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Weimar Mercury, 22 Aug 1896, page 4

Flatonia, Texas, Aug. 14.—While riding an unbroken horse yesterday James Jackson, colored, was thrown violently to the ground and badly crushed by the horse fallingon him. He had two ribs broken and was otherwise injured internally. He died last night from his injuries.


La Grange Journal, May 28, 1903


Jackson, Walter, colored, aged 14 years and 9 months, of typhoid pneumonia, at Walhalla, May 10.


Fayette County Record, Friday, February 11, 2011

Larry Charles Jahn, 63, of La Grange died Feb. 3, 2011 at Warm Springs Specialty Hospital of Luling after a long and courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He lived with ALS for 15 years.

A memorial service is set for Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home. The Rev. John Cardenas officiated.

He was born Nov. 13, 1947 in Cuero, the son of Leo Jahn and Earline Flessner Jahn. He married Shirley Shimek Dec. 26, 1987 in Schulenburg. He was a retired lineman and foreman for CP&L in Victoria. He enjoyed pigeon racing, hunting and bowling and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include mother-in-law, Rosemary Shimek of La Grange; mother Earline Flessner Jahn of Schulenburg; wife of 23 years, Shirley Shimek Jahn of La Grange, daughter, Faydra Grimm and husband Philip of Giddings; sons, Michael Jahn and wife Carolyn of La Grange, Aaron Jahn of Weimar, Clinton Jahn and wife Kristen of Moulton, and stepson, Jason Jurica of Montgomery; sisters, Janis Kutac and husband Gilbert of Schulenburg; brothers, Ray Jahn and wife Carolyn of Cypress; 10 grandchildren; and one stepgrandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Diana Niesner Jahn, his father and son, Shannon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association South Texas Chapter, 8600 Wurbach, Suite 700, San Antonio or the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter, La Grange, TX or the charity of one's choice.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, June 4, 1936 pg. 7

Herman Jahnz

Herman Jahnz, aged 74 years, 10 months and 2 days, passed away Wednesday morning at 11:00 o’clock, at the home of his brother Emil. His death was due to heart failure. He spent most of his days while here on earth with his brother Emil, at Carmine.

Mr. Jahnz was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, he is survived by four brothers, Emil and Albert Jahnz of Carmine, and Gus. and August Jahnz of Round Top. Other survivors are: Nine nieces and two nephews.

The body was laid to rest in the Round Top Lutheran Cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. Kralik officiating. We extend sincere sympathy to all in this hour of sorrow.

May he rest in peace!—Reporter.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1974

Jalufka Rites November 6 at Schulenburg

Funeral services for Adolph Jalufka, 75, of Holman were held Nov. 6 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Enda McKenna officiated.

Mr. Jalufka died Nov. 4 at his home.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jalufka, he was a bachelor and a World War II veteran.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Frances Bartek of La Grange, Mrs. Sophie Krupala of Schulenburg and Mrs. Victoria Faltisek of Moulton; and one brother, John J. Jalufa of Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Pallbearers were Edwin Bartek, John Bartek, Eddie Faltisek, Rudy Krupala, E. J. Jalufka, and Edwin Bartek Jr.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 16, 1934


News reached here Tuesday that Mr. Emil Jalufka of Schulenburg had died suddenly the night before. If we mistake not, he was a former resident of Holman and married recently to Miss Lottie Hluchanek, daughter of Mr. Anton Hluchanek of the Holman community. Relatives and numerous old time friends deeply regretted to learn of his death. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Evening News, Wednesday, January 7, 1920

The body of J. A. Jalufka, 63 years of age, who died at a local hospital Monday night, was sent to Schulenburg this morning by the Riebe Undertaking Company. He was a native of Moravia, but had resided in this country for the last 40 years. His widow, three sons, nine daughters and 10 grandchildren, all of Schulenburg, survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 17, 1938


Mr. Joe P. Jalufka, public weigher of Schulenburg, died Wednesday of last week at the home of his mother near Engle, aged 45 years. Funeral was at Schulenburg City Cemetery Thursday.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Millie Jalufka (formerly Millie Shimek), two daughters, Evelyn and Valeria of Schulenburg, his mother, Mrs. Agnes Jalufka, of Engle, four brothers, Frank of Holman, Charles, August and Willie of Engle, six sisters, Mrs. Agnes Stavinoha of Engle, Mrs. Millie Chromchak of Schulenburg, Mrs. Frances Barta of Bonus, Mrs. Adolphine Barta of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Mary Barta of Moravia and Mrs. Willie Mae Stang of Dallas.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, February 12, 1889

SCHULENBURG, Tex., Feb. 11.—John Jalufka was stabbed just below the heart with a pocket knife and killed by Paul Jochec Saturday night. Jalufka and Jochec, with several others, met at a schoolhouse, six miles west of this place, that night to drink beer and have a good time.

About 10 o'clock they were nearly all intoxicated, when a free fight occurred, in which Ignaz Jaloufka and John Jalufka participated on one side against Paul Jochec on the other side. After the fight John Jalufka sat upon a chair, but fell to the floor. The crowd went away not knowing that Jalufka was hurt and thinking he would go home when he became sober. Sunday morning some of the crowd went to the schoolhouse and found Jalufka dead in the same position they had left him. Jochec surrendered himself and is now in the custody of a deputy sheriff.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, April 23, 2013

Dorothy Mary (Klesel) Janacek, age 93 years, 11 months, 14 days, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Saturday, April 20 at 2:15 p.m. after a short illness. The funeral was held on Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church, followed by burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Tim Kosler officiated. Pallbearers were Francis Janacek, Allen Koopmann, Ronnie Klesel, Patrick Janda, Mark Novak and David Janacek. Rosary was said on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Rev. Kosler and the Catholic Daughters.

Born on May 6, 1919 in Schulenburg, she was the daughter of Edmund and Annie (Till) Klesel. She attended Dubina School. On Jan. 30, 1940, she married Willie A. Janacek at the St. Rose Catholic Church. Mrs. Janacek, a homemaker, resided in Fayette County most of her life. She was a member of the Catholic Church and a 60-year charter member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She enjoyed gardening and her hobbies included quilting, embroidering, baking and playing dominoes.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia A. and Andrew J. Bockholt of Richmond, and Joyce M. and Ronald W. Dodds of Houston; four sisters, Sister M. Claudia of Victoria, Gertrude Ohnheiser of Tomball, Erna Respondek of San Antonio and Edna Bludau of Hallettsville; a brother, Ed Klesel of Rosharon; and four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, three brothers and two sisters.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 25, 1935

Old Time Settler Goes to His Reward

Mr. Frank Janacek, Sr., respected citizen and retired farmer of the Live Oak community, died Thursday of last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anton Pytlovany, and the remains were laid to rest by the side of his beloved wife in the Ammannsville Cemetery Saturday morning, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating in the presence of a large number of mourning relatives and friends.

Mr. Janacek was born in Mala Hrabuvka, Austro-Hungary, in what is now called Czecho-Slovakia, Jan. 29, 1849. He was married in 1870 to Miss Veronica Grygar and the couple came to America in 1884, locating first at Swiss Alp, Fayette county, where they began to farm on the Heimcamp place. Here they stayed one year, then moved to the Judge VanAlstyne place on the Williamson Branch. There they stayed three years, then moved to the Holman farm across the river from Ellinger. There they remained two years, then moved to his place on the Ammannsville road on Middle Creek, five miles northeast of Schulenburg, which he bought from Yeager. The third year on this place his wife died and left him with eight small children, two small girls having previously died, also one infant died soon after the mother’s death. Two years later he bought another place in the same neighborhood from Aug. Smith. Ten years later he bought another place in Colorado county four miles southeast of Weimar from Robt. Klockmann, and moved on it in the fall of 1906, where he lived up to the time of his death. His surviving children are as follows: Anton Janacek, Moore, Okla.; Frank Janacek, Bluff (now called Hostyn); Mrs. Louise Lebeda, Weimar; Cyril Janacek, living in Middle Creek Section; Joe and Mrs. Hermina Pytovany at Weimar, on the old homestead place. Mrs. Agnes Herzik, a daughter, died in the Sedan section in 1927. There are twenty-six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren surviving. Mr. Janacek was a member of the K. J. T. Lodge No. 60 at Weimar.

