Nov 1908

Mrs. Mary Podsim died last Sunday at her home near Shiner of Brights disease, aged about 50 years. She leaves a husband and eight children. The funeral took place Monday evening in the O. D. H. S. Cemetery.

Maria Podsim, 29 May 1855 – 9 Nov 1908, wife of Joseph, was buried in the Shiner Sons of Herman Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross

AGNES ROTHER POHL

The New Era-Herald, June, 1950

Mrs. A. Pohl Expires At Age 95 Tuesday; Rites Held

Mrs. Agnes Pohl, recent winner of the title of Lavaca County’s oldest mother, died at her home seven miles south of Vienna Tuesday afternoon at the age of 95 years, 5 months and 21 days. She resided with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Haidusek at Pohl Settlement at the time of her death which occurred 17 days after she was chosen winner of the Mothers Day contest and was awarded a list of Prizes donated by local merchants.

Rev. Clarence Leopold officiated at the funeral services which began at Kubena Funeral Home at 8:45 a.m. and included Requiem Mass at 9:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Interment was at Baass Cemetery, near Vienna. Rev. Leopold had administered last sacraments to Mrs. Pohl two weeks before her death.

Nee Agnes Rother, Mrs. Pohl was born December 9, 1855, three miles southeast of Hallettsville on the Rother place. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Rother, she was baptized June 12, 1858, by Rev. J. A. Forest at the Hallettsville Catholic Church where Mr. and Mrs. John J. Elstner served as sponsors. She was married to Umfred Pohl in December, 1874 and resided afterwards at the present site of the Pohl Settlement. Her husband, a well-known blacksmith, rancher and farmer, preceded her in death November 24, 1930. She was also preceded in death by two of their 12 children, Mrs. William (Ida) Neuman and Ernest Pohl.

Survivors include nine daughters and a son. They are Mrs. Charles (Annie) Blumerich, Mrs. Louis (Lena) Taltschick, Mrs. Anton (Dora) Haidusek, Mrs. Louis (Tonie) Schott, Mrs. A. L. (Alma) Brown, Mrs. Ed (Agnes) Fuller, Mrs Bill (Laura) Pagel, and Mrs. Victor (Teeni) Blumerich, all of here, and Mrs. Joe (Eulie) Gold of Richmond; her son Edwin Pohl of here; 54 grandchildren and 68 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

A large gathering was present to present beautiful flowers and pay appropriate last respects to the county’s oldest mother, one who had left to her descendents an honor and heritage possessed only by those ancestors were pioneers of their home community. Paying high tribute to the deceased, Rev. Leopold acknowledged the sacrifices she had made in rearing her large and exemplary family, during early days when conveniences were few.

Born Rosina Agnes Rother. Submitted by Ed Neubauer

ALBERT POHL

Paper and date unknown

Albert Pohl Dies; Funeral Rites Read Saturday

Albert Pohl, 89 years, ten months and six days passed away at the Renger Hospital, Friday, August 6 at 5:45 a.m., and funeral services were conducted from the Kubena Funeral Home Saturday at 4 p.m. with the Rev. George Krueger of St Peter's Lutheran Church of which he was a member, officiating. Burial followed in the City Cemetery.

Mr. Pohl was born at Vienna October 31, 1864 and had spent his entire life in that community. On December 19, 1893 he was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Teltschick and they settled on the Pohl homestead at Vienna where he was a rancher.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Albert Pohl, two sons, Otto A. Pohl and Arthur Pohl of Hallettsville, one daughter, Mrs. Dave Reckaway of Hallettsville; one brother, Henry Pohl of Ezzell, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Pall bearers were William Allen, S.S. Devall, Lee Cheney, Leo Gerdes, Walter Smith, and Rud Seiber.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were Herman Pohl of Baytown, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Feleman and family of Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Farmer of Wharton and Mr. and Mrs. Ray McCord of Wharton.

Albert Pohl was born on October 31, 1864 and died August 6, 1954. He was the son of John Traugott Pohl and Johanna Antonia (Bronecker) Pohl. Contributed by Ed Neubauer

ALFRED L. POHL

Lavaca County Tribune-Herald, 1988

Alfred Pohl

Alfred L. Pohl, 72, of Hallettsville, died Wednesday morning, June 29, 1988, at his residence.

A native of Lavaca County, he was born January 16, 1916, to the late Oscar and Antonia Rother Pohl.  Mr. Pohl had been employed as a farmer and businessman before his retirement.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, KJZT and the Old Timers Baseball Association.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m.,Friday, July 1, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. William Halata and the Rev. Celestino Say officiating.

Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30, at the funeral home and at 2:30 p.m., Friday, at the church.

Surviving are three daughters:  Mrs. Betty Lois Smidt of Houston, Janice Valicek of Friendswood, Cathy Berkenhoff of Hallettsville; a son, Robert J. Pohl of Hallettsville; a sister, Hilda Treptow of Hallettsville; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Halata Pohl, in 1966.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

ALMA ELIZABETH HAAS MIKA POHL

The Weimar Mercury, May 12, 1977

Final Rites for Mrs. Alma Pohl At Hallettsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Harbett (Alma) Pohl, 54, of Hallettsville, formerly of Weimar, were held Monday afternoon, May 9, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in the Salem Cemetery at Ezzell.

Mrs. Pohl died at 8:15 p.m. Friday in a Yoakum hospital.

Born at Weimar on Nov. 15, 1922, she was a daughter of Julius and Elizabeth Raabe Haas.  She was married first to Edward J. Mika, who died Feb. 27, 1953.  She was married to Harbett Pohl on May 25, 1961.

Her husband survives, along with five sons, Edward Mika of Houston, Eugene Mika of Alabama, Leroy, Milton and Jerry Mika of Hallettsville; one daughter, Mrs. Earl (Irene) Dunn of Israel; one brother, Frank J. Haas of California; and five sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Minnie) Otto of Glidden, Mrs. Richard (Anna) Carson of LaMarque, Mrs. Edmund (Alvina) Otto of Weimar, Mrs. Edwin (Mary) Hanzelka of Hungerford, and Mrs. Johnnie (Lena) Hanzelka of Pecos.  One sister, Mrs. Alfred (Theresia) Raabe, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were nephews and fiends, including Marvin and Melvin Otto and David Raabe of Weimar.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

ALTON "JACK" POHL

Victoria Advocate, 25 Apr 1986, page 12A

Lavaca JP Dies From Gun Wound

Advocate News Service

HALLETTSVILLE – Lavaca County’s Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Alton “Jack” Pohl was found shot to death in his pickup truck Thursday morning on County Road 124 of FM 530 near the Vienna community.

Sheriff Robert E. Wurm said that although no ruling has yet been made in the case pending the outcome of an autopsy, it appeared that the wound may have been self-inflicted.
Wurms [sic] said two oilfield workers traveling the road found Pohl’s pickup truck parked in the middle of the roadway about three-quarters of a mile away from the JP’s residence and called the sheriff’s department at 5:40 a.m. Thursday.

The sheriff said Deputy David Furrh went to the scene. Pohl’s pickup truck was found in “park” and the engine was turned off.

Wurm said Pohl was found lying on his side on a pillow in the seat. He had been shot once in the left side of the head. A .357-caliber pistol, reportedly owned by Pohl, was found near the body.

Lavaca County Judge W.W. Roznovsky was called to the scene and ordered an autopsy.

Pohl, 58, was completing his first four-year term as justice of the peace and was a candidate for re-election in the May 3 Democratic Primary.

Funeral services are pending at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Victoria Advocate, 26 Apr 1986, page 14A

Lavaca JP’s Services Set

Advocate News Service

HALLETTSVILLE – Lavaca County officials are awaiting an autopsy report in the shooting death of Justice of the Peace Alton “Jack” Pohl, 58, of Hallettsville.

The autopsy was performed in Austin Friday. The report is expected early next week.

Sheriff Robert E. Wurm said two oilfield workers found Pohl’s body in his pickup truck at 5:40 a.m. Thursday on County Road 124 near the Vienna community.

Wurm said Pohl had been shot once in the left side of the head. A .357-caliber pistol was found near the body.
Wurm said although no ruling has been made in the death it appears the wound may have been self-inflicted.
Pohl was a candidate for re-election in Precinct 1 in the Democratic Primary May 3. He was completing his first four-year term.

Other candidates in the race are former Lavaca County sheriff Hilmer W. Woytek and Dorothy L. Pawkett.
Funeral services for Pohl, 58, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Hallettsville, with the Rev. Hollis Hoffman officiating.

The body will lie in state at the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel until 9 a.m. Saturday, when it will be taken to the church for services.

He was born July 9, 1927, in Lavaca County to Ann Whitley Pohl McCord, now of Wharton, and the late Arthur O. Pohl. He married Imogene Castleman, who preceded him in death on Dec. 5, 1972.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hallettsville.
Surviving beside his mother, of Wharton, are four daughters, Mrs. Betty E. Sims, Mrs. Bobbie J. Appelt and Sandra A. Pohl, all of Hallettsville and Mrs. Jackie Reese of Victoria; five sons, David L. Pohl and Alton Pohl Jr., both of Victoria and Johnny A. Pohl, Terry P. Pohl and Daniel R. Pohl, all of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Kuban and Mrs. Elsie Hickey, both of Hallettsville; three half-brothers, Bobby B. Pohl of Hallettsville, James A. Taylor of Victoria and Billy R. Taylor of Wharton; and 13 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will include James Van Pelt, Donnie Sralla, Lou Schneider, W.D. Roznovsky, Bill Phillips and Robert Nicholson.

Contributed by Matt Cross

BANNA NEUMANN POHL

Shiner Gazette, February 16, 1984

Banna Pohl Dies at 101

HALLETTSVILLE – Mrs. Banna Pohl, 101-years–old Shiner resident, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 1984 at Trinity Lutheran Home in Shiner Where she was a resident since July, 26, 1982.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

The Rev. Ron Winkler officiated at the services, and burial in the Hallettsville Cemetery.

