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The people memorialized in the obituaries and death notices 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.



The Victoria Advocate
June 1978

Mrs. Caballero

Yoakum – Mrs. Ethel Caballero, 69, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at her home in Yoakum.

She was born June 9, 1909, in Lavaca County and lived the the Yoakum area all her life.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are her husband Manuel; six sons, Raymond, Lupe and Ruben, all of Yoakum, Aerencion of California, and Juan and Manuel, both of Victoria; three daughters, Mrs. Tomasita Rocha of Yoakum, Mrs. Betty Loredo of Brazoria, and Mrs. Maria Cruz of Abilene: two brothers, William Castillo of Yoakum and Rodger Castillo of San Benito; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Castillo of Harlingen, Mrs. Virginia Veltran of Yoakum, Mrs. Louise Garza of Yoakum and Mrs. Lucy Cantu of California: and forty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Victoria Advocate, Monday, September 13, 1976

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Pete (Mary) Cada, 78, of Hallettsville, died Saturday at 7:55 p.m. in a Yoakum hospital.

Mrs. Cada was born Feb. 9, 1898 in Fayette County. She married Mr. Cada in 1918 in Hallettsville. He died in 1956.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the KJZT.

A rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home.

The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 8:45 a.m. Monday, when it will be taken in St. Mary's Church for services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Henry Psencik will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Blaise Kowuicka [Konvicka] Sr., Frank Mozisek, Rudy Petru, Jimmy Smolik, Tony Janak and Julius Gertner.

Surviving are four brothers, Henry Urbish of Flatonia, John J. and Fred S. Urbish, both of Hallettsville, and George G. Urbish of Bay City; four sisters, Mars. Adolph Smolik of Hallettsville, Mrs. Sophie Janak of Yoakum, Mrs. Olga Matula and Mrs. Leny Janak, both of East Bernard. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a sister.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 18 July 1935


The subject of this sketch was born at Netolic, Czechoslovakia, April 23d 1862. He came to America Nov. 7th 1881 and located in Fayette county, near Flatonia. On Nov. 22nd, 1887 he was married to Miss Thresia Stryk. To this union 10 children were born, 4 dying in infancy. His wife died in 1902. He later married Miss Marie Hundl and 6 children were born to this union, one son dying at the age of 9 years. Mr. Caka moved from Flatonia to Shiner in 1908 and continuously resided here until his death. The 11 living children are Mrs. Ben (Annie) Berckenhoff, Mrs. John (Frances) Zissa, Mrs. John (Kristina) Matula, of shiner; Mrs. Rudolf (Thresia) Matula of Orange Grove; John, Herman, Jim, Ludwig, Joe and Albert Jr. Caka are the surviving sons.

His grief stricken wife also survives and 28 grandchildren. One brother, Martin, died in 1923 and a sister, Mrs. John Kubena died in 1925. Three sisters survive, Mrs. Anton Jemelka Sr., Mrs. Frank Janecek Sr. and Mrs. Jim Lahodny.

Mr. Caka had been ill about 4 weeks. He passed away Tuesday July 9th, at the age of 73 years, 2 months, and 17 days. Funeral services were conducted from the family residence with Requiem High Mass at the Shiner Catholic Church conducted by Father John Anders of Praha and Father L. Blinka of San Antonio, burial was in the Catholic cemetery. The O.D.H.S. Lodge also officiated.

The pall bearers were all relatives - Anton Jemelka Jr., Emil Lahodny, Emil Stryk of Flatonia, Ludwig Jaksik of Pleasanton, Anton Pesek of Sweet Home and Anton Pavlu of Hallettsville. To all bereaved by his passing, the Gazette extends heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Victoria Advocate, November 6, 2003

Edith Kasparek Caka passed away during the morning of November 4, 2003.

Edith was born on November 14, 1921 to Alois Kasparek and Frances Hybner and was one of thirteen children. Her childhood home was located near Shiner, Texas in the Midway Community. She attended school at Lone Tree and in 1941 married Ben Caka. They made Corpus Christi their home for many years.

After Ben's death, on February 24, 1977 Edith moved to San Antonio and lived with her sister, Louise Raindl. During the 24 years Edith lived in San Antonio she was a tireless contributing member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Edith's efforts in organizing and participating in fund raising events such as bake sales, raffles and church festivals earned her the gratitude of the parishioners and made her known and loved by many.

She is survived by her sisters, Louise Raindl of San Antonio, Janie Brosh and Judy Vanderslice of Shiner, Texas, Olga Kusak of New Braunfels and Marion Peterek of Corpus Christi and her brothers Clement Kasparek and Louis Kasparek of Corpus Christi. She will be fondly remembered by her numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents Alois and Frances Kasparek, her husband, Ben Caka, two sisters, Frances Kurtz and Ella Vrazel and three brothers, Stanley Kasparek, Rudy Kasparek and Domin Kasparek.

A Rosary will be recited Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Thursday, November 6, 2003 at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 7, 2003 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner with burial to follow at the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Gonzales Inquirer, 8 August 1997


Funeral services were held Thursday at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church for Eugene Joseph Caka of Shiner. He was born September 1, 1934 in Shiner to Albert (Pete) and Hattie Blaschke Caka and died on Monday, August 4.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Hinze Caka; his mother, Hattie Caka and daughters Lorinda Sorrows of Corpus Christi, Melissa Caka and Michele Caka of Shiner.

He is also survived by sons, Mark Caka of Anaconda, Montana and John Caka of Shiner; sister, Margie Schoenvogel of Houston and a brother, Patrick Caka of Shiner.

Other survivors include grandchildren, Candace and Jake Caka and Kyle Sorrows.

He was preceded in death by his father on November 21, 1984 and by an infant sister in 1942.

Mr. Caka was a basket turner for Kaspar Wire Works and a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

The Rev. Gerry Cernoch officiated at the services with interment in Shiner Catholic Cemetery. A rosary service was held Wednesday evening at Buffington Funeral Home chapel in Shiner.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children, John, Melissa and Michele Caka.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1966

SHINER—John Albert Caka, 71, died at his residence here at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Rosary will be recited at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, by the St. Isidore Society and at 7:30 p.m. by the parish.

Funeral will be at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday from Buffington Funeral Home here and at 9 a.m. from Shiner Catholic Church with a requiem mass. Burial will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are the wife; a son, Ben of Corpus Christi; two brothers, Herman and Jim, both of Shiner; three half-brothers, Joe, Ludwig and Albert, all of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Teresa Matula of California; two half-sisters, Mrs. John Matula and Mrs. Julia Zissa, both of Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Gonzales Inquirer, 12 December 1991


Funeral services for Ludwig Frank Caka, 83, of Shiner will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerry Capano officiating.

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

Mr. Ludwig died Monday, Dec. 9, 1991, in a Victoria hospital following a sudden illness.

He was born Aug. 13, 1908, in Flatonia to the late Albert and Mary Hundl Caka Sr. He was a member of the St. Isidore Lodge, a retired carpenter and a Catholic.

He is survived by six daughters, Pauline Pohler of Gonzales, Stacy Huser of Nixon, Angeline Petru and Patsy Wegener both of Shiner and Frances Randow and Carol Gilbert both of San Antonio; three sons, Theodore Caka of San Angelo, Robert Caka of Houston and Kenneth Caka of Yoakum; a sister, Mary Zissa of Shiner; a half-sister, Theresa Matula of California; 32 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Natalie Caka on Oct. 10, 1991; parents, four sisters and six brothers.

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

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


The Gonzales Inquirer, 11 October 1991


Funeral services for Natalia Caka, 78, of Shiner, mother of Pauline Pohler of Gonzales, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Caponi officiating.

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

Mrs. Caka died Thursday, Oct. 10, 1991 in a Shiner nursing home following a lengthy illness.