The pall bearers were six grandsons, Wesley, Herman, Willie and Emil Janacek, Rudolf Herzik and Raymond Janacek.

Mr. Janacek was a quiet, good and peaceable citizen, honored and respected by all who knew him. He was devoted to his family throughout his long life and ever probed himself a good neighbor and friend. His passing has caused many heartaches among a large circle of friends thru-out this section. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 9, 1947

Final Rites For Frank Janacek, 67, Held At Hostyn

Funeral services for Frank J. Janacek, 67, prominent farmer and blacksmith of Hostyn, were held Friday morning, May 2, at 9 o'clock from the family residence, with subsequent services at the Hostyn Catholic Church.

The Rev. Edward I. Janski officiated, preaching a Czech sermon; the Rev. Adolph Janda of Koerth spoke in English.

Mr. Janacek, father of Herman and Edward Janacek here, died at his home Wednesday, April 30.

Born in Europe June 16, 1879, Mr. Janacek came to this country with his parents when he was four years old, settling in Fayette County. In 1908 he married Miss Mary Rainosek at Hostyn, where the couple resided since.

Surviving are his widow, four daughters, Miss Anita Janacek, Mrs. Leona Muras, Mrs. Edith Janda and Miss Beatrice Janacek, all of Hostyn; five sons, Wesley of Schulenburg, Herman and Edward of Weimar, William of Hallettsville and Jerry of Hostyn; one sister, Mrs. Hermina Pytlovany of Weimar; two brothers, Cyril of Ammannsville and Joe of Weimar; and 14 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Jan 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

 – Janacek, age 9 days died Dec30, [sic] 1905.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1974

Funeral For Mrs. Janacek Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine Janacek, 79, a former resident of the Dubina community, were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 6, from Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church at Dubina.

Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Chas. Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Janacek, widow of the late Peregrin Janacek, died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Yorktown Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Born Feb. 2, 1894, at Moravia, Lavaca County, Texas, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anna Vaclavik Korenek. She was married to Mr. Janacek in May of 1925 and they settled in Liberty County, where they lived for about 20 years before moving to the Dubina area (Route 1, Weimar) during World War II.

Mr. Janacek died in 1961 and since then Mrs. Janacek had made her home with her children. Her most recent address was Yorktown, where she lived with her son John and his family.

Surviving are two sons, John E. Janacek of Yorktown and Albert Janacek of La Grange; one daughter, Mrs. John (Helen) Emmel of Weimar; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Hercik of Weimar and Mrs. Angeline Novak of El Campo; and one brother, Anton Korenek of Schulenburg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 10, 1967

Herman Janacek's Mother Buried July 28, Hostyn

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Janacek of Hostyn, mother of Herman Janacek of Weimar, were held Friday morning, July 28, at Koenig Funeral Chapel, La Grange, and Hostyn Catholic Church.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rev. Balthasar Janacek of San Antonio was celebrant of the requiem mass and graveside services.

Pallbearers were Edwin Janacek of Schulenburg, Alfred Janacek of Weimar, Alois Janda of Houston, Edward Janda and Ivan Muras of Hostyn, and Joe Janacek of Dallas.

A lifelong resident of Hostyn, Mrs. Janacek was born Sept. 11, 1887, a daughter of Herman and Agnes Konvicka Rainosek. She was married at Hostyn on Sept. 21, 1908 to Frank J. Janacek, who died April 30, 1947.

Surviving are four daughters, Miss Annie Janacek, Mrs. Vaclav Muras and Mrs. Alois Janda of Hostyn and Mrs. Charles Novak of La Grange; five sons, Wesley and William Janacek of Schulenburg, Herman of Weimar, Edward and Jerry of Houston; 27 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Joe Janacek and Mrs. Olga Cervenka, both of Weimar.

A brother, William Rainosek, preceded her in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Baytown Sun, Sunday, September 30, 1973

Mrs. Vera Barta of 412 Azalea and Mrs. Alice Campbell of 107 Honeysuckle have returned from attending the funeral of their father, Wesley Janacek, 64, of Schulenburg. He died Sunday and was buried Wednesday in Schulenburg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 10, 1955

Anna Janak

Last rites were held for Anna Janak, 70, of Rt. 2 Fayetteville, in the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville on Thursday, February 3, at 2 PM.  Burial was in the National Cemetery near Ellinger.  The Father Francis Kolar officiated.

Mrs. Janak, daughter of the late John and Verona Kudala Volcik, was born in Fayetteville on January 16, 1885.  She died in Altair on February 1.

In 1920 she was married to Joe Janak in La Grange.  Mr. Janak died in 1936.

Survivors are one son, Frank Dybala of Altair; three brothers, John Volcik, Frank Volcik and Adolph Volcik of Rt. 2 Fayetteville; and seven grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 7 Mar 1963, page 1

Bartek Janak Dead

Funeral services for Bartek Janak, 67, of Holman, who died Wednesday morning in Youens Hospital, will be held at 9 a. m. Friday, March 8, at Koenig Funeral Chapel, La Grange, and at 9:30 in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Holman. Burial will be in the Dubina cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 23, 1964

Funeral Services For Edward Janak, 69, At Schulenburg

Funeral services were held Monday, April 13, at Schulenburg, for Edward Janak, 69, Weimar area native who died April 9 in a veterans' home in Jackson, Mississippi.

Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiated in services at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose Catholic Church, and in the burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Janak was born near Weimar, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Janak. He was a veteran of World War I and had spent the past 27 years in various veterans' hospitals. His wife, the former Vlasta Hilscher, died about two years ago, and his only son, Ben Janak, was killed in a motorcycle accident a number of years ago.

Surviving are his stepmother, Mrs. Filomena Janak of East Bernard; one sister, Mrs. Mary Adamcik of Angleton; and four half-sisters, Mrs. Louis Horak of La Grange, Mrs. John Dusek of Ammannsville, Mrs. Lad Mondrich of Palacios and Mrs. Tillie Vacek of East Bernard.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Friday, July 20, 2012

Evelyn “Pootsie” Schneider Janak, 79, died July 7, 2012 in Schulenburg Regency Center.

Private services will be held at a later date.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1932 in La Grange, the daughter of William and Ella Schneider. She was a resident of Fayette County most of her life and a 1950 graduate of La Grange High School. She loved antiques. She was one of the pioneers who initiated what is now known as the Warrenton Antique Extravangaza.

Survivors include one grandson, Keith Kotner of La Grange; one brother, Wm. W. Schneider, Jr. of La Grange and one sister, Dorothy Entz of Mt. Pleasant.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1968, page 1

Columbus GI Joe Janak, 21, Dead in Saigon

Columbus—Pfc. Joe J. Janak, 21, son of M. and Mrs. Theo Janak of Columbus, was killed May 12 in Saigon by enemy action , just one week after he arrived in Vietnam.

Janak, a 1967 graduate of Columbus High School, entered the Army Nov. 2, 1967. He is the first from the Columbus area to lose his life in Vietnam.
Burial will be in the Hostyn Hill Catholic Cemetery near Ellinger.

In addition to his parents, Janak is survived by one sister, Mrs. Kelly Meyer of San Antonio; two brothers, Norris and Larry Janak of Columbus; two half-brothers, George Prihoda of Schulenburg and Ernest Prihoda of Columbus; two half-sisters, Mrs. Bobbie Fox and Mrs. Laverne Phelan of Midland.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, May 30, 1968

Pfc. Joe Janak, Vietnam Victim, Buried Saturday

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, May 25, at St. Mary's Catholic Church and Hostyn Hill Cemetery near Ellinger for Pfc. Jos. J. Janak, 21, who was killed on Mother's Day, May 12, by enemy mortar fire in Vietnam.