Mrs. Pohl was born Aug. 26, 1882, in Lavaca County to Fritz and Sofie (Rother) Neumann. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was married to Ernest Pohl in 1907 in Hallettsville.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Betty Filla of Hallettsville; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son and a son.

Pallbearers were Oscar Henneke, Edward Appelt, Ernest Schulte, Kenneth Schilhab, Bradley Waugh and Charles Neumann.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer

CHARLES ENFRED POHL

The New Era–Herald, November, 1930

C. E. Pohl, an aged and highly respected citizen of the Vienna Section, died at his home Monday night at 8:55 o’clock, after an illness of several weeks duration. He had reached the age of 81 years, 7 months and 14 days.

The funeral procession left the family home 2 1/2 miles southwest of Vienna Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock for the Bass Cemetery in that section, where burial took place.

A large crowd of relatives and friends attended the last rites. Rev. A. H. Falkenberg, Moulton Lutheran minister officiated.

Pall bearers were: Sam Kelly, Tom Whitley, Louis Haidusek, R. L. Raider, Harvey McCrumb, and J. W. E. Kelly.

Mr. Pohl was born in Kleinapen, Bohemia, Europe, coming to America with his parents and settling in Fayette County when only three years of age.. In the year 1854 the family moved to Lavaca County to what is now known as Pohl’s Settlement. In the year 1873 he was married to Miss Agnes Rother and to this union 11 children were born, all of whom survive, as follows; two sons, Ernest and Edwin Pohl of Vienna, and nine daughters, Mesdames Chas. Blumerich, Louis Teltschick and Anton Haidusek of Vienna, Wm. Neumann, Ed Fuller, and Wm. Pagel of Rt. 5, Louis Schott of this city, Joe Gold and A. L. Brown of Rt. 7. Other survivors are one adopted daughter Mrs. Victor Blumerich, of Rt. 7, two Brothers, Albert Pohl of Vienna and Henry Pohl of Rt.5, 39 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

To the bereaved The New Era-Herald extends sympathy.

C. E. Pohl was born April 10, 1849 and died November 24, 1930. Transcribed and submitted by Ed Neubauer

EMELIA TELTSCHICK POHL

Paper and date unknown

Rites Held For Mrs. Albert Pohl

Mrs. Albert Pohl passed away at 12:10 a.m., Wednesday, September 24 in the Renger Memorial Hospital, at the age of 85 years, 11 months and four days. She was born, nee Emelia Teltschick, in Austria, October 20, 1872 and when a small child she came to America with her parents and they settled in Lavaca County in the Seclusion Area. In 1893 she was married to Albert Pohl at Seclusion, and they resided in the Pohl settlement. She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away in 1954, and two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include two sons, Otto A. Pohl and Arthur O. Pohl of the Divine community; and one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Otellia) Reckaway, also of the Divine community; one half sister, Mrs. Lee Cheney of Vienna; four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 25 at the Kubena Funeral Home with the Rev. Geo. Krueger officiating. Burial was in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Emelia Teltschick Pohl was born on October 20, 1872 and died September 24, 1958. Contributed by Ed Neubauer

ERNEST POHL

Published in a Hallettsville Newspaper in June of 1946

Ernest Pohl dies Thursday Morning

Ernest Pohl, aged 63 Years, 3 months and 11 days died Thursday June 13, at 1:15 a.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Unfred Neumann.

Services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. from the Kubena Funeral Home, with Rev. F.E. Kirchner officiating.

He is survived by his wife, nee Bonna Neumann, and two children, one daughter, Mrs... Unfred Neumann, of Hallettsville and one son, John Pohl.

Others surviving him are his brother, Edwin Pohl, and mother, Mrs. C.E. Pohl, nine sisters, Mrs. Chas. Blumerich, Mrs. Louis Teltschick, Mrs. Joe Gold, Mrs. A.L. Brown, Mrs. Ed Fuller, Mrs. Bill Pagel, Mrs. Victor Blumerich, Mrs. Anton Haidusek and two grandchildren.

We extend sympathy to the bereaved,

Ernest Pohl was born March 2, 1883 and died June 13, 1946. Contributed by Ed Neubauer

HENRY JOHN POHL

undated newspaper clipping

Pioneer Of Lavaca Co., Dies at 95 Years

A well known pioneer resident of Lavaca County, Henry John Pohl, 95, died Tuesday, July 15th at 5:15 a.m. after a long useful and interesting life. He spent his entire life on Pohl Settlement near Vienna.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home, Thursday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m., with interment in the Salem Cemetery.

Henry John Pohl was born February 3, 1863, and at the time of his death had reached the age of 95 years, 6 months and 12 days. He was born in the Pohl Settlement in Lavaca Co., near Vienna. Part of the old log house in which he was born still stands on the old Pohl homestead.

On October 20, 1891, he married Anna Gold, and the couple built a home on the Lavaca River, about 7 miles from his old home, where he spent the remainder of his life as a farmer and rancher. He was also an excellent carpenter and blacksmith. Mr. Pohl helped to build many homes around this community, and people from miles around brought their blacksmithing jobs to him. Many remember how he used to whistle loud and clear as he sharpened plow shares or made spurs and bridle bits.

Many ranchers in Lavaca and surrounding counties still own silver-decorated spurs and bits that he made in his blacksmith shop. He also played the accordion for dances, and has ridden horseback as far as Fayetteville to play for a dance.

Mr. Pohl is survived by his widow, Nee Anna Gold, and 8 children, five daughters, Mrs. Dee (Amelia) McElroy, Mrs. Jim (Minnie) Castellow, Mrs. Jack (Nora) Guthrie, Mrs. Wesley (Rubie) DeBord: and three sons, Henry J., Bernard and Harbitt Pohl; 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Three children preceded him in death, a son dying in infancy, a daughter, Mary, who died of diphtheria at the age of 2, and a son, Frankie, who died at the age of 2 1/2 years.

Henry was the last of his father's family. His youngest brother, Albert, died August 6th, 1954. There were 9 children, four daughters and five sons, all of whom had lived to maturity; three or four died in infancy.

Henry Pohl leaves many nieces, and nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews, and a host of friends to mourn his passing.

Pallbearers for the Henry Pohl funeral were: Messrs. Alvin Pohl, Paul Renger, Louis Allen and Leon Kahanck and Dr. Harvey Renger.

Henry John Pohl (February 3, 1863 - July 15, 1958) was the son of John Traugott Pohl and Johanna Antonia Bronecker. Contributed by Ed Neubauer.

Martha Thekla Tracy Bonorden Pohl

The Shiner Gazette July 14, 1960

Mrs. Edwin Pohl

Hallettsville, - Mrs. Edwin (Thekla) Pohl, 72, resident of Lavaca County all her life, died at 11:50 a.m. Sunday, July 3, 1960 at the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville. She was a resident of the Vienna Community.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 5, followed by burial rites at the City Cemetery in Hallettsville. Rev. Muehlbrad, pastor of the Lutheran Church officiated.

Mrs. Pohl, nee Thekla Bonorden, was born near Hallettsville, March 20, 1888. As a young woman she married Edwin Pohl, December 16, 1911at Hallettsville and they settled at Vienna where they farmed and ranched.

Surviving are her husband, Edwin Pohl of Vienna, one son, Charles Pohl of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Eugene Anderson of Ganado and Mrs. Mrs. Martha McCrumb of Hallettsville; three brothers, Leonard and Alert Bonorden of Hallettsville, and Emil Bonorden of Victoria; five sisters, Miss Martha Bonorden and Mrs. Mike Brocher of Hallettsville, Mrs. Othelia Brown of Victoria and Mrs. Lona Hill of San Antonio, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive. Two brothers preceded her in death.

Thekla was the daughter of Albert Ernst and Anna Martha (Miller) Bonorden.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer

 

OLGA (OLLIE) JOSEPHINE HALATA POHL

Hallettsville New Era Herald, 1966

Mrs. Alfred Pohl

Funeral services for Mrs. Alfred (Ollie) Pohl of Route 2, Hallettsville were held Monday, August 22, 1966, beginning at the Kubena Funeral Home at 9 a.m. and continuing at the Moravia Catholic Church at 9:30.  The Rev. William Halata brother of the deceased officiated at the Funeral High Mass and the Rev. Edward Bartsch delivered the sermon. Msgr. Alois J. Morkovsky and the Rev. John Orr also assisted.  Burial was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Hallettsville.

A member of the Moravia Catholic Church and Altar Society, Mrs. Pohl was born in Fayette County on August 15, 1920, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe J. Halata. She died in the M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston at 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 19, 1966 at the age of 46 years.  She had been employed at the Hallettsville Ben Franklin Store until about six weeks before her passing.

On November 4, 1940, she was united in marriage to Alfred Pohl at Moravia and to this union were born four children, all of whom survive:  a son, Robert Pohl of Karnes City; and three daughters, Betty Lois Pohl of Houston, Cathy and Janice Pohl, both at home.

Also surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe J. Halata of Moravia; two brothers, Rev. William Halata of Schulenburg, Bernard Halata of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Edwin Anders of Weimar, Mrs. Charles Sooter of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Marvin Novak of Houston and two grandchildren.

A rosary was recited at the funeral home Sunday night at 7:30 by the parish.

Serving as pallbearers were Frank Gebauer, Thomas Janak, Charlie Halata Jr., A. E. Buss, Paul Neiser, Gilbert Schindler, Vladik Pesek and Henry Olsovsky.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

OTTO ALBERT POHL

Newspaper and date unknown

Otto Albert Pohl

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, April 16th, at the Kubena Funeral home Chapel in Hallettsville, for Otto A. Pohl, who died unexpectedly at his home at Vienna, Sat., April 15th, 1972.

