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The people memorialized below either lived at least part of their lives in the county or are buried here. Please contact volunteer coordinator Regena Williamson to contribute obituaries and/or photographs from your research.



Herald Coaster, Wednesday, March 25, 1970

Joe Vasek

Funeral services for Joe Vasek, 85, of Richmond are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Garmany & Co. Funeral Home Chapel in Richmond. Burial will be in the Morton Cemetery.

Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the chapel.

Mr. Vasek died at his home Tuesday.

A native of Hallettsville, he was a retired carpenter. He moved to Richmond about 50 years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lena Peters Vasek; a son, Tommy Vasek of Keene; two daughters, Mrs. Millie Brenner of Rosenberg and Miss Betty Vasek of Richmond; a brother, Frank Vasek of Orange; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Vaclav Pultar, John Peter Jr., Frank Vasek, Robert Vasek and Joe Janc.

Funeral services were under the direction of Garmany & Co., Funeral Directors.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Herald Coaster, Sun., November 14, 1971

Mrs. Joe Vasek

Funeral arrangements have been set for Mrs. Joe Vasek, 78, a Richmond resident who died in her home.

Services will be 2 p.m. at the Triska Chapel in Rosenberg with Rev. J. J. Millet officiating. Burial is to be in Morton cemetery in Richmond.

Survivors include her son, Tommy of Keene; daughters Mrs. Millie Bremer and Mrs. Betty Svec, both of Rosenberg; sisters Mrs. A. V. Godbois and Mrs. Betty Herzik, both of Houston, and Mrs. Julia Walchar of Weimar; her brother, Frank Peters of Taiton, and nine grandchildren.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders
Transcriber’s Note: Mary was the daughter of John and Agnes Stuchly Peters.


Victoria Advocate, Monday, October 3, 1977

YOAKUM – Funeral services for Mrs. Frank A. “Ethel May” Vachule, 82, of Yoakum, who died Saturday at her home here, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

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

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Jim of Fort Worth and Joe of Pasadena, Tex.; a daughter, Mrs. Wade Sherill, also of Pasadena; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be L. J. Konecny, Rudy Bordovsky, Adolph Stryk, Emil Stryk, Mike Sherrill and David Guillott.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 3 Oct 1900

Rudolph, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ignaz Vackar, aged one month, died last Saturday of fever and was buried Sunday at 2 o’clock p. m., in the Catholic cemetery. The youthful parents have our sympathy.

Rudolph Vackar's grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, April 11, 2011

SHINER: Elsie Vaclavik, age 88 passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2011. She was born in Lavaca County on November 2, 1922 to Tom and Annie Dolezal.
Survivors are her children: Elsie Scott of Dickinson, Texas; Jimmy Vaclavik and wife Linda of Shiner; Raymond Vaclavik of Alvin, Texas; Richard Vaclavik and wife Peggy of Dickinson; David Vaclavik of Kingsbury and Cheryl Olson and husband Chris of Austin. Brothers. Laddie Dolezal of Houston, Daniel Dolezal and Victor Dolezal both of Gonzales along with seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: husband, Jim Vaclavik; parents; siblings Alfred Dolezal, Alvin Dolezal, Adella Tomas, Emily Smith, Angeline Kresta, Jerry Dolezal, Bennie Dolezal and Ann Marie Dolezal.
Rosary was recited on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.
A funeral mass was celebrated at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating. Burial at Shiner Catholic Cemetery
Thiele Cooper Funeral Home

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lorene Lillian Vaculik, 77, of Moravia, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2009. She was born on September 12, 1932 in Moravia to Frank & Albina (Fojt) Trlica. She married Edwin Vaculik on October 25, 1952 in St. John, Texas. They moved to Houston, Texas and lived there for 30 years, in 1983, they returned to the Moravia Community. She was a member of the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge #23, V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Moravia Extension Club for 18 years, and active participant of Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church. Lorene loved baking, especially her cheese danish rolls, and making her famous rosettes. She loved sewing and canning vegetables from their garden. Her favorite past time was playing bingo, and spending time with her animals: Blackie, Baby, and Missy. She will be missed dearly. 

Lorene is survived by: her husband Edwin of 57 years; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews who loved her like a mother. 

Lorene was preceded in death by: her parents Frank & Albina (Fojt) Trlica; her sister Viola Klesel; and 2 brothers, Julius and Weldon Trlica. 

Funeral Service: 10 am, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 at Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia.

Visitation: 2 pm, Tuesday, at Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosary: 7 pm, Tuesday, at Kubena Funeral Home.

Officiate: Rev. John Peters. 

Pallbearers: Patrick Klesel, Matthew Klesel, Dwayne Klesel, Robert Machicek, Craig Machicek, Brian Machicek, Ryan Schmidt, and Alfred Vaculik Jr. 

Honorary Pallbearers: Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and special friends: David & Judy Klesel. 

Memorials: Donor’s Choice.

Burial: Moravia S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery
Kubena Funeral Home - Hallettsville

Submitted by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, July 13, 1969

Emil J. Vahalik, 57 of 910 Taylor St., was killed instantly Saturday morning when his car crashed into a tree off U.S. Highway 59 at a point 11 1/'2 miles east of Goliad or about two miles east of Fannin in Goliad County.

Vahalik was alone in his 1966 model sedan when it veered off the highway and collided with the tree, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Vahalik, a carpenter, was traveling west when the accident accurred at 10:30 a.m.  Highway patrolman Gary Bourland and Russell Montgomery, assisted by Patrolman Coldeway of Victoria, made the investigation. 

Vahalik, a veteran of World War II, was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.  He was born Aug. 9, 1911 in Lavaca County to the late Jerome and Lena Kutac Vahalik.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Victoria (Victory?) Catholic Church with the Rev. Peter Higgins officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 10:45 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yoakum with the Rev. Euda McKenna officiating.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Victory.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Albina Vahalik of Victoria; two step-daughters, Mrs. Margaret Hilscher of Port Lavaca and Mrs. Dorothy Perez of San Antonio; a son, Daniel Vahalik of Sinton; a sister, Miss Georgia Vahalik of Victoria; four brothers, Edwin, Ben and Jerome Vahalik Jr. of Victoria and Jodie Vahalik of Bloomington, and five grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 27 Dec 1994, page 12A


AUSTIN - Emma C. Vahalik, 92, of Austin died Saturday, Dec. 24, 1994.

Mrs. Vahalik was born July 16, 1902, in Praha to the late Henry Greive and Josephine Pesek. She was a homemaker and a Catholic and a member of K.J.T. and St. Joseph Catholic Church. 

Survivors: son, Marcus Anthony Vahalik of Austin and sister, Mary Janek of Houston.

Preceded in death by her husband, Adolph Joseph Vahalik; sister, Matilda Janek; and brothers, Willie Greive, Edward Greive, Louis Greive, Richard Greive, Rudolph Henry Greive, Anton Greive and Emil Greive.

Visitation will begin 1 p.m. today, Buffington Funeral Home.

Rosary: 6 p.m. today, at the funeral home chapel in Shiner.

Services: Noon Wednesday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Fred Krenek officiating.

Burial: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 594-3352.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, July 15, 2011

VICTORIA - Georgia M. Vahalik, 89, of Victoria passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2011. She was born on June 27, 1922 in Yoakum to the late Jerome A. Vahalik and Lena Kutac Vahalik. Georgia was a retired LVN nurse and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Survivors are nieces and nephews, Catherine Fojtik (Frank), Michael Vahalik, Paul Vahalik (Barbara Faye), Dennis Vahalik (Peggy), Patricia Vahalik, Philip Vahalik (Annie), Barbara Jo Vahalik, Joseph Vahalik, Jerome Vahalik, Daniel Vahalik (Roxie), Margaret Hilscher, and Dorothy Perez (Richard); and survived by a very special friend, Maria Rojas.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Edwin, Ben, Jerome, Emil and Jodie Vahalik.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011, at Colonial Funeral Home.    The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 2pm at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Yoakum.

Pallbearers: Matthew Vahalik, Jonathan Vahalik, Nicholas Vahalik, Christopher Fojtik, Dennis Vahalik and Philip Vahalik.

The family would like to thank Dr. Larry Riedel for the care he gave to our aunt and also extend a heartfelt thank you to all the Texan West Nursing Home caregivers.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church for Masses.

Submitted by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Monday, February 23, 1970

Advocate News Service

YOAKUM—John A. Vahalik, 55, of Yoakum, died at 10 p.m. Saturday at his home.

Born June 25, 1914, in Lavaca County, he was a veteran of World War II.

Funeral services will he held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ann's Catholic Church near Yoakum, the Rev. Michael O'Shaunessy officiating. Burial will be In St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors Include his wife, Frances of Yoakum; a son, John Edward of College Station;  a daughter, Miss Margaret Vahalik of Houston; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Vahalik of Yoakum; two brothers, Edmund of Yoakum and Alvin of Waco; five sisters, Mrs. Henry Raska of Yoakum, Mrs. Johnny Hanzelka of Placedo, Mrs. Raymond Meyer of Yoakum, Mrs. HerbertSchwenke of San Antonio and Mrs. Harvey Hoermann, of Refugio.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Monday, Feb. 6, 1967

Mrs. Lena Vahalik, 79, of 3301 N. Main St., resident of Victoria for the past 36 years, died unexpectedly at 4:15 a.m. Sunday in a local hospital.

Mrs. Vahalik was born July 13, 1887 in Hallettsville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Cecilia Kubena Kutac. She resided in Yoakum before moving to Victoria. She was a member of Our Lady of Victoria (Victory) Catholic Church.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday at McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel, and at 8:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, with the Rev. E. A. Hermes officiating.  Burial will be at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Yoakum, with the Rev. John Matocha conducting graveside rites.

Surviving are her husband, J.A. Vahalik; a daughter, Miss Georgia Vahalik, both of Victoria; five sons, Emil, Edwin, Jerome and Ben Vahalik, all of Victoria, and Jodie Vahalik of Bloomington; four sisters, Mrs. Louise Kubas, Miss Annie Kutac, Miss Mary Kutac, and Mrs. Julius Petru, all of Yoakum; three brothers, Ed, Anton and Nick Kutac, all of Yoakum; 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 10 Oct 1895


Martin Valachec fatally wounds His Wife And Then Blows His Brains Out.

Frank Satlichec and James Valachec brought the news to town early Monday morning of a terrible tragedy which occurred at the farm of Frank Walleck four miles from Gonzales, Sunday eve, in which Martin Valachec shot and mortally wounded his wife from whom he had been separated, and then committed suicide by shooting himself through the head. Valachec married Frank Walleck’s daughter about two years ago, but they only lived together a short time and then separated since which time Martin has been living with his father, near Shiner. This summer he has been living out on the river. Last week he went to Gonzales and rented land from his father-in-law. Sunday, he, together with Frank Walleck and the latter’s son, drove out to look at the land, after which Martin said he wanted to see his wife, so they drove by her house. Walleck and his son remained in the buggy while Martin went into the house. In a few minutes two pistol shots in quick succession were heard and when Frank Walleck reached the scene Martin was dead, a bullet having entered his forehead, just between the eyes, and gone clear through the head. His wife lay on the floor, shot through the breast, near the heart. She was still alive when the messengers left, though mortally wounded. No one knows what passed between them while in the house, but it is supposed that Martin proposed for her to live with him again and she refused, hence the shooting. Jas Valachec and Frank Satlichec left Monday morning for the scene of the killing and have not returned at this writing. Mrs. Valachec had been twice married and leaves two children, one by her first husband and a year old baby by her second marriage.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Mar 1963, page 1

Final Rites For Miss Valchar, 56, Held March 11

Funeral services for Miss Agnes Emilie Valchar, 56, of Oakland, were held Monday afternoon, March 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the Bila Hora Cemetery.