He had been in Vietnam just over a month. He entered the service Nov. 2, 1967 and arrived in Vietnam April 19.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Janak of Route 1, Columbus; two brothers, Norris and Larry Janak of Columbus; two half-brothers, Ernest Prihoda of Columbus and George Prihoda of El Campo; a sister, Mrs. Viola Meyer of San Antonio; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Fox and Mrs. LaVerne Phelan, both of Midland.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, January 15, 1976

Mrs. Janak, 80, Buried Jan. 7, Dubina Cemetery

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Janak, 80, of Holman were held Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange and Holman Catholic Church, with Rev. Enda McKenna officiating.

Burial was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Janak died Jan. 5 at Parkview Manor here.

She was a lifelong resident of the Dubina-Holman area. Born at Dubina Oct. 24, 1895, the daughter of Joe and Rosie (Zapalac) Kristoff, she was married to Bartek Janak at Ammannsville on May 25, 1912. Mr. Janak died March 6, 1963.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Edgar (Lillie) Tiedt of Houston and Mrs. Robert (Lorene) Balzer of Austin; four sons, John and George Janak of Houston, Frank and Jimmie Janak of Holman; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, May 20, 1938


Missed From His Home, Members of Family Found Body 150 Yards Away With Shotgun Wound In Breast.

When members of the Theo. Janak family arose Saturday morning and found Mr. Janak missing from the house, they immediately began a search.

A short time later the body of Mr. Janak was found lying near a tree, with his legs crossed and a shotgun lying partly across his legs, according to W. M. Conner, who held an inquest.

A gunshot would [wound] in his chest had ended his life. A forked stick was lying nearby, which, according to the Justice of the Peace, is believed to have been used to fire the gun.

Funeral services were held Monday morning, with interment in at Ellinger, near the former home of the family.

The family lived on a farm formerly owned by Dr. R. H. Harrison, about a mile and a half or two miles south of Matthews. The body was found about 150 yards from the home.

Mr. Janak, who was 74 years of age, is survived by his wife and eight children, three sons and five daughters. The sons are frank, living near eagle Lake; Theodore and Emil P. Janak, of near Matthews; the daughters, Mrs. Louise Ptak [sic] of Conroe; Mrs. Christina Evenicky [sic] of Fayetteville; Mrs. Rosalie Perry of Matthews; Mrs. Tony Harrington, and Miss Albina Janak, both of near Eagle Lake.

He is also survived by two brothers, John Janak, who is 84 years of age and lives at Yoakum, and Adolph Janak of Hungerford.

Mr. Janak was born in Colorado county near Ellinger, and with the exception of 12 years when he lived in Fayette county, has been a citizen of Colorado county all of his life.

For many years he operated what is said to have been the second oldest gin in Colorado county, a gin near Rocky Hill that was built by his father.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Banner Press, October 13, 1988

Services for Theo J. Janak, 82, of Columbus were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger on Oct. 11 with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.  A rosary was recited at the church preceding the services.

Janak died Oct. 9 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

He was born on Jan. 23, 1906 in Fayetteville to Joe and Julie Janak. He lived most of his life in the Brushy Community and was a retired farmer and carpenter.

Theo Janak married Bessie Zbranek on Sept. 1, 1945.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Viola Meyer of Brushy; step-daughters, La Verne Phelan of Bogue Chitto, Miss, and Dorothy Fox of Midland; sons, Norris Janak of Columbus and Larry Janak of Brushy; step-sons, George Prihoda of Edna and Ernest Prihoda of Rockdale; sisters, Toni Jordan of Austin, Rosalie Perry of Lissie and Albina Butler of Eagle Lake; brother, Emil Janak of Eagle Lake; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Janak, Michael Meyer, Marcus Meyer, Kenneth Phelan, Joel Phelan and Joe Allen Blackmon. Honorary pallbearers were Emil Janak and Daniel Mareka.

Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, directors.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Aug 1916

Vojtech Janak, age 15 years, 7 months and 18 days, died June 28, near Holman, drowned in Colorado river.

Contributed by Matt Cross


SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, August 13, 1958


Born at Moravia, Lavaca County, Sept. the 27th, 1892. Member of Lodge 38, and died at the Harris Hospital of Fort Worth, Texas after a long illness, July the 8th, survived by his wife Adela and children, Dr. M.G. Janca, Milton Janca and Mrs. Patricia Mueller.

After funeral services held at the Flatonia Catholic Church he was buried at the Flatonia Cemetery.

The deceased brother was retired for several years. He was a ginner for the past 35 years operating a gin at Cistern, Texas, for 30 years. Due to his health he moved to Fort Worth last Nov. 15 where he died in July.

Our sympathy to the bereaved Family.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Austin American-Statesman, March 23, 1989


JANCA, Jacob, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Royce Janca, of Smithville died Tuesday. Services noon today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Flatonia. (Marrs-Jones, Smithville)

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Mrs. John JANCA

Shiner Gazette, 15 Oct 1908, page 1


Blows Woman’s Head Off as She Sleeps With Her Children.

Flatonia, Tex., Oct. 11. – John Janca, a Bohemian farmer living four miles east of here, shot and killed his wife with a shotgun about 2 o’clock this morning. Janca is said to have been drinking, and returned home in the middle of the night. The woman was sleeping in the same bed with her children when killed. The charge blew her head almost off her shoulders.

Janca escaped, but was captured while hiding in a wood later in the day. He was taken to La Grange by the sheriff. The surrounding community is aroused over the tragedy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record, June 19, 1911, page 5

On June 19 Miss Agnes Janda sister of Henry Janda of the Bluff neighborhood died at the county poor house. She was buried at the Bluff Catholic cemetery, Tuesday, the 20th.

Her earthly troubles have ceased and her spirit returned to the God who gave it. May her soul rest in peace.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 27, 1967

Final Rites For Mrs. Agnes Janda, 78, at Hostyn

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Janda, 78, sister of Mrs. Charles Lidiak and Charles Adamcik of here, were held Friday, July 21, at Koenig Funeral Home, La Grange, and Hostyn Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Janda died July 19 in Fayette Memorial Hospital. The former Miss Agnes Adamcik, daughter of Frank and Anna Matula Adamcik, she was a lifelong resident of Hostyn. She was married to Henry J. Janda Oct. 11, 1909; Mr. Janda died on April 1, 1966.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Hoffmann and Miss Annie Janda, both of Hostyn; two sons, Lad Janda of Houston and Richard Janda of Austin; six grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Frank Kruppa of La Grange, Mrs. Emelia Vacek of Smithville, Mrs. Lidiak here, and Mrs. Richard Kruppa and Mrs. Adolph Matocha of Hostyn; and three brothers, Mr. Adamcik here and George E. and Adolph Adamcik of La Grange.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 23 Aug 1912, page 6

News Around Bluff

One of the [saddest] deaths in many years occurred last Monday, when the spirit of the beloved daughter of Chas. Janda passed away. Miss Annie was suffering for several years with the dreadful disease, tuberculosis of the lungs. Interment took place at Bluff cemetery Tuesday at 5 p.m. Father Neubert rector of the Ammannsville and Bluff congregations performed the ceremony. May our beloved young friend rest in peace.

Anna Janda is buried in Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery at Hostyn.


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, May 11, 1972

La Grange, — August J. Janda, well known retired farmer and lifelong resident of the Hostyn community, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 1972 at Fayette Memorial Hospital, la Grange, attaining the age of 89 years, 6 months and 26 days.

Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 5 at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and continued at the Hostyn Catholic Church, Msgr. A. J. Morkovsky officiating. Burial was in the Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Rosaries were recited at 8 p.m. Thursday.

A son of August and Marie (Knesek) Janda, he was born at Hostyn, October 7, 1882, and was united in marriage with Miss Theresia Kubala of Hostyn November 7, 1906. His wife preceded Mr. Janda in death on February 9, 1966.

Surviving are four sons, Jerry, George, Vastine and Charles Janda, all of La Grange; two half sisters, Mrs. Emil C. Lidiak of Houston, Mrs. Adolph Lidiak of Fayetteville; one half brother, Frank Janda of Needville; one brother, Louis Janda of Rosenberg; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Jan 2009, page 3

Carolyn Janda

Carolyn Ann Janda, 56, of Schulenburg, passed away at Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

The funeral was held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill, with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment took place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Steven Janda, Timmy Janda, Jason Muras, Erich Schrader, Chad Janda and John Krupala.

