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Weimar Mercury, 24 Apr 1897, page 7
Shiner, Texas, April 13.—John Ular, a Bohemian farmer living on the Bailey farm, about eight miles northwest of here, suicided by blowing out his brains with a shotgun last night. He was about 50 years of age, and leaves a family. Despondency and brooding over debts was the cause.
Jan Uhler/Uhlar was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. No dates are listed on his marker.
MINNIE MARY ULBIG
Shiner Gazette, 4 Oct 1905, Halletsville column
This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross
AGNES BROSCH ULCAK
Shiner Gazette, Thursday, October 26, 1978, page 8
Funeral Services Conducted For Mrs. Agnes Ulcak, 93
Mrs. Frank Ulcak, nee Agnes Brosch, of Shiner entered Eternal rest at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 1978 in the Lavaca Medical Center, Hallettsville at the age of 93 years and 12 days. She had been a resident at Stevens Convalescent Center, Hallettsville, for the past four years, after suffering a hip fracture.
The body lay in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, until 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, when it was taken to the Shiner Catholic Church where Holy Mass was offered at 10:00 a.m. by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon.
The Rosary was recited at the Buffington chapel Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. led by the Rev. Eugene Janson.
Burial was in the St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, west of Hallettsville. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Eugene, Marvin, and Marcus Ulcak, all of Houston, Johnny F. Ulcak of Shiner; and nephews, Frankie Brosch of Houston and Cistern, and Felix Jurek of Louisiana.
Mrs. Ulcak, one of a family of five children, was born October 7, 1885 at Dubina, Fayette County, Texas, daughter of Frank and Jane (Pustka) Brosch. She was reared on the family farm.
On October 22, 1912, she was married at Cistern to Frank J. Ulcak. The couple made their home in the St. Mary's, Wied and Shiner areas where they resided continuously and farmed for a livelihood. Two sons were born to this marriage union. A son, Edwin Ulcak, died Jan. 27, 1971 and her husband died Feb. 8, 1959.
Surviving are a son, George Ulcak of Houston; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, husband and son, she was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Jurek, July 13, 1961; three brothers, Adolph F. Brosch, Mar. 16, 1934; Frank A. Brosch, June 18, 1974; and John Brosch. Mrs. Ulcak was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Contributed by Nancy Schmidt
ANITA K. SPIES ULCAK
Anita K. Ulcak
HALLETTSVILLE - Anita Koehler Ulcak, 91, of Hallettsville, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005.
She was born Aug. 22, 1913, in Lavaca County, to the Robert and Sophie Stratmann Spies. She was a homemaker, a school bus driver, and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Survivors: husband, Henry Ulcak.
Preceded in death by: first husband, Lebert Koehler; infant daughter, Leneldene Koehler; brothers, Bennie Spies, Ervin Spies, and Hubert Spies.
Visitation will be 1:30 P.M. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.
Services will be 1 P.M. Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.
Burial will be at Breslau Cemetery in Breslau. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Contributed by Brenda Coon
Shiner Gazette, 15 Aug 1906
Karel Ulcak, 15 Sep 1829 – 6 Aug 1906, born at Vhajove, Morave, was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross
The Victoria Advocate, Thursday, Jan. 9, 1964
YOAKUM—Funeral services for Fred Ulcak of the Midway area, were held Wednesday at the Shiner Buffington Chapel and at the Shiner Catholic Church. Interment was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Rosary was recited Tuesday night.
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
HELEN MUCALA ULCAK
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Thursday, May 30, 1996
Helen Ulcak of New Braunfels died Tuesday, May 28, 1996 at Baptist Medical Center at San Antonio at the age of 67. She was born Sept. 23, 1928, at Hallettsville, Texas, to John Mucala and Ludmila (Kristek) Mucala. She was the widow of Leo Ulcak who died Nov. 11, 1987. She was a housewife and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
Victoria Advocate, 19 Aug 2006
HALLETTSVILLE - Henry Ulcak, 87, of Hallettsville, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006.
He was born April 30, 1919, in Lavaca County, to the late Willie "Bill" and Mary Konvicka Ulcak. He was a member of VFW Post 6382, American Legion Post 230, and Disabled Veterans of V.F., received the American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, one service stripe, and one overseas service bar. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Survivors: sisters, Gladys Motal of Seguin.
Preceded in death by: wife, Anita Spies Koehler Ulcak; brothers; infant and Eddie Ulcak.
Visitation will be 1 P.M. today at Kubena Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 P.M. Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.
Burial will be at Breslau Cemetery in Lavaca County. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.
Pallbearers: Herschel Schulte, Julius Pauler, Abe "Sonny" Adams, Billy Nance, Jay Pavlicek, Howard Spies.
Honorary Pallbearer: Lambert E. Pollok.Memorials: Breslau Cemetery Assn. or donor's choice.
MARY KRESTA ULCAK
Lavaca County Tribune, January 9, 1990
Mary Ulcak, 86, of Hallettsville, died at 4:57 p.m., Friday, January 5, 1990, in the Lavaca Medical Center.
She was born December 31, 1903, in Lavaca County, daughter of the late Joseph and Paulina Olsovsky Kresta. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the KJZT Society.
She married Frank Ulcak on November 9, 1926, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, west of Hallettsville.
The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, at which time it will be taken to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 10 a.m. funeral services. The Rev. Celestino Say will officiate.
Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.
Rosary will be recited by the parish at 7 p.m., Monday, January 8, at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel. Rosary will also be recited by the societies at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Visitation began at 10 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home.
Surviving are her husband, Frank Ulcak of Hallettsville; two brothers, Robert A. Kresta of San Antonio and Victor A. Kresta of Hallettsville; and a sister, Annie Kresta of Rockport.