She was born Nov. 19, 1912 in Lavaca County to the late William and Meta Muelker Hagendorf. She was a homemaker and a member of the K.J.Z.T.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by her husband, Ludwig Caka of Shiner; five daughters, Angeline Petru and Patsy Wegener, both of Shiner, Frances Randow and Carol Gilbert, both of San Antonio and Stacy Huser of Nixon; three sons, Theodore Caka of San Angelo, Robert Caka of Houston and Kenneth Caka of Yoakum; a brother, Willie Hagendorf; 3 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Selma Hagendorf and brothers, Robert, Walter, George and Carl Hagendorf.

A rosary will be recited tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. A K.J.Z.T. rosary will be recited Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


From a January 1943 Hallettsville newspaper clipping:


We are saddened to chronicle the death of Mr. B. E. Calcote who passed to the great beyond on Friday, Jan. 15, 1943, in a Houston Hospital at 10:00 a.m. He was taken to the hospital about three weeks ago, due to his illness. Everything that loving hands could do was done, but to no avail.

The deceased was born in St. Augustine on Dec. 26, 1881, thus attaining the age of 61 years and 20 days.

In 1904 he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Butschek.

His wife died 28 years ago.

They were blessed with 3 children, all of whom survive, Virgil J. Calcote of Telferner, Mrs. Henry (Pearl) Kutac of Yoakum, and Miss Edith Calcote of Moulton. Also 8 grandchildren, two sisters, and three brothers.

Services were conducted Sunday at 3 p.m.

He was laid beneath a coverlet of gorgeous flowers in the Moulton cemetery.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

May he rest in peace.

He was a brother-in-law of Louis Paul Butschek of this city.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe

From an August 1990 newspaper clipping:


Edith Mary Calcote, 79, of Yoakum, died at 11:40 P.M., Monday, August 13, 1990, in the Yoakum Community Hospital.

Rosary was recited at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 19 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Linard Harper officiating.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 17, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yoakum with the Rev. Gabriel Mensah officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

She was born May 13, 1911 in Los Angeles, California to the late Briney Calcote and Wilhelmina Butschek Calcote. She was a retired telephone operator and a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yoakum.

Surviving is her sister, Pearl Kutac of Yoakum, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Calcote.

Edith grew up with the Henry Butschek family, was active in the Moulton Community, and graduated from Sam and Will Moore Institute. She will be remembered for her wit, her spontaneity and love of life. Edith will be sadly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Pallbearers were John, Paul, and Tom Kutac, V. J. Calcote, Allan Butschek and Maynard Wagner.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Shiner Gazette, 18 Mar 1909

Brakeman Caldwell Killed.

A terrible accident happened in Shiner last Friday evening, in which Brakeman E. S Caldwell lost his life. While the west bound freight No. 110 was switching at the stock yard about 3 o’clock p.m. Mr. E. S. Caldwell, the brakeman, stepped between the cars to pull a coupling pin, when his foot caught between the rails, which at this point were quite close together, and before he could extricate it, a freight car ran over him and his head and body crushed. Death was instantaneous. The freight car which ran over the body was derailed anh [sic] had to be placed back on the track.

Justice Habermacher was called to hold an inquest, after which the body of the dead brakeman was taken up and carried to Yoakum on freight No. 110, Conductor C. T. Wade. Brakeman A. H. Cunningham was the only eye witness to the accident.

The deceased was a single man but leaves one brother at San Antonio, A. P. Caldwell, and a sister, Mrs. W. H. Boulware of Yoakum.

Ed. S. Caldwell, 37 yrs, 6 dys; "Our brother, B of RR T", was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Dec 1906, page 8

Yoakum, Dec. 20.—The little 3-year-old girl of Jack Campbell and wife was burned to death yesterday evening at their home. The mother was doing outside work and the child was left alone playing in the house. She got so close to the heating stove that her dress caught fire, and before the mother could reach her the garment was already burned. The child lived an hour afterward.


Colorado Citizen, January 7, 1886

Joseph A. Campion, the Constable of Precinct No. 1, who was shot at Witting, on Oct. 15th, lingered until Sunday morning, Dec. 17th, when he breathed his last. For nearly two months and a half, he has patiently borne his terrible sufferings, hoping all the while he might recover even when his medical attendents told him there was no longer hope for him. — Hallettsvile Herald

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 19 Aug 1938, page 7


Halletsville, Texas, Aug. 13. — When William J. Campion ran into a fence and wrecked his car Friday morning he and his wife, who was with him, were brought to a doctor's office for treatment of cuts and bruises, and there it was found that he had suffered a stroke. He was taken to a hospital immediately, but died in a few hours. He was 55 years of age. Burial took place Saturday afternoon.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Oct 1898, page 1

Mrs. John Adams, Sr., was called to Shiner Friday by a telegram announcing that the 11 year-old daughter of Seth Carnes had been killed by a cow. Since then we have learned that the little girl is still alive and may recover. A butcher was driving a vicious cow through town. The girl was on her way home from school. The cow attacked her, threw her in the air, trampled on her and pierced her body with one of its horns. When the child was picked up it was thought she was dead. There ought to be a law in every town prohibiting this reckless driving of cattle through the streets. – Halletsville Herald.

This child apparently survived. There are graves for her sisters in the Shiner City Cemetery, but not for her. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 13 Dec 1899


The death of Miss Eva Carnes, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Carnes, was a sad blow to parents and friends. Miss Eva had just touched her sixteenth year and was beloved by all who knew her. She had been sick several weeks and the best medical skill was called in, but all to no avail, for the death angel came last Monday night and carried her off to that brighter and better shore, where all is peace and joy and love.

The stricken parents have the sympathy of all who know them, in this trying hour, but time alone and a firm reliance on him that doeth all things for the best can heal their great sorrow.

Shiner Gazette, 20 Dec 1899, page 1

The funeral of Miss Eva Carnes last Wednesday evening was largely attended. A great many of the young people who were playmates and associates of Miss Eva, attended, and brought their last offerings of flowers [.] The burial services were conducted by Rev. J. F. Perrin, the Methodist pastor. At the close of Rev. Perrin’s remarks the young people sang that beautiful and impressive hymn, “[We'll] Never Say Good-Bye in Heaven.” When the services closed there was not a dry eye on the ground. The bereaved parents have the utmost sympathy of all in this their greatest sorrow.

[page 5 of same issue]

Mr. D. C. Wheeler and sister Mrs. Sutton, of Stockdale, Wilson county, came up last Wednesday to attend the funeral of their little neice [sic], Miss Eva Carnes.

Eva Carnes, 8 Dec 1883 - 12 Dec 1899, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1895, page 2

News Specials: Shiner, Lavaca Co., Texas July 21.—The little 4-month’s-old daughter of Mr. R. S. Carnes was killed in a peculiar manner yesterday evening. The little child was sitting in a baby carriage on the front gallery, when, by a jar, it rolled off the gallery and overturned, throwing the child on the ground and killing it almost instantly, although there are no marks visible on its head or body, nor was its neck broken.
Ida Irma Carnes, 4 Apr 1895 - 20 Jul 1895, was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


The Houston Chronicle
Sunday, November 27, 1892

W. J. Carnes

Shiner, Texas, November 26, - A message from Floresville yesterday, the 25th inst., brought the sad news of the death of W. J. Carnes, Sr., a highly respected citizen of this place.

The death of Mr. Carnes was very sudden, as he was in apparent good health a few days before his death. He leaves a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss.

Chronicle article contributed by Cathy Fitch.


Shiner Gazette, 2 Nov 1893

The Late W. J. Carnes.