Rosary was said on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill.

Born in Hallettsville on Jan. 9, 1952, she was the daughter of Otto and Cecilia (Ripper) Schrader. She attended Bishop Forest High School. On April 24, 1971, she married Larry Janda at High Hill. She worked as a clerk for the Precinct 4 justice of the peace, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill.

Survivors include her husband; two sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Shelley Janda of Round Rock, and Gregory and Tiffany Janda of Schulenburg; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernadette and Earl Moore of Luling, and Patricia and John Flatowicz of Sugar Land; a brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Vicki Schrader of Schulenburg; and three grandchildren.

Her parents and a brother, Alfons Schrader, preceded her in death.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 23 Sep 1893, p 2

KILLED.—Mr. Charles Janda who resides in Bluff neighborhood was killed Saturday morning at the gin of Messrs. Klecka Bros. His hand and arm were drawn into one of the gin stands and so mutlilated by the saws, that he died from loss of blood in fifteen minutes. There was no time to obtain a physician consequently nothing could be done by those present to stanch the flow of blood. Mr. Janda came to this country three years ago from Europe and was an indusrious, hard working farmer. He left a wife and five or six children to mourn his death. The family have the sympathy of the community in which they live.


Fayette County Record, Friday, January 8, 2010

Edith Bernadette Janda, 87, died Jan. 4, 2010 in La Grange.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn. Burial was in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

Janda was born on Jan. 26, 1922 at Hostyn, the daughter of Frank Janacek and Mary (Rainosek) Janacek. She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

Survivors include four sons, Joe Janda and wife Mildred of El Campo, Alois (Al) Janda and wife Barbara of Missouri City, Ed Janda of La Grange and Patrick Janda and wife Patsy of La Grange; one daughter, Bernadette Janda of Round Top; one sister, Beatrice Novak and husband Charlie of La Grange; three sisters-in-law; Dorothy (Willie) Janacek of Schulenburg, Dorothy (Edward) Janacek, and Alice Stepanek, all of La Grange; seven grandchildren; Bryan Janda and wife Dawn of Friendswood, Tamara Kurtz and husband Cody of Pflugerville, Kim Eiebe and husband Keith of Sugar Land, Dana Valentino and husband John of College Station, Jason Janda of Katy, James Janda and wife Sara of Alvin and Kevin Janda and fiancée Sarah Hobson of Bryan; and eight great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alois R. Janda; a daughter, Margaret Janda; her parents; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Building Fund, or to the charity of choice.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 June 1910

Fayette County Record.

Frank Janda, foreman of the “Svoboda,” is seriously ill since last week Wensday [sic], with penumonia [sic]. He is under the cair [sic] of Dr. Moore and Dr. McKinney and hopes are entertained for a speedy recovery. A trained nurse was sent for today.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Galveston Daily News, Thursday, June 23, 1910

La Grange, Tex., June 22.—The remains of Frank Janda, who died yesterday, were laid to rest in the new cemetery at 5 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. Father Lenartz conducting the funeral service. Deceased was 47 years of age and was born and reared in Fayette County. He was a printer by trade and had been foreman at the Svoboda office for many years. Mr. Janda was universally popular with old and young alike and his grave was literally covered with flowers. He leaves a wife and numerous relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 June 1910


The funeral of Mr Frank Janda took place from his home Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock and was one of the largest corteges seen here for years. The floral offerings from the Etaerio, Mothers and Handel Clubs social organization of which Mr. and Mrs. Janda were members, were very beautiful.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Saturday, May 5, 1934

LAGRANGE, Tex., May 4.—Funeral services were held Wednesday morning for F. C. Janda, 71, farmer, of near La Grange, who died Tuesday at his home. His widow and six children, Mrs. Joseph Jakubik of Yoakum, Mrs. John Drozd, El Campo; Mrs. Richard Kallus, Swiss Alp; John, Henry and Frank Janda of the Hostyn neighborhood, survive him.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 May 1900, page 1

Joseph Janda, of the Bluff neighborhood and a well-to-do farmer, died very suddenly on the night of the 27th ult. He was in the LaGrange during the day, and when he got home, was apparently not well. Later he was found dead in a shed. Paralysis of the heart is the cause assigned. – LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 19, 1954


Funeral services for Jos. Janda Sr., 89, lifelong resident of Hostyn were held in the Catholic Church there Saturday, with burial in the church cemetery.

Called by a former Hostyn pastor "the patriarch of Hostyn," Mr. Janda was the son of Joe and Anna Kana Janda, European immigrants. He was a charter member of the KJT supreme lodge, organized at Hostyn in 1889.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mary Kallus, La Grange, Mrs. Robert F. Kallus, Hostyn; a son, C. M. Janda, Hostyn; and a number of other rescendants [descendants].

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, May 7, 1936 pg. 8

Died Tuesday Morning

Miss Lillie L. Janda, aged 43 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Janda of Hostyn, died at the La Grange Hosptial, Tuesday morning, from an illness that followed an attack of the flu.

Miss Janda lived at home with her parents; her remains were taken to Hostyn, The funeral will be held from the family home Thursday morning at 8:00 o’clock, Rev. Paul P. Kasper officiating.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, April 4, 1978

Louis Janda Rites Monday

Louis J. Janda, 87, of Rosenberg died Saturday at the home of his daughter Mrs. Lillian McKay in Humble.

Funeral services were scheduled for this Monday at 2 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery in Rosenberg.

Mr. Janda was born at Hostyn, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Janda.  He was married to Mary Stavinoha of Ammannsville who preceded him in death.

Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. McKay of Humble’ a son, V. A. Janda of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Frank Janda of Rosenberg; two sisters, Mrs. Sophia Lidiak of Fayetteville and Mrs. Edna Lidiak of Houston; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Many area relatives attended the last rites.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 27, 1962

Louis W. Janda

A longtime Weimar resident, Louis W. Janda, died at his home in Weimar Dec. 20 at the age of 67.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the Hubbard Funeral Home and continued at 9:30 at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Minica Janda and three sons, Henry and Morris of Weimar and Leroy of Columbus; and one daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Oehn of Weimar.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, May 24, 1974

La Grange – Mrs. Joseph F. Janda, 87 years, 7 months and 16 days, of the Hostyn area passed away at the Columbus Hospital, Tuesday night, May 7, 1974.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hostyn Catholic Church. A concelebrated Mass was offered with Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alois J. Morkovsky, pastor, and the Rev. Adolph Janda of Schulenburg, her son, as two of the concelebrants, Msgr. Morkovsky officiated at the graveside rites at the Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

A K of C rosary and a family rosary were recited at the Koenig Funeral Home Wednesday; a KJZT and Living Rosary Society rosary was at 7:30 p.m. and the parish rosary at 7:45 p.m., Thursday.

The body rested in state at the Koenig Funeral Home until 8:45 a.m. Friday and then lay in state in the Hostyn Catholic Church from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral services.

Mrs. Janda, nee Ludmila Lidiak, was born near La Grange (Hostyn area), Septmbe 21, 1886, the daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Mozisek) Lidiak. On September 25, 1906, she was united in marriage at Hostyn with Joseph F. Janda.

She was a member of the KJZT, Living Rosary Society and the Oblates of St. Benedict, third order.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Willie (Lillie) Muras of La Grange, Mrs. Edward (Mary) Cernoch of Needville, Sister Agnes Janda, Sister Alice Janda, both of Lisle, Ill.; four sons, father Adolph Janda of Schulenburg, John B., Alois and Frank Q. Janda, all of La Grange; two brothers, Joseph Lidiak of Mass., Charles Lidiak of Weimar; 27 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her in death June 10, 1960; a son, Joseph P. Janda in 1943; her parents; and one brother, Ludvik J. Lidiak, April 10, 1972.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, April 22, 1999


LA GRANGE --Marcella Elizabeth Janda, 86, of LaGrange, died Tuesday, April 20, 1999.