Mr. Pohl was born Nov. 15, 1894 in what was then known as the Pohl Settlement in Lavaca Co., near Vienna. His parents were Albert Pohl and Amelia Teltschick Pohl. He was a rancher and also boosted the oil industry of Lavaca Co. The deceased was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are his Aunt, Mrs. Elenora Cheney; two nephews, Jack and Bobby Pohl of Hallettsville; two nieces, Mrs. Ray Hickey of Blessing and Mrs. Louis Kouban of Rosenberg. Preceding him in death were his father, August 6, 1954, and his mother, Sept. 24, 1958; a sister, Mrs. Paul Reckaway (Ottilia) Reckaway, August 18, 1967; and a brother, Arthur O. (Bob) Pohl. The deceased had lived a single life.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert Holbrook, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hallettsville, and Rev. Larry Lacy, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Hallettsville.

Rev. Lacy showed the deceased insight to character when he remarked that here was a man who knew how to live as he was contented with the simpler pleasures of life, financially able to have the best of everything, he never cared for a life of ease.

Burial was in the City Cemetery here. Pallbearers were C.D. Lundstrom, H.E. Nutter, William Allen, Jack Pohl, Bobby Pohl, Ray Hickey and Felix Kouban.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer

PULDA POHL

Weimar Mercury, 1 Jan 1898, page 7

Halletsville, Tex., December 22. Some two months since the little step-daughter of Mr. August Goeke, who resides at Seclusion, twenty miles below here, was bitten in the face by a dog supposed to be mad. She was at once taken to Yoakum, where a madstone was applied to the wound, and it was supposed that a cure had been effected,as the wounds healed and she appeared to be entirely well. She was, the first of the week, taken violently sick, affted with rabies, and died after great suffering. The same dog bit a man who was intoxicated, and it is believed he will not be affected.

Pulda Pohl was born on about 1893 and died on on December 22, 1897. She was the daughter of August Pohl and Rosa Schwartz Pohl. Information from Ed Neubauer

EDDIE LEE PFEIL POHLER

Victoria Advocate, May 8, 2011

Eddy Lee Pohler

SHINER - Eddy Lee Pohler, age 87, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011. She was born on Dec. 13, 1923 in Shiner to Edmund and Della McElroy Pfeil.

She was the manager at Dairy Hart and she was a Baptist.

Survivors: sons, Bruce Pohler and wife Sharon of Shiner and Claude Pohler and wife Lynn of Yoakum; step-daughter, Leta Gandy and husband James of Austin; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; one step-granddaughter; and one step-great-grandson.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Edwin Pohler; sisters, Ona Faye Novak and Enola (Pippen) Janota; brother, E.W. Pfeil Jr.; and a step-grandson.

The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Hibbs officiating. Burial at Shiner Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Abby Pohler, Dr. Cody Pohler, Dr. Kelsey Pohler, Ky Pohler, Lange Pohler and Max Pohler.

Memorial contributions may be given to the donor's choice.

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

Contributed by Ed Neubauer

EMMA MARY KONCABA POHLER

Victoria Advocate, 5 Feb 2000

EMMA MARY POHLER

SUGARLAND—Emma Mary Pohler, 75, of Sugar Land, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000.  She was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Moulton, to the late Anton and Angelina Berckenhoff Koncaba. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugarland.  Survivors: daughter, E.J. Jackson of Sugar Land; sons, Franklin Pohler of McDade and Raymond Pohler of Richmond; sisters, Agnes Fojtik and Delores Drietner, both of Weimer, Viola Konvicka of Hallettsville and Patricia Faltisek of Rosenburg; brothers, Bill Koncaba of Houston, Ed Kent of Gilmer, George Koncaba of Hallettsville and Adolph Koncaba of Moulton; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  Preceded in death by: husband, John Frank Pohler; parents; brothers, Isidor Koncaba and Oscar Koncaba.  A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.   Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, (361) 594-3352.

Contributed by Matt Cross

EUGENE HARVEY (BOYCE) POHLER

Victoria Advocate, 22 Feb 2001

EUGENE H. POHLER

MOULTON—Eugene "Boyce" Harvey Pohler, 58, of Moulton, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001. He was born March 24, 1942, in Shiner, to Harvey Louis and Irene Kubicek Pohler of Shiner. He was a mechanic and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the K.C. He was a member of the Moulton Volunteer Fire Department.  Survivors: wife, Cornelia Sherry Pohler; daughter, Yvonne Mager of Needville; son, Jason Pohler of Houston; parents; brothers, Harvey Pohler, Donald Pohler and Michael Pohler, all of Shiner; and two grandchildren.  Preceded in death by: grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Kubicek and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pohler. A rosary was recited at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.  Burial will be at Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, 361-596-4631.  Pallbearers: Maynard Wagner, Albert Krejci Jr., Dennis Barta, David Beyer, Daniel Beyer, Darren Fikac, Victor Jasek and Alvin Kocian. Honorary pallbearers: Moulton Volunteer Fire Department.  Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Mrs. JOHN POICHA

Shiner Gazette, 13 Jan 1897

Mrs. John Poicha of Herm’s postoffice, died Thursday of last week and was buried here Friday.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ALOYSIUS "LOUIS" POKLUDA

El Paso Times, April 7, 2007

Aloysius "Louie" Pokluda, 86, passed away Tuesday, February 27 in Kerrville, TX. He was buried Friday, March 2 in the place of his birth, Shiner TX.

He fought in World War II and was Honorably Discharged as a decorated Veteran. He lived in El Paso for 40 years retiring from Hotel Dieu Hospital in 1986.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Delores; children Vincent, Bridget, Angelo, Gino and their spouses; seven grand children and five great grand children; and his sister Mary Okruhlik.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

EMILY AGNES POKLUDA

Baytown Sun, January 10, 2007

Emily Agnes Pokluda, 86, was a homemaker and a Catholic. She died January 7, 2007 in Shiner, Texas.

Mrs. Pokluda was born in Wied, Texas on April 14, 1920 to Ludvik Pokluda and Anna Raschik Pokluda. She married Albert Pokluda.

Survivors include on daughter, Patricia Eilenstein of Pensacola, Florida; one sister, Mary Ohruhluk of Bryan, Texas; one brother, Louis Pokluda of Bandera, Texas; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on January 11, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the S.S. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas with Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas.

Rosary will be Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Buffington Funeral Home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ROSE MARY KALIVODA POKLUDA

Victoria Advocate, 7 June 1999

CUERO -- Rose Mary Pokluda, 82, of Cuero, died Saturday, June 5, 1999.
She was born June 14, 1916, in Sweet Home, to the late John and Mary Netardus Kalivoda. She was a nurse's aide at Burns Hospital, Bohman Hospital and Cuero Community Hospital, having served 25 years. She was a Catholic.
Survivors: daughter, Mary Ann Rath of El Campo; sons, Robert Pokluda of Victoria and Anthony Pokluda of Las Vegas, N.M.; sister, Mary Pokluda of Shiner; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: sister, Margaret Hirsch.
A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at Freund Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Johnson Owusu-Boateng officiating.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, the Rev. Johnson Owusu-Boateng officiating.
Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery in Shiner. Freund Funeral Home, Cuero, 275-2343.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

AUGUST POLANSKY

Victoria Advocate, March 11, 1979

HALLETTSVILLE – August J. Polansky, 81, of Route 4, died at 8 a.m. Saturday in a Cuero hospital. 

A farmer, Mr. Polansky was born Aug. 12, 1897, in Lavaca County.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the KJT Lodge in Hallettsville.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and a grandson. 

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

The body will lie in state until 8:45 a.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home. 

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday by the parish at the funeral home. 

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Julie Smirak Polansky of Hallettsville; a daughter, Mrs. Ray Schuette of England; a son, Jerome Polansky of Cuero; a sister, Mrs. Jim Bujnoch of Yoakum, and three grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
FRANCES POLANSKY

San Antonio Express, Sunday, January 7, 1940

HALLETTSVILLE, Jan. 6.—Death is taking heavy toll among the elderly people of this community since Christmas. Thursday, Mrs. Frances Polansky of Koerth died at the age of 82 and was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery Saturday. Three daughters, two sons and a stepson survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

BERTHA POLASEK

Victoria Advocate, Friday, November 19, 1976

Mrs. Polasek

YOAKUM—Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday for Mrs. John E. "Bertha" Polasek, who died Wednesday evening at a Yoakum nursing home.

Mrs. Polasek, 85, of 301 Willis, had lived in Yoakum for the past 55 years. She was born in Cat Springs, Tex., on Jan. 2, 1890.

Services will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yoakum with the Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Richard C. Polasek of Yoakum, August J. Polasek of Cuero, and John J. Polasek of Corpus Christi; four daughters, Mrs. Leslie Balzer and Mrs. Ann West, both of Yoakum, Mrs. Mary Ward of Victoria, and Mrs. Louise Kleker of Hallettsville; two sisters, Mrs. Hermina Grigar of Wallace [Wallis?], and Mrs. Richard Macha of East Bernard; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers are David Polasek, David Balzer, Daniel Balzer, James E. Ward Jr., Elmo Phiele, Joe E. Brown and Fred Pospisil.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

CAROLINE A. HOLLUB POLASEK

The Victoria Advocate - Victoria, TX

CAROLINE A. POLASEK

HALLETTSVILLE - Caroline A. Polasek, 91, of Hallettsville, passed away Jan. 24, 2012.

She was born on June 22, 1920 to William A. & Mary Rosenauer Hollub in Dewitt County, Texas. She married Adolph E. Polasek on Nov. 7, 1944 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Yoakum. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of Americas, KJZT, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville.

Caroline is survived by: 2 sons, David Polasek & wife Mary of Hallettsville and Robert Polasek of Hallettsville; 2 grandchildren, Lisa Motal & husband Matthew, and Jennifer Polasek & fiancee Micheal Bradberry; and great grandchild Jacob Motal.

