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The people memorialized in 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.



Weimar Mercury, 24 Apr 1897, page 7

Shiner, Texas, April 13.—John Ular, a Bohemian farmer living on the Bailey farm, about eight miles northwest of here, suicided by blowing out his brains with a shotgun last night. He was about 50 years of age, and leaves a family. Despondency and brooding over debts was the cause.

Jan Uhler/Uhlar was buried in the Shiner City Cemetery. No dates are listed on his marker.


Shiner Gazette, 4 Oct 1905, Halletsville column

Minnie Mary, the 3-year-old daughter of Frank Ulbig, Jr., died very suddenly Friday evening at 4:30 o’clock, and was buried Saturday evening in the Catholic City cemetery.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, October 26, 1978, page 8

Funeral Services Conducted For Mrs. Agnes Ulcak, 93

Mrs. Frank Ulcak, nee Agnes Brosch, of Shiner entered Eternal rest at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 1978 in the Lavaca Medical Center, Hallettsville at the age of 93 years and 12 days. She had been a resident at Stevens Convalescent Center, Hallettsville, for the past four years, after suffering a hip fracture.

The body lay in state at the Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, until 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, when it was taken to the Shiner Catholic Church where Holy Mass was offered at 10:00 a.m. by the Rev. Patrick Fidgeon.

The Rosary was recited at the Buffington chapel Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. led by the Rev. Eugene Janson.

Burial was in the St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, west of Hallettsville. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Eugene, Marvin, and Marcus Ulcak, all of Houston, Johnny F. Ulcak of Shiner; and nephews, Frankie Brosch of Houston and Cistern, and Felix Jurek of Louisiana.

Mrs. Ulcak, one of a family of five children, was born October 7, 1885 at Dubina, Fayette County, Texas, daughter of Frank and Jane (Pustka) Brosch. She was reared on the family farm.

On October 22, 1912, she was married at Cistern to Frank J. Ulcak. The couple made their home in the St. Mary's, Wied and Shiner areas where they resided continuously and farmed for a livelihood. Two sons were born to this marriage union. A son, Edwin Ulcak, died Jan. 27, 1971 and her husband died Feb. 8, 1959.

Surviving are a son, George Ulcak of Houston; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, husband and son, she was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Jurek, July 13, 1961; three brothers, Adolph F. Brosch, Mar. 16, 1934; Frank A. Brosch, June 18, 1974; and John Brosch. Mrs. Ulcak was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Contributed by Nancy Schmidt


Victoria Advocate

Anita K. Ulcak

HALLETTSVILLE - Anita Koehler Ulcak, 91, of Hallettsville, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005.

She was born Aug. 22, 1913, in Lavaca County, to the Robert and Sophie Stratmann Spies. She was a homemaker, a school bus driver, and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Survivors: husband, Henry Ulcak.

Preceded in death by: first husband, Lebert Koehler; infant daughter, Leneldene Koehler; brothers, Bennie Spies, Ervin Spies, and Hubert Spies.

Visitation will be 1:30 P.M. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1 P.M. Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

Burial will be at Breslau Cemetery in Breslau. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Contributed by Brenda Coon


Shiner Gazette, 15 Aug 1906

Charles Ulchak [sic.], aged about 72 years, died at the home of his son, Frank Ulchak, in the Smother’s creek section west of here Sunday night and was buried in St. Mary’s cemetery Monday at 5 p. m. Deceased leaves six grown children as follows: Joe, Frank and Charles Ulchak, Mrs. Martin Smirak, Mrs. Matula and Mrs. Onderak. He was a grand-father of Frank Matula and was held in high esteem and respect by all that knew him. – New Era.

Karel Ulcak, 15 Sep 1829 – 6 Aug 1906, born at Vhajove, Morave, was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Victoria Advocate, Thursday, Jan. 9, 1964

YOAKUM—Funeral services for Fred Ulcak of the Midway area, were held Wednesday at the Shiner Buffington Chapel and at the Shiner Catholic Church. Interment was in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Rosary was recited Tuesday night.