Rev. F. J. Kostohryz of Temple, pastor of the Czech Moravian Brethren Church of Vsetin, of which Miss Valchar was a member, officiated.

Miss Valchar died at her home at 10:25 p. m. Saturday, March 9, after an illness of several months.

Daughter of Josef and Theresa Valchar, she was born Jan. 11, 1907, near Oakland and lived her entire life in that community. She was preceded in death by her father and four sisters, Mrs. Joe (Theresa) Vojtek, Mrs. James (Anastasie) Dusek, and Misses Antonia and Emeilie Valchar.

Surviving her are her mother, Mrs. Theresa Valchar; five sisters, Mrs. John (Annie) Foojt, Mrs. John (Julie) Fojt, Mrs. John (Vlasta) Wojtek, Mrs. Frank (Lydia) Roznovak, and Miss Martha Valchar; and two brothers Jerry J. Valchar and Henry E. Valchar.


Weimar Mercury, 5 July 1929

Miss Antonio Valchar Dies in San Antonio

Miss Antonio Valchar of the Bila Hora community — daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Valchar, respected farmers of that place—died in a San Antonio hospital one day last week and the remains were brought back for interment in the Bila Hora Cemetery Sunday last.

The young lady was well and favorably known in this section, daughter of a prominent family of the Bila Hora community, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. She leaves, besides her parents, two brothers and eight sisters.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, November 10, 1939

Oakland News

Friends were shocked and grieved when news came that Mr. Josef Valchar passed away Wednesday at 9 a.m. after an illness of two days. Everything possible was done to restore his health, but to no avail, for when the Grim Reaper, "Death", spoke, he answered the summons. Mr. Valchar was born in the "old country", at Vstin, Moravia, 1864 and came to American when a boy of 16 years, along with his parents. They settled near Bila Hora. He was happily married to Miss Theresa Coufal, Nov. 28, 1884. They moved near Oakland and lived here ever since. To this union 12 children were born. He is survived by his wife and ten children, Mrs. Theresa Wojtek, Mrs. Annie Fojt, Mr. Jerry Valcar, Mrs. Vlasta Wojtek, Mrs. Julie Fojt, Mrs. Stassie Dusek, Misses Lydia, Martha and Agnes and Mr. Henry Valchar; ten grandchildren and other relatives. Two daughters preceded him in death, Millie and Antonio. He was a kind, loving husband and father, a good neighbor and citizen and will be greatly missed. All of his children were at his bedside during his illness. He was prepared for burial by Hubbard Funeral Home. Funeral services were hed at his home Thursday at 1 p.m. by his pastor, Rev. F.J. Kostohryz of Temple and concluded at the grave. Rev. Kostchryz was assisted by Mr. Franta of Hallettsville who represented two lodges of which Mr. Valchar was a faithful member. He was a life-time member of the Lutheran CHurch. Interment was in the Bila Hora Cemetery, where his two children, mother, brother and sisters are buried. The pall bearers were Messrs. Frank, Jim and Ed Melnar, Adolph Dusek, Frank Fojt and John Kovarek. The floral offerings were beautiful and a large concourse of relatives and friends were present. Those who attended from a distance were Rev. F.J. Kostohryz, wife and daughter, and Mr. Jim Dusek, wife and daughter of Temple; Mr. Chas. Sklar, wife and baby of Victoria; Mr. Anton Raske and son and Mr. Cyril Bedna of Burton; M. and Mrs. Joe Wojtek, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wojtek and Mrs. Frank Prilocek of Needville; Mr. Adolph Dusek and wife, Mrs. O.H. Bock and Mr. Jas. Franta of Hallettsville; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hermis of Engle; Mr. and Mrs. Franke Trilca, Mr. Henry Kubos, Mr. Joe Wanjura, wife and daughter of Moravia; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rothbau, Hackberry; Mr. Joe Osina and family and Mr. John Bayer and family of Ammannsville; Mr. Jos Shimek and family of Schulenburg; Messrs. Anders, Hajovsky, Heger, Aug. Watzlavick, H. Knebel, Elliott Hubbard and Chas. Slavik of Weimar. We extend sincere sympathy to his bereaved ones.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1910, Content News

Mrs. Kate Walchar [sic.], one of the oldest and most respected residents of Bila Hora died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Mat Mucala, at Hackberry. The funeral occurred Thursday afternoon in the Bila Hora Cemetery in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends. She had been ill for several months and the end was not unexpected. Mrs. Walchar had a reward for a clean and useful life, full of trials and tribulations lived to an advanced age. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, July 14, 1966

SHINER – Albert Valenta died Wednesday in a Hallettsville hospital.


Services will be held Friday at 8:45 a.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Shiner.  Burial will be in the Moulton Catholic Cemetery.  Rosary will be recited Thursday at 8 p.m.


Surviving are a son, Thomas of Shiner; two daughters, Mrs. Alphonse Stavinoha of Poth and Mrs. Louis Helzer of Gonzales; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom of Wharton and John of Shiner; and a sister, Mrs. Rudolph Rebecek of Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 22 Mar 1979, page 1

Valenta Still Missing As Search Continues

Search operations in DeWitt County were still underway Tuesday for the body of Bobby Valenta, 23, of Shiner, who was involved in a boating mishap with three Yoakum men in the Guadalupe River near Hochheim Saturday, March 17, about 4 p.m.

The accident occurred at a place known to Guadalupe fishermen as ‘the Horseshoe Bend,’ when Valenta and three of his relatives from Yoakum were rebaiting fishing lines they had set earlier in the day. Valenta was accompanied in the boat by Martin Vinklarek, his father-in-law; Douglas Ressler, a brother-in-law, and Alfonse Kurtz, an uncle by marriage.

The group was traveling downstream and attempted to turn around to check a line attached to a stump that they had just passed, when the swift river current and wake of the boat apparently caused it to overturn. Ressler reported that he and Vinklarek attempted to help Valenta to safety, but Valenta panicked and began struggling with the two men. Ressler then grabbed a lifejacket to throw to Valenta, but when he turned around to make the toss Valenta had already disappeared in the 20 to 25 feet deep water.

According to rescue workers, Kurtz was swept downstream before being able to reach safety and return to the scene a while later. Valenta was the only member of the group who could not swim.

The search operations are being headed by DeWitt County Sheriff Bobby McMahan and his department with members of the Cuero Volunteer Fire Department, scuba divers from Victoria and Seguin, and Parks and Wildlife personnel helping, since Saturday around 6 p.m.

Valenta, who would have been married two months last Tuesday, was a 1974 graduate of Shiner High School where he was a member of the district champion Comanche football team in ’73. He was currently employed by Kaspar Wire Works of Shiner where he worked in the Shipping II Department. He was married to the former Sandra Vinklarek of Yoakum on Jan. 20, 1979. Bobby was the son of Mrs. Emily Valenta of Shiner.

Shiner Gazette, 29 Mar 1979, page 1

Search For Valenta Resumes

The search for the body of Bobby Valenta, 23, of Shiner in the Guadalupe River was to resume Tuesday morning, according to DeWitt County Sheriff Bobby McMahan of Cuero.

The search had been temporarily discontinued Saturday after the river began to rise, making search operations more dangerous.

Valenta drowned when a fishing boat capsized 16 miles north of Cuero, March 17. The accident happened in an area of the river that is about 20 feet deep.

The land that borders the river in this area is owned by Phil Steen.

Until the search was temporarily called off Saturday, boats had been on the river every day since the drowning. Scuba divers were used March 18.

McMahan said the river has been explored as far downstream as the Hell’s Gate River Bridge on the Cheapside Farm Road out of Cuero.

McMahan estimated the distance of the twisting, turning river from the drowning scene to the bridge as 20 miles.

Shiner Gazette, 12 Apr 1979, page 1

Long Vigil Ends –

Drowning Victim Found

Alfred Wyatt, a Tyler fisherman, who camps annually on the river at Bud Halloway’s Place, Tuesday night (April 3) discovered and recovered the body of Bobby Valenta, 23, of Shiner who drowned 17 days earlier March 17 in the Guadalupe River near Hochheim.

Wyatt told DeWitt County Sheriff Bobby McMahan that he saw the body floating past his boat as he was fishing in mid-stream and that it took almost 200 yards before he could catch up with it.

The discovery was made at approximately 5:40 p.m. and Wyatt notified authorities at 6:30 p.m. The body was removed at 7:24 p.m.

Wyatt said he grabbed the body by the belt and tried to pull it into the boat but could not. He then tied a rope to the belt and pulled the body to shore.

The remains were taken to Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner by Freund Funeral Home Ambulance and then transported to Victoria for the post-mortem examination ordered by Justice of the Peace Don Moore of Yoakum.

The location, which was about a mile below the Cuero dam, was placed by McMahan as being about 25 river miles and approximately 18 miles by highway from the drowning location known as Horseshoe Bend.

The search for Valenta began March 17 whena fishing boat with four men aboard capsized 16 miles north of Cuero in an area of the river which is about 20 feet deep. The river borders land owned by Phil Steen.

All occupants of the boat knew how to swim except Valenta.

The continued rise of the river due to recent rains hampered attempts to locate the body.

McMahan said he thought the body had just recently risen to the surface after being trapped underwater by debris and underbrush.

A preliminary report indicated that most of the victim’s bones had been broken.

Other occupants of the boat who made it safely to shore after trying to save Valenta were Martin Vinklarek, father-in-law of Valenta, Doug Ressler, a brother-in-law, and Alfonse Kurtz, an uncle by marriage. All are from Yoakum.

McMahan expressed deep appreciation to volunteers of the Cuero Fire Department, the Parks and Wildlife Department and the Department of Public Safety.

“The Parks and Wildlife Department personnel were out on the river almost every day since this thing happened with one or two boats under the supervision of Wayne Hoffman of La Grange.” McMahan said. “I just want to thank everyone for their help.” – Cuero Record.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at the Shiner Catholic Church with Holy Mass offered by the Rev. Eugene Janson.

Burial was in Shiner Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner.

Serving as pallbearers were Richard Kurtz, Eugene and Charles Wenske, Kermit Vinklarek, James Hajek and David Vaclavik.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday Apr. 4 at the Buffington Chapel led by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon.

Mr. Valenta, a native of Shiner, was born Dec. 18, 1955 and was married Jan. 20, 1979 to Sandra Vinklarek of Yoakum. He was the son of Mrs. Emily Valenta of Shiner.

Valenta was an employee of Kaspar Wire Works in Shiner.

All articles contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate
6 Dec 2004

HALLETTSVILLE - Eugene "Gene" Valenta, 86, of Hallettsville, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, the VFW Post 6382, American Legion Post 230, High School Rodeo Association, Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce, KJT, fourth degree of Knights of Columbus, and Knights of St. Gregory.

Survivors: daughter, Anna Beth Neumeyer of San Antonio; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

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

A rosary will be recited 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Memorials: Sacred Heart School of Hallettsville.