Caroline was preceded in death by: her husband Adolph; and 2 sisters, Edna Mae Hollub, and Emma B. Pilzner.

Visitation begins at 4 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at Kubena Funeral Home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville, with Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Donor's Choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.kubenafuneralhome.com.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

 

CHARLIE J. POLASEK

Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, May 4, 1977

SHINER – Charlie J. Polasek, 61, of Shiner died Tuesday morning in a local hospital. 

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Charlie Polasek of Shiner; two sons, Edward of Houston and Robert of Victoria; one daughter, Mrs. Oscar Kloesel of Shiner; three brothers, PetePolasek of Yoakum, and Bill and Ludic Polasek, both of Shiner; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Chumchal and Mrs. Edward Novosad, both of Shiner, and Mrs. Albert Kresta of Victoria and three grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the United Dr. Martin Luther Church of Shiner.  Burial will be in the SPJST Cemetery of Shiner under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home of Shiner. 

A prayer service will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Buffington Funeral Home chapel. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

DOMINIK & EMILIE POLASEK

Weimar Mercury, 20 Jan 1933

Two Die of Diphtheria.

The little baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Polasek of Shiner died at Wagner Hospital Monday morning. Little Emilie was only 2 1/2 years old, had been ill much of her short life and could not withstand an attack of diphtheria.

An older brother, Dominik, died of the same illness Wednesday. —Hallettsville New Era-Herald.

JOHN EMIL POLASEK

The Victoria Advocate, Friday, Sept. 27, 1963

YOAKUM—John Emil Polasek, 74, retired railroad employe, died at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in a local hospital.

Mr. Polasek was born Dec. 11, 1888, in Fayette County.

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel, and at 10:15 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Wallis Stiles of Victoria officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Polasek, of Yoakum; three sons, August J. of Cuero, John J. of Victoria and Richard L. of Yoakum; four daughters, Mrs. James E. Ward of McAllen, Mrs. H. M. West of Burnet, Mrs. Leslie Balzer of Yoakum and Mrs. Matthew Klekar of Hallettsville; 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOHNIE POLASEK

The Victoria Advocate, Sunday, December 19, 1976

YOAKUM—Johnie Polasek, 74, of 207 Garrett St., died at 7:20 a.m. Saturday at his residence.

Mr. Polasek was born Dec. 5, 1902, in Lavaca County.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Louise Polasek; four daughters, Mrs. Wilhemina Broz and Mrs. Mary Sandelovic of Yoakum and Mrs. Delores McConkey and Mrs. Dorothy Sitka of Houston; a brother, Frank Polasek of Houston and 12 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

REBECCA KNOCKE POLASEK

Victoria Advocate, 3 Oct 2004

Rebecca Polasek

YOAKUM - Rebecca Polasek, 69, of Yoakum, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004.

She was born Oct. 22, 1934, in Yoakum, to the late Berthold and Annie Lange Knocke. She was a homemaker.

Survivors: sisters, Olivia Knebel of Cuero, Ann Reaves and Sarah Meinke, both of Victoria, and Alverta Cole of Atlanta, Texas; and brothers, Elmo Knocke and Frank Knocke, both of Yoakum.

Preceded in death by: husband, Richard Polasek.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, the Rev. Gary Goodson officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: Hospice of South Texas or American Cancer Society.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

RICHARD A. POLASEK

Tribune Herald, July 8, 1949

T. Sgt. Polasek Funeral Rites Monday, July 11

Mrs. Angeline Polasek received a wire Tuesday morning telling her that the remains of her son, T. Sgt., Richard A. Polasek would arrive in Shiner at 1:14 p.m. Friday.

The remains will rest in Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, until Monday, July 11, when funeral services will be held at Shiner Catholic church for Requiem High Mass at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Rosayr will be recited at the funeral home Sunday, July 10, at 8:00 p.m.

T. Sgt. Polasek was killed in Action in Italy, June 4, 1944.

Contributed by Regena Williamson

RICHARD LEON POLASEK

Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1986

Richard L. Polasek Dies Suddenly

YOAKUM – Richard Leon Polasek, 56, died at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 1986 at his home following a sudden illness.

He was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Yoakum, son of John Emil and Bertha (Petrash) Polasek, natives respectively of Fayette County and Cat Springs, Texas. He was a lifetime resident of Yoakum and was employed as a insurance adjuster. He was manager of the Hub City Dutchman Orchestra.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, having once served as grand knight. He was also past president of the Yoakum Volunteer Fire Department.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating. Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 by the Knights of Columbus at Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum and at 7:30 p.m. by the parish.

Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Polasek of Yoakum; four sisters, Mrs. Matt (Louise) Klekar of Hallettsville, Mrs. James E. (Mary) Ward of Victoria and Mrs. Mark (Ann) West and Mrs. Leslie Balzer, both of Yoakum; and two brothers, August J. Polasek of Cuero and John J. Polasek of Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sept. 26, 1963; and his mother, Nov. 17, 1976.

Contributed by Matt Cross

FRANK PONNISH

Weimar Mercury, 6 Apr 1928, page 7

FRANK PONNISH DIES.

Frank Ponnish of Hackberry passed quietly away at his home Sunday at 12:30 noon. He had attained the ripe old age of 90 years, 7 months and 16 days. Death was attributed to old age. He was ill only a few days.

Deceased lived right at Hackberry, and was a very highly esteemed gentleman, a good father and neighbor, beloved by all for his many good qualities.

The remains were laid to rest in the Shiloh Cemetery Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Rode of Halletsville officiated.

Deceased was preceded in death by his wife and one son.

He is survived by two daughters, Louise and Mrs. J. W. Chandler, by five sons, Joe, A. W., W. E., Henry and Fred. To them the Sticker tenders its most sincere sympathy. — Halletsville Sticker.

ELENORA (LAURA) BERCKENHOFF PONTON

Lavaca County Tribune, Tues., 14 Jan 1964

Mrs. Laura Ponton

Mrs. Laura Ponton, 78, resident of route 2 Halletsville died Thursday, January 9th at 8:30 p.m. at the Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home at 8:45 a.m. and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church here at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 11th, Rt. Rev A.J. Markovsky officiating at the rites and offering a Requiem High Mass at the church, burial was in the Catholic Cemetery here.  The deceased was born in Lavaca County October 14, 1885 and lived in this area all her life.

Nee Laura Berckenhoff, she married Grover Ponton at Koerth, South of Halletsville, in 1913, the couple settling at Koerth.

Her husband died August 20, 1963.  She is survived by a son, Guy Ponton of Austin, two brothers, William Berckenhoff of San Antonio and Emil Berckenhoff of Houston.  Rosary was recited at Kubena Funeral Home here at 7:00 p.m. Friday January 10.

Her parents were Henry Berckenhoff and Helen Emkin Berckenhoff.

Her mother’s name was actually Mary, and Laura was a nickname for Elenora. Contributed by Matt Cross

GROVER PONTON

Lavaca County Tribune, Fri., 23 Aug 1963

Grover Ponton Dies Tuesday

Grover Ponton died at home Tuesday, August 20 at 6:45 a.m. He was a retired farmer of the Koerth community, he was 80 years old.

Mr. Ponton was born April 1, 1883 and when he reached manhood was united in marriage to Laura Berckenhoff at Koerth where they made their home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday August 22 at Kubena Funeral Home at 9 a.m. Burial will be made in the Catholic Cemetery with Monsignor A. J. Morkovsky officiating.

Survivors include one son, Guy Ponton of Houston, and a sister, Mrs. Ivy York of Beeville. One sister, Mrs M. Garner of Victoria preceded him in death.
Contributed by Matt Cross

GLEN DAVID POOLE

Thiele Cooper Funeral Home

Glen David Poole, age 54, passed away January 23, 2014. He was born July 2, 1959 in Victoria to Robert and Emily Konvicka Poole. He was a former lineman for the City of Yoakum.

Survivors, mother, Emily Konvicka Poole of Yoakum; wife, Debbi Poole of Yoakum; daughters, Kelly Poole and Cyndi Poole of Florida and twins Kilynn and Adison Poole of Yoakum; sons Glen Charles Poole and wife Jessica of San Antonio; 3 grandchildren; sisters, Roberta Cook of Austin and Mary Willke of Yoakum. Preceded in death by his father, and sister Susan Poole Traub

Funeral service 2 p.m., Monday, January 27, 2014 at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. 

Pallbearers, Dwain Cook, Darel Cook, Dan Hix, David Stock, Victor Gomez and Payton Evans. 

Memorials may be made to family to defray funeral cost.

 Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

HELMUTH POPPE

Weimar Mercury, 2 Mar 1967

Helmuth Poppe, Ex-New Bielau Resident, Dies

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, Feb. 24, for Helmuth Poppe, 73, of Sublime, who died in his car last Wednesday driving on the way to Hallettsville apparently of a heart attack.

The former New Bielau resident and his wife were driving to Hallettsville on Highway 90A and were about four miles from that town when he was stricken; at about 9 a.m.

Mrs. Poppe said he had driven to the side of the road and turned off the ignition before he slumped over.

Unable to drive, she flagged down a truck driver, who drove the Poppe car to Renger Memorial Hospital at Hallettsville. Mr. Poppe was dead on arrival.

A retired maintenance mechanic for Shell Oil Co., Mr. Poppe was born July 20, 1893, at New Bielau. He married Miss Natalie Harms at Sublime on February 17, 1918, and they had lived for many years at Sublime.

The Poppes had no children. Surviving in addition to his wife are several nieces and nephews.

Rev. Herbert Zimmerman of Weimar officiated at services at Zion Lutheran Church, Subllime, assisted by Rev. C. L. Weigel.

Pallbearers were Ben Poppe, Walter Poppe, Erwin Otten, R. C. Woltersdorff, Jimmie Woltersdorff, and Norwin Woltersdorff.