The Rev. A. G. Nolan preached Sunday the funeral sermon of the late W. J. Carnes. The M. E. church was crowded and the Rev. Nolan preached an impressive and moving discourse. The members of the family present were Mrs. W. J. Carnes, wife of the deceased, his daughters Mrs. Will Grant, Mrs. L. M. Kokernot and Miss C. C. Carnes; his sons, W. J. Carnes, jr., S. A. and R. S. Carnes, also Clinton Askey and daughters, and Miss Alma Kokernot and Miss Fannie Marsh. Also L. M. Kokernot, S. S. Cole and J. H. Cole. Rev. Nolan paid a high tribute to the deceased and the congregation was often moved to tears by his touching references to Mr. Carnes. He said: “In life he was a man respected and revered by all, for steadfast manliness, unwavering integrity, faithfulness and purity of character. His goodness and generosity knew no bounds and wherever he went and wherever he was known he commanded the friendship and esteem of all. For three years I was his pastor and he was my stewart and during all that time he needed no words of reminder from me but was always punctual and zealous in the performance of his duties. His was one of those characters in which kindness, charity, patience and courage were happily blended and in domestic life he was a kind and indulgent father and a loving husband. Cruelty was impossible with him and he could never bear to see any creature about him ill-treated. ***

“It may be that there are some whose goodness brings them very near to that better world, so near that when the time draws near for them to quit this world, they have premonitions of their departure. Brother Carnes was one of these. A short time before his last illness I met him at the depot in Shiner and he wished to make known to me his premonitions that he was soon to quit this life, but something intruded and I was never able to speak with him again on the subject.”

In conclusion Rev. Nolan spoke as follows: “His life should be an example to us, and inspiration to better thoughts and better works in this world. The spirit of Godliness and sanctity pervaded his life and lighted for him a pathway to heaven. His life works should be an incentive to us to work harder and live holier that we may meet him on the fairer, brighter shore that lies beyond the stormy ocean of our lives.”

This grave appears to be unmarked. Gazette article contributed by Matt Cross.


Houston Chronicle, 25 Jan1966

CARR- Mrs. Audrey Hillman Carr, 55, of 1961 Norfolk died 9:25 p.m., Sunday at her residence. Native of Yoakum, a Houston resident 26 years. Member of Baptist Church, bookkeeper for Fisher Construction Co. Survivors: Husband, A.E. Carr, son, Carl E. Hillman Jr., both of Houston; sisters, Mrs. Ruth Wukaush[Wukasch], Santa Barbara, Cal, Mrs. Gwendolyn Scanlin, Brownsville; two grandchildren. Services 1 p.m. Wednesday Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Mc Gowen Ave. Chapel; Rev. M. Eugene Vickery officiating. Burial- Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Pallbearers: Howard Kirkpatrick, Bob Chappell, Harry Clark, Pat Moroney, J.D. Harrell, Ted McCorkle. Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 400 Block, McGowen.

Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


Colorado Citizen, 2 Dec 1869, page 2

MAN KILLED AT HALLETTSVILLE. —We understand that Robert Coffee killed William Carroll, last Tuesday, in Hallettsville. The particulars of the killing have not transpired, but we understand that Coffee acted in self-defence —Carroll having first fired on him. The Sheriff promptly arrested Coffee, andd the election was not disturbed.


Moulton News, 9 Dec 1896, Nickel Notes column

Miss Etta Carson, a most estimable young lady who made her home in our midst and taught one term of school in this district, died in Yoakum, Nov. 28th, after a lingering illness. This noble girl was a ‘shining light’ in all things that would tend to elevate those who were blessed with her friendship and love. In expressing my sympathy, I know I echo the feelings of her many friends throughout the community. I seek no more in this sad hour t han [sic] to offer this tribute and lay a flower with love and friendship upon her sacred memory.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Jul 1944, page 8


We are sorry to pen the death of Mr. James W. Carson, which occurred Friday morning at the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville. Mr. Carson had been an unusually healthy man and was sick only a few days prior to his death, when he suffered a stroke rendering him unconscious and unable to talk. His death was a shock to the whole community as he was well known throught Colorado and Lavaca counties. He was laid to rest in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery, Saturday afternoon. Rev. Jordan performed the last sad rites. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and three children, all grown — Mrs. Willard Fisher of Cedar Bayou, Mrs. Houston Wade, Hackberry; one son, Simpson Carson; and two grandchildren. Mr. Carson was born and reared in Lavaca Co. and spent most of his life on his farm near Oakland. He was 73 years of age at time of his death. We extend our sincere sympathy to his loved ones, in their loss — "One by one the leaves are falling —".


Weimar Mercury, 29 Feb 1896, pg 2

Hope cor. Halletsville Herald:  L Carson who moved from this county to north Texas, lost his wife 8 or 10 days ago and has two infant girls on hand. We learn that their grandfather, A. J. McDonald, is going to take the babies. The stricken family and relatives have the sympathy of this community.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton




Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1894, page 5.

Crushed To Death

The body of Ed Carville, who was accidentally killed in Galveston, was brought to Hallettsville Saturday for burial. The Galveston News of Saturday gives this account of the unfortunate affair:

Ed Carville, a car repairer employed in the Santa Fe shops in  this city met with a horrible death about 8:15 yesterday morning in the Santa Fe yards, about Fortieth street, by being caught between the drawheads of two cars and crushed. Carville had been at work repairing a cab window in a car standing on another truck, and having completed his work jumped to the ground and started for the shops. A long train was standing on track No. 9, and there was an opening where the cars had parted, and through this Carville attempted to pass. A Santa Fe flat car, No. 853, was on one side, and a heavy furniture car, No. 6692, on the other. Just as Carville stepped upon the track the engine “kicked” some other cars down against the train, pushing the flat car and the furniture car together and catching Carville squarely between the drawheads, crushing his body frightfully. Carville did not lose consciousness at first, and spoke several times to one of the trainmen who was giving signals for the engineer to pull up in order to release him from the awful situation. Just as soon as the cars were pulled apart, Carville dropped down a corpse. An inquest was held by Justice Friery, at which substantially the above facts were developed, and the body was turned over to J. H. Stouer to be prepared for burial. Carville was about 30 years old, and was married about two years ago to the daughter of Henry Smith a well-known Houston railroad man. The body will be taken to Hallettsville this morning, accompanied by the grief-stricken young wife. —Hallettsville Herald.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Moulton Eagle, May 20, 1955

Otho W. Casey Succumbs Sat.

Funeral services were held from the Smith Funeral Home by Rev. Jackson, Baptist Minister of Flatonia, for Otho W. Casey, a former Moulton citizen.  Interment was made in the Moulton City Cemetery following services at the Funeral Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Monday. 

Mr. Casey, 70, was born near Austin and was a retired railroad man having spent some 29 years as section foreman in Moulton.  He died at the San Antonio Memorial Hospital Saturday, May 14, after visiting his son in that city.  The deceased made his home in Houston following retirement. 

Survivors include the bereaved widow, Mrs. Leonora Casey of Houston; sons, Leonard also of Houston, and Wallis of San Antonio, and daughter, Mrs. R.E. Echols of Hobbs, N. Mexico.  One brother, Joe Wages of Houston, also survives.  A son, Maynard, preceded him in death. 

Pallbearers were members of the Masonic Order and the service was conducted under the auspices of the local Masonic Order.

May out-of-town friends and relatives of the deceased came to mourn his passing and accompany him to his final resting place on the local cemetery.

Contributed by Regena Williamson

James Ruben Castellow

Unknown Hallettsville Newspaper - April, 1959

J.R. Castellow Buried At Salem Thursday P.M.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon from the Kubena Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. and continued at the Salem Baptist Church for James Ruben Castellow with the Rev. Henry Smith officating. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery.

Mr. Castellow, who was born in Lavaca County on July 25, 1882, died in the Renger Memorial Hospital, Tuesday, April 14, 1959 at 7:30 a.m. He had attained the age of 76 years, eight months and 19 days. A farmer by occupation, he was married to Minnie Pohl on August 4, 1926 and they made their home at Ezzell.

Besides his wife he is survived by two foster sons, J.B. Moseley and Billie Joe Henyan, and one half-sister, Mrs. Birdie Hairrell, of San Antonio.

J.R. was the son of William H. and Ella Euzaba Brown Castellow.
Contributed by Ed Neubauer


Weimar Mercury, 20 Jun 1919

Oakland cor. New Era: It is with sadness that we chronicle the death of the infant of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Cejka. The little one was laid to rest in the Bila Hora cemetery Sunday morning.