Mr. Ulcak died unexpectedly at his home Monday at 1:30 a.m.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rosalie Ulcak of Route 2, Yoakum; a son, Rudie Ulcak of Yoakum; two daughters, Mrs. Milady Elsik and Mrs. Marian Eicher, both of Corpus Christi; three brothers, Joe of Houston, Julius of Shiner and John of Corpus Christi; four sisters, Mrs. John Kurtz of Shiner, Mrs. Louis Kubicek, Mrs. John Migl and Mrs. Frank Janecek, all of Moulton, and seven grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Thursday, May 30, 1996

Helen Ulcak of New Braunfels died Tuesday, May 28, 1996 at Baptist Medical Center at San Antonio at the age of 67. She was born Sept. 23, 1928, at Hallettsville, Texas, to John Mucala and Ludmila (Kristek) Mucala. She was the widow of Leo Ulcak who died Nov. 11, 1987. She was a housewife and a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

Preceded in death by her husband and her brother, John Mucala, she is survived by three daughters, Sandy Handsel and husband Wesley of New Braunfels, Estelle Motes and husband Doyle of Webster, Texas, and Loretta Roachy and husband Bill of Katy, Texas; son Stanley Ulcak of New Braunfels; sisters Irene McClanahan of Pasadena, Texas, Lillie Mozisek of Yoakum, Texas, and Della Neubauer of Yoakum; brothers Fred Mucala and wife Emily of Yoakum, Alfonse Mucala of Hallettsville, Texas, and Victor Mucala and wife Ruth of Yoakum; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 1996, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Hallettsville, Texas, with the Rev. Brian Crook officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery at Hallettsville. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in new Braunfels. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at noon Friday at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville. A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Friday at Kubena Funeral Home at Hallettsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 19 Aug 2006


HALLETTSVILLE - Henry Ulcak, 87, of Hallettsville, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006.

He was born April 30, 1919, in Lavaca County, to the late Willie "Bill" and Mary Konvicka Ulcak. He was a member of VFW Post 6382, American Legion Post 230, and Disabled Veterans of V.F., received the American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, one service stripe, and one overseas service bar. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Survivors: sisters, Gladys Motal of Seguin.

Preceded in death by: wife, Anita Spies Koehler Ulcak; brothers; infant and Eddie Ulcak.

Visitation will be 1 P.M. today at Kubena Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 P.M. Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

Burial will be at Breslau Cemetery in Lavaca County. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Pallbearers: Herschel Schulte, Julius Pauler, Abe "Sonny" Adams, Billy Nance, Jay Pavlicek, Howard Spies.

Honorary Pallbearer: Lambert E. Pollok.

Memorials: Breslau Cemetery Assn. or donor's choice.
Contributed by Brenda Coon


Lavaca County Tribune, January 9, 1990

Mary Ulcak

Mary Ulcak, 86, of Hallettsville, died at 4:57 p.m., Friday, January 5, 1990, in the Lavaca Medical Center.

She was born December 31, 1903, in Lavaca County, daughter of the late Joseph and Paulina Olsovsky Kresta.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the KJZT Society.

She married Frank Ulcak on November 9, 1926, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, west of Hallettsville.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home until 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, at which time it will be taken to St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 10 a.m. funeral services.  The Rev. Celestino Say will officiate.

Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosary will be recited by the parish at 7 p.m., Monday, January 8, at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel.  Rosary will also be recited by the societies at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Visitation began at 10 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Surviving are her husband, Frank Ulcak of Hallettsville; two brothers, Robert A. Kresta of San Antonio and Victor A. Kresta of Hallettsville; and a sister, Annie Kresta of Rockport.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, July 29, 1975

Mrs. Ulcak

HALLETTSVILLE—Mrs. Jaro Ulcak, 64, of Hallettsville, died at 7 p.m. Sunday in a local hospital.

She was born Aug. 12, 1910 in Lavaca County, and was married to Jaro Ulcak Oct. 22, 1929 in Shiner.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, KJZT Society, and the Catholic Daughters.