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders
MARY KURTZ ULCAK
The Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, July 29, 1975
HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Jaro Ulcak, 64, of Hallettsville, died at 7 p.m. Sunday in a local hospital.
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
VIOLA BRAEUER ULLMAN
Yoakum – Viola Ullman, 86, of Yoakum, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004.
She was born Jan. 10, 1918, in Gonzales County to the late Edmund and Norma Fehner Braeuer. She was a retired food services worker for Yoakum Independent School District and member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Hermann Sons Lodge, Yoakum Hospital Auxiliary and Women of the Church.
Survivors: sons, Larry Ullman of Victoria and Roger Ullman of Rogers, Ark.; sister, Verna Hunter of Yoakum; brother, Oscar Braeuer of Victoria; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by; husband, Adolph Ullman; and brother, Rudolph Braeuer.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the Rev. Gary Goodson officiating.
Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Hospice of South Texas or American Cancer Society.
Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore
Shiner Gazette, 17 Dec 1908, Moulton News column
Mrs. Ullmann's grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross
Hallettsville Herald, 30 Jul 1926, page 1
FUNERAL OF ED ULLRICH
The funeral services for Ed Ullrich who died at shiner monday afternoon were held here at the Sacred Heart Church at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon after which interment was made in the Pagel Settlement Cemetery. Father A. Mathis conducted the last sad rites at the church and the grave. Many pretty flowers were placed on the grave by friends in honor of his memory.
Pall-bearers were Anton Hodanek, D. G. Helmers, Fred Pfuhl of Shiner, W. J. Appelt, Adolph Zappe, and Chas. Fertsch of Hallettsville.
Honorary Pall-bearers were — Jos. Meyer, Ernest Sonntag, Herman Werner, F. Schaefer, Albert Bonorden and R. Waltersdorf.
A good man has gone to his reward. Blessed be his memory.
. . .
The following from a distance attended the funeral of Ed. Ullrich here Tuesday, Florian Ullrich and family of Hobson, Mrs. Ed. Ullrich of Eagle Lake, Mrs. A. J. Zappe, Mrs. Ernest Schott and Miss Tonie Ullrich of Ballinger, Anton Hodanek and family, D. G. Helmers and family, Fred Pfuhl and family and Mrs. Julia Heinsohn and children of Shiner and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Spill of Winters.
Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson
BERTHA APPELT MILLER UMBACH
Lavaca County Tribune, 25 Jan 1957
Mrs. Umbach Is Laid To Rest
Mrs. Bill Umbach, 81, a well known and kind lady of Hallettsville, died in the Dufner Hospital here, Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, following a lingering illness, at 2:45 a. m.
Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home at 9:15 a. m., and at the Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 a. m., Wed., Jan. 23rd. Rev. Henry Hilscher offered a Requiem High Mass at the church and interment was in the Catholic Cemetery here.
Pallbeares were G. H. Gerdes, Bobby Ahrens, Chas. Sommers, Anton Zaruba, Herbert Pohl and Ferdie Appelt.
Nee Bertha Appelt, Mrs. Umback [sic.] was born at Hallettsville, May 7th, 1875.
Surviving are one brother, Bill Appelt, of Providence City, and two sisters, Mrs. Lena Elstner and Mrs. R. R. Ratliff, both of Hallettsville.
Rosary was recited at the Kubena Funeral Home at 7:00 p. m., Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson
Hallettsville New Era, 24 Dec 1909
Birth and Death Record.
Nov 26—Norma Ummelmann, aged 22 years, peritonitis, Witting.
I. WM. UNDERWOOD
Halletsville Herald, 18 Nov 1897, page 1
Wm. Underwood, who recently moved here from Atascosa county was killed at the home of Tom Wadsworth, his brother-on-law, last Wednesday night and was buried at the church on Thursday. He was a man of seventy-two years of age, a member of the Methodist church and a great worker in the Sunday school, a man of inflexible honesty and [strove] only to lay ... treasures above where moth and rust do not corrupt. He was well known all over the western counties and leaves six children, all of whom are grown, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
Weimar Mercury, 20 Nov 1897, page 8
Mr. I. W. Underwood died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Tom Wadsworth, last Wednesday night, and was buried in the County Line cemetery Thursday afternoon. He had reached the ripe old age of 74 years. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the three children who now are left without the love of either father or mother, their mother having died several years ago.
IDELL FAY UNDERWOOD
Weimar Mercury, 23 March 1923, page 1
IDELL FAY UNDERWOOD.
Rev. J. C. Wilson was called to Sublime on Tuesday afternoon to conduct a funeral service over the body of Idell Fay Underwood, aged 3 years and 6 months, only daughter of Lafayette and Bee Underwood, who died of appendicitis on March 10th at Halletsville. A large company of sympathetic friends were present. The body was interred in the Geiger Cemetery.
Shiner Gazette, 1 Feb 1894
Contributed by Matt Cross
Died at 8 o'clock p.m., Sunday February
MRS. CATHERINE UPCHURCH
Aged 67 years.
Burial will take place at the City Cemetery at 4
Friends and acquaintances are respectfully
Halletsville, Texas, March 1st, 1897.
Contributed by Barbara Smith
STAZI PROKOP URLICK
San Antonio Light, Sunday, October 6, 1963
Stazi Prokop Urlrick
Mrs. Stazi Urlrick, Yoakum, Tex., born in Czechoslovakia on May 10, 1902, passed away Friday, October 4, 1953, in a local hospital at the age of 61 years.
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
There are over 4,000 obituaries of Central Texans with Czech roots at Steve Alvarez's TXBHS web site. These include many people from Lavaca County and some with German surnames.