According to his death certificate, Robert Cjeka [sic.], 30 May 1919 - 7 Jun 1919, was the son of Robert and Annie Marak Cjeka. Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, 7 Nov 1937


HALLETTSVILLE, Tex., Nov. 6. — Mrs. Frank Cejka, wife of the Sublime justice of the peace, died suddenly Friday, and was buried Saturday. She leaves besides her husband, six children. She was born in Czechoslovakia 45 years ago.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1907

A Bohemian farmer named Joe Cejka, Sr., living in the Sublime section, south of here in Lavaca county, was buried Tuesday afternoon at St. Michael’s cemetery, in this city. His death was caused through being kicked in the stomach by a wild young horse or mule which he was endeavoring to hitch to a buggy. General peritonitis set in, and from the effects of this he died Monday afternoon.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Victoria Advocate, August 18, 2008


SHINER - Agnes Cerny, age 67, died on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. She was born in Koerth on Dec. 6, 1940, to Louis and Filipina Matejek Bolom. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, K.J.Z.T., Catholic Daughters and the Altar Society.

Survivors: husband, Felix Cerny Sr. of Shiner; daughters, Linda Howard of Comfort and Laura Raindl of Shiner; sons, Felix Cerny Jr., David Cerny, Mark Cerny and Kevin Cerny, all of Shiner; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Julia Carpenter of Yoakum and Bertha Wood of Bergheim; brothers, Philip Bolom of Hockley, Jerome Bolom of Koerth and Leo Bolom of Tyler.

Preceded in death by: parents; brother, Jimmie Bolom.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. on Monday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with the Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating. Burial is at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jason Carpenter, Jeffery Carpenter, Drake Howard, Devin Howard, Jerod Bolom, Brady Beal and Derek Kovalcik.

Memorial contributions may be given to the church or donor's choice

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, October 10, 2008


SHINER—Laddie Bernard Cerny, 84, of Shiner, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 in Shiner Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Dec. 9, 1923, in Gonzales, to Jim A. Cerny Jr. and Emma Petru Cerny. He was self-employed as a florist.

Laddie is survived by one aunt, Estella Petru, and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three cousins, Robert Petru, Alton Petru, and Leon E. Petru.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m., at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, the Rev. Bob Knippenberg officiating. Burial will follow at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials: St. Paul Catholic School.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis



Victoria Advocate, May 29, 2013

HALLETTSVILLE - Peggy Sharon Cervenka, 80, of Hallettsville, passed away May 28, 2013.

She was born on April 9, 1933 to Fred & Fay Jacobs Westerman in Houston. She married Alvin F. Cervenka on September 16, 1950 in Houston. Her faith was in the Baptist religion.

Peggy is survived by: 4 daughters, Linda Wagner & husband Travis of Yoakum, Cathy McGehee & husband Russell of Yoakum, Sandy Cervenka of Hallettsville, and Lori Motl & husband Pat of East Bernard; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Peggy was preceded in death by: her husband Alvin, parents, and granddaughter Calamity Ann Whitley.

Funeral Service: 2 pm, Friday, May 31, 2013 at Kubena Funeral Home.

Visitation: 5 pm, Thursday, at Kubena Funeral Home.

Pallbearers: Grandsons; Shane Wagner, Ryan Wagner, Dustin Pekar, Tyler Pekar, and Trey Kaiser; and John Pekar.

Honorary Pallbearers: Granddaughters; Crystal Whitley, Heather Pekar, Mandi Brasher, Lacy Motl, and Haley Gerke.

Burial: Willow Creek Cemetery.

Words of comfort maybe shared with the family at

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, October 29, 1975

HALLETTSVILLE—Richard S. Cervenka, 70, of Hallettsville died Monday at 11:25 p.m. in a local rest home.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The body will be taken from Kubena Funeral Home at 10 a.m. The Rev. Stanley Petru will officiate. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Mr. Cervenka was born at Moravia in Lavaca County on Nov. 18, 1904. He married Frances Motal June 7, 1927 at Moravia. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge. He was a retired Lavaca County commissioner.

Survivors include the wife, Frances; a son, Daniel; a daughter, Mrs. I. B. Krejci, both of Houston; two brothers, Charlie of Hallettsville and Jim of Temple; three sisters, Mrs. Tillie Urban of Terrell, Mrs. Matilda Staner and Mrs. Mary Kupka, both of Pasadena; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, November 27, 1971

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Viola Cervenka, 64, of Rt. 1, Moulton, died at 8:15 a.m. Friday in a Moulton nursing home.

Mrs. Cervenka was born May 5, 1907, in Lavaca County. She was a member of the Moravia Catholic Church and of the SPJST. Her husband, August Cervenka, died Feb. 2, 1962. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and five brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Moravia Catholic Church with the Rev. Francis Kalina officiating. Burial will be Moravia Catholic Cemetery.

The body will lie in state until 10 a.m. Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Leo Filop [Filip] of Point Comfort, Mrs. Rudy Roznovsky of Moulton and Mrs. Ben Barborak of Gonzales; two sons, Ben and Frank Cervenka of Edna; two sisters, Mrs. Julie Barta of Breslau and Mrs. August Neubauer of Hallettsville; three brothers, Julius and Jerome Drozd of Breslau and Frank Drozd of Victoria and 17 grandchildren.

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

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, July 18, 1959

Alvin J. Chaloupka

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM—Funeral services for Alvin J. Chaloupka, 35, of 1109 West Grand Avenue were held at Buffington Chapel and St. Joseph Catholic Church here Thursday morning 9:15 a.m. The Rev. Edward Jansky oficiated and interment was in Restland Memorial Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at the Chapel Wednesday night.

Mr. Chaloupka was born in Yoakum November 23, 1923 and was a railroad employee here. He died at the Huth Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Surviving beside his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Chaloupka, are a daughter, Dorothy Ann; a son, Allan J., both of Yoakum; two sisters, Mrs. Morgan Millican of El Campo and Mrs. E. J. Slavinsky of Houston; aunts and uncles.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 5, 1971

Final Rites for Mrs. Chaloupka, 75, July 26

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Chaloupka, 75, of Schulenburg were held Monday, July 26, at St. John Church, with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Hallettsville.

Rev. Francis Kalina officiated.

Mrs. Chaloupka, widow of the late F. J. Chaloupka, died July 24 in Youens Memorial Hospital here after a short illness.

Born Dec. 26, 1895, at Sweet Home, Lavaca County, she was the daughter of Joe and Janie Pekar. She was married Nov. 13, 1916. She and her husband lived in DeWitt County 17 years before moving to Schulenburg 15 years ago. Her husband died ten years ago.

Surviving are six sons, George and Philip of Schulenburg, Frank, Samuel, and John of Houston, Charles of Hallettsville; four daughters, Mrs. Joe (Annie) Janak, Mrs. Richard (Irene) Janak, and Mrs. Edward (Lillie) Woytek of Hallettsville, and Mrs. George (Mary) Tupa of Wharton; 43 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mary Wick of Rio Hondo; and four brothers, John, Frank and Adolf Pekar of Sweet Home and Willie Pekar of Yoakum. Two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Robert, David, and Frankie Chaloupka, Willie Rainosek, Patrick Melnar, and Albert Janak.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville Herald, 31 Mar 1925

Funeral of Fr. Chaloupka Sr.

The funeral of Frank Chaloupka Sr., who died Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, was held from his late residence Saturday morning.  Funeral services were held in the Catholic Church at Sweet Home at 9:30 o'clock Father G. Kuratko of Koerth, Father A. Mathis of Halletsville and Father D. A. Sykora of St. Mary officiating.  The funeral service in Bohemian was preached by Father Kuratko and in English by A. Mathis.  Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery of Sweet Home

Pallbearers were I. E. Valenta, J. J. Olsen, Anton Havel, Louis Matusek, Henry Grieve and Frank Berkovsky.  Many beautiful flowers were placed on his last resting place showing the esteem in which the deceased was held by those who knew him best.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune, September 29, 1961

Fr. J. Chaloupka Dies at 67 Years

Frank J. Chaloupka, 67, well-known farmer of the Moravia – St. John community, on Schulenburg, route 4, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11:40 p.m., in the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville.