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

The Rev. Stanley Petru will officiate, with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Laas of Hallettsville and Mrs. Bernard Helmcamp of Weimar; a brother, Jerry Kurtz of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Johnnie Dierschke of Moulton; and five grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis



Yoakum – Viola Ullman, 86, of Yoakum, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004.

She was born Jan. 10, 1918, in Gonzales County to the late Edmund and Norma Fehner Braeuer.  She was a retired food services worker for Yoakum Independent School District and member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Hermann Sons Lodge, Yoakum Hospital Auxiliary and Women of the Church.

Survivors: sons, Larry Ullman of Victoria and Roger Ullman of Rogers, Ark.; sister, Verna Hunter of Yoakum; brother, Oscar Braeuer of Victoria; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by; husband, Adolph Ullman; and brother, Rudolph Braeuer.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the Rev. Gary Goodson officiating.

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

Memorials: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Hospice of South Texas or American Cancer Society.
Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Rex Moore


Shiner Gazette, 17 Dec 1908, Moulton News column

—Mrs. Wilhemine Ullmann, a highly respected lady residing about five miles south of here, died Monday night of hemorrhages of the lungs. Her remains were committed to earth in the Catholic cemetery in Moulton Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Father Joseph Hudecek conducting the last sad rites. The funeral was largely attended. She was 49 years old and leaves two children to mourn her demise. – Moulton Eagle.

Mrs. Ullmann's grave appears to be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, 30 Jul 1926, page 1


The funeral services for Ed Ullrich who died at shiner monday afternoon were held here at the Sacred Heart Church at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon after which interment was made in the Pagel Settlement Cemetery. Father A. Mathis conducted the last sad rites at the church and the grave. Many pretty flowers were placed on the grave by friends in honor of his memory.

Pall-bearers were Anton Hodanek, D. G. Helmers, Fred Pfuhl of Shiner, W. J. Appelt, Adolph Zappe, and Chas. Fertsch of Hallettsville.

Honorary Pall-bearers were — Jos. Meyer, Ernest Sonntag, Herman Werner, F. Schaefer, Albert Bonorden and R. Waltersdorf.

A good man has gone to his reward. Blessed be his memory.

. . .

The following from a distance attended the funeral of Ed. Ullrich here Tuesday, Florian Ullrich and family of Hobson, Mrs. Ed. Ullrich of Eagle Lake, Mrs. A. J. Zappe, Mrs. Ernest Schott and Miss Tonie Ullrich of Ballinger, Anton Hodanek and family, D. G. Helmers and family, Fred Pfuhl and family and Mrs. Julia Heinsohn and children of Shiner and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Spill of Winters.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Lavaca County Tribune, 25 Jan 1957

Mrs. Umbach Is Laid To Rest

Mrs. Bill Umbach, 81, a well known and kind lady of Hallettsville, died in the Dufner Hospital here, Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, following a lingering illness, at 2:45 a. m.

Funeral services were held at the Kubena Funeral Home at 9:15 a. m., and at the Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 a. m., Wed., Jan. 23rd. Rev. Henry Hilscher offered a Requiem High Mass at the church and interment was in the Catholic Cemetery here.

Pallbeares were G. H. Gerdes, Bobby Ahrens, Chas. Sommers, Anton Zaruba, Herbert Pohl and Ferdie Appelt.

Nee Bertha Appelt, Mrs. Umback [sic.] was born at Hallettsville, May 7th, 1875.

Surviving are one brother, Bill Appelt, of Providence City, and two sisters, Mrs. Lena Elstner and Mrs. R. R. Ratliff, both of Hallettsville.

Rosary was recited at the Kubena Funeral Home at 7:00 p. m., Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Hallettsville New Era, 24 Dec 1909

Birth and Death Record.


Nov 26—Norma Ummelmann, aged 22 years, peritonitis, Witting.