She was born Nov. 3, 1912, in LaGrange, to the late Frank and Mary Paterek Muras. She was a cook at Bon Ton & Frank's in Schulenburg and cooked for priests in the Hostyn parish. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, KJZT and Altar Society.

Survivors: daughter, Appolonia ''Polly'' Weid of Brenham; sons, Theodore Janda of Hostyn and Ignac Janda of Bryan; brother, V.L. Muras of Hostyn; sister, Martha Vacek of Cuero; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Joseph P. Janda; brothers, Frank Muras, Cyril Muras, Willie Muras, George Muras, Joe Muras and Jerome Muras; and sisters, Annie Kolodejek, Agnes Kokes and Christine Lidiak.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Church in LaGrange, with Monsignor Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.

Burial will be at Hostyn Catholic Cemetery. Koenig-Peel & Strickland Funeral Home, LaGrange, (409) 968-3121.

Memorials: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in LaGrange.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, February 17, 1966

La Grange. – Mrs. Theresia Janda, age 85 years and 28 days, expired at the Fayette Memorial Hospital Wednesday noon, February 9, 1966.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with continued services at the Hostyn Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Lambert Laskowski officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Janda was born at Hostyn on January 11, 1881, a daughter of the late John and Karolina (Kasper) Kubala. On November 7, 1906 she was married to August J. Janda at Hostyn. They lived their entire wedded life in that community.

Surviving are her husband; four sons, Jerry R. George E., Vastine L. and Charles J., all of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Kubos of Hallettsville and Mrs. Julia Kubos of La Grange; one brother, Fred Kubala of Roswell, New Mexico; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Rosaries were recited Thursday and Friday nights.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 23, 1900

An Aged Settler Gone

Vincent Janda, aged seventy-six years, died at his home on the Bluff on Wednesday evening, Aug. 15th, 1900.  Deceased came to this country from Moravia, Austria, and settled upon his present home.  Like thousands of others who immigrated here in early days he came without means, but an indomitable will and determination to win, and he made it!  Mr. Janda leaves considerable landed property in the shape of farms and city realty.  His chief mourners are a wife and several grown children.  The remains were given burial in the Bluff cemetery on the 16th inst.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Willie Mae Janda, 83, of La Grange died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at Christopher House in Austin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange at 10 A.M. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 with Rev. Fr. Joseph Varickamackal and Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

She was born in Ammannsville, Sept. 19, 1926, the daughter of Justin and Vlasta (Bohac) Bartos. She was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Faith at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville. She attended Ammannsville schools and graduated from La Grange High School. She married Leo Janda on June 23, 1948 in Ammannsville. She worked for over 30 years in the administration office at Fayette Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, KJZT, Sacred Heart Ladies Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and a volunteer at AMEN. The most important thing in her life was her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, a daughter, Connie Smith and husband Brian of Brenham; son, Chris Janda and wife Elizabeth of Houston; two brothers, Leonard Bartos and wife Dorothy of Weimar and Justin Bartos and wife Laura of la Grange; and four grandchildren, Justin Smith of Brenham and Brian Smith, Jr. and fiance Debbie Arguello of Austin, Stephen Janda and Alexandra Janda, both of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son-in-law, Gary Gummelt, who died in 1980.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to Sacred Heart School or the AMEN Society.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, 26 October 1967

Albert Janecka, 74 years, 5 months and 22 days, passed away in Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg, Thursday, Oct. 12, 1967 after an illness of about six months.

The body lay in state at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Flatonia. Rosary was recited Friday evening.

Funeral services were conducted in the chapel at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 14, and continued with Requiem Mass in Cistern’s Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Allen M. Black officiated. Two Grandsons, Dennis and Gary Vinklarek, were altar boys.

Pallbearers were Delphine Janecka, Henry Kocian and Emil Charba, all of Cistern, Charlie Janecka of Fort Worth, Junior Knesek of Houston and Jimmy Masek of Flatonia.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

He was born April 20, 1893 the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Janecka, at Komensky, Lavaca County, and moved with his parents to Jeddo, where he made his home.

He was a successful farmer and stockman and a World War I veteran having served in Europe. He was a member of the Waelder American Legion which conducted graveside military honors.

October 20, 1923, he was united in marriage with Miss Antonio Kusak in the Cistern Catholic Church, with Rev. John Anders officiating.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ernest (Marie) Vinklarek; four sons, Louis of San Antonio, Adolph of Taylor, Willie of Austin, and Paulie of Cistern; 18 grandchildren; a brother, Louis Janecka of Shiner; a sister, Mrs. Angie Kocian of Cistern. He was preceded in death by his wife, who died May 1, 1959; two brothers, Julius Janecka and Emil Janecka died June 18, 1967; and one sister, Mrs. Agnes Jurak.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, 25 Jan 1905, page 7

Died of Measles.


Flatonia, Tex., Jan. 22 - Albina, the 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Janecek, died at their home yesterday afternoon of measles. THe remains were taken to Praha for interment.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, March 14, 1974

Funeral for Mrs. Janecka Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Janecka, 88, were held Sunday morning, March 10, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Rev. Adolf Janda officiated.

Mrs. Janecka died at 2 a.m. Friday at Columbus Hospital, where she had been admitted about a week earlier. She had been a resident of Columbus Convalescent Home.

Mrs. Janecka was born July 21, 1885, at Dubina, daughter of Ignac and Rosie Muzny, and was married to Anton Janecka in November of 1906. They settled first at Wildwood, moving to Dubina in 1925 and to Weimar in 1965. Mr. Janecka died July 21, 1969.

Surviving are two sons, Charles of Dubina and Ike of Ganado; two daughters, Mrs. Annie Korenek of Weimar and Mrs. Albina Tupa of Ganado, 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Albina Lovelace of Weimar.

A daughter, Mrs. Pauline Fowler, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were her grandsons Ike and Frank Korenek of Rockdale, Charles and Edward Janecka of Houston, Jimmy Janecka of El Campo, and Joe Tupa of Ganado.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 24, 1969

Anton Janecka Expires at 86; Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Anton Janecka, 86, retired Dubina area farmer, were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with Rev. Oswald Kahlich officiating.

Interment was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Janecka died at 3:15 p.m. Monday, July 21, at San Jacinto Hotel, where he had lived the past four years. He had been discharged from Youens Memorial Hospital two days earlier, after two weeks' treatment there.

Born June 27, 1883, at Holman, he was the son of Joseph and Theresa Breska Janecka. He married Miss Anna Muzy at St. Michael's here in November 1906 and they settled at Wildwood. In 1925 they moved to Dubina, where they remained until four years ago when they moved to Weimar.

Mr. Janecka was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church and for more than 50 years had been a member of the KJT.

His wife survives, along with two sons, Charlie of Dubina and Ike of Ganado; three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Annie) Korenek of Weimar, Mrs. Joe (Albina) Tupa of Ganado and Mrs. Johnny (Pauline) Fowler of San Antonio; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Klement of Weimar and Edward of Rosenberg. Four sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were grandsons Jerry Janecka of San Antonio, George Jurecka of Houston, Jimmy Janecka of El Campo, Joe Tupa of Ganado, Benny Tupa of Austin and Ike Korenek of Rockdale.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis




Schulenburg Sticker, 4 May 1917


Emil Janecka, died April 14, age 12 years, 7 months and 28 days, Ammannsville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 22, 1932

Emil Janecka Dead

Brief information was received here Tuesday night that Mr. Emil Janecka, former citizen of this section, had died a few hours previous at his farm home near El Campo. We understand he was afflicted with appendicitis and died before he could be taken to a hospital for an operation.

The remains, we are told, will be brought to Holman for interment on Thursday morning. Mr. Janecka leaves a widow, several children and several brothers and sisters. He was a hard working, upright, good man and citizen, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 29, 1932

Further Particulars of Emil Janecka's Death

The family has supplied us with the following additional information regarding the death of Mr. Emil Janecka, former resident of this section, who died in the Wharton hospital on Tuesday, July 19th, where he had undergone an operation for acute appendicitis. His death followed soon after the operation.