Funeral services will be held at the Kubena Funeral Home at 9:45 a.m., and at Sacred Heart Church at 10:30 a.m., in Hallettsville, Friday, Sept. 29, with Rt. Rev. A. J. Morkovsky officiating.

Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery here.

Mr. Chaloupka was a member of the SPJST. He was born at Sweet Home Sept. 7, 1894 and lived in Lavaca County all his life making his living as a farmer.

On Nov. 13, 1916, he married Miss Annie Pekar at Sweet Home and they settled in this county on a farm.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Annie (Pekar) Chaloupka; six sons, Frank and Sam Chaloupka of Houston, Charles of Hallettsville, and Phillip, George, and Johnnie of the Schulenburg area; four daughters, Mrs. Annie Janak, Mrs. Irene Janak, Mrs. Lillie Woytek, all of the Hallettsville area, and Mrs. Mary Tupa of Wharton. Thirty-one grandchildren also survive.

Rosary will be recited at the Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28th.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Lavaca County Tribune, Thursday, August 20, 1957, page 1

Mrs. F. Chamrad Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Fr. Chamrad, formerly Mrs. John P. Klekar of here, died in the Wagner Hospital, Shiner, Sunday, August 18th. She reached the age of 72 years.

Funeral services will be held at the Kubena Funeral Home Wednesday, August 21st at 8:15 and at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 8:30. Very Rev. Alois Morkovsky and Rev. Henry Psencik will officiate. Interment will be made in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Cechoslovakia March 25th, 1885 and came to America in 1903. In 1907 she was united in marriage with John P. Klekar who died in 1949. In 1955 she married Frank Chamrad in Wallis.

Survivors include her husband: Fr. Chamrad, 3 sons, Paul Klekar of Shiner, John Klekar and Frankie Klekar of Hallettsville; Four daughters: Mrs. Leo Uherek of California, Mrs. Annie McMahon of Lovington, N. Mexico, Mrs. Louise Lorke of Yoakum, and Miss Rosie Klekar of Houston. 19 grandchildren and 5 great grand children also survive.

Rosary will be recited at the Kubena Funeral Home Monday night at 7:30 by the Parish and 7:45 by the KJZT Society.

Contributed by Nancy Schmidt


Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1901


Since our last locals there have been two burials in County Line cemetery. On Saturday Clem, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Chandler, formerly of this place but now of Hallettsville, was buried. On Monday the little infant son of Mr. Tom Wadsworth. Our sincerely sympathy is extended to both families.

Contributed by Deborah Smith


Yoakum Daily Herald, Friday, Sept. 2, 1938, Vol. XLII, No. 130



Mrs. Mary Lou Chandler, aged 79, was taken by death at 10:15 p. m. Thursday, September 1, at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. McGrew, 525 N. South street.

Mrs. Chandler was the daugther of George Washington Houchins and Sarah Reese Houchins, and was born in Washington County, March 2, 1859. She was united in marriage to Louis Clark Chandler on November 29, 1877.

Mrs. Chandler is survived by three sons, G. A. and C. H. Chandler of Yoakum, and J. W. Chandler of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. C. C. McGrew and Mrs. J. M. Taylor of Yoakum, and Mrs. Cassie Jamison of Houston; 18 grand children and 5 great grand children; four brothers, E. H. Houchins of Hallettsville, B. W. and Chester Houchins of Houston, and O. D. Houchins of Alice; two sisters, Mrs. J. F. Ponish and Mrs. A. W. Ponsh of Yoakum.

Mrs. Chandler spent her entire life in this vicinity, moving to Yoakum from Hallettsville in 1903. She became a member of the Baptist church in early life and was a constant and active church worker until her death. She was devoted to her home and family and numbered he friends by her acquantances.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock by Rev. Earl Hill and interment will be in the Oak Grove cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Obituary contributed by Deborah Smith. Date and newspaper from Melissa Walcik. Photo contributed by Terry Houchins.


The Victoria Advocate, May 3, 1997


YOAKUM - Elizabeth Chilek, 87, of Yoakum, died Friday, May 2, 1997.

She was born Aug 17, 1910, in DeWitt County. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: several cousins.

Preceded in death by: sister, Martha Chilek.

Services wil be held a 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum, the Rev. Bill Lambe officiating.

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

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Victoria Advocate, January 13, 2001, Page 7A.

Yoakum—Felix Chilek, 90, of Yoakum, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001.

He was born May 12, 1910, in DeWitt County, to the late Valentin and Emilie Koliba Chilek.

He was an insurance salesman at Hochheim Prairie Insurance for 13 years and was also a farmer and rancher. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, KJT and Herman Sons and was a Yoakum Assembly 4th degree Knight of Columbus.

Survivors: daughters, Pat Kurtz and Micki Kosler, both of Shiner and Margaret Loos of Yoakum; son, Sylvester Chilek of Houston; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Mary Brezina Chilek; daughter, Agnes Chilek; son, Gratcian Chilek; parents; and great-granddaughter, Kelley Chilek.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Ann's Catholic Church, the Revs. Gary Janak and Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial will be at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333. Memorials: St. Ann's Church or donor's choice.

The Victoria Advocate, January 14, 2001 on page 7A


YOAKUM—Services for Felix Chilek, 90, of Yoakum, who died Thursday, will be 2 p.m. today at St. Ann's Catholic Church, the Revs. Gary Janak and Tim Kosler officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Michael Chilek, Gary Chilek, Bobby Chilek, Randy Chilek, Jim Frank Loos Jr., Nick Kurtz, Jeff Kurtz and Matt Kosler. Honorary pallbearers: Stephen Kosler and Timothy Kosler.

Memorials: St. Ann's Church or donor's choice.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Victoria Advocate, Friday, September 22, 1972, p. 14A

Miss Chilek

YOAKUM -- Miss Frances Chilek, 80, a resident of Route 2, Shiner, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

She was born May 25, 1892 in Lavaca County and was a lifetime resident of the area.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Yoakum.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday from St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating. Burial will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother, Fred, of Yoakum.

Frances is the daughter of Peter and Julie Vasicek Chilek. Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


The Victoria Advocate, Saturday, March 1, 1975, p. 12A

Fred Chilek

Yoakum - Funeral services for Fred F. Chilek, 90, a native of Lavaca County who died Thursday, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating.

Burial will be in St. Ann's Cemetery.

Palbearers will be Jimmy Mudd, Dean Mill, Carral Newman, Tommy Little, Timmy Matocha, Glenn, Michael and Tommy Chilek.

Rosary was held Friday at Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Shiner Gazette, Jan 6, 1927

After a brief illness, Mrs. Julia Chilek passed away at her home on the farm where she had lived for 34 years. Her death occured on Dec 17th (1926) and the funeral the following day with burial in the Catholic cemetery. Father Netaidus and Father Benes conducted the funeral services. She was nearly 73 years old. She is survived by the following sons and daughters; Valentino, Aug., Fred, Rudolf, Peter of Hochheim and John of Floresville, Janie Vinklarek, Nonie Marsak of Hochheim, Bettie Chlastak, Yoakum, Misses Julia and Francis at the old home.

Mrs. Chilek's maiden name was Julia Vasek and she was born in Bohemia. 48 grand children also survive. The Gazette offers sympathy to the bereaved.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Victoria Advocate, January 30, 2010


YOAKUM - Leona Chilek, age 84, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010.

She was born on Aug. 21, 1925, in Yoakum to Otto and Emma Peters Friedel. She was a restaurant manager and a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Survived by: sons, Glen and wife Kathy, Tom and wife Pat, Michael and wife Abbie, and Bruce and wife Sandra, all of Yoakum; daughters, Sharon Beausoleil and husband Roland of Coventry, Connecticut and Debbie Kocian and husband Patrick of LaGrange; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Eileen Pechacek of Victoria; and brother, Stanley Friedel and wife Georgia Lee of Victoria. Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Al Chilek; and sister, Dorothy Bellville.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Ann's Catholic Church with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Burial will be at St. Ann's Cemetery.