ANNA ANGELA LAAKE POTH

Yoakum Weekly Herald
Thursday Afternoon, October 16, 1913 -

Mrs. Jacob Poth Dead

The sad news was flashed through Yoakum Thursday afternoon of the death of Mrs. Jacob Poth, which occurred at her residence near St. Ann's church at 3:07 oclock that afternoon, after an illness extending over several weeks. The deceased was 67 years old at the time of her death, and was one of the most prominent and well known people of this section, having been a resident for many years. She was identified with the upbuilding of the country, and a woman of great business ability, who everyone honored and her death is a distinct loss to the entire community and a sad blow to her family.

Deceased was a native of Breslau, Germany, and came to America at the age of 10 years, landing in Austin County.

She was later married to Jacob Poth at Frelsburg and he preceded her to the grave about fourteen months ago. To this union were born fourteen children, all but one of whom still live. There are three girls and ten boys, as follows, Mrs. Albert Leissner and Mrs. Albert Gerhardt, Yorktown; Mrs. W. H. Buntyn of Yoakum, Richard Poth, Yoakum; Ed Poth, Corpus; Will Poth, Cheapside; A.H. Poth of Poth, E.B. Poth, Elgin; Arthur Poth, Yoakum; Dr. N.A. Poth, Seguin; Chas. J. Poth, Elgin; E.A. and Louis Poth of our city. All of these children will be present at the funeral except Dr. N.A. Poth of Seguin who is ill with typhoid fever, and has not been notified of his mothers death.

The funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 oclock, at St. Ann's church, near the late residence of the deceased with interment to St. Ann's cemetery.

To the bereaved family and large circle of relative and friends the Herald extends sincere sympathy in their great bereavement.

She was the daughter of Ernest and Clara Hilgen Laake.Contributed by Rebecca Herder

IGNAC G. POSPISIL

Victoria Advocate, Thursday, May 14, 1964, page 6A

I. G. Popisil [sic.]

YOAKUM—Funeral services will be at 8:45 a.m. Friday from Buffington Chapel and at 9 a.m. from St. Joseph's Catholic Church for I. G. Pospisil, longtime Yoakum resident who died at 10 a.m. Wednesday in a local hospital on his 84th birthday.

The Rev. John Matocha will officiate.

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

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Pospisil was a retired oil mill manager.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Frances Pospisil; two sons, Henry and Fred, and a daughter, Miss Viola Pospisil, all of Yoakum; three brothers, Louis Janecka of Seguin, Albert Janecka of Jeddo and Emil Janecka of Flatonia; a sister, Mrs. Mollie Kocian of Jeddo; nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ARNOLD HENRY POTH

Shiner Gazette, June 23, 1955

Former Lavaca County Citizen Founded Wilson County Town

A colorful and early day pioneer builder, one who had an important part in the development of Wilson County and this section of Texas, ended his earthly career quietly and peacefully at his home at Poth, Texas, Monday, May 30, 1955. He died in his sleep sometime during the night and was found by his life-companion, Mrs. Poth, early next morning. His death came from natural causes.

He had been ill for some time and was confined to his home for weeks before his death, although he was seriously ill only a short time before he passed on to his eternal reward.

A rosary service was said on Tuesday night, following his death, at the Orts Funeral Home in Poth and the body, accompanied by loved ones and friends, was taken overland next morning to Hochheim, Texas. There in the old Poth family burial grounds, his mortal remains were laid to rest beside the graves of other loved ones. Many long time friends gathered at his graveside and beautiful flowers covered the grave. Solemn rites were held at St. Ann's Catholic Church at Hochheim prior to the graveside funeral. Rev. Father Rolf officiated.

Arnold Henry Poth was born January 28, 1874 at Moulton, Texas, the son of Jacob and Anne Poth, early pioneer Texans of that section of the state. He grew up as a boy in that community and attended the public schools of his day at Yoakum, Texas, where he resided for several years.

On December 5, 1899, he was married to Miss Lena Mahler.

Six children were born to this union, a set of twins died in infancy, the other four children survive.

In 1900, Mr. and Mrs. Poth moved to what is now the thriving and prosperous City of Poth with approximately a thousand population. It was then nothing more than a wide place in the road known as Marcelina Switch. The early S.A. & A.P. Ry. Co. had established a switching stop there.

It was then the town was named Poth after the founder, A.H. Poth, who was appointed its first postmaster.

Mr. Poth also established one of the first general mercantile businesses there.

A.H. Poth also operated one of the early day cotton gins there and bought and sold cotton for years. He was also later engaged in farming and cattle raising. He had a part in the forming of the early day churches and schools of the community along with other enterprises which he lived to see grow into larger and more modern institutions, keeping pace with a growing age of more modern homes, business houses and enterprises.

His latter day interests largely centered around his homelife with his devoted lifemate and he took a joy and pride in an inviting little park which nature endowed with many beautiful trees but much of it completion was of his own handiwork and of this he was very proud. The picture above showed him standing underneath one of the shady oaks and was taken on the occasion of his Golden Anniversary on December 5, 1949.

He is survived by: His widow, Mrs. Lena Poth; daughter, Mrs. Tom B. Ralph, Center, Texas; sons, J.H. and A.T. Poth of Houston, and O.L. Poth, San Antonio; 7 grandchildren. Brothers, Richard, Arthur, Louis Poth, Yoakum, Texas; Charlie Poth, Elgin, Texas; Edmund Poth, Poth; Ewald Poth, San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Leissner and Mrs. Elvira Buntyn.

Mr. Poth was an uncle of Mrs. Wilbur Minear of Shiner. G.W. (Buddy) Minear of Shiner represented the family at the last rites.

Deceased children of Arnold Poth were twin daughters, Mable and Myrtle, born October 11, 1909 and dying May 13, 1910 and May 4, 1910. Surviving children were Jacob Henry Poth, Ada Mae Poth Ralph, Oscar Louis Poth and Arnold Theodore Poth. Contributed by Rebecca Herder

ARNOLD THEODORE POTH, Jr.

Victoria Advocate, July 25, 2008

MOULTON - Arnold T. Poth Jr., age 66, of Moulton passed away July 23, 2008. He was born July 28, 1941 in Houston to the late A.T. (Denny) and Viola Mary May Poth. Arnold was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Hallettsville and Herman Son Lodge for over 50 years. Arnold is survived by his wife Almeda Poth of Moulton; son, Ted Poth and wife Sheri of Katy; daughters, Lora Cossey and husband Stephen of Los Alamos, N.M., Audra Spann and husband Noel of La Grange; stepdaughter, Debbie Stryk

Contributed by Rebecca Herder

ARNOLD THEODORE (DENNY) POTH, SR.

Yoakum Herald Times
unknown date

A.T. Poth Sr.

Funeral services for Arnold Theodore "Denny" Poth Sr., 78, of Moulton will be held at 10 AM Friday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton with the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial will follow in the St. Ann's Cemetery near Yoakum under the direction of Smith Funeral Home in Moulton.

Mr. Poth died at 10:30 am Tuesday in a Yoakum nursing home.

A rosary will be recited at 7 pm Thursday at Smith Funeral Home.

The body will lie in state at Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum until 1 pm Thursday at which time it will be taken to Smith Funeral Home in Moulton.

Mr. Poth was born July 16, 1912, in Poth. He was the son of the late Arnold Henry and Lena Mahler Poth. A retired funiture manufacturing respresentative, he was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Moulton, Moulton Knights of Columbus and a member of the Roadrunner Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Warren Poth of Moulton; a daughter, Deane Key of New Jersey; a son, Arnold Theodore Poth Jr. of Moulton; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder

ARTHUR ALFRED POTH

The Shiner Gazette, April 26, 1956

Arthur A. Poth

Yoakum - Funeral services for Arthur A. Poth, 76, of Yoakum, were held Thursday, April 19, with the Rev. Edward J. Jansky officiating at Requiem Mass in St. Joseph's Church. Burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Born in Lavaca County Sept. 16, 1879, Mr. Poth died at the Huth Memorial hospital April 17. He had lived in the St. Ann's community for more than 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ida Poth of Yoakum; two sons, DeWitt A. Poth and Leslie J. Poth, both of Yoakum; five brothers, Richard Poth of Yoakum, E.B. Poth of Poth, Texas, Charles J. Poth of Elgin, Ewald Poth of San Antonio, and Louis Poth of Yoakum; one sister, Mrs. W.H. Buntyn of Yoakum; and three grandchildren.

Arthur was born in Old Moulton, Lavaca County, Texas to Jacob Richard Poth and Anna Angela Laake. He moved to the Hochheim Prairie area of Dewitt County about 1890 and was a resident of that area thereafter. He married Ida Gerhardt in June, 1902. He was predeceased by brothers Edward (Feb,1941), William (Jan,1941), Arnold (May,1955), Jacob (Feb,1891), and Norman (Dec,1951); and sisters Clara Leissner (Jun,1955) and Anna Gerhardt (Nov,1941). Contributed by Rebecca Herder

EMMAGENE RUTH WARREN POTH

The Victoria Advocate, May 1, 2001, Page 8a

MOULTON — Emmagene Ruth Warren Poth, 92, of Moulton, died Sunday, April 29, 2001.

She was born June 27, 1908, in Houston, to the late Zebulon and Addie Warren. She was a registered nurse for the public schools and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughter, Deana Key of Reading, Pa.; son, Arnold T. Poth Jr. of Moulton; sister, Virginia Williams of Houston; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Arnold Poth Sr.; one sister; and one brother.