Mr. Janecka was born April 26, 1897, at Holman, Fayette county. At an early age he was married to Miss Bozena Cernosek, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Cernosek of the Holman community. They made their home near Weimar for a few years, then moved to the vicinity of Hillje, Wharton county, and later to Pierce, Texas, where he was attacked with appendicitis, and his death soon followed.

Mr. Janecka was a good husband and father. Surviving him are his beloved wife and five little children, six brothers and four sisters. They are Messrs. F. J. Janecka, Joe Janecka, Anton Janecka, Klement Janecka, Louis Janecka, all of Weimar, Ed Janecka of Beasley, Mrs. Joe Krasucky of El Campo, Mrs. Ed Gold, Mrs. Emil Kubena and Mrs. Anton Kuchar, all of the Weimar community.

The pall bearers were his six brothers.

Mr. Janecka was engaged in farming all his life. He was kind, good-hearted, honest and a hard working man. His death is deeply regretted by all who knew him. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, December 7, 1934


Mrs. Emil Slubar of this section, who was in San Antonio for treatment, preceding an operation, was called home a few days ago by the death of her mother, Mrs. Joe J. Janecka of the Holman section, who passed away Monday, following a heart attack. The funeral took place Wednesday morning in the Dubina Cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mrs. Janecka was a beloved, good woman, wife and mother, greatly like by a large circle of friends, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. She was about 60 years of age, we understand.

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended her bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Weimar Mercury, 14 Dec 1934

Lady of Holman Section Claimed by Death

Relatives and friends of this section were notified Monday evening of last week of the death of Mrs. Joe Janecka of the Holman community, who expired at the age of 54 years, 10 months and 12 days.

The funeral took place Wednesday morning of last week at the Dubina Cemetery. Revs. A. Raska and Jos. Szymanski officiating. The pall bearers were Messrs. John, Julius and Joe Bayer, Rudolph Matura, Jim Kuchar and Joe Bayer of Victoria.

Mrs. Filomena Janecka was born and raised in the Dubina section among the people she loved so well. She ever proved herself to be a devoted wife and mother, a true friiend and neighbor, and a good chrisitian woman. She leaves her husband, four daughters and one son — Mrs. C. M. Havel of Schulenburg, Mrs. Henry Cejka of Holman, Mrs. Emil Slubar of Weimar, Mrs. Ignac Mazoch of Holman, and Mr. Edward Janecka of Needville; also four grandchildren.

Those attending the funeral from out-of-town were Mr. Ed. Janecka and wife of Needville, Mrs. Joe Krasucky, wife, two daughters and son of El Campo, Mrs. Frank Broz and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lud. Janicek, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bayer, Mrs. Emil Smastrla and son of Victoria, Mrs. V. Havel and son, Frank, Mrs. Herman Wehrman, daughter, Mary Louise, and son, John, and Mr. Anton Zemanek of Bryan, Mrs. Albert Muelstein, Mrs. Emil Muelstein, Mrs. Lud. Smastrla and Mr. and Mrs. Svetlik of Hackberry, Mr. Frank Voldan of Flatonia.

janie anne mares janecka

Shiner Gazette, Thursday, February 14, 1974

Flatonia – Mrs. Emil V. Janecka passed away at 1:24 a.m. Friday, February 1, 1974 at Renger Memorial Hospital, Hallettsville, at the age of 73 years, 7 months and 15 days.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Sunday, February 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Anthony Matula of Flatonia, Rev. Emil Vinklarek of Hobson, Msgr. Edmund Bily of Cistern, and Rev. Marcus Valenta of Praha, officiating. Interment was in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Jimmy and Runard Plentl, Danny Van and Delphin Jr. Janecka, Lodney and Chris Davis and honorary pallbearer was David Janecka.

Mrs. Janecka, nee Janie Anne Mares, was born June 16, 1900, at Cistern, daughter of the late Vinc and Johana (Holcak) Mares. She was married November 8, 1920, to Emil V. Janecka, and resided in that community during all of her lifetime.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Viola Plentl of Austin, Mrs. Lexie Davis of Tulsa, Okla.; two sons, Felix Janecka of Waelder, Delphin Janecka of Cistern; two sisters, Mrs. Zophie Vinklarek of Cistern, and Mrs. Wilma Bauer of Red Rock.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Emil V. Janecka, June 18, 1967; and three grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 8 Sep 1961, page 1

Final Rites for Joseph Janecka, 83, Set Friday

Funeral services for Joseph Janecka, 83, will be held Friday morning, Spt. 8, at 9 o'clock at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing with services in St. Michael's Catholic Church at 9:15.

Burial will be in Dubina Cemetery. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd will officiate.

Mr. Janecka died early Wednesday morning in Youens Hospital. He had been ill only since Saturday.

An almost lifelong resident of this area, he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Ignac (Frances) Mazoch, the past 26 years.

He was born Jan. 26, 1878 in Czechoslovakia, the son of Joseph and Theresa Janecka, with whom he came to this country as a child. He married Miss Philomena Bayer, and they settled on a farm north of Weimar. His wife died a number of years ago. Mr. Janecka and the Mazochs moved into Weimar 16 years ago.

He was a member of St. Michael's Church and the KJT and Catholic Workmen's societies.

Surviving him are four daughters, Mrs. Mary Havel of Schulenburg and Mrs. Tynnie Cejka, Mrs. Hattie Slubar and Mrs. Frances Mazoch of Weimar; one son, Edward, of Orchard; nine grandchildren and 17 great grand-children, four brothers, Clement and Anton of Weimar, Louis of Houston and Edward of Rosenberg; and four sisters, Mrs. Alois Kubenka and Mrs. Emil Kubenka of Weimar, Mrs. Mary Krasucky of El Campo and Mrs. Theresa Gold. One sister, Mrs. Anton Kuchar of Columbus, preceded him in death a few months ago.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 29, 1940


Funeral services for Mrs. Louis Janecka, 50, whose death occurred Wednesday near Schulenburg, will be held Friday morning at 9 a.m. from the St. Cyril and Methodius Church, Dubina, with Msgr. J. J. Szymanski officiating. Interment will be in the Dubina Cemetery.

Survivors include a husband, Louis Janecka; three sons, Victor, Jim and Eugene, of Schulenburg area; three daughters, Mrs. George Cernoch of Dubina, Vlasta and Mary Janecka of Schulenburg; four sisters, Mrs. Ed Janecka of Rosenberg, Mrs. J. Yokel of Vernon, Mrs. Otto Koenig of Vernon, Mrs. Henry Beyer of El Campo; and three brothers, Joe Anders of Holman, Louis of Dubina and Emil of Holman.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Dallas Morning News, May 5, 1930

FLATONIA, Texas, May 4.-- Thomas Janecka, 74, died Friday. He lived at Jeddo, north of here, and was a pioneer Fayette citizen.

Five sons and two daughters survive.

Funeral services were held at Cistern Catholic Cemetery, the Father John Anders officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Moulton Eagle, 17 Jun 1960

Well-Known Herder Truck Driver Dies

Schulenburg - Funeral services for Charlie Janak of 108 Black St., Schulenburg were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Wednesday June 8 at 8:45 a. m. with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church at 9 a. m.

Rev. Eustice Hermes officiated at the Requiem High Mass and last rites with burial in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. Members of the American Legion acted as pallbearers.

Mr. Janek was born on October 18, 1909, in West, Texas as the son of the late Anton and Marie Reindl Janek. On October 18, 1939 he was united in marriage to Mary Greive at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha and after their marriage the young couple resided in San Antonio for a number of years. About thirteen years ago the family came to Schulenburg to make their home and Mr. Janek was employed by the Herder Truck Lines in Weimar for many years, having spent much of the time as Herder Truck agent for the Moulton area.

He was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church, the American Legion McBride Post and was a veteran of World War II. He had been in ill health since February of this year when he suffered a heart attack. He passed away at the family residence on June 6, at the age of 51 years, eight months and eighteen days.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Janek, a daughter Marita, 10 and a son, James Joseph, 13, all of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Louis (Millie) Divin of Kaufman; three brothers, Frank and Louis Janek of West and Albin Janek of Waco.