Pallbearers are grandsons: Matt, Chris, Arron, Keith, Eric and Jason Chilek; Chad, Nicholas and Bradley Kocian; and Jeffery Beausoleil.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, Accolade Hospice or 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


Shiner Gazette, Sep 28, 1933

Mrs. Valentine Chilek

It is with sincere regret that we chronicle the death of Mrs. Valentine Chilek, which occurred at the local hospital late Wednesday afternoon Sept. 20th.

Just a week previous she had been brought to the hospital desperately ill and all that medical skill and professional nursing could do, proved of no avail.

Funeral services were held Friday morning from the family residence near Shiner at 9 o'clock thence the procession moved to St. Ann's Catholic Church near Hochheim where religious services were concluded and burial held in St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Chilek, who was formerly Miss Ludmila Koliba, was born in Lavaca County. She was married to Valentine Chilek on Oct. 8th, 1902, in the Shiner Catholic Church.

She is survived by her devoted husband and two children - a daughter Mrs. Annie (Alfons) Hartl and a son Felix both living near Shiner; also by two adopted daughters, Sister M. Gabriel of the local Convent, and Mrs. Edna Chilek, all of Shiner.

An infant son preceded her to the grave.

One grandchild also survives and the following brothers: George Koliba of Hochheim, Louis of Corpus Christi, Henry of Robstown; one half brother Frank of Shiner and two half sisters, Mrs. Louise Janca of Cistern and Mrs. Jane Ulcak of Wied.

Most of her life was spent in DeWitt county near Dreyer.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Chilek was 49 years old. Father Beck of Yoakum and his assistant pastor conducted the Mass while Very Rev. L. P. Netardus preached the Bohemian Sermon.

Pall bearers were Willie Becka, John Dolezal, Adolf and Jim Pesek, Frank Dusek and John Hartl.

The Gazette offers abiding sympathy to all who mourn her loss.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Victoria Advocate, 13 Feb 2009


SHINER - Mildred (Panus) Chilek, 78, of Shiner, passed away on Feb. 11, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Frank Sr. and Emilie (Hanzalik) Panus. She was married to Sylvester Chilek on Sept.17, 1955, in Shiner.

She was preceded in death by parents and two brothers, Frank Jr. and Joe Panus. She is survived by husband; two sons, Michael and Gary; one daughter, Cynthia; three sisters, Elizabeth Brosch, Georgia Wenske and Edith Hirsch; six grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. with rosary at 7 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner. Services will be Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at 10 a.m. at S.S. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Shiner, with Father Tommy Chen presiding. Interment will follow at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


San Antonio Light, Monday, Dec 25, 1950, Page 5C

Yoakum, Dec 25 - Funeral services for Rudolph T. Chilek, 53, were held at St. Ann's Catholic church with Msgr. Joseph A. Pustka officiating. Burial was in St. Ann's cemetery.

He leaves his widow, Mrs. Edna Chilek, Shiner; 6 daughters, Mrs. Clara Kasparek, Miss Dorothy Chilek and Miss Rosa Chilek, all of Yoakum; Miss Lorene Chilek and Miss Helen Chilek, all of Shiner; four brothers, Valentine, Shiner; John, Floresville; Gus, Wharton; and Fred, Yoakum; three sisters, Mrs. Barbara Chlastak, Yoakum; Miss Julia Chilek and Miss Frances Chilek, Shiner, and one grandchild.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


From the Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home website

Sylvester C. Chilek

November 19, 1930 - March 7, 2011
Sylvester Chilek, 80, of Houston, TX. formally of Shiner, TX. passed away on Monday, March 7, 2011. Mr. Chilek was born in Hochheim to the late Felix and Mary Brezina Chilek. Mr. Chilek was in the drywall business for over 50 years and operated his own drywall business for over 25 years. Sylvester enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the KJT, VFW and the American Legion. On September 17, 1955 he married Mildred Panus at St. Cyril & Methodius Church in Shiner. Through that union was born two sons and one daughter. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother; Gratcian Chilek and one sister; Agnes Chilek. He is survived by his sons; Michael Chilek with wife Angie and Gary Chilek with wife Lana, one daughter; Cynthia Ann Chilek, three sisters; Margaret Loos, Pat Kurtz and Micki Kosler and six grandchildren, Carah , Darvy, Logan, Garrett, Justin Chilek and Annabeth Castillo . Visitation will be on Thurs. March 10, 2011 from 7 am to 9 pm with Rosary at 7pm at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner. Funeral Service will be on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 10 am at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner. Burial will follow at the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, 361-594-3352.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, January 11, 1962

Funeral Rites For Valentine Chilek

Funeral services were conducted for Valentine Chilek of Route 2, Shiner, Tuesday, January 2, 1962 at 9:00 a.m. from the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Shiner and continued with Requiem High Mass at St. Ann's Catholic Church at 9:30 with the Rev. Father Edward Jansky officiating. Interment was in the St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery near Yoakum.

Rosary was recited at the funeral home Monday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Chilek passed away in the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital Tuesday, December 30, 1961 at 11:40 p.m. at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 22 days. He had been a patient in the hospital for 53 days.

Mr. Chilek, a retired farmer, was born in Moravia, Czechoslovakia, February 9, 1879, son of Peter and Julia (Vasek) Chilek. When two years of age, he came to America with his parents. He was one of the oldest pioneers of the Dreyer community, moving there at the age of 12 and having been a resident there for 70 years. His stories were many and interesting of the early days in this sparsely populated community. For the past 23 years he made his home with his son, Felix Chilek and family at Dreyer.

In 1902 he was married to Emily Koliba. She passed away in 1933. He was then married to Mrs. Frances Richter in 1939. She also preceded him in death on April 24, 1943.

He is survived by one son, Felix Chilek of Route 2, Shiner; one daughter, Mrs. Alfonse (Annie) Hartel of Route 2, Shiner; two foster daughters, Sister M. Gabriel of Nazareth Convent, Victoria, now teaching at St. Agnes School, San Antonio, and Mrs. Rud. (Edna) Chilek of Yoakum; two brothers, August Chilek of Wharton, Fred Chilek of Yoakum; one sister, Miss Frances Chilek of Route 2, Shiner; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; also one step-son, Johnny Richter of Yoakum; two step-daughters, Mrs. J. A. (Helen) Janssen of Yoakum and Mrs. Charlie (Lillie) Adamek of Kerrville.

Besides his wives he was preceded in death by his father in October 1913, his mother, who died December 18, 1925; two brothers, John and Rudolph Chilek; half-brother, Peter Chilek; three sisters, Mrs. Vinc (Barbara) Chlastak, Mrs. Richard (Janie) Vinklarek, Miss Julia Chilek; a brother and sister died in infancy; and a step-son, Edwin Richter, died about ten years ago.

Serving as pallbearers were his grandsons, Sylvester and Rudy Chilek of Houston, Gratcian Chilek of Edna, Jimmy Loos and Raymond Richter of Yoakum and Anthony Hartel of Shiner.

Mr. Chilek was a devout and lifelong member of the Catholic Church and also held membership in the KJT Lodge. A devoted husband and father, a kind and generous neighbor, he will always live in the hearts and memory of his loved ones and many friends.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Shiner Gazette, 23 Nov 1904


Squire Tampke was called to the home of Mr. Frank Chlastak in the Woods pasture, last Monday evening, to hold an inquest on the body of Mrs. Chlastak, found drowned in a shallow pool of water near her home. It appears that Mrs. Chlastak was subject to epileptic fits and was stricken with one of these fits while near the water, and fell face downward in the water and was suffocated to death. The water, it was said, was not over six inches deep, and had she fallen in any other rosition [sic], would not have suffocated. Deceased leaves a husband and several children.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Friday, July 14, 1950

YOAKUM—Vaclav Chlastak, 75, pioneer resident of the Tonqua community, Route 3, Yoakum, died at his home Tuesday.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Msgr. Joseph Pustka officiating.

Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Barbara Chlastak; one daughter, Mrs. Della Weatherford, Ollie, La.; four sons, Joe, Jimmie and Felix of Yoakum and John of La Salle, Texas, and eight grandchildren.

Vaclav Chlastek was interred in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Yoakum. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express & News, Saturday, Feb. 6, 1960

HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for Marilyn Chovanetz, 18, were held here with Msgr. A. J. Morkovsky officiating. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Chovanetz. Other survivors include four brothers, Franklin, Alfred, Clint, Dennis and Thomas; two sisters, Mary Sue and Frances; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Chovanetz and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rother, all of Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Friday, August 13, 1971

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. John Chovanetz, 80, of Hallettsville, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday in a Weimar hospital.

Mrs. Chovanetz was born in Lavaca County Dec. 28, 1890 and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, KJZT and SA of A.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday atr 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanley Petru officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday by the parish and at 7:30 by the societies.

Survivors include three sons, Alfred, Fred and Edwin Chovanetz, all of Hallettsville; two daughters, Mrs. Joe Grahmann and Mrs. John Pavliska Jr., both of Hallettsville; a brother, Gusw Sciba of Hallettsville; four sisters, Mrs. Joe C. Strauss and Mrs. Fred Netardus, both of Hallettsville, Mrs. John Hrncir of Rosenberg, and Mrs. John Kuch of Taylor; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Danny and William Grahmann, Franklin, Fred and Billy Chovanetz, and John Pavliska II.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, December 19, 2000


SHINER—Charlie ''Chee Chee'' Chrastecky, 81, of Shiner, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000.

He was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Shiner, to the late Charles and Anna Slama Chrastecky. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in WWII and a member of American Legion Post 201. He was a self-employed shoe repairman.

Survivors: sister, Louise Voskamp of Shiner.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Charles Eckert officiating.

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

Memorials: American Legion Post 201

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette

Mrs. Chrastecky Passes Mar. 28

It is with sadness and much regret that we chronicle the passing of Mrs. Chas. Chrastecky, whose death occurred at the family home on Tuesday, March 28, at 5:25 p.m. Her earthly pilgrimage ended on her fifty-fifth birthday anniversary.

Funeral services were arranged for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Rev. J. K. Kostohryz conducted the service at the Eschenburg Funeral Parlor and also in the SPJST cemetery, where interment was made. A choir rendered comforting hymns. A coverlet of beautiful springtime’s blossoms completely covered the newly-made mound.

Casket bearers were: Jim J. Kolacny, John Podany, Joe Chrastecky, John Hurta, Raymond Vincik and Rud. Salina.

Mrs. Chrastecky, nee Filomena Krajca was born in Czechoslovakia and came to this country with her mother in 1914. For some time she made her home with her brother near Vlastenec Hall and then came to live in our city. Later she came into the home of Chas. Chrastecky and acted the part of a devoted mother to the two small children who were deprived of a mother’s care through illness. She was a faithful wife and made a real home for the family unto the end.

She was a member of the W.B.F.A. Lodge No. 317.

Survivors include, her husband, Chas. Chrastecky Sr., one step-daughter, Mrs. Max Voskamp of Shiner and a step-son, Cpl. Chas. Chrastecky Jr., of Dale Mabry Field, Fla., also one brother Frank Krajca of Jourdanton. Her mother passed away in 1922.

When one of our number passes to the mysteries of spiritual things we are brought to realize anew, that death is the real leveler and we come to know the sorrows, the disappointments and the satisfactions of life are one, in preparing us for the certainty of entering into the next life.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved survivors in their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, Wednesday, June 9, 1999:


Funeral services for ALFRED BENJAMIN CHRIST, 95, of Rosenberg will be held Friday, June 11, 1999 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg with interment following at West Gethsemane Cemetery in Rosenberg. Father Eric Pitre will officiate the services. Deacon Don Ries will conduct a rosary service on Thursday, June 10th at 7:00 P.M. at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg.

Alfred B. Christ was born May 12, 1904 in Hackberry, Lavaca County, Texas. He passed away June 5, 1999 in Richmond, Texas.

He was a general building contractor in the Rosenberg area for many years. He was a member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus Concil 2801 since 1954 and 4th Degree Monsignor J. J. Tydlacks Assembly of the Knights of Columbus since 1960. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Anna Demel Christ and daughter, Lenore Marie Christ. He is survived by: Sons: Clarence Christ and wife, Dorothy, of Texas City, Tx. James Christ and wife, Joyce, of Sugar Land, Tx, Ralph Christ and wife, Jill of Fox Island, Wa., Allen Christ and wife, Beatrice, of Fountain Hills, Az; Sister: Anna Kanier of Schulenburg, Tx; Grandchildren: Deborah Christ Broussard and husband, Bret, Bradley Paul Christ and wife, Kari, Andrea Christ Quinn and husband, Wade, Rodney Blake Christ and wife, Carol, Mark Allen Christ and wife, Stephanie, Timothy James Christ and wife Barbara, Karen Christ Theriault and husband, David, Alfred Bannister Christ, Kirsten Christ Eid and husband, Kirk, Gregory Fletcher Christ, Crystal Janet Christ, Dana Scott Christ; Great Grandchildren: Julianna Claire Christ, Jonathan Gregory Christ, Benjamin Paul Theriault, Melanie Denise Theriault, Koetting Marie Broussard, Bret Ernest Broussard, Jr., Kendall Elaine Broussard, Anna Elaine Christ, Kelsi Lynne Harpe, Alexa Raye Harpe, Christian James Quinn, Grayson Newell Christ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Rosary School Library. Visitation will begin 5:30 P.M., Thursday, June 10, 1999 at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B. F. Terry Blvd. (FM 2218 & Highway 59), Rosenberg.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1955

Eugene Christen Sr., Hackberry Farmer, Buried Saturday

Funeral Services for Eugene Christen Sr., 79-year-old retired farmer of the Hackberry community south of here, were held Saturday at St. Rose Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery at Schulenburg.

Mr. Christen, who was born near Columbus, had lived at Hackberry for about 50 years. He had been ill for some time when he suffered a heart attack in his home Friday.

Surviving are his wife Mrs. Mary Christen, of Hackberry; three daughters, Mrs. Robert Raabe of Freyburg, Mrs. Victor Smajstrla and Mrs. Geo. Schimeck: two sons, John and Gene Jr. of Hackberry; a sister, Mrs. Julius Heinsohn of Hallettsville; four brothers, Joe of Moravia, Frank and Otto of New Biclau, and Leo of Hallettsville. Eight grandchildren also survive.
Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Weimar Mercury, 20 Feb 1920


A three months old son of Emil Christen and wife died Wednesday, after a brief illness. The infant child of Eli David and wife of the Bila Hora community also died same day. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents.


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, June 26, 1915

Hallettsville, Tex., June 25.—Agnes Chudej, the pretty 18-year-old daughter of John Chudej Sr., a farmer who resides about ten miles above here in the Moravia section was found dead in a pool of water in Mixon Creek Tuesday afternoon. The young woman had left home early in the morning to gather some water lilies and peppermint greens for a bouquet. Later in the day when the dogs which had accompanied her returned home without her the family became uneasy and at once instituted a search with the result that her body was found in the pool. A physician was hurriedly called, but life was extinct. The body was interred Wednesday.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, August 15, 1970

August Chudej

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Funeral services for August Chudej, 76, of Houston, who died Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at a Houston hospital, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Stanley Petru officiating.

Mr. Chudej was born Dec. 8, 1893, in Lavaca County. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Frank Krause of Victoria; and four brothers, Eddie and Adolph of Hallettsville and Robert and Jim of Yoakum.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, January 20, 1976

Mrs. Chudej

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM—Mrs. Robert "Bessie" Chudej, 72, of Yoakum died at 2 a.m. Monday in a local hospital following a short illness.