Contributed by Nena Smothers


Shiner Gazette, 4 Jul 1906

Death of Leo Valenta.

Leo Valenta, senior member of the firm of Valenta Bros., died at his home Thursday morning. He was an honorable, upright and highly respected citizen whose death has cast a gloom over our little town of which he has made his home for a number of years. His remains were consigned to their last resting place in the Catholic cemetery Friday morning. He leaves a wife and two children. We extend to them our heartfelt sympathy.

Mr. Valenta carried $5500 insurance as follows: Mutual $2000; American Life Insurance Co. $2500 and the S. P. J. S. T. Lodge $1000.

The funeral services were held Friday at Sweet Home, Father Benes officiating, and was largely attended by friends and acquaintances. – Halletsville Herald.

Leo William Valenta died 21 Jun 1906 and was buried in the Queen of Peace Cemetery. He married Margaret Hermes 15 Nov 1900. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Shiner Gazette, March 20, 1930

Mrs. Tom Valenta, Sr.

After a long and painful illness Mrs. Tom Valenta Sr. passed away at her residence in Shiner on Thursday, March 13th. She was born in Czechoslovakia on Feb. 2nd, 1849, and at the time of her death was 81 years, 1 month and 10 days old. Her maiden name was Mary Riha. She was married to Tom Valenta Oct. 5th, 1863. About 1890 the family came to America, locating at Flatonia for two years, then moved to Gonzales, where they lived for seven years, then to Boundary and in 1921 to the town of Shiner.

She is survived by her aged husband, four sons and three daughters as follows: Albert, Tom, Mike and John of Shiner; Theresa Jobb and Mary Rebecek of Moulton, Katherine Darilek, Sweet Home. She was preceded to the grave by three children, two dying in infancy and one daughter, Rozalie Barta, who died at the age of 30. Also surviving are 37 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Services were conducted at the home and church by Father Netardus, with interment in the Catholic Cemetery. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a very large procession of friends and relatives. Her six grandsons served as pall bearers: Albert Barta, Charles Jobb, Tom, Joe and Alben Valenta and Herman Darilek.

The Gazette extends sympathy to all who mourn her loss.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Colorado County Citizen, Monday, August 22, 2011

Nellie Karl Valenta, 78, of Hallettsville, passed away Aug. 20 at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

She was born in Yoakum, March 10, 1933 to Claude Henry and Amelia (Debault) Karl. She married B.J. Valenta Sr., July 8, 1955.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Vernon, Robert and L. J. Karl; and sister Betty Karl.

She is survived by her husband; daughters, Brenda Gail Gideon and husband Denny of Pattison and Marjorie Ann Johs of Vienna; sons, Billy Joe Valenta Jr. of Schulenburg and Karl Edward Valenta and wife Jackie of Alleyton; sister, Marjorie Daniels and husband Charles of Alleyton; grandsons, Billy Joe Valenta III, Cody Valenta, Garrett Johns and Jacob Valenta; granddaughters, Jessica and Kelli Rodriguez and Shellie Colvin; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Aug. 23 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment will follow in the Valenta Family Cemetery near Speaks.

Pallbearers scheduled are Donnie Mercer, Lynn Ray Braden, Larry Hillmer, Jerry Henneke, Danny Neiser and Wesley Canada.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Brown-Karhan Health Care Inc., 400 Old Highway 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620-4014.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 22 Feb 1998, page 13A


SAN ANTONIO – Ann Valis, 75, of San Antonio died Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998.

She was born March 22, 1922, in Rowena to the late Jim J. and Ludmilla Janek Kolacny. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Carol Posey of San Marcos; son, Dennis Valis of San Antonio; sister, Elsie Boehm of San Antonio; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A rosary and wake will be 7:30 p.m. Monday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 7 Dec 1939, page 1

Mrs. John Valis Sr.

A death that saddened every heart in the Shiner community was that of Mrs. John Valis Sr. whose passing away last Friday evening at 9:00 ended the life of a wonderful mother. Mrs. Vallis was widely known and respected for her lovable disposition and her many acts of kindness. He long spared the life being only devoted to making others happy. She had reached the ripe old age of 79 years, two months and five days. The funeral was held Sunday at 9:30 from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. T. J. Husinecky. The immense number of friends and relatives in attendance and the profuse floral tributes were evidence of the love in which the deceased was held. Requiem High Mass was said at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church by Rev E. Bily. Monsignor Netardus delivered touching sermons in English and Czech, offering words of sympathy and consolation to the bereaved. Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery, Monsignor Netardus and Father Bily officiating.

Pallbearers were John W. Valis, A. E. Simper, Ernest Kral, Wm. Kutac, John Michalek and F. A. Dolezal.

Mrs. Valis (nee Annie Lauer) was born in Czechoslovakia and came to America when a young girl. Fifty-seven years ago she was married to Mr. Valis in the Praha Catholic Church by Father Zak. For four years after their marriage the couple lived near Flatonia and then moved to the Shiner community. Fourteen years ago they moved to town. The union was blessed with four children. Mr. Valis passed away January 30, 1938 and after the death of her devoted life companion Mrs. Valis life began to fail. Although she had been tenderly cared for in the home of her daughter Mrs. T. J. Husinecky she did not long survive the loss of her husband. In her death their family suffers an irreparable loss but we are certain the memory will linger forever not only in the minds of her children but in the minds of everyone who know her. Surviving are two sons, John Jr. and Joe Vallis, Two daughters, Mrs. Jim Kral and Mrs. T. J. Husinecky, 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Our most profound sympathy goes out to the bereaved.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 4 Feb 1960, page 1

Funeral Services Announced For Mrs. Frank Valis

Mrs. Frank Valis of Shiner, (Nee Bernadette Hybner), age 31 years, 6 months and 27 days, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 1960, at 3:15 a. m. at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Victoria.

Funeral services will be held from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, Thursday, February 4, 1960 at 9:30 a. m., thence to the Shiner Catholic Church for Requiem High Mass at 10:00 a. m.

Rosary will be recited at the funeral home Wednesday, February 3 at 8:00 p. m. Interment in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Shiner Gazette, 11 Feb 1960, page 1

Mrs. Frank Valis Lifetime Resident Placed At Rest

The sudden death that brought profound sorrow to a wide circle of relatives and friends was that of Mrs. Frank A. Valis, who passed away February 3, 1960 at 3:15 a.m. in Citizens Memorial Hospital, Victoria, at the age of 31 years, 6 months and 27 days.

Funeral services were held from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, Thursday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m., thence to the Shiner Catholic Church for Requiem High Mass at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Father Michael O’Shaughnessy officiating. Rosary was recited at the chapel Wednesday evening at eight o’clock. Interment was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Casket attendants were Louis Matula, Felix Hybner, Frank Kocian, Anton Janik, Laddie Wagner and Ernest Kral.

Mrs. Valis, nee Bernadette Hybner, was the daughter of Leo and Josephine Kurtz Hybner. She was born at Shiner July 6, 1928 and was reared here. She received her formal education at St. Ludmila’s Academy. On October 19, 1949 she was married to Frank A. Valis in the Shiner Catholic Church. The couple made their home on a farm on Route 1, Shiner.

Mrs. Valis was a loyal and devoted member of the Catholic Church. The Blessed Virgin Mary Society of the KJZT of which she was a member for many years, attended the services in a body.

Besides her parents and her husband, she is survived by five children, Frankie Jr., 3, William, 2, Katherine, 9, Marie Jo, 8, and Andrea Louise, 7; also four brothers, Bennie, Theodore and Johnnie Hybner, all of Shiner, and Seminarian Joseph Hybner of San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. Bernard (Agnes) Pustka and Mrs. Leo (Rita) Janak of Shiner.

Her premature infant son was dead at birth at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 1 at Citizens Memorial Hospital, after she underwent emergency major surgery Monday morning. The infant was buried in Shiner Tuesday, February 2 at 11:00 a.m. Also preceding her in death was her brother, Louis, who died December 23, 1953 at the age of 15, another brother, George, died at birth.

In a home where her helpfulness was so needed and her age gave promise of a lengthy span of life, it is difficult to understand just why she should be taken.

A fond mother, devoted wife, daughter and sister and a loving neighbor and friend has been called to rest in the heavenly mansion, leaving a memory to be cherished by both relatives and friends who sincerely mourn her leave-taking.

We join friends throughout this section in offering heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, February 3, 1938, page one

Shiner suffered the loss of another prominent citizen when John Vallis Sr. answered the call of his maker. After battling with life for several weeks the spirit of this good man passed on, Sunday, January 30 at 8:20 am aged 79 years, 3 months and 13 days.

Funeral services were held from Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Tuesday with Requiem near Catholic Cemetery, Monsignor Netardus conducting the services. A large gathering witnessed the last rites who showed by their presence and the unusually large floral offering their love, respect, and friendship for a good man who has passed out of this life.

Pallbearers were John W. Valis, Joe Valis Jr., Anton Janik Jr., Ernest Kral, and Albert Simper.

Deceased was born in Czechoslovakia in 1858 and came to America in 1877 first making his home in the Sweet Home Section. He was married to Miss Annie Lauer 57 years ago in the Praha church by Father Zak. For four years after their marriage they made their home in the Flatonia, then moved to the Shiner community and 13 years ago they moved to town where they have resided since. Their home was blessed with four children who with their mother survive. They are Mrs. Jim Kral and Joe Valis Sr. of the Boundary Line Section and John J. Valis and Mrs. Tom Husinecky Jr. of our city. Other survivors are 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Deceased was a good and splendid citizen being of a kind and gentle disposition his presence was welcomed everywhere. He was devoted to his family and left them a noble heritage to emulate. God spared him life and companionship to his loved ones for almost four score years and now that life’s trials are over he has gone to reap the joys of a life well spent.

We commend the grieving ones to the Father above for comfort in this their hour of distress.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 4 Feb 1991, page 10A

John W. Valis

SHINER – John W. Valis, 82, of Shiner, died Feb. 2, 1991, in a Yoakum hospital following a long illness.

The self-employed plumber was born Jan. 29, 1909, in Lavaca County, to the late John J. and Elizabeth Siegel Valis. He was a member of the KJT and an honorary fireman in the Shiner Volunteer Fire Department.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

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

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A KJT rosary will be recited at the church at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Valis of Shiner; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Bohuslav of Moulton; three sons, Johnnie J. and Raymond Valis of Shiner, and Edward Valis of Victoria; a brother, George Valis of Shiner; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 23 Dec 1982

Rites For Veteran Joe Valis

Joseph George Valis of Shiner entered rest in Audie Murphy VA Hospital, San Antonio, Thursday, Dec. 16, 1982 at 10:25 p.m. following a long illness. He reached the age of 61 years and 27 days.

The body lay in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, until 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, when it was taken to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church where Holy Mass was offered at 2:00 p.m. by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon.

Burial followed in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were his nephews, Dewayne and Willie Valis, Frankie Valis Jr., Gene and John Michalec, and Kent Cooper.

Military graveside rites were accorded the World War II veteran. Serving as color guards and color bearers were Ewald Erdelt, Ed Tauras, W.A. Steinbauer, Edwin Pesek and Frank Steiner. Louis Dusek folded the flag which was presented to the son of the deceased by Chaplain George Watzlavick. The reading of the committal rites by the Chaplain and the sounding of “Taps” concluded the tribute by members of the local Legion and VFW Posts.