Halletsville Herald, 18 Nov 1897, page 1


Wm. Underwood, who recently moved here from Atascosa county was killed at the home of Tom Wadsworth, his brother-on-law, last Wednesday night and was buried at the church on Thursday. He was a man of seventy-two years of age, a member of the Methodist church and a great worker in the Sunday school, a man of inflexible honesty and [strove] only to lay ... treasures above where moth and rust do not corrupt. He was well known all over the western counties and leaves six children, all of whom are grown, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

Weimar Mercury, 20 Nov 1897, page 8


Mr. I. W. Underwood died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Tom Wadsworth, last Wednesday night, and was buried in the County Line cemetery Thursday afternoon. He had reached the ripe old age of 74 years. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the three children who now are left without the love of either father or mother, their mother having died several years ago.


Weimar Mercury, 23 March 1923, page 1


Rev. J. C. Wilson was called to Sublime on Tuesday afternoon to conduct a funeral service over the body of Idell Fay Underwood, aged 3 years and 6 months, only daughter of Lafayette and Bee Underwood, who died of appendicitis on March 10th at Halletsville. A large company of sympathetic friends were present. The body was interred in the Geiger Cemetery.


Shiner Gazette, 1 Feb 1894

A young German servant girl, who formerly lived here with M. E. Wolters, died Monday morning at her home, about two miles south of Yoakum. The deceased was buried at the old Shiner grave yard Tuesday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Funeral Notice.

Died at 8 o'clock p.m., Sunday February
28th, 1897,


Aged 67 years.

Burial will take place at the City Cemetery at 4
o'clock this afternoon.

Friends and acquaintances are respectfully
invited to attend the funeral.

Halletsville, Texas, March 1st, 1897.

Contributed by Barbara Smith


Kubena Funeral Home - Hallettsville

Mrs. Elizabeth F. Urbish, 89, of Hallettsville, died March 30, 2007. 
She was born on September 25, 1917 to Fred & Julia Pesek Netardus. She grew up in the St. Mary’s Community and Hallettsville area. During WWII she managed Perry Brothers Stores in Hallettsville and Cuero. She married Fred Urbish on September 17, 1945. After her children were born, Elizabeth was a full-time mother and homemaker. She was an active member in the KJZT, Catholic Daughters of Americas, and Sacred Heart PTC while her children attended Sacred Heart School. 
Elizabeth’s hobbies included; enjoying her grandchildren, gardening, sewing, doing crossword puzzles, playing solitaire, and making strudels and candy at Christmas. 
Elizabeth was preceded in death by: her husband Fred of 49 years; parents Fred & Julia Pesek Netardus; 6-sisters, Lillie Fabian, Justina Satsky, Julia Urbish, Adele Hermes, Katherine Netardus, and Agnes Netardus; and brother Frank Netardus. 
Elizabeth is survived by: 2-daughters, Gloria and Tom Gochenour of Brenham, and Jocelyn and James Woodburn of Victoria; son Allan and Linda Urbish of Victoria; 5-grandchildren, Jackie and Tony Garcia of Victoria, Pam Urbish of Victoria, Brain Gochenour of Austin, Allan Michael Urbish of Brooklyn, New York, and Mark Gochenour of Camp Pendleton, California; brother Joseph and Bea Netardus of Yoakum; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Service: 10 am, Monday, April 2, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation: 2 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosaries: 6 pm, Sunday at Kubena Funeral Home, and 9:30 am, Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Officiate: Rev. John Peters. Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery. Pallbearers: Gilbert Urbish, Larry Netardus, Thomas Hermes, Ronnie Hermes, Frankie Joe Netardus, and Donald McAfee. Honorary Pallbearers: Stevens Nursing Center Staff and Lavaca Medical Center Staff. Memorials: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, or Charity of Your Choice

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Light, Sunday, October 6, 1963

Stazi Prokop Urlrick

Mrs. Stazi Urlrick, Yoakum, Tex., born in Czechoslovakia on May 10, 1902, passed away Friday, October 4, 1953, in a local hospital at the age of 61 years.

Survivors: Brothers: Mr. Godfrey Prokop of Yoakum, Tex.; Mr Joe A. Miller of San Antonio, Tex., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are pending and will be announced in later papers by the ALAMO FUNERAL HOME.

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.