A rosary will be 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 St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum. Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, 361-596-4631.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder

HEDWIG BUESCHER POTH

Hallettsville Herald
Oct 17, 1889, page 7, column 1

From Moulton

Ed. Herald - Yesterday Mrs. Richard Poth was interred at the Catholic cemetery at this place. She was the daughter-in-law of Jacob Poth, of this community. There were many in attendance at the funeral. Her early demise is much to be regretted. She had just become a mother and leaves an infant daughter seven days old. The sympathy of this entire community is extended to the bereaved ones. Those most interested were loth to give her up, but she was taken from them almost without warning.

Hedwig Buescher, born April 25, 1867, New Ulm, Austin Co., Texas, married Richard James Poth Nov 30, 1887, died Oct 12, 1889 in Lavaca Co., Texas after giving birth to her only child, a daughter Sara Clara Poth. Contributed by Rebecca Herder

JACOB POTH

Yoakum Daily Herald, August 22, 1912, page 1 (accompanied by a photo)

Jacob Poth

Native of Germany Comes To America When But a Small Child

Pioneer of South Texas Nearly Three Score and Ten Years at Time of Death

The venerable Jacob Poth, who passed away at his estate on Hochheim Prairie on August the 13, was a native of Germany. He was born at Buedesheim-on-the-Rhein, August 15, 1843.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Poth joined a company of emigrants to sail for America when young Jacob was only three years of age. In this company were 75 people. Their destination was the republic of Texas.

In early winter they landed at Galveston. Here they entrained via the ox wagon route for what was known as Bernard Prairie. This trip required more than two weeks time. It takes less time now, much less, possibly not much over two hours. On this journey they encountered a Texas Norther, a veritable blizzard. This introduction to their new home was all but pleasing and it left one memory that time could not erase. A child in the party was frozen to death.

They finally reached Bernard where a colony had previously settled. The senior Poth, a farsighted man, decided it would not be wise for too many to settle in the same community, so advised that his friends go further. After prospecting, or rather exploring for some time they decided to settle in what is now Austin County. They named their little village settlement New Ulm, which name it still bears. Here the subject of our sketch grew to manhood. During this period the senior Mr. Poth followed his vocation of blacksmith and wheel-wright.

In those days money was scarce, in fact there was no money in the country, and Mr. Poth took his pay in such things as the colonist had to offer. For instance the fee for relaying a plow point was a good horse. So in this way these early settlers compensated each other for their work.

Young Jacob was a weakly child. He could not stand the strenuous work of the blacksmith so aided his mother, and the only sister, now Mrs. Brune in doing the work of the farm. This sister still survives and was at the funeral of her brother last week.

At the age of 19 Poth enlisted in the Confederate army and followed the Stars and Bars until the close of the war. He was a member of Welhausen's Company of Artillery.

On the 27th day of June, 1865 he was married to Miss Anna Laake, who through all these years since has shared his joys and his sorrows and now survives to grieve over the separation from her life long companion. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Poth remained with the New Ulm colony five years and then moved to Lavaca County in the year 1870. They settled near what is now Moulton. There they improved the elegant place. Four years later he erected a cotton gin and grist mill. This was the old time horse gin, horses and oxen being used to furnish the motive power. In addition to running this plant he was engaged in farming and sheep raising continuously up to 1890. At that time he purchased some three thousand acres of fine land out on Hochheim Prairie, which has developed into one of the best agricultural sections of DeWitt County. Mr. Poth moved to this place and established one of the best country homes to be found anywhere.

The physical weakness that characterized his childhood gave way as he grew to manhood and he became a very hale and robust man. He led an active aggressive life, being very stern and emphatic in his dealings with his fellowmen and very prompt in meeting any obligations he may have incurred.

In 1884 he was the victim of an accident that resulted in a broken leg, the effects of which he never fully recovered from. He always limped on this broken member. Again on May 25, 1911 he sustained a fall which resulted in breaking his hip. This accident proved too much for him and his decline set in from that date and rapidly carried him to the end.

Mr. Poth was fond of travel and had seen a considerable portion of the country. In 1903, he made the trip to Europe, accompanied by his two youngest children and spent some time in the land of his birth. Mr. Poth and wife reared a large family of children; fourteen in all. Of these all survive except one son, Jacob Poth, Jr., who died at the age of 13 years and shortly after the family had moved to their present home. Also surviving are forty-five grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

These children and grandchildren had planned a family reunion to celebrate Mr. Poth's sixty-ninth birth, which would have fallen on August 15th. They came, not with joy and gladness to celebrate his natal day, but with sadness and gloom to consign his earthly remains to their last resting place.

His death had not been expected so soon. In fact it was no thought but what he would live for a long time just until a short while before the end came. So suddenly did the final summons come that not even could the swift speeding auto and railroad train bring the members of the family to his bedside, after it was apparent that the end was near.

Hence his death was a severe shock to his aged companion and to the entire community.

Of the large family of children, all are married except the two youngest.

Mr. Poth's remains were laid to rest in the family burying ground at St. Ann's Catholic Church on August 15th, 1912, the day he would have been 69 years old.

As stated above, Mr. Poth is survived by his aged companion and thirteen children as follows: Richard Poth, Hochheim Prairie; Edward Poth, Corpus Christi; Will Poth, Cheapside; Edmund Poth, Elgin; Arnold Poth, Poth; Arthur Poth, Hochheim Prairie; Dr. Norman Poth, Marian; Charley Poth, Elgin; Ewald Poth, Louis Poth, both of Hochheim Prairie; Mrs. A.L. Leissner, Nopal; Mrs. A.H. Gerhardt, Yorktown; and Miss Elvira Poth, Hochheim Prairie.

Contributed by Rebecca Herder

JOSEPHINE RAYMOND POTH

June 1975 newspaper clipping

Mrs. Louis Poth Dies Unexpectedly in Irving, Texas

Mrs. Louis (Josephine) Poth, 79, died unexpectedly Monday, June 23rd at 1 p.m. in a hospital at Irving, Texas where she was visiting with her daughter, Mrs. James Dreyer.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Peters officiating. Burial, under direction of Buffington Funeral Home, will be in St. Ann's Cemetery with nephews as pallbearers.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.

Mrs. Poth was born Sept. 18, 1895 in Hallettsville, and had resided for most of her life in the Yoakum area.

Survivors include a son, Louis Poth Jr. of Texas City; the daughter; and five granddaughters.

Josephine Antonia Raymond was born to Raymond and Antonia Raymond in Hallettsville. Josephine married Louis Poth in Yoakum on June 12, 1935. He preceded his wife in death on June 23, 1974 in Lavaca County. Contributed by Rebecca Herder.

RICHARD POTH

Shiner Gazette, 15 Sep 1910, page 1

A Fatal Accident.

Yoakum, Tex., September 9. – Richard, the 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Poth, was thrown from a wagon yesterday afternoon and killed. In company with an older brother, he was returning from town, when the team became unmanageable, running away and turning the wagon over with above result. The funeral took place at St. Ann’s church cemetery [DeWitt County] this afternoon

Contributed by Matt Cross

WILLIAM POTH

undated newspaper clipping

William Poth of Cheapside Taken by Death Monday

Funeral Services Were Held Here Tuesday For Well Known Man

William Poth, aged 70 years and 10 months, well known farmer and ginner of Cheapside community, passed away at Shiner at 12:35 p.m. Monday following an illness of about two years.

Mr. Poth was well known throughout this section and had friends in all walks of life. He was born in Austin County, Texas, but had made Cheapside his home for about 43 years. He had been engaged in farming and ginning during this time.

He was a member of the St. Ann's Catholic Church, and was a member of the Hermann Sons Lodge.

Funeral services will be held at the Beck Mortuary Chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, and interment will be made in the Oak Grove cemetery. Rev. H.V. Hug, pastor of the St. Joseph's Catholic church will be in charge of the services.

Mr. Poth is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emilie Poth, of Cheapside; five sons, Dick, Elo and Elgin Poth of Cheapside, Mansley Poth of Galveston, and Ernest Poth of Austin; three daughters, Mrs. Clyde (Elvira) Spinks of San Antonio; Mrs. Wilber (Curley) Minear of Shiner, Mrs. Geo. (Ann) Fahrenthold of San Antonio.

Mr. Poth is also survived by 9 brothers: Richard, Arthur A. and L.J. (Louis) Poth of Yoakum, Edward Poth of Corpus Christi; E.B. (Edmund) Poth and A.H. (Arnold) Poth of Poth, Texas; Dr. N.A. (Norman) Poth of Seguin; C.J. (Charles) Poth of Elgin and E.A. (Ewald) Poth of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Albert (Clara) Leissner of Yorktown, Mrs. Albert (Annie) Gerhardt of Yorktown and Mrs. Elvira (Buntyn) Kempen of Yoakum; and four grandchildren.

William Poth, born on March 27, 1870 in New Ulm, Austin County, Texas, was the third of Jacob Richard and Anna Angelina Laake Poth's fourteen children. He married Emilie Voelkel on November 26, 1893 in Dewitt County. To this union, 12 children were born. Esther (1894-1897), Jacob (1896-1897), Annie (1897-1900) and Jake (1905-1910) preceded him in death. Contributed by Rebecca Herder.

AUGUSTA POWERS

Yoakum Weekly Herald
5 Nov 1908

Mrs. Agusta Powers, who has been for a long time a sufferer from dropsy, and whose condition gradually grew worse until finally the last summons came at 7:20 last night and separated her soul from the casement of clay of this noble lady and carried it home to God in glory who gave it. She was 54 years old and lived in Yoakum with her sister, Mrs. John FRELS.

[Oak Grove Cemetery records have Augusta Powers birth date as 1855. 1900 Lavaca County census record states that she was born Jan 1862.]
Notes and obituary contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff

AGNES ROZNOVSKY PRASEK

Victoria Advocate, Monday, September 1, 1975

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Frank Prasek, 83, of Hallettsville, native and lifelong resident of Lavaca County, died at 2:15 a.m. Sunday in a Moulton nursing home.