A rosary was recited Saturday, Dec. 18 at Buffington Funeral Home chapel in Shiner, led by Father Fidgeon.

Mr. Valis was born Nov. 19, 1921, near Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, son of Joseph W. and Mary (Lahodny) Valis, natives respectively of Shiner, Texas and Malovice, Czechoslovakia. He was reared on the family farm in the Boundary Line community and attended school there.

He was a retired butcher and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Antonio, and a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mary Valis of Shiner, resident of Trinity Lutheran Home; a son, Dennis Valis of San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Carolyn) Rogers of Kendalia; four brothers, James “Jim” Valis of San Antonio; Frank Valis of Shiner, Robert J. Valis of South Carolina, Laddie Valis of England; three sisters, Mrs. Edgar P. (Emily) Winkenwerder of Shiner, Mrs. Joseph J. (Mary) Kotrlik of Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. John J. Michalec of Moulton; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Apr. 19, 1978.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 20 Jan 1966, page 1

Last Rites To Be Held Thursday For Louis L. Valis

Louis L. Valis, age 37 years, three months and five days, passed away in the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital Tuesday, January 18, 1966 at 3:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held from the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, Thursday, January 20, 1966 at 9:30 a.m., thence to the Shiner Catholic Church for Requiem Mass at 9:45 a.m.

Rosary will be recited at the Buffington Chapel Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. by the Parish and at 7:30 p.m. by the K.J.T. Interment with military honors will take place in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother Mrs. John J. (Elizabeth Siegel) Valis; wife, Mrs. Louis L. (Katherine Bujnoch) Valis; three daughters, Paula, Paulette and Cynthia Valis; two brothers John W. and George Valis; one sister, Mrs. Edwin (Annie) Jaehne, all of Shiner.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Shiner Gazette, 27 Jan 1966, page 1

Louis L. Valis, 37, Laid To Rest With Military Honors

Many sincere expressions of regret were spoken when it was announced that Louis L. Valis had passed away at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18, 1966 at the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital, Shiner, where he had been a patient for 19 days. He attained the age of 37 years, 3 months and 5 days.

He endured much suffering for many months from an incurable malady and was hospitalized in San Antonio and Shiner on several occasions since November 1963.

Louis Laddie Valis, son of John J. and Elizabeth (Siegel) Valis, was born at Shiner on October 13, 1928. He was reared at Shiner and received his formal education at St. Ludmila’s Academy graduating May 23, 1943. Since that time he had been employed as a sales clerk in the hardware store of C. B. Welhausen & Co. He took time off two years from the firm to serve his country and entered the U. S. Army on January 12, 1951. He was assigned to [missing word] & Service Co., 317 Heavy Tank Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. He completed basic training and from October to December the same year he attended the infantry school at Fort Benning, Ga. and studied Unit Automotive Mechanics. From January to March, 1952, he went to armored school at Fort Knox, Ky. for additional training in tractor vehicle mechanics. On January 12, 1953 at Fort Hood, Pfc. Valis was transferred from active status to the Army Reserve. He received his honorable discharge October 29, 1956.

He was married to Catherine Bujnoch on December 29, 1953 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the couple made their home at Shiner.

This marriage union was blessed with three children, all of whom survive, Paula and Paulette (twins), age 10, and Cynthia, age 3. Also surviving are his devoted wife, Mrs. Catherine Valis; mother, Mrs. John J. Valis; one sister, Mrs. Edwin (Annie) Jaehne; two brothers, John W. and George J. Valis, all of Shiner.

He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Valis, on September 2, 1964.

Mr. Valis was a member of KJT Society, No. 10; American Legion, Kolar Stanek Post No. 201; an honorary member of the Shiner Volunteer Fire Department, and a lifelong member of the Shiner Catholic Church.

His body reposed in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, where The Rosary was recited Wednesday, January 19 at 5 p.m. by the Sisters of Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament from Yoakum and Shiner, at 7 p.m. by members of the KJT and at 7:30 p.m. by the Parish.

Impressive funeral services and military rites were conducted from the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Shiner, Thursday, January 20, 1966 at 9:30 a.m. following with Requiem High Mass at 9:45 a.m. at SS. Cyril and Methodius’ Catholic Church offered by the Rev. Father John J. Hanacek. The Rev. Father John Matocha of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Yoakum, was present in the sanctuary at the services. A deserved and impressive tribute was spoken by the Rev. Father Hanacek during his sermon.

Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ray Welhausen, James Cimrhanzel, Phillip Bujnoch, Johnnie J. Valis, Felix Hybner and Bennie Simper.

Members of the fire department, K.J.T., Legion and VFW formed a guard of honor at the funeral services.

American Legion and VFW members participating in the military rites were color bearers and color guards, Adolph Pesek, Johnnie Siegel, Lawrence Beal, Otto Stary and Robert Werner.

Serving as squad leader was Rudie Filip; firing squad, Morgan Sonntag, Frank Streng, Laddie Stluka, Johnnie F. Hajek, Wilbert Hornshu, Arnold Zabransky and Martin Baros.

Chaplain Curt Messer presented the flag to the widow which was folded by Eddie Jaks. Leonard Darilek was the bugler and sounded “Taps.”

Mr. Valis silently bore the pains of his affliction, without complaint, always remaining cheerful and hopeful to the end.

He continued his work at the store intermittently and also attended to his ranching interests with determined enthusiasm.

He had many friends throughout this vicinity who are grieving over his passing and who joined in expressions of esteem to his memory at the last sad rites. To the bereaved, we extend abiding sympathy.

May those who revere his memory and cherish the heritage he has left them realize for their comfort that life is a pilgrimage which ends in reunion with the souls most precious to them who live with Him.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 28 Feb 1991, page 10A


SHINER – Mrs. Mary L. Valis, 93, a longtime resident of Shiner, died Tuesday evening, Feb. 26, 1991 in Hallettsville following an extended illness.

Under the leadership of Paul Patek, a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Buffington Funeral Chapel in Shiner.

A funeral Mass for Mrs. Valis will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

Burial will follow at Shiner Catholic Cemetery under direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 23, 1897 in Prahovice, Czechoslovakia, to the late Joe and Agnes Vavra Lahodny and was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. She was also a member of the church’s Altar Society.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Valis was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Valis; a son, Joe Valis; three sisters; and a brother.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mary V. Kotrlik of Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. Agnes V. Michalec and Mrs. Emily Winkenwerder of Shiner; four sons, Frank and James Valis of Shiner, Ladd Valis of Lima, Peru, and Robert Valis of Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Mrs. Agnes L. Krametbauer of Shiner; 34 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 22 Mar 1905, page 1

Marie Van Vettermann.

A sad death occurred in Shiner last Wednesday morning, March 15th, Mrs. Van Vettermann, wife of Dr. Em. Van Vettermann, Mrs. Van Vettermann had been suffering for more than a month from that dreaded disease, consumption, and her death was not unexpected. The funeral took place Thursday evening in the City Cemetery and was attended by the S. P. J. S. T. lodge in a body, and numerous sympathizing friends. The deceased was a member of the Home Circle Society.

Marie Seidel Vettermann, 19 Feb 1872 – 14 Mar 1905, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Crosss.


Victoria Advocate

MOULTON - Mary K. Vana of Moulton passed away September 18, 2013 at the age of 93. She was born in Moulton October 20, 1919 to the late Jacob and Rosie Rebecek Tousek.

She is survived by three sons, Allen Vana & wife Danielle of Katy, David Vana & wife Dagmar of Shiner, Randy Vana of Moulton; one daughter, Marian Kram & husband Milburn of Moulton; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Rosie Tousek; husband, Alfons Vana; four brothers, Charlie, Jacob, Tom, and Emil Tousek; one sister, Gladys Filipp.

Visitation will start at 10:00 am Friday, September 20th at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton. Rosary will be held at 6:30 pm Friday, September 20th at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Moulton. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Gabriel Maison officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Perry Kram, Chris Kram, Brian Kram, Andrew Vana, Corey Vana, and Nick Brown.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at  Smith Funeral Home, 404 West Bobkat Drive, Moulton, 361-596-4631.


Victoria Advocate, 29 Mar 2006


SHINER - Glen William Vancura, 47, of Shiner, died Monday, March 27, 2006.

He was born Jan. 23, 1959, in Shiner, to Johnnie and Dorothy Lucille Schreiber Vancura of Shiner. He was a teacher and a Lutheran.

Survivors: daughter, Brittany Ann Vancura of San Antonio.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at United Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, the Rev. Lynae Sorensen officiating.

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

Memorials: Shiner ISD Education Foundation.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Buffington Funeral Home

Rose Marie Vancura, 89, of Shiner, Texas passed away Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Shiner Nursing & Rehab in Shiner, Texas.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas and will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:00 am at Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Shiner, Texas with Reverend Elaine Gomulka officiating. Interment will follow at the S.P.J.S.T. Cemetery in Shiner, Texas. A Prayer Service will be held on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Shiner, Texas.

Rose was born March 14, 1924 in Shiner, Texas. She was the daughter of Jim and Bessie (Grossman) Vancura. Rose was employed by Houston Executive Air Service (Hobby Airport) for more than 20 years. Rose's one hobby was Deep Sea Fishing, but she loved to spend time with family and friends.

Rose is survived by three sisters-in-law; Dorothy Vancura, Tellie Vancura, and Bernice Ebert, three nieces; Debbie, Diane, and Kim, four nephews; Albert Jo, Mark, Danny, and Jimmie. She was preceded in death by her parents; Jim and Bessie Vancura, four brothers; Adolph, Jim, John, and Edwin, one sister; Gladys.

To join the family in celebrating Rose's life, please go to:

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 19 Feb 1976

Services For Jim Vancura Held In Shiner

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius' in Shiner for Jim Vancura of Houston who died Tuesday night, February 3, 1976 at Heights Hospital at the age of 52 years, 10 months and 21 days.

Burial was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were his close friends, David Tesar of Wharton, Walter Ebert and Kirwin Kosler, both of Houston; his nephews, Mark Duhe of Lake Jackson, Ronnie Vancura of Shiner and Allen Schumacher of Cuero.

The Rev. Father John Wagner of San Antonio was celebrant of the Mass and officiated at the graveside services.

The Rosary was recited at the Buffington Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon.

Vaclav "Jim" Vancura, one of six children, was born March 12, 1923, at Shiner, Lavaca County, Texas, son of Vaclav and Bessie (Grossmann) Vancura, natives respectively of Czechoslovakia and Praha, Fayette County, Texas. He was reared on the family farm and attended the Sunset School.

On February 22, 1949, he was married to Bernice Jiral in St. Ann's Catholic Church, Yoakum. The couple farmed at Shiner moved to Houston. For the past 19 years he was employed at Mosher Steel Co. He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Houston, and for 25 years was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Vancura suffered a heart attack of January 12 and was in the hospital for 11 days. He was rushed to the hospital after another attack on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from which he failed to rally.