A brother, Anton Janek Jr. was killed in action during World War II.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Apr 1959

Last Rites held for Mr. Frank J. Janek at Praha on Thursday

Frank J. Janek of the Praha community passed away in the Wagner hospital in Shiner April 14, 1959 after having been ill for only a short time.  He had reached the age of 77 years, three months and 11 days.

Funeral services were held at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia on April 16 at 9:00 a.m. with continued services at Praha Catholic Church.

Pallbearers were Ben and Elbin Matula, Elbin Janek, Boniface Okruhlik, Edwin and Bernard Grieve, all nephews of the deceased.

Mr. Janek was born January 3, 1882 in Europe, the son of Frank and Marie Janek.  At the age of three he came to this county with his parents and they settled in Lavaca County near Praha.  On October 29, 1907 he was united in marriage with Matilda Grieve at Praha and the young couple  settled in the Praha Community were Mr. Janek was engaged in farming.  He was a member of the Praha Catholic Church and Sons of Hermann lodge.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Frank Janek of Praha, five daughters, Mrs. Chas (Emilie) Halata of Halletsville, Mrs. Emil (Anna) Schacherl of Shiner, Mrs. Johnnie (Victoria) Lev of Schulenburg, Mrs. Adolph (Olga) Masek and Mrs. Chas (Bridget) Lev of Flatonia, four sons, Louis Janek of Moulton, Emil Janek of Weimar, Henry Janek of Columbus and Ernest Janek of Schulenburg, two sisters Mrs. Frank (Emil) Matula and Mrs. Joe (Mary) Matula, both of Corpus Christi one brother Elbin Janek of Floresville 20 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Monday, May 1, 1911

Flatonia, Tex., April 30.-- Mrs. Frank Janek died at her home near town yesterday morning and was buried at Praha this afternoon. She was about 74 years old. Her husband died about two months ago.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1984, page 2

Henry Janek

Funeral services for Henry "Hank' F. Janek were held Monday at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Robert Schmidt, Father Patrick Palmer and Father Brain Crookes officiating. Burial was at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, in High Hill.

Henry "Hank" F. Janek was born March 10, 1920 in Praha to Frank and Mathilda Janek. He lived most of his lifetime in Columbus. He was a mechanic and lawn mower repairman. He married Aurelia Schmidt Janek in 1955.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus, and V.F.W.

Survivor include five sisters: Mrs. Charles Halata of Hallettsville, Mrs. Emil Schacherl of Shiner, Mrs. Johnny Lev of Schulenburg, Mrs. Adolph Masek of Flatonia and Mrs. Charles Lev of Flatonia; three brothers, Louis Janek of Arkadelphia, Ark., Emil Janek of Weimar and Ernest Janek of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Thomas Janek, Ronnie Masek, Andrew Schacherl, Arnold BohusIav, Steve Janek and Ralph Schacherl.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Victoria Advocate, 14 Jun 2000, page 14A


HOUSTON - Mary J. Janek, 90, of Houston, and formerly of Schulenburg, died Saturday, June 10, 2000.

Survivors: daughter, Marita Farr of Houston; son, James Janek of Telferner; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Charlie Janek; parents; three sisters; eight brothers.

A rosary was recited 7 p.m. Tuesday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home chapel.

Visitation will be 9:15 to 10 a.m. today at the Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at the church.

Burial will be at Praha Catholic Cemetery. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, (979) 743-4151.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 May 1959

Last Rites Held for Mrs. Frank Janek, 72

Mrs. Frank Janek, nee Mathilda Greive, of the Praha community passed away in the Wagner Hospital in Shiner on May 19, 1959,

terminating an illness of about four years. Mrs. Janek was born at Praha on October 17, 1886, as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. B.

Greive. After she had grown to young womanhood she was united in marriage to Frank Janek at Praha on October 29, 1907. She had lived

in the Praha community all her life and was a member of the Praha Catholic Church and the KJZT Lodge. At the time of her death she had reached the age of 72 years, 7 months and 2 days.

Funeral services were held from the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia on May 21, 1959 at 9 a.m. with continued services at the Praha

Catholic Church. Rev. Marcus Valenta officiated at the Requiem Mass and last rites and burial was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Frank Janek, Willie and George Matula, Joe and Edwin Greive and Boniface Okruhlik.

Surviors are five dauthers, Mrs. Chas. (Emilie) Halata, Hallettsville; Mrs. Emil (Anna) Schacherl, Shiner; Mrs. Johnnie (Victoria) Lev, Schulenburg; Mrs. Adolph (Olga) Masek and Mrs. Chas. (Bridget) Lev, both of Flatonia; four sons, Louis Janek, Moulton; Emil Janek, Weimar; Henry Janek, Columbus and Ernest Janek, Schulenburg; three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Anna) Okruhlik, Flatonia; Mrs. Adolph (Emma) Vahalik, shiner; Mrs. Chas. (Mary) Janek, Schulenburg; six brothers, Richard Greive, Victoria; Willie Greive, Moulton; Emil, Henry, Louis and Edward Greive, all of Flatonia; twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death five weeks ago and a brother, Anton of San Antonio, passed away six weeks ago.

Contributed by Matt Cross


unidentified newspaper clipping

Cleo Janicek, 89, died at her home near Schulenburg Friday, May 1. She is the sister of Hazel Kobersky of La Grange.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with the Rev. Tim Kosler presiding. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Altar server was her great-grandson, Joshua Morris.

She was born in Schulenburg Dec. 31, 1919, the daughter of Frank and Olga Schlottman Doerrich. She married Leo R. Janicek, Jr. Oct 9, 1939. She was a homemaker and a farmer, member of St. Rose of Lima, and Legion of Mary where she received her 50-year membership pin from the CDA.

Survivors include one daughter, Dolores Billeck of Schulenburg; one sister, Kobersky of La Grange; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Lula Knupek; son-in-law, Rudy Billeck; great-grandchild, Danny Ivey and granddaughter's husband, Steven Morris.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1923, page 1

Little Boy Dies

Eddie, the little three weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Janicek of near Ammannsville, passed quietly away at the family home Sunday afternoon at 4:30, death was due to pneumonia.

The little body was laid to rest in the Ammannsville Catholic cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Father Raska officiating.

The Sticker joins their many friends in offering sincere sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lockhart Post-Register, Thursday, July 20, 1950

The body of Mrs. Margaret Janicek was transported by the McCurdy Funeral Home Monday morning, July 17, 1950, to Fayetteville, where the requiem high mass was said in St. Johns Catholic Church at 9:30 o'clock. In the cortege from Lockhart were a number of friends of the family.

The pall bearers were Joe Jasek, B. Klimicek, Gauk Malhaja, J. N. Vrazel, E. R. Horek, John Hafernik.

Mrs. Janicek passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Storey in Lockhart Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock. She was the mother of Mrs. A. A. Storey and had made her home with them for about eight years. She was of kind and gentle disposition and made friends of many people in Lockhart.

Mrs. Janicek was a daughter of Joe and Margaret Hafernik and born in the European province of Moravia April 20, 1863. She came with her parents to Texas in 1869.

In young womanhood, she was married to John Janicek at Fayetteville and made her home there many years.

The survivors include daughters: Miss Tony Albert Janicek, Houston; Mrs. Julia Storey, Lockhart; Mrs. Lola T. Schiedell, La Grange, sons; John Janicek, Granger, Bohemiel Janicek, Fayetteville; Henry Janicek, Waco; L. T. Janicek, San Antonio; a brother: Ernest Hafernik, Taylor; a sister: Mrs. Edwin Jasek, Fayetteville; a half brother: Charles Bavra, Ellinger.

Mrs. Janicek was a devoted wife and mother, a kind and helpful neighbor and friend. During her long life she contributed much to the growth and progress of her adopted country.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 26, 1967

Mrs. Theresa A. Janish

Funeral services for Mrs. Theresa A. Janish, 67, of Fayetteville were held Monday, January 23, at 10:00 A.M. at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville.  Continued services were held at the Fayetteville Catholic church with the Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Janish died at her home in Fayetteville on January 21.