Mrs. Prasek was born Jan. 21, 1892, and was married to Frank Prasek Oct. 2, 1912 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He died Aug. 11, 1968.

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

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 and 7:45 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 St. Mary's Church for funeral services at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Henry Psencik will officiate, with burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Tom and Frank Jr., both of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Rudy Konarik and Mrs. Alfred Technik, both of Hallettsville; two brothers Victor Roznovsky of Hallettsville and Steve Roznovsky of Moulton; a sister, Mrs. Julie Mican of Moulton; 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

ALBINA PRASEK

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, Jan 11, 1977

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. John R. Albina Prasek, 88, died Sunday at 8 p.m. at a local hospital.

Mrs. Prasek, a member of Peace Catholic Church in Sweet Home, was born in Lavaca County Dec. 19, 1888. She married John R. Prasek on Feb. 9, 1909 in St. Mary's, Tex. Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1975.

The body will lie in state at the Kubena Funeral Home Chapel until 1 p.m. Tuesday when it will be taken to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for services at 2 p.m. The Rev. Celestino Say and the Rev. Al Padalecki will officiate.

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

Pallbearers will be Frankie Kupka, Allen Settle, Edward Kupka, Eugene Koerth, Marvin and Johnny Ulcak, and Harvey and Ronnie Prasek.

Survivors include three sons, James F. Prasek of Houston, L.J. Prasek of Hallettsville, Willie J. Prasek of Houston; six daughters, Mrs. Charlie Kupka, Mrs. Irvin Koerth and Mrs. Eddie Kupka, all of Hallettsville, Mrs. Edwin Ulcak of Shiner, Mrs. Lynn Settle and Mrs. Bill Gray of Houston; 33 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOE RAY PRASEK

Victoria Advocate, Jan 28, 2003

HALLETTSVILLE - Joe Ray Prasek, 80, of Hallettsville, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003.

He was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Hallettsville to the late Emil and Agnes Staha Prasek. He worked for Shell Oil Company, serving 33 years at the Gohlke Field location. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville.

Survivors: daughters, Phyllis Siecko of Sugar Land and Shana Opela of Hallettsville; step-daughter, Cindy Rother of Hallettsville; step-son, Blake A. Bethke of Victoria; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Delores Landgrebe Prasek; parents; sister, Leona Burt; and brother, Julius John Prasek.

Visitation begins at 3 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

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

Memorials: Lavaca County Senior Citizens Program, P.O. Box 53, Hallettsville, Texas; or St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOHN PRASEK

Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, March 27, 1973

YOAKUM—John Prasek, 69, retired employe of the Swift Co., was dead on arrival at a local hospital at 3:20 p.m. Monday. Death was attributed to natural causes.

Mr. Prasek was born Aug. 9, 1903, in Hallettsville.

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

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Mausoleum.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Thelma Munsch Prasek of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. Douglas Crews of Mt. Enterprise, Tex.; and Mrs. Steve Frost of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Plummer of Hallettsville and Mrs. Martin Wagner of Shiner; and four grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

CAROLINE PRAUSE

Shiner Gazette, 6 Nov 1901, Witting Warblings column

Witting, Tex., Nov. 1. – Mrs. Prausa [sic.], who died Monday morning at her home in Yoakum, was buried in the Witting cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The deceased suffered from slow fever for a long time and was then stricken with paralysis. After much suffering her soul passed into eternity Monday morning Oct. 28. We sympathize with the relatives. The deceased lived in this section for a long time and moved to Yoakum five or six years ago and has lived there ever since.

Caroline Prause, 23 Apr 1847 – 28 Oct 1901, was the wife of Gustav Prause. Contributed by Matt Cross

DIANE KOVAR PRAUSE

Victoria Advocate, Dec 9, 2003

Diane Prause

YOAKUM, Diane Prause, 54, loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2003, to cancer.

She was born May 22, 1949 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She grew up in Victoria with parents Allan and ImaDell Kovar. She was a rural letter carrier for the Yoakum post office and member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Diane is survived by husband of thirty-four years, Leslie Prause, daughter Lorna Herman and husband Robert, of Yoakum, son Scott and wife Aimee of Victoria, and three much loved grandchildren, Kaci Herman and Ashlee and Brett Prause, sister Vivian Moore and husband Bill of Victoria, and brother Darrell Kovar and wife Sherry of Victoria, father Allan Kovar of Victoria, mother-in-law Leona Prause and father-in-law Gilbert Prause, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by mother, ImaDell Kovar, and grandparents Bill and Carrie Sparks.
Diane loved and enjoyed life. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing bunco and looked forward to her yearly trip to MO Ranch with her Lutheran Church Women friends.

A prayer service will be held Friday, November 7, at 6 pm at Buffington Funeral Home.

Services will be held Saturday, November 8 at 10 am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Yoakum, Tx, Pastor Gary Goodson officiating.

Burial will follow at Hermann Sons Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 293-2333.
Pallbearers: Don Jones, James Leist, J.T. Long, David Barnes, Dorman Michaelsen, John Robert Boothe, Bobby Albrecht, and Denis Wauson.

Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or Hospice of South Texas.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

VICTOR W. PRAUSE

Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville:

Mr. Victor W. Prause, 87, of Hallettsville, died Nov. 1, 2007. He was born Nov. 26, 1919 to Gus & Minnie Glause Prause in Witting, Texas. He married Justine Kutach Prause on Oct. 26, 1942 in St. Mary’s Church. He farmed most of his life, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Victor is survived by: son Larry Prause of Hallettsville; daughter Shirley Ammann of Beasley; brother-in-law Eugene Kutach of Hallettsville; 2 sister-in-laws, Martha Repka of Hallettsville, and Margaret Kucera of Victoria; 3 grandchildren, Dwayne, Debi, and Dean Ammann; and 2 great-grandchildren, Kayla and Deanna Ammann.

Victor was preceded in death by: wife Justine on Jan. 2, 1998; son Leon Prause; Parents; son-in-law Dale Ammann; and 2 sisters, Elsie Koehne and Stella McElroy.

Service: 10 am, Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Visitation: 2 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosaries: 6 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home; and 9:30 am, Monday at St. Mary’s Church. Burial: St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers: Gene Pokluda, Edward Cinadr Jr., Glen Liest, Dwayne Ammann, Derek Treykig, and Dean Ammann. Memorials: St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

JAMES PRICE

San Antonio Express, 23 Dec 1943, page 7A

PRICE – James Price of Halletsville, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1943, in his 82nd year. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Annie Brown of Halletsville, Mrs. T. L. Anderson of Granada, Texas, Mrs. T. M. Thrasher of Athens, Tex.; son, James Price of Halletsville; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. The body will be taken overland to Halletsville for services and interment there. Arrangements by the Alamo Funeral Home.

Contributed by Matt Cross

EDWIN J. PROCHAZKA

Victoria Advocate, Jan 30, 2004

Edwin J. Prochazka

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

DEER PARK - Edwin Joe Prochazka, 73, of Deer Park, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004.
He was born Nov. 24, 1930, in Robstown. He was a member of Vsetin Czech Moravin Brethren Church.

Survivors: daughter, Debbie Quick of Arizona; son, Gary Prochazka of Liberty; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Gladys Balusek Prochazka.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Vsetin Czech Moravin Brethren Church, the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.

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

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

LEONA PROSCHKO

from Thiele Cooper Funeral Home - Yoakum, TX

Leona J. Proschko

Leona J. Proschko, age 81, died on Thursday, April 2, 2009. She was born in Sweet Home, TX on December 10, 1927, to William and Justina Kocian Pekar.

She was a homemaker, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and a past member of the Kiwanis Club.

Survivors: son, Charlie Proschko and wife Janet of Yoakum; 5 grandchildren, Christopher Proschko, Catherine Ward and husband Brett, Jamie Baylor, Brandon Baylor and wife Cindy and Jennifer Predmore; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Georgia Petering and husband Gary of Houston, Beatrice Tobola and husband Chester of Victoria and Henrietta Srubar of Victoria. Honorary son, Fr. Johnson of Vanderbuilt.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Alfred Proschko; daughter, Sharon Marie Baylor; sons, Billy Joseph Proschko and Karl Wayne Proschko, RPH; and brothers, Edward Pekar and Gene Pekar.

Visitation was from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with rosary at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.

Catholic Daughters rosary was at 9:30 a.m. on Monday and funeral mass was at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Entombment at St. Joseph Catholic Mausoleum.

Pallbearers: Christopher Proschko, Brandon Baylor, Brett Ward, Troy Petering, Dean Wenske, Todd Jacobs, Tony Stary and Dr. William Moehlman. Honorary pallbearers: Claud Jacobs, Vernon Matusek, Mark Tobola, Chester Tobola and Gary Petering.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Alzheimer’s Association or The American Heart Association.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

FRIEDA HERALD PROVAZEK

Victoria Advocate, August 4, 2003

Frieda H. Provazek

HALLETTSVILLE - Frieda Herold Provazek, 86, of Hallettsville, died Saturday, August 2, 2003.

She was born Aug. 11, 1916, in Lavaca County, to the late Henry and Annie Lorfing Herold. She was a member of Hackberry-Shiloh Home Demonstration Club and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Preceded in death by: husband, Julius Provazek.

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

A prayer service will be 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

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

Memorials: Shiloh Community Center.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

DOROTHY GALLIA PRUETZ

Victoria Advocate, November 22, 2012

DOROTHY PRUETZ

YOAKUM - Dorothy Pruetz, age 72, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

She was born in Yoakum to Joe F. Gallia and Mathilda Morisak Gallia on January 17, 1940. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a housewife. Survivors: husband Orville Pruetz; was a loving mother to daughter, Dr. Jill Pruetz of Ames, Iowa and son Todd Pruetz and wife Erin of San Antonio; grandchildren: Devin, Faith, and Grace Pruetz; brother: Victor Gallia of Goliad; nephews: Malcolm, Mark, Ronnie, and Larry Jacob of Yoakum.