The body was taken to pat Foley Funeral Home in Houston where it lay in state for viewing Wednesday and was taken to Shiner Thursday morning.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bernice Jiral Vancura; two sons, Danny and Jimmy, both of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Debbie) Bartel of Houston; three brothers, Adolph and Johnny of Shiner and Edwin of Houston; two sisters, Miss Rose Vancura of Houston and Mrs. Albert (Gladys) Duhe of Lake Jackson; and a granddaughter, Bethany Bartel.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Nov. 11, 1964; his father, Oct. 13, 1954, and his mother, Feb. 22, 1958.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, December 13, 1970

Advocate News Service

Emil Vasek, 71, of Route 1 in Hallettsville died Friday in a local hospital.

Mr. Vasek, a retired farmer, was born in Czechoslovakia Dec. 2, 1899.  He was married to the former Leopoldena Martisek, who died in 1953.

The funeral will take place at the Kubena Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. F. J. Kostohryz officiating.

Burial will take place in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Edwin Gallia Jr. of Hallettsville; a sister, Mrs. Julia Pavlu of San Antonio, and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Kubena Funeral Home

Robert R. Vasek, 90, of Hallettsville, passed away Feb. 21, 2010. 

He was born on June 7, 1919 to Frank & Rosalie Castecka Vasek in Rabb Switch, Texas. He married Lorine Lorfing Vasek on Sept. 15, 1952 in La Grange. He served in the US Army during WWII and received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 1 bronze service star for the Rhineland Campaign, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. 
Robert is survived by: 2 daughters, Doris Vasek & husband Martin Whitaker of Rockwall, and Roberta Vasek of Austin; and sister Leona Najvor of Hallettsville. 

Robert was preceded in death by: his wife Lorine, parents, and sister Emily Clark. 

Funeral Mass Service: 2 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation: 4 pm, Monday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 7 pm, Monday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. John Peters. Pallbearers:Mike Steffek, Frankie L. McElroy, Rey Cedillos, Martin Whitaker, Robert Bordovsky, and Donald Lorfing. Entombment:Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Memorials: Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Hospice of South Texas.
Kubena Funeral Home - Hallettsville

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1899

 Mrs. Rufus Veal Dead.

A telephone message from Sweet Home Friday brought the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. R. T. Veal, which occured [sic] that morning. She had been in poor health for some time, but had not been considered critically ill, and her death came as a shock to her large circle of friends both in Sweet Home and in this city. The immediate cause of her death was capillary bronchitis. She was a most estimable lady, who enjoyed the love and respect of all who knew her.

Mrs. Veal was born in Mississippi April 4th, 1848, and was married to Mr. Rufus T. Veal January 15th, 1872. Two children were born of this marriage, Lillie O. and Johnny W. – Halletsville Herald.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 9 Apr 1907

Richard Veal Dead.

An Old Pioneer Passes Away to His Reward.

In the death last Wednesday, May 1st, of Richard R. Veal of Worthing, one of the Lavaca county's oldest and most respected citizens passed away to his reward.

The deceased had resided in this county since 1836, moving here with his parents when but 8 years old, making him at the time of his death nearly 79 years old. His father was Richard Veal, and the family came to Texas from Pike County, Missouri, the father coming here first on a prospecting trip and then returning for his family. They settled on Rocky Creek near Worthing, and the place has continued to be the Veal homestead, Richard Veal succeeding to the possession of same on his father's death.

In 1866 he was married to Mrs. M. J. Worthing who still survives, though she is reported quite sick at this writing. Their only child was Mrs. H. S. Dew of Missouri City, thought F. A. Worthing was a son of Mrs. Veal by her first marriage. The Veal family was related to many of the pioneer families of Lavaca county, and relations are scattered all over Texas.

Mr. Veal had been ailing several years, gradually sinking into a decline from which recovery was impossible, due to his advanced age. He and his wife lived alone on the place until the last two or three years when one of Mr. Worthing's children was with them.

The funeral services were held Thursday morning, the remains being interred in the City Cemetery here, Rev. R. S. Adair officiating, and quite a concourse of friends were present to pay their last respects to their deceased friend.

Mr. Veal was a good man, one who was always foremost in work for his county's welfare before old age forced him into retirement. He owned a splendid place on Rocky of some 400 acres, well improved. One by one the old pioneers who helped to carve Lavaca county out of the wilderness are passing away. Up above may they receive the reward they so richly deserve.

Obituary transcribed by Rox Ann Johnson. Photo contributed by Penny Odom.


Colorado Citizen, 1 Jan 1891, page 2

Another Wagon Death

Hallettsville New Era: The news was brought to town Monday morning that Mr. Rufus T. Veal had died the night before at his home. His death was caused by injuries received by being run over by a loaded wagon. Mr. Veal was a member of the last commissioners' court and highly esteemed in the Sweet Home community in which he lived.

Rufus T. Veal, 22 Oct 1842 – 21 Dec 1890, was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery.



Yoakum – Mr. Henery Clay Veazey, 98, of Yoakum, died Sunday, April 29, 2001.

He was born Feb. 26, 1903 in Bell County, to the late John and Mary Veazey.  He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1926.  He worked for the Highway Department in Grimes County.  He was assistant district engineer in1946 and district engineer in 1964 in Yoakum before retiring from the department on 1986.  He was a member of First (United) Methodist Church and the Building Committee.

Survivors: daughter, Mary Lou Larson of Austin; sister, Hatti Crow of Gatesville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Brutye Veazey; sisters, Dessie Veazey and Azalee Ashcraft; and brothers, Bruce Veazey, Richard Veazey and Raymond Veazey.

Family visitation will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel, the Rev. Buck Ritchea officiating.

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

Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


The Victoria Advocate, August 17, 2011

SHINER - Willie Vesely, age 88, of Shiner, passed away on Aug. 14, 2011.

Mr. Vesely was born to the late Jacob and Annie (Hundl) Vesely in Lavaca County on Sept. 3, 1922.

Willie worked briefly at Tex Tan in Yoakum before enlisting in the . Willie served in the U.S. Navy, Yeoman 3C, from 1942 to 1946. In 1967, he married Viola Beardslee in Corpus Christi.

Preceded in death by: parents, wife, two brothers.

Survivors: numerous nieces and nephews.

 Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner. Rosary will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 9:30 a.m., at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church followed by Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Thiele Cooper Funeral Home

YOAKUM: Elizabeth Edna Veselka, age 90, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014. She was born on December 2, 1923 in Corpus Christi to Rudolf and Frances Tomacek English. She moved to Yoakum in 1975 and loved the town, was a wife and mother and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughters, Valerie Talbert of Aberdeen, Washington, Janet Wiatt and husband Ed of Port Aransas and Kathy Nichols and husband Todd of Houston; son, James Veselka and wife Donna of Maurice, Louisiana; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Adolph Veselka and three brothers.

Visitation starts at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a 9:30 a.m. rosary followed by a 10 a.m. funeral mass with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Alzheimers Foundation

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 8 Jan 1942, page 1


Another rosebud now blossoms in God’s heavenly garden since little Mary Ann Veselka, 19-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Veselka, departed from this life Friday morning, December 26, at 3 o’clock.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock, from the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Krametbauer Sr. Interment was made in the Moulton Catholic cemetery. Rev. Jos. Kopp officiated and spoke words of comfort to the bereaved. Pallbearer was Otto Krametbauer, uncle of the infant.

Great indeed, is the grief of the young parents, who after a few brief days of happiness had to return their little daughter back to the Creator who gave it. May He comfort and sustain them in their sorrow.

Surviving, besides the parents, are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Veselka of Shiner and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Krametbauer Sr. of Moulton.

The Gazette extends sympathy to the bereaved ones in the loss of their baby girl.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, August 17, 2011

SHINER - Willie Vesely, age 88, of Shiner, passed away on Aug. 14, 2011.

Mr. Vesely was born to the late Jacob and Annie (Hundl) Vesely in Lavaca County on Sept. 3, 1922. Willie worked briefly at Tex Tan in Yoakum before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Willie served in the U.S. Navy, Yeoman 3C, from 1942 to 1946. In 1967, he married Viola Beardslee in Corpus Christi.

Preceded in death by: parents, wife, two brothers.

Survivors: numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner. Rosary will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 9:30 a.m., at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church followed by Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Yoakum Weekly Herald
January 20, 1910


The remains of Mrs. Jane Vick, 82, mother of Mrs. Patton McCord of this city, were brought in this afternoon on the Waco train from Hamilton county and carried from the depot to the Pilot Grove cemetery, followed by a crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends to witness the consign ment of the body to its last resting place, by the side of her husband, who has departed this life about ten years ago. She has lived near Pilot Grove for more than half a century.

Transcribed by Carla Ratcliff



Weimar Mercury, January 21, 1955 on page 3.

Former Yoakum Mother Dies In Birth of Triplets

Mrs. Louis B. Vieman, 39, the former Miss Dorothy House of Yoakum, died in Washington, D. C., last Friday while giving birth to triplets at Walter B. Reed Hospital.

The triplets were delivered dead several minutes after the mother died.

Funeral services for all four were held at Yoakum Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church, with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Vieman was the wife of Lt. Col. Louis B. Vieman. She was with him during part of his service in Korea and on their return home had published a book describing Korean life.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. (Fred) House of Yoakum.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Buffington Funeral Home

Beatrice D. Vincik of Shiner passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the age of 94. She was born in Shiner to the late John and Ludmila Krejci Dusek November 29, 1917.

She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and six sisters.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Vincik of Shiner; five daughters, Dorothy Kalmus husband Joseph F. of Victoria, Patricia Berger husband Thomas of Magnolia, Alice Michalec husband Gene of Lago Vista, Barbara Davis husband Edward (Bud) of Yoakum and Evelyn Miculka husband Jimmy of Yoakum; twenty grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Visitation will begin at 7:00 am Friday, January 27, 2012 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. Rosary will be 7:00 pm Friday, January 27, 2012 at Buffington Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner with Reverend Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Burial will follow in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery with her grandsons serving as pallbearers and granddaughters as honorary pallbearers.

Buffington Funeral Home, 520 N. Ave C, Shiner, Texas 77984

Submitted by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, May 4, 2012

SHINER - Henry Vincik, of Shiner, Texas passed away on May 1, 2012 at the age of 95. Visitation will be on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner. Funeral service will be held at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Burial will follow at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Henry was born on July 15, 1916 in Shiner, Texas to the late Joe and Rosie (Pekar) Vincik. Henry married Beatrice (Dusek) Vincik and they resided in Shiner, Texas. They had five daughters. After Henry retired from farming he worked at Kaspar Wire Works for 15 years. Henry was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. He was a loving father, grandfather and a devoted husband. 

Henry is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Beatrice on January 24, 2012, two brothers; Joe Vincik Jr. and John Vincik and three sisters; Mary Krametbauer, Albina Fric and Rosie Spann.

He is survived by five daughters; Dorothy Kalmus (Joseph F.) of Victoria, Patricia Berger (Thomas) of Magnolia, Alice Michalec (Gene) of Lago Vista, Barbara Davis (Edward"Bud") of Yoakum and Evelyn Miculka (Jimmy) of Yoakum, 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. 