She was a lifetime resident of the Yoakum area. She was born May 10, 1903 in Shiner. She was a longtime employe of the former Crystal Cafe.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Buffington Chapel.

Survivors include the husband, Robert; a son, Gene, of Houston; two grandsons, a brother, Frank Pulrabek of Yoakum; two sisters, Mrs. Marshall McMaster of Seguin and Mrs. John Berkovsky of Sweet Home; nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Sunday, April 30, 1939

HALLETTSVILLE, Tex., April 29.-- Mrs. Mat Chudej, 67, died at her home near Moravia and was buried in Hallettsville Friday morning. Six sons, one daughter and an adopted daughter survive, besides her husband.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 5, 1939

Hallettsville.—Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Kuchar Chudej, 67, of the Moravia section were held here. Rev. Joseph J. Hildebrand of St. John and Rev. Anthony F. Drozd of Hallettsville officiating. Interment was in Hallettsville Roman Catholic cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Mat Chudej; six sons, August, Eddie and Adolph Chudej of Moravia, and Robert, James and Mat Chudej, Jr., of Yoakum; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert Schulte of Yoakum; an adopted daughter Lillie Chudej of San Antonio; four brothers, John Kuchar of Shiner; Louise Kuchar of Sweet Home and Rudolph and Ed Kuchar of Bay City; a sister, Mary Kuchar of Moravia, and 11 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Monday, April 12, 1926

YOAKUM, Tex., April 11.—Having lived all but one year of reaching the 100 mark, John Chudej of Moravia, Lavaca County, rural village 30 miles northeast, was buried during the week just ended, says word received here Sunday. The deceased is said to be survived by a brother, 96 years old, at West, Tex. Chudej was born in Moravia, Austria, but came to his country about 50 years ago. A wife 60 (?) years old, survives.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, June 22, 1968

HALLETTSVILLE—Louis R. Chudej, 80, of Hallettsville Rt. 2, died at 3 a.m. Friday in a Moulton rest home.

Mr. Chudej was a retired farmer and was born in Lavaca County, March 6, 1888. He was married to Miss Bertha Kasner at Moravia and she preceded him in death.

Survivors include one son, Edwin Chudej of San Antonio; five daughters, Mrs. Gus Pauler of St. John; Mrs. Bernard Drain, Woodruff, Ariz.; Mrs. Alois Frohlich of New Jersey; Mrs. Fred Bustejovsky [Pustejovsky?] of hallettsville and mrs. Leo Harvey of Houston; two brothers, Henry of Moravia and Ernest Chudej of Moulton; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited by the parish at 8 p.m. Saturday and by the societies at 8:15 p.m.

Services will be conducted from the Kubena Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and a Requiem Mass will be said at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 2:45 p.m. with the Rev. Lambert Laskowski officiating.

Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, July 30, 1975

SHINER—Mrs. Joe Chumchal, 62, of Shiner died Monday in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery with Buffington Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are her husband, Joe Chumchal of Shiner; a son, Milton of Shiner; two brothers, James Rebecek of Wharton and Victor Rebecek of Bryan; four sisters, Mrs. Leo Baros of El Campo, Mrs. Clarence Kocurek of Pasadena, Tex., Mrs. Oscar Walleck of San Antonio and Mrs. Royce Roddy of Freeport; and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Thiele Cooper Funeral Home

YOAKUM: Lonnie Richard Chumchal, age 64, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014. 

He was born August 24, 1949 to Richard and Evelyn Fehner Chumchal. He was a farmer and rancher, member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Shiner American Legion. 

Survivors are wife, Cynthia Schacherl Chumchal of Yoakum; sons, Lonnie “L.J.” Chumchal and Steven J. Chumchal and wife Jennifer , all of Yoakum; 3 grandsons, Rileigh, Garrett and Colton Chumchal; mother, Evelyn Chumchal of Yoakum; sister, Jan Boehm (Ron) of Yoakum; brother, Michael Chumchal (Peggy) of Yoakum.

Visitation 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the funeral home. Funeral service 2 p.m., Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Rev. Jonathan Mielke officiating. Burial at Shiner cemetery. 

Pallbearers are Matt Boehm, Brent Schacherl, Bradley Schacherl, Collin Kleypas, Kyle Hengst, Darron Gaus, CharlesChumchal and Adolph Chumchal Jr.

Memorials may be made to Parkinson's or American Cancer Society.

Thiele Cooper Funeral Home

Submitted by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, December 29, 1970

Edwin J. Chudej

Advocate News Service
HALLETTSVILLE—Edwin John Chudej, 41, of Hallettsville, died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in San Antonio.

He was born Dec. 15, 1927 at Praha, Tex.

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

The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Wednesday at which time it will be taken to Sacred Heart Catholic Church for funeral services at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Ethel F. Pauler of Schulenburg, Mrs. Bernard Drain of Woodruff, Ariz., Mrs. Alois Froelich of New York, and N.J. and Mrs. Leo Jeffery of Houston.

Note only four sisters were listed. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, November 4, 1972

A. J. Chumchal

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM—A rosary was recited Friday night at Buffington chapel in Shiner for Albert J. Chumchal, 61, of Yoakum, who died at 7:30 p.m., Thursday in a local hospital following a brief illness.

Mr. Chumchal was born March 28, 1911 in Gonzales. He had lived here the past five years. He was a farmer and ranchman.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday from Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, with the Rev. John Hanacek officiating. Burial will be in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors inclue the wife: two sons, Adolph and Leonard, both of Yoakum; seven brothers, Joe, Louie, Edwin, and Freddy, all of Shiner, Julius and Richard of Yoakum, and Felix of Gonzales; four sisters, Mrs. Elwood Smith of Pasadena, Mrs. Benny Vadricka of houston, Mrs. Isabel Schaefer of Shiner, and Mrs. Johnny Hundl of Shiner; and seven grandchildren.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 11 Mar 2009


YOAKUM - Emily Agnes Chumchal, age 84, died on Monday, March 9, 2009.

She was born on May 19, 1924, in Gonzales, to Anton and Veronica Chilek Morisak. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: daughter, Margie Ann Chumchal of Yoakum; sons, Edward Chumchal Jr. and Gene "Chumpy" Chumchal and wife Nancy Ann, all of Yoakum; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Cyril Morisak of Gonzales; and sister, Monica Morisak Machacek of Shiner. Preceded in death by: parents; and husband, Eddie Chumchal.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. today at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Ricky Chumchal, Ervin Chumchal, Emil Chumchal, Joe Machacek, Butch Machacek, and Pat Machacek.

Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Roland Beausoleil


Victoria Advocate, February 26, 2013

Born on Feb. 28, 1920


YOAKUM - Margaret Chumchal, age 92, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013. She was born February 28, 1920 in Lavaca County to Peter Frank and Janie Gallia Zabranek.

She worked for over 30 years at Tex Tan Leather Shipping Department.

Survivors: son, Victor E. Chumchal and wife Bernice of Yoakum; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; brother, Laddie Zbranek of Shiner.

Preceded in death by: parents; husband, Julius Chumchal; daughters, Doris Ann Chumchal and Stella McElroy; son-in-law, John McElroy; brothers, George Zbranek and Ed Zbranek; sister, Louise Pechacek.

Rosary on Tuesday 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner with Rev. Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Burial at Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Vincent Chumchal, David Wayne Holster, Brian McElroy, Wesley Kelley, Coy Hardin, Jimmie Wright, Jimmie Wright, III, Ervin Lorke and Ruger Chumchal. Honorary pallbearers: Lisa Chumchal, Miranda McElroy, Chelsey Kelley, Cheyenne Hardin, McKayla Wright, Destiny Chumchal, Madison Chumchal and Jacquelynn Chumchal.

Memorial contributions may be given to Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Saturday, February 11, 1939

SHINER, Tex., Feb. 10.—Rudolph Chumchal, 52, died here Thursday.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

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