She was born in Colorado County on October 22, 1899, the daughter of Joseph and Frances Sklar Klimek.  On November 13, 1921, at Frelsburg, she was united in marriage with Frank Janish.  She was a member of the K. J. Z. T., Catholic Daughters of America, and had spent most of her life in Fayette County.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, Daniel Janish of Houston and Johnnie Janish of Fayetteville; five sisters, Mrs. C. L. Johnson and Mrs. John R. Sladek, both of Houston, Mrs. Walter Peters of Frelsburg, and Mrs. Rud. A. Baca and Mrs. L. G. Polansky, both of Fayetteville; brother, Charlie Klimek of Frelsburg; and six grandchildren.

Altar Society, parish, and CDA rosaries were recited Sunday evening.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 3, 1958

Ludvik Janosek Interred Monday

Funeral services were held Monday, March 31, at the Knesek Chapel and continued at the Fayetteville Catholic Church for Ludvik Janosek, a retired Fayetteville area farmer.  Mr. Janosek was born on Aug. 17, 1883, the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Janosek of Germany.  He and his wife, Mrs. Carolina Janosek, immigrated to the U.S. in 1912 and settled at Ellinger, Texas.  For the past ten years the Janosek’s have made their home in Fayetteville.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Carolina Janosek; three daughters, Mrs. Jerome Kollaja of Wharton, Mrs. Joe Mach, of El Campo, and Mrs. Willie Svrcek of Fayetteville; three sons, Joe Janosek of El Campo, Jerry Janosek of Bay City, and Tech Sgt. Louis Janosek of Savannah, Georgia; and 8 grandchildren.  Burial was made in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas Matl officiating.

Contributed by Kathy Carter

SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, April 16, 1958

Last rites were held Monday at 8:45 a.m. at the Knesek chapel in Fayetteville for Ludvik Janosek, 74, who expired Friday at Fayette Memorial hospital at La Grange.

Services were continued at St. John’s Catholic church in Fayetteville, Rev. Thomas Matl officiating, and burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Janosek, a native of Europe, was born August 17, 1883. He was united in marriage with Miss Carolina Novosad on the old country in May 1909, and in 1912 the couple came to the States settling at Ellinger to engage in farming. They had resided at Fayetteville for the last 10 years.

Surviving are his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Jerome Kolaja of Wharton, Mrs. Joe Mach of El Campo and Mrs. Willie Svrcek of El Campo; three sons, Joe of El Campo, Jerry of Bay City and T-Sgt. Louis Janosek of Savannah, Ga.; and eight grandchildren.

Our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 July 1918

The little year old daughter of Joe Janota and wife passed away Tuesday night. The little one was laid to rest in St. Rosa cemetery Thursday afternoon.

Andela was born August 4, 1917 and died July 24, 1918. Contributed by Matt Cross

william e. janota

Schulenburg Sticker, March 5, 2013

William E. Janota, age 87 years, 1 month, 21 days, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at his home near Schulenburg. He died of natural causes after a two-month illness. He was cremated.

He was born in Moulton on Jan. 3, 1926. He and his wife, Clara, were married in 1978 in Schulenburg. She preceded him in death. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Janota was retired from Straus Systems public relations, and had resided in Fayette County since 1975

Survivors include a step-son, Melvin Barta and wife Kathy; three nephews, Mike Janota and wife Jeannie, Pat Janota and wife Bridgett, and Joe Janota and wife Debilyn; and two step-grandchildren, Jeremy and Kade Barta.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Mrs. John JANSA

Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1908

Flatonia, Oct. 12.—A most horrible crime was committed Sunday morning about 4 o'clock when John Jansa, according to his own statement, shot his wife as she slept, in the head with a load of small shot from a double barreled shotgun, instantly killing her. Jansa and his wife have reared a large family of children, having two grown sons, but lately they have not been getting along well, and both decided to separate. They had a settlement here some weeks ago, she paying him some money and he leaving. A few days since they began living together again, and Saturday the family was all together and seemed to be getting along nicely.

Word was sent here early yesterday morning that Mrs. Jansa was found in bed dead by her children, shot through the head, and that Jansa was gone.

Mrs. Jansa had nine living children and two small ones were in bed with her when her husband did the shooting. A big hole was shot in her right cheek and the thumb of her right hand was shot off. He also tried to kill his oldest son, but the boy made his escape.

After shooting his wife, Jansa gave the gun to his 12-year-old boy and asked him to shoot him.

A crowd of about 50 citizens of Engle and neighboring farms hunted all morning for the missing man, who was caught about 100 yards from the house in the tall grass. He had a gun and six-shooter when found.

The child states Jansa made him move in the bed so he could shoot his wife while the lad was pleading with him not to commit the deed.

Jansa claims a family row was the cause of the killing and seems to realize the awful deed he has committed.

The prisoner is about 60 years of age and talks good English. He confessed that he did the shooting when he surrendered. The sheriff conveyed him to the county jail at LaGrange after Justice Nesrsta had concluded the inquest.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, April 17, 1958

Hallettsville. – Funeral services for Mrs. Vincencie M. Jansky, 81, mother of Rev. Father Edward J. Jansky of Yoakum, were held Wednesday, April 16, 1958 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Yoakum, with her son, the Rev. Father Edward J. Jansky officiating. Graveside services were held at Hostyn Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

The body lay in state in St. Joseph’s Church in Yoakum from Tuesday evening until services Wednesday morning.

Rosary was recited Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, Yoakum, and Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Yoakum at 7:30 p.m.

Mrs. Jansky died at Huth Memorial Hospital Sunday, April 13 at 4:55 p.m. A native of Czechoslovakia, she was born March 10, 1877. During the last four years she resided at Yoakum.

Survivors include three sons: Charles Jansky of Louise, Emil Jansky of El Campo and Rev. Father Edward J. Jansky of Yoakum; two daughters: Miss Emily Jansky of Yoakum and Mrs. Rudy (Ann) Novosad of Rosenberg; two step-sons: Anton and Joe Jansky of Floresville; one step-daughter, Mrs. John (Mary) Jiral of Yoakum.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 22, 1966

Louis C. Janssen

Funeral services for Louis C. Janssen, 72, of La Grange were held Sunday, September 18, at 4:45 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Janssen expired Friday, September 16, in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

He was born in La Grange on June 18, 1894, a son of William and Wilhelmina Gerdes Janssen, Sr.  On November18, 1923, he was united in marriage with Miss Paula Placke in La Grange.  He was a World War I veteran and a lifelong resident of La Grange.

Survivors include his wife of La Grange; two daughters, Mrs. William P. (Frances) Carroll of Dilley and Mrs. A. J. (Dolores) DeDeer of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Alex (Lydia) Rosenberg of La Grange; three brothers, Emil Janssen of Smithville and Gerhard and Herbert Janssen, both of La Grange; and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Janssen remained at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel until 3:30 P.M. Sunday.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, February 28, 1984


Funeral services for Eliza Jarmon, 84, were held Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in La Grange.  Paradise Funeral Home of Houston was in charge.

She passed away on Feb. 21 in a Houston hospital.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Colorado Citizen, 5 Nov 1874, page 2


Died, in the seventy-third year of his age, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. H. Little, near Columbus, Col. R. B. Jarmon, on the 2d November, 1874. The deceased leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Colorado Citizen, 3 Dec 1874, page 3

Rev. R. C. Burleson, of Waco, will preach Col. R. B. Jarmon's funeral sermon, at Shiloh, near his old home, in Fayette county, on the third Sunday in December, 1874, at 11 o'clock.

Richard Jarmon may have been buried in what is now known as the Jarmon Cemetery near Ellinger, but there is no marker.


Flake’s Bulletin, Galveston, TX, Volume V, Issue 264, 29 Apr 1870, page 5

Another Empty Seat

An old, venerable, and much-respected pioneer of this State has passed to another and better land.  We append the following memoir, taken from the La Grange New Era:

Stephen Jarmon, the