Pallbearers will be his grandsons; Rick Kalmus, Joe Kalmus Jr., Doug Berger, Brian Michalec, Clement Sofka, John Miculka and Eric Miculka. Honorary Pallbearers are his granddaughters; Cyndi Beach, Janice McCorkle, Debbie Berger, Amanda LeCompte, Sheri Michalec, Julie Smith, Brigid O'Mara and Colleen Guevara. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice. 
Arrangements are under the care of Buffington Funeral Home, 361-594-3352

Submitted by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, February 9, 1977

SHINER – Joe Vincik, 83, formerly of Shiner, died Monday in a Gonzales nursing home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10-0 a.m. in Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating.  Burial under direction of Buffington Funeral Home will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Joe Vincik of Shiner; three sons, Joe Jr. of Rosenberg, John and HenryVincik of Shiner; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Slans [as printed] and Mrs. Mike Fric of Shiner; three brothers, Frank of Moulton, Emil of Shiner and Laddie Vincik of Lockhart; three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Berger, Mrs.Alvina Surovec and Mrs. Stasie Jaks of Shiner; 28 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

 Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, November 16, 1978

SHINER – John Vincik, 60, a native of Shiner, died at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday in a Hallettsville hospital.

A member of the Shiner Catholic Church and the American Legion, he had been ill for some time and was a retired farmer and carpenter.

Mr. Vincik was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.  The veteran served in the 137th Infantry, 90th Division of the 3rd Army, and at one point served under Gen. Patton.  For his efforts, Mr. Vincikwas decorated with a European-Africa-Middle Eastern campaign medal with three bronze stars, and also was awarded campaign ribbons with four battle stars and two overseas service bars.  He was the recipient of the combat infantryman’s badge and a bronze star along with a good conduct medal.  He was discharged as a private first class.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Shiner Catholic Church, with the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiating.

Burial will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

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

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Annie Vincik of Shiner; his mother, Mrs. Joe Vincik Sr. of Shiner; two sons, DennisVincik of Hallettsville and Patrick Vincik of Shiner; five daughters, Mrs. Rex Walcott of Conroe, Mrs. George Mayer Jr. of Victoria, Mrs. Jerome Pustka, Mrs. Robert Maeker and Miss Elizabeth Vincik of Shiner; two brothers, Joe VincikJr. of Rosenberg and Henry Vincik of Shiner; two sisters, Mrs. Mike Frick and Mrs. Frank Spann of Shiner; and six grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 24 Oct 1906, The Gruene School column

Math. Vincek, father of Mr. Alb. Vincek, and living with his son near the school here, died Monday and was buried the following day in the Catholic cemetery near Shiner. The sad event was followed by another death which occured [sic] in this immediate neighbood [sic]. Thursday night an aged woman, mother Mrs. Ducek, died and was laid to rest in the same cemetery. Our sincerest sympathy is herewith extended to the bereaved relatives.

This grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 24 Dec 2000, page 7A


SHINER – Sharon Kay Vincik, 48, of Shiner, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000.

She was born Dec. 21, 1952, in Bay City, to the late J.D. and Elsie Hale. She was a secretary for Trinity Lutheran Home and a Catholic.

Survivors: husband, Eugene Vincik Jr.; daughters, Patricia Rosales of Yoakum and Susan Vincik of Aransas Pass; son, Eugene Vincik III of Shiner; sisters, Betty Jalufka of Koerth, Donna Hale of Yoakum, Billie Knox of Rockdale and Barbara Pennell of Cabot, Ark.; brother, Donald Hale of Yoakum; and two grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister, Brenda Fric; and brothers, Royce Hale and Bobby Hale.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Dwayne Boone, Keith Hale, Alton Vavra, Jerry Taylor, Craig Fric, Jason Fric, Wayne Knox and Charles Boone.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Victoria Advocate, Saturday, November 27th, 2004

Angeline Vinklarek - SHINER

SHINER - Angeline Vinklarek, 73, of Shiner, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004.

She was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Gonzales, to the late Paul and Beatrice Pekar Malinovsky. She was a saddle stainer for Tex Tan Leather Co., a member of Hermann Sons Lodge No. 90, and a member of Shiner Catholic Church.

Survivors: husband, Richard A. Vinklarek Sr.; daughters, Bridget Opela of Stockdale and Gail Kallus of Hallettsville; sons, Clifton Vinklarek and Ricky Vinklarek, both of Yoakum; sister, Beatrice Vesely of Shiner; brother, Johnny Malinovsky of Shiner; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: son, Kermit Vinklarek; sisters, Marie Koening and Hattie Haas; and brother, Paul Malinovsky.

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

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

Burial will be at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-63352.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


San Antonio Light, October 18, 1946

VINKLAREK—Died Thursday, October 17 at 146 E. Lambert, Mrs. Anna Vinklarek, 82, beloved mother of Mrs. Pauline Kokas, Mrs. Mary Jaks, Mrs. Gussie Lumpkin,  Mrs. Frances Vrazel, Miss Emily Glomb,  Edward Frank Glomb and Capt. Emil Vinklarek.

The body will be taken overland to Shiner, Texas, where funeral services and interment Will take place Saturday morning.

Arrangements by the Angelus Funeral home.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1986

Helen M. Vinklarek Rites Tuesday

YOAKUM – Mrs. Helen Marie Vinklarek, 55, of Yoakum, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 1986 in the Cuero Community Hospital following a long illness.

She was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Shiner daughter of Charlie and Pauline (Hrncirik) Kurtz. She was employed at Tex Tan, having worked for the company 25 years. She attended school at St. Ludmila Academy.

On Oct. 26, 1948, she was married to Martin Vinklarek in St. Ann’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Roman Janak officiating.

A parish rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at the Buffington Funeral Home chapel in Yoakum where the body lay in state.

A KJZT rosary was recited at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at St. Joseph Catholic Church followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

Burial followed in St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery west of Yoakum. Serving as pallbearers were her nephews, Larry Kurtz of Victoria, Randy Kurtz of Bloomington, James Kurtz of Point Comfort, Clifton Vinklarek of Hochheim, Eugene Wenske Jr. of Yoakum and George Kutach of Shiner.

Surviving are her husband, Martin Vinklarek of Yoakum; three daughters, Mrs. Douglas (Dianna) Ressler, and Mrs. Bobby (Sandra) Valenta, both of Yoakum, Mrs. David (Kim) Ulcak of Hallettsville; a brother Alfonse Kurtz of El Campo; a half sister, Mrs. Alfons (Elizabeth “Betty”) Kurtz of Shiner; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Feb. 28, 1946; her father, Jan. 9, 1967; a brother, Edwin F. Kurtz, Aug. 30, 1970; and a sister, Mrs. Frank J. (Pauline) Berckenhoff, May 6, 1982.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 25 Dec 2008

YOAKUM - Martin Rudy Vinklarek, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008.

He was born on Sept. 10, 1921, in Gonzales, to Richard A. and Johanna Chilek Vinklarek.

He was a farmer, worked for Circle Y Leather Company, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors: daughters, Diana Ressler and husband Doug of Sweet Home, Sandra Patterson and husband R.B. of Yoakum, and Kimberly Ulcak and husband David of Hallettsville; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and brother, Frankie Vinklarek of San Antonio. Preceded in death by: parents; wife, Helen; infant daughter, Beverly Vinklarek; brothers, Richard, Fred, John and Thomas Vinklarek; and sisters, Cecilia Wenske, Janie Kurtz, and Magdalena Vinklarek.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Friday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at St. Ann's Catholic Church with the Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating. Interment will be at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers: Clifton Vinklarek, Larry Kurtz, Charles Wenske, Ronald Ressler, Trent Patterson, and Justin Ulcak.

Memorials may be given to the donor's choice. Online guest book may be signed at
Arrangements with Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, 361-293-5656.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Corpus Christi Times, Monday, July 15, 1974

James F. Vlasak, 74, of 1433 Paige died at 3:25 a.m. Sunday in a local hospital after a short illness.

A native of Czechoslovakia he came to the United States as an infant and was reared and educated in Shiner, Texas. He lived In San Antonio before moving to Corpus Christi 39 years ago. He was a tree surgeon and had done much work with citrus trees in the coastal bend area. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and was a Navy Veteran of WWI.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Home. Chapel with the Rev. G. A.Poehlmann, pastor of the First Lutheran Church, officiating.  Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Moulton City Cemetery with Pastor Julius Holm officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Libbie S. Vlasak; one daughter, Mrs. Joyce Haase of San Antonio; two sons, Lanney T. Vlasak of Houston and Reverend Don Vlasak, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Churches in Shelby and Fayettevllle, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Anna Koranek of San Antonio; one brother; John Vlasak of Kerrvilie; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, friends are requested to donate to the Organ Fund of the First Lutheran Church.

Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Thursday, June 25, 1969

Arthur P. Voelkel

HALLETTSVILLE—Arthur P. Voelkel, 60, life-long resident of Lavaca County, died unexpectedly at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at a local market while at work.

Mr. Voelkel was born Jan. 11, 1909 in Lavaca County, He was married to the former Marie Brogger Oct. 21, 1935, who survives him.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Appelt Hill Gun Club, and SPJST Lodge.

Funeral services will be held at 2:15 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church, with the Rev. Stanley Petru officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Paul of Rockdale, and James Voelkel of Cuero; a daughter, Linda, of Hallettsville; a brother, Hilmer Voelkel, of San Antonio, and a grandson.

Contributed by Maureen Briscoe


Shiner Gazette, 26 Jan 1995

Neddie Heidrich Voelkel

Neddie Lee Voelkel, age 87 years, 90 [sic.] months and 8 days of Yoakum died Friday, Jan. 20, 1995.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. Tim Antwerp officiating.

Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum.

Pallbearers were John Brennan, Chris Voelkel, Vince Voelkel, Ron Voelkel, Jeff Voelkel and Mark Ehlers.

She was born April 12, 1907 in Gonzales County to the late Albin and Marie Peters Heidrich. She was a retired employee of Stevens Nursing Home, a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Sons of Hermann, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and WELCA.

She is survived by one daughter, LaJoyce Brennan of Yoakum; one son, Morris L. Voelkel of Sugar Land; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Tribune Herald, 16 June 1944

Pvt. Victor Voelkel Passes Away.

Death dealt a sad blow to the relatives and friends of Pvt. Victor Voelkel, when he passed away, as the result of a brain tumor, in the Walter Reed General Hospital at Washington, D.C. Saturday evening, June 10, at 3:00 o’clock.

The body arrived here on the train Thursday morning, and funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home by Rev. K. Windecker of Moulton Friday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock.   A military burial, under the auspices of the American Legion, was conducted at the Breslau Cemetery, where the remains of Pvt. Victor Voelkel were laid to final rest.

The deceased was born on November 12, 1907, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ad. Voelkel of Breslau.  Before his entry into the Army he worked with his father on their Breslau farm, and later, after his father’s death, he made his home with his sister, Mrs. Bill Petrich, at Breslau.

Surviving him are:  one sister, Mrs. Bill (Landa) Petrich of Breslau; and three brothers, Henry of Houston, Bill of Breslau, and Adolph Jr. ( Kelly) of El Campo.  One brother, Herbert, preceded him in death some years ago.

The Tribune extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives and friends. 

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 June 1899

Death of Wm. Voelkel, Sr.

Mr. Wm. Voelkel, an aged and highly respected citizen, died at his home in Yoakum a few minutes before midnight on last Thursday, June 2nd; death resulting after an illness of short duration. Had Mr. Voelkel lived a few minutes longer he would have died on his 73rd birthday. Mr. Voelkel was born June 2nd, 1826, in Erntebrick Kreis Siegen, Regierungsbezirk Amdtsberg Westpfalen, and came to Austin county, Texas in 1848, and was married to Miss Annie Find in 1852. This union was blessed by ten children, five sons and five daughters, all of whom now live in surrounding counties. Two of his sons, William and Henry Voelkel, live at Schulenburg, while another son, Ernst Voelkel, lives at Cheapside. The other two sons, Edward and Louie, reside, the former at Industry and the latter here. The daughters, Mrs. Annie Schrader and Mrs. Louis Rinn, reside at Industry. Mrs. Dr. Beckman, another daughter, lives at Oldenburg, while the other two daughters live in DeWitt county, Mrs. Gus Rinn being a resident of Yoakum, and the other, Mrs. Will Poth, living at Cheapside. All of the above sons and daughters were present at the funeral. Mr. Voelkel and wife and son came to Yoakum a little over six months ago, having previously erected a neat home on East Hill, where they had resided happily ever since. Mr. Voelkel was an honorable and industrious citizen, and by his labor and energy had accumulated enough of the world’s goods to enable himself and family to live at ease and in perfect contentment. The remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery Saturday afternoon, Rev. W. Wolfsdorf, of the German Lutheran church, performing the funeral service, and a large number of relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites. The Times joins with the community in extending the grief-stricken relatives and friends condolence. – Yoakum Times.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Moulton News, 10 Mar 1897, page 1

WITTING, Texas, March 7. – After a six days’ illness with la grippe, Mr. Ernst Vogelsang died at his home, near Breslau, Thursday morning at 2 o’clock. He was 62 years of age. The funeral took place Friday at 10 a.m.

Ernst Vogelsang, 16 Jan 1836 – 4 Mar 1897, is buried in the Breslau Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Victoria Advocate
February 9, 2003

Carey W. Vogt

NIXON – Carey Wayne Vogt, 48, of Nixon, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003

He was born Nov. 5, 1954, in Hallettsville, to Dorothy Lorenz Vogt of Arlington and the late Charles August Vogt. He was a musician and a Methodist.

Survivors: mother; a brother, Roy Charles Vogt of Fairview, Tenn.

Preceded in death by: father.

A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Monday at Epworth United Methodist Church in Arlington. Finch Funeral Chapel, Stockdale, 830-996-3811

Memorials: donor’s choice.


Weimar Mercury, 7 Dec 1961, page 10

Final Rites for Mrs. T. Voitek, 75, Held Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Theresa Vojtek, 75, were held Thursday, November 30, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Bila Hora Cemetery.

The Rev. F. J. Kostohryz, pastor of Czech Moravian Brethern Church of Vsetin, of which she was a member, officiated.

Mrs. Vojtek died at 5:30 p. m. Tuesday at Youens Hospital, where she had been admitted as a patient at about 10 a. m. the same day.

Born Aug. 7, 1886, near Oakland, she was the oldest daughter of Joseph and Theresa Valchar. On Nov. 24, 1908, she was married to Joseph Vojtek, who preceeded her in death Aug. 7, 1948. Their only child, an infant daughter, died June 19, 1924. Her father and three sisters, Antonia and Emilie Valchar and Mrs. James Dusek, also preceded her in death.

Surviving her are her 99-year-old mother, Mrs. Theresa Valchar; six sisters, Mrs. John (Annie) Fojt, Mrs. Vlasta Vojtek, Mrs. Julie Fojt, Mrs. Frank ((Lydia) Roznovak, and Misses Martha and Agnes Valchar; two brothers, Jerry J. and Henry E. Valchar; nieces nephews and other relatives.

For the first few years after their marriage, Mrs. Vojtek and her husband lived around Oakland and Weimar. In 1918 they bought a farm near Schulenburg, where they resided until Mr. Vojtek's death in 1948. After that Mrs. Vojtek made her home with Mr. and Mrs. John Fojt, where she had her own little home.

Pallbearers for her funeral were Jerry and John Valchar, Jaro and John Fojt, Frank Vojtek and Julius Ermis.


Victoria Advocate, 25 Feb 1971, page 12A

Hallettsville Man Killed On Gulf Rig

Advocate News Service

HALLETTSVILLE – David Volkmer, 39, a roustabout from Hallettsville, was killed Tuesday while working on a drilling rig near Shell Oil Company’s burning oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the Associated Press said Wednesday.

Officials said a pressurized hatch cover blew open, striking Volkmer in the head, and throwing him about 15 feet.

The accident occurred during drilling operations for a relief well designed to choke out part of the flames on the platform which has burned out of control since Dec. 1.

Volkmer was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Goliad County and was married to the former Betty Ann Luhn May 19, 1952. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Sons of Hermann.

He resided in Victoria before moving to Hallettsville 10 years ago.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hallettsville, with Rev. Raymond Wolf officiating. Burial will be in City Cemetery.

The body w ill [sic] lie in state at the church from 2:30 p.m. until time of services. Kubena Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Tommy and Lawrence, of Hallettsville; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Volkmer of Schroeder; three brothers, Kenneth, Larry and Glenwood Volkmer, all of Victoria; and his grandmother, Mrs. Herman Groll, of Schroeder.

Pallbearers will be Blaise Konvicka, Adolph Opela, Leon Sitka, Roger Chapman, Dickie Martin and Noel Dietzel.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 9 Jan 1914

Death of Frank Vollentine.

After a lingering illness, a part of which time he was confined to his room, dating from February 16, 1912, when he suffered a partial stroke of paralysis, Mr. Frank Vollentine, one of the native born and pioneer residents of Lavaca county, passed to his reward Friday, December 29, 1913, at 10:45 o'clock p.m., aged 62 years, 6 months and 9 days.

He was married forty-two years ago in Travis county to Miss Elizabeth Stubbs, who together with four children, Mrs. Maud Middlebrook and Fred Vollentine of our city, Guy and Claude Vollentine of Breslau, survive. Three sisters, Mesdames Pat Dunn of San Antonio, J. P. Ryan and Sam Smothers of Houston, two brothers, Jake and Henry, of Batesville and Santa Ana, respectively, also survive. He was half-brother to Uncle Jim Vollentine of Yoakum.

The funeral occurred from the family residence Saturday afternoon, December 27th, to the St. Mary's cemetery four miles northwest of town, Father Kiefer of the Catholic church, conducting the services, Mr. Vollentine being a member of the Catholic faith.

Mr. Vollentine was born near Breslau, spending many years of his life on the farm in that section, moving to our city with his family twenty-three year ago, and had since that time resided here.

He was a son of the late Henry Vollentine, Sr., who settled in the county in the early forties and who was the original grantee of the Vollentine league, said league now consisting of the most valuable farming and pasture land in the county.

Mr. Vollentine was of friendly and cheerful disposition and during the greater part of his life, a man of energy and rugged hardihood, member of a family who have had a large share in the placing of Lavaca county from a sparsely settled undeveloped section into one of the best counties of the State, improved lands, peopled by a thriving citizenship.

Peace to his ashes!


Halletsville Herald, 25 Aug 1892


We regret to state that Mrs. Reibenstein [sic.] died on the 16th of August. The deceased was a sister of Messrs. Henrry, Chris., John and Chas. Laas, and mother of Mrs. Franke. She reached the old age of 66 years and 19 days. A procession followed her coffin to the grave. She was buried in the Lutheran cemetery near Sublime. Rev. C. Geiger preached the funeral services. She is in that glorious land of the blest where we all shall rest, and she is also on that beautiful shore where parting will come no more.


Sophie "Beibenstein", 28 Jul 1826 – 16 Aug 1892, was buried in the Geiger Cemetery. Peggy Neill provided the information that the surname was actually von Bieberstein.


Weimar Mercury, 10 Aug 1928


Mrs. Matta von Rosenberg, 61, widow of the late William von Rosenberg, banker and merchant of Halletsville, died at 3 a. m. Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. E. Tomlinson, 2022 West Main street.

Mrs. von Rosenberg was born in Bellville August 12, 1866, where she lived for many years before moving to Halletsville.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Tomlinson of Houston and Mrs. R. K. Boettcher of Brownwood; three sons, H. C. von Rosenberg of Harlingen, L. A. von Rosenberg of Fort Worth and W. E. von Rosenberg of San Antonio.

The funeral procession will leave Houston at 8 a. m. Tuesday, arriving at Halletsville about noon, and the body will lie in state at the Halletsville Episcopal church until 4 p. m. when funeral services begin.

Burial will be in the Halletsville cemetery under the direction of the Oliver-Lewis company. – Houston Chronicle.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 11 Feb 1944


Hallettsville, Feb. 8. – Funeral services were held Tuesday for Otto von Rosenberg, 77, Hallettsville banker and merchant for the past 54 years.

He is survived by his wife and four sons, Herbert von Rosenberg of San Antonio, F. A. von Rosenberg, in Virginia, Dr. H. von Rosenberg of Hallettsville, and Sgt. Charles W. von Rosenberg, in England. A sister, Miss Hulda von Rosenberg resides in La Grange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 15 Feb 1905, page 1

Funeral of William von Rosenberg.

Halletsville, Tex., Feb. 8. – The funeral of William von Rosenberg was held from the family residence Tuesday morning at half past 10 o’clock and was largely attended by relatives and friends from this and neighboring counties. Judge P. H. Green, a friend of the family, rendered the funeral service at the house, which was followed by hymns sung by the Halletsville Quartet Club. The honorary pall bearers were Messrs. Judge McCutchin, Wm. Blakesle, T. Y. Hill, J. F. McKnight, S. G. Tarkington, Joe Appelt and H. J. Brauning. Active pall bearers were Messrs. E. H. Mitchel, H. J. Heye, Wm. Engleking, B. Cornelius, H. J. Brauning and F. Hillje.

The local lodge of Herman Sons, of which Mr. Rosenberg was a member, attended in a body. The funeral services of the Herman Sons were rendered at the grave by Prof. F. P. Guenter in German. The grave was one mass of beautiful flowers placed by loving and sympathetic hands.

Shiner Gazette, 22 Feb 1905, Local News column

Wm. von Rosenberg who died recently at Halletsville was insured for $26,000. $10,000 goes to the business of which he was the head, and $16,000 to his family.

William von Rosenberg, 9 Aug 1863 – 5 Feb 1905, husband of Meta, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 11 Aug 1966

Lavaca Man, 30, Ruled Suicide

Hallettsville—Royce (Gene) Vornsand, 30, was found shot to death Monday morning, Aug. 8, at his parents' home on Route 2, Hallettsville. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. August Vornsand, whose farm is located northwest of Moravia.

The parents told Sheriff Ronnie Dodds and Justice of the Peace Oscar Shoemake that Gene had been out all night, leaving home at 3 p.m. Sunday, telling them he was going to a movie.

Gene came home about 5 a. m. Monday, and while his mother was preparing breakfast a loud shot was heard about 6:15 a. m. The parents went to investigate and they found their son in a closet with a severe head wound.

He was shot in the middle of the forehead with his own 30-30 rifle; the rifle lay on the floor of the closet.

Shoemake's verdict was death by self-inflicted wound. (Lavaca C. Tribune).

Royce Gene “Beau” Vornsand, 14 Feb 1936 – 8 Aug 1966, was buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.


The Weimar Mercury, October 4, 1979

Mrs. Vrana’s Funeral Held at RobstowN 

Funeral services for Mrs. Millie Vrana, 85, of Robstown, were held Friday morning, Sept. 28, from St. John Catholic Church in Robstown, with burial in Robstown Memorial Cemetery.

Rev. George Scecina was principal celebrant of the concelebrated mass. Rev. William F. Halata, Rev. George J. Olsovsky and Rev. Jim Olsovsky were concelebrants.

Present in the sanctuary were Rev. Richard Shirley, chancellor of Corpus Christi Diocese; Rev. Roger Smith, Rev. Michael Hosell, Rev. Peter McNamara, and Rev. John Kileen, all of Corpus Christi; Rev. Celestine Murray of Agua Dulce; and Rev. Semus McGowan of Orange Grove.

St. John School students sang for the mass. Mrs. Mary Bull sang a solo, “Ave Maria,” accompanied by Mrs. Virginia Atkinson, during communion.

Pallbearers were Mrs. Vrana’s grandsons.

She died Sept. 26 in a Robstown hospital.

Born Dec. 8, 1893, near Hallettsville, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Olsovsky. She was married to Ignac Vrana on Nov. 11, 1914. He died about six years ago.

Mrs. Vrana is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Frances Rektorik, Mrs. Cecilia Just, Mrs. Georgia Blumberg and Mrs. Bernice Hellman; two sons, Leo Vrana and Ted Vrana; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Aloysia Halata of Hallettsville, Mrs. Jan Leihardt, Mrs. Frances Janak, Mrs. Mary Dreitner and Mr. Willie Jo Neiser, all of Weimar; and two brothers, Henry R. Olsovsky of Hallettsville and A. J. Olsovsky of Victoria.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Corpus Christi Caller, Monday, July 11, 2011

William Vrana passed away July 8, 2011. 

Bill was born on a farm near Moravia in Lavaca County, Texas to parents Emil and Albina Peter Vrana on June 22, 1914. In 1924 his father purchased a cotton gin at Moravia and an 80 acre farm. Bill worked on the farm and in the cotton gin from early childhood to the age of 20, an experience which reinforced his natural aptitude for and understanding of machinery. He attended public school at Moravia and graduated from Schulenberg High School. He entered the University of Texas in September, 1935, graduating in August, 1939 with a degree in Geology. Right after graduation, he accepted a job with the International Boundary Commission in El Paso as a Junior Draftsman. A year later, he went to work for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Houston as an Assistant Draftsman and was promoted in 1942 to Chief Draftsman. In May, 1942 he met Joyce Raasch, who came to work for the Engineers as a clerk and stenographer, and they were married on September 28, 1942. In 1944 he volunteered for enlistment in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Army Signal Corps where he attained the rank of Technical Sergeant and served in various capacities until his discharge in May, 1946. In 1946 he went to work for Tennessee Gas Transmission Company as a geologist in their fledgling Geological Department in Houston. In January, 1954 he was sent to Corpus Christi as District Geologist to set up a new exploration office. After heading the Corpus office for seven years, he resigned from Tenneco to enter self-employment as a consulting geologist. He worked with several independent oil and gas operators in the Corpus Christi area until he retired in 1995. In 1972 he became interested in genealogy, and worked on the family histories of both his own and Joyce's families, producing works which were donated to various heritage centers and libraries around the state. He was interested throughout his life in machinery and building and engaged himself over the years in a wide variety of construction projects around the house.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; sons: Larry and Randy (Julie) Vrana; brother, Eddie Vrana, and sisters: Ollie Pospisil and Millie Berger. 

He was pre-deceased by his parents: Emil Vrana and Albina Peter Vrana; brothers: Julius and Emil Vrana, and sister, Martha Hanslik. 

There will be a private internment. 

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, January 16, 1977

SHINER – Mrs. Albina Vrazel, 91, of Shiner died Saturday in a Gonzales nursing home.

 Rosary will be recited Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home here by the parish and at 7:45 p.m. by the altar society.

 Services will be held at Monday at 2 p.m. at Shiner Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

 Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Willie Dreyer of Shiner; two brothers, Ed Baros of Victoria and AdolphBaros of San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Barkmeyer of San Antonio and Mrs. Christina Vrazel of Corpus Christi, and a grandson, of Shiner

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Sunday, November 29, 1970

Advocate News Service

YOAKUM – Charles J. Vrazel, 58, died unexpectedly at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at his home here.

Mr. Vrazel was a lifetime resident of Yoakum and was born April 13, 1912.

He was a beauty shop owner in Yoakum.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael O’Shaughnessy officiating. A rosary will be recited Sunday at 8 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include the mother, Mrs. Emma Vrazel of Yoakum and a brother, Gordon Vrazel of San Antonio.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 17 Mar 1997, page 10A


SHINER – Ella Vrazel, 82, of Shiner died Saturday, March 15, 1997.

She was born Nov. 1, 1914, in Lone Tree in Lavaca County to the late Alois and Frances Hybner Kasparek. The homemaker was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters.

Survivors: husband, Philip Vrazel; sons, E.J. Michal of Shiner, Glen Michal of San Antonio and Philip Vrazel of Corpus Christi; sisters, Judy Vanderslice and Janie Brosch, both of Shiner, Louise Raindl and Edith Caka, both of San Antonio, Marion Peterek of Corpus Christi and Olga Kusak of New Braunfels; brothers, Clement Kasparek of Corpus Christi and Louis Kasparek of Houston; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: first husband, John Michal; sister, Frances Kurtz; brothers, Domin Kasparek, Rudy Kasparek and Stanley Kasparek.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Dennis Kusak, Gregory Raindl, Russell Peterek, Johnny Kasparek, Johnny Kurtz and Nathan Vrazel.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Light, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1968

Miss Julia Vrazel, 69, of 303 Glenwood ct., died Monday, Jan. 6.

Survived by sisters, Mrs. Lillian Calhoun and Mrs. Mattie Holcomb of San Antonio; brothers, Peter Vrazel of Shiner, Texas, Louis Vrazel of Corpus Christi, Texas, Texas, George and Edward Vrazel of San Antonio, Numerous nieces and nephews.

Miss Vrazel was a member of the Grotto Guild.

Rosary Tuesday 7:30 p.m. at Buffington Funeral home, Yoakum, Texas.  Funeral Wednesday 9:30 a.m. at Buffington Funeral home, 9:45 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic church with requiem mass to be offered by Rev. Edward J. Jansky.  Interment in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Yoakum, Texas.

Local arrangements by ZIZIK-KEARNS FUNERAL HOME

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Shiner Gazette, Thursday, January 12, 1939, page 1

Mrs. Matilda Vrazel

The funeral services of a very esteemed lady and pioneer of this section was conducted Wednesday morning from her home at Gonzales, Texas to the St. Joseph Catholic Church at Yoakum, Texas, where Requiem Mass was celebrated and interment in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mrs. Matilda Vrazel, nee Faltisek, aged 72 years, 1 month and 7 days was born in Petrovica, Czechoslovakia on November 25, 1866.

She emigrated to the United States from Bremen, Germany landing at Galveston, Texas in 1873. She traveled from Galveston to Praha by Wagon Train where she settled and lived until her marriage to Joseph J. Vrazel in 1888 at the age of 21 years. They then moved to Shiner, Texas living here about 15 years. From here they moved to Gonzales Co., then to Yoakum, Texas where they resided for several years, later returning to Gonzales, Texas.

To this Union nine children were born. Three daughters and six sons, all of whom are surviving. Miss Julia Vrazel of Gonzales, Mrs. Lillian Moehrig, of San Antonio, Mrs. Mattie Holcomb of Corpus Christi, Joe N. Vrazel of Yoakum, Frank and Peter Vrazel, and Louis, George, and Edward of Corpus Christi.

Mrs. Vrazel was born and reared in the Catholic faith being a member of the St. James Catholic Church at Gonzales at the time of her death. Living a faithful and active life in her church. She attended Mass every day up until the time she was unable to leave her home.

Everyone that knew her, knew her as "Grandma." She was esteemed by all who knew her. She was a kind and loving Mother, rearing her family in the Faith she so loved and ever mindful of them.

Until the death of her husband, ten years ago, this family had never felt the figer of death before.

She also reared from childhood on, Mrs. Mary Darilek of Shiner, Texas.

The following are out of town relatives and friends who attended the Funeral Services: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Faltisek of Shiner, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Faltisek of Schulenburg, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Krhovjak of Shiner, Mr. Peter Faltisek of Flatonia, Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Darilek and family of Shiner, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Sanders of Flatonia, Mrs. Ed. Sanders of Flatonia, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Veselka of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Peterek of Gonzales, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Friesenhahn and babies of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Vrazel of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Janet Havel of San Antonio, Mrs. Frank Vrazel and son, Max, of Gonzales, Miss Julia Gauen, Gonzales, Miss Virginia Gauen, Gonzales, Miss Gussie Gurinsky of Gonzales, Mr. Albert Kurtz and family of Shiner, Mr. John Darilek and family of Shiner, Mr. Joe Ermis and family of Shiner, Mr. Kasparek and family of Shiner, and Mr. and Mrs. Kresta of Gonzales, Texas.

Pall bearers were six of her grandsons, Victor Vrazel, Philip Vrazel, Edward Darilek, Leonard Darilek, Norbert Vrazel, and Raymond Vrazel.

The beautiful floral offering that covered the grave bespoke the many friends that loved "Grandma Vrazel." The beautiful words spoken at the service all pointed to the wonderful, Christian mother that she was. The family, neighbors, and friends will all miss Grandmother. Her church will miss her presence, her friends her smile and word of cheer.

To those who are bereaved by her passing we offer sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Aug 1895

There were two deaths here Tuesday night of last week. They were Mrs Paul Vrazel and Bernard Herrick. Both funerals took place Wednesday.

Shiner Gazette, 1 Aug 1895

Mrs Paul Vrazel died in Shiner yesterday morning, making in all six deaths in that city since Sunday. – Graphic.

The above is a grave error indeed. Mrs. Vrazel was the only one dying in Shiner during the entire week. There were several deaths out in the country, but no other death in town. You got things a little mixed, brother.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, October 2, 2011

YOAKUM - Thomas Norbert Vrazel, 58, of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 in Princeton.

He was born Aug. 20, 1953 to Josephine Hummel Vrazel and the late Norbert Vrazel. He was a 1971 graduate of Yoakum High School and a 1975 graduate of Texas A&M.

He is survived by his spouse of thirty-four years, Linda Barber Vrazel of Princeton; children: Christopher Vrazel and wife, Heather of Plano, Meredith Vrazel of League City, and Steven Vrazel of Princeton; mother, Josephine Vrazel of Yoakum; sisters: Linda Lalumandier of League City and Cindy Bialek and husband, Adolph of Fordtran.

He is preceded in death by his father and infant sister, Barbara Vrazel.

A rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, followed by a memorial funeral mass at 11 a.m. with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-56

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, December 27, 1930

YOAKUM, Texas, Dec. 26.-- Funeral services for Mrs. Cecilie Vyvial, 54, of the Breslau community, whose death occurred at her home, were held from the Moravia Catholic Church, with the Rev. D. A. Sykora and the Rev. Joe Pustka officiating.  Burial was in the Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Vyvial is survived by the following children; Jaro, Houston, Martin, Breslau; Mrs. William Bartek, Yoakum; Mrs. Walter Koening, Breslau; John, Mary Gladys, Lillie and Willie Mae Vyvial, all of Breslau, and Mrs. Adella Townsend of Yoakum.

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.