Preceded in death by parents; brothers; Joe and Alvin Gallia, and sister, Bessie Jacob.

Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited Saturday, November 24th, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, followed by funeral mass at 2 p.m., with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers; Jill Pruetz, Todd Pruetz, Malcolm Jacob, Mark Jacob, Ronnie Jacob, and Larry Jacob. Honorary pallbearers: her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Neighbor Ape non-profit organization, 1216 Burnett, Ames, IA, 50010, or donor's choice
On-line guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum 231-293-5656.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

ADELE KLEKAR PSENCIK

Victoria Daily Advocate, Wednesday, December 17, 1930

SISTER OF NURSE HERE BURIED IN CISTERN SUNDAY

SMITHVILLE, Dec. 17.—Mrs. Frank W. Psencik, 27, died Friday afternoon of burns received on the night of December 2 in a fire which destroyed her husband’s store.  Mrs. Psencik was alone in the store when the fire was discovered.  Her screams attracted passersby who broke into the building and rescued her.  She was never able to say how the fire started and its origin has not been determined.

Mrs. Psencik was a member of a prominent family at Hallettsville.  Besides her husband, she is survived by her father, F. Klekar and three brothers of Hallettsville and three sisters, Mrs. Charles Kuratko, Mrs. John Pender of Smithville and Miss Elizabeth Klekar, who is a nurse in the DeTar Hospital in Victoria. 

Burial was held at Cistern Sunday afternoon, with the local Catholic priest officiating.  The funeral cortege left the home here at 1 o’clock, with many persons attending from other towns.  There were many beautiful floral offerings.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

LORRAINE RASKA PULKRABEK

Victoria Advocate, 22 Apr 1974, page 10A

Mrs. Pulkrabek

YOAKUM – Mrs. Emil Pulkrabek, 62, of Yoakum, died unexpectedly at noon Sunday while on a trip to Laredo.

She was born Oct. 22, 1911 in Yoakum and was a lifetime resident.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Marshall Crouch of Bryan, a son, David E. Pulkrabek of Houston; two brothers, E. G. and Henry Raska, both of Yoakum; a sister, Mrs. Ludwig Dot of San Antonio; and four grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross

ALBINA HAVERON PUSTEJOVSKY

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 8, 1965

Mrs. Pustejovsky, Weimar Man's Mother, Buried

Funeral services for Mrs. William  (Albina) Pustejovsky, 76-year-old mother of Harvey Pustejovsky of Weimar, were held Tuesday, April 6, at Sublime. 

Mrs. Pustejovsky died Sunday, April 4 at 9 p.m. in Colonial Rest Home at Schulenburg. 

Services were led in Sublime Baptist Church by Rev. C. L. Weigel, and burial was in the Geiger Cemetery. 

Mrs. Pustejovsky was born January 27, 1889, in Brazos County and was married at Bryan in 1903 to William Pustejovsky. 

Her husband survives, along with seven sons, Ed, Orin, Walter and Roy of Sublime, Harvey of here, Henry of Yoakum and Claude of Wichita Falls; four daughters, Mrs. Hallie Briscoe and Mrs. Adolph Mareth of Corpus Christi, Mrs. James Hudgeons of Sublime and Mrs. Hale Hornsby of Austin; 29 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ed and Albert Haveron of Bryan.  Two sons and a daughter preceded her in death. 

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

JOSEPH PUSTEJOVSKY

Shiner Gazette, 29 Nov 1894

Joe Pusteofsky [Pustejovsky], convicted last August for shooting two negroes and given two years, died at his home here to-day. He was well liked, and when he was taken sick, becoming partially paralyzed, he was removed from jail to his home in order to have the attention of his wife. The criminal court of appeals will not have to pass on his case.

Jos. Pustejovsky, Apr 1852 – 24 Nov1894; b. Misim, Morave, was buried in the Sacred Heart Cemetery #1. Contributed by Matt Cross

JOSEPH PUSTEJOVSKY

Weimar Mercury, 23 Apr 1937, page 1

Well Known Farmer Dies of Blood Poison

Mr. Jos. Pustejovsky, well know farmer living south of Weimar, was in town for medical attention Tuesday morning of last week. He was suffering from blood poison, caused thru a defective tooth. He returned home, but getting worse the following day, he was attended by a local physician in his home.

He grew worse steadily, and was urged to go to a hospital. This was finally decided upon, and he was taken to a Halletsville hospital, buthis condition continued to grow worse, and he diedd Friday night, so a neighbor, Mr. Frank Melnar, informed us Saturday morning.

Mr. Melnar stated that the trouble turned into lockjaw toward the last.

From the Halletsville Herald we glean the following further particulars of the sad event:

Mr. Pustejovsky was buried at the Vsetin Cemetery Sunday at 3 p.m., with Rev. Jos. Zimermann of Weimar officiating. The funeral was largely attended, the floral emblems at the grave being especially noticeable.

Deceased was born in the old country, coming to America at the age of 2 years. For twenty-two years he lived in Fayette county, but for the past forty-two yearss made his home in Lavaca county, in the Bila Hora section. In 1903 he was united in marriage to Miss Veronica Mikulencak at Weimar, and she, together with the following children, survive: One son, Julius, two daughters, Mrs. Frank Zapalac of Oakland and Mrs. Jos. Rokyta of ort Lavaca; also two grandhildren: three brothers, Charles of Alma, Ark, Felix of Hobson and Willie of Sublime; four sisters, Mrs. Carrie Walters of Beasley, Mrs. Frances Walters, Miss Julia Pustejovsky of San Antonio and Miss Mary Pustejovsky.

Mr. Pustejovsky was a mighty fine man, having the respect and esteem of all his neighbors and friends. He was a quiet, law-abiding, good citizen, a devoted husband and fathr, a sincere friend and kindly neighbor, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

MARY PUSTEJOVSKY

Victoria Advocate, Thursday, April 14, 1977

SHINER – Mrs. John Pustejovsky of Shiner, 83, died Tuesday in a local hospital. 

Services will be held at the Shiner Catholic Church on Thursday at 2 p.m.  Interment will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating. 

Survivors include one son, Hubert of San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. Frank Petru and Mrs. Johnny E. Hajek, both of Shiner, and Mrs. Roman Bujnock [Bujnoch] of Houston; one brother in Czechoslovakia; eight grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Msgr. JOSEPH A. PUSTKA

Weimar Mercury, 11 Mar 1955, page 1

Msgr. Jos. Pustka, Former Pastor Here, Dies Suddenly

Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Pustka, 58, a former Weimar pastor, died Monday evening at Santa Rosa Hospital, about five hours after he collapsed while visiting another priest at the hospital.

Hospital officials said his death apparently was caused by a brain hemmorhage [sic].

He had been visiting Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph Jacobi of High Hill. Msgr. Pustka’s parish is the adjacent one, he being pastor of Holy Rosary Church at Hostyn and St. Peter & Paul Church at Plum.

He was pastor here from 1923 to about 1926 and is credited with organizing the Boy Scout troop here in 1925. Later he served at Schulenburg, Nada, Flatonia and Yoakum.

A native of Hallettsville, he was ordained to the priesthood May 1, 1922, in St. Mary’s Church in Hallettsville and became a papal chamberlain Aug. 24, 1948.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd of Weimar officiated in Mass held for him Wednesday morning at Hostyn, after which the body was taken to Hallettsville for burial.

Msgr. Pustka is survived by two brothers and three sisters.

Contributed by Matt Cross

VICTOR STEVE PUSTKA

Victoria Advocate, February 11, 2012

VICTOR STEVE PUSTKA

SHINER - Victor Steve Pustka, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

He was born on December 23, 1933 in Lavaca County to Matt Pustka, Sr. and Amalia Netardus Pustka. He was a spot welder at Kaspar Wire Works for 31 years and was a farmer & rancher. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 till 1958, member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Hallettsville Knights of Columbus and Weid K.J.T. Society # 43.

Survivors: wife, Mary Ann Netardus Pustka; daughter, Diane Aschen and husband Ronald, Jr., of Yoakum; sons, James Pustka and wife Linette of Shiner, Christopher Pustka and wife Judy of Victoria and Timothy (Gus) Pustka of Brazoria; grandchildren, Hunter Aschen, Garet Pustka, D.J. Pustka, Garrett Gleaves, Jana Gleaves, Clark Pustka and Della Pustka; great-grandchild, Paisley Pustka; sisters, Molly Peters, Mary Ann Stock both of Shiner and Helen Motal of Hallettsville; brothers, Matt Pustka, Jr. of Shiner and Joe Pustka of Victoria.

Preceded in death by: parents; sister, Julia Pustka; brothers, Paul Pustka, John Pustka, Pete Pustka and Bernard Pustka.

Rosary on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Funeral mass on Monday at 10 a.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with Rev. Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Burial at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: J. R. Peters, Robert Pustka, Martin Motal, Kenneth Stock, Larry Netardus and Mark Netardus. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be given to Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church building repair fund, Shiner Catholic School or donor's choice.
On-line guest book may be signed at www.thielecooper.com
Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

FRIEDA MARIE SCHUMACHER GRANZ PUTNAM

Victoria Advocate, January 22, 2005

Frieda Marie Putnam, 90, of Yoakum, died Thursday, January 20, 2005. She was born May 5, 1914, in Orange Grove, to the late Anton and Franziska Herold Schumacher. She was owner and operator of a restaurant and a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Survivors daughter, Bertha M. Lange of Yoakum; son, Raymond O. Granz of Shiner; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by two husbands, Otto Granz and Carl Putnam; special friend, Gerhard Petering; two sisters; and three brothers.

Visitation will be 6-8 p. m. tonight with a prayer service at 7 p. m. at Buffington Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 2 p. m. Sunday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the Rev. Victor Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum

Memorials Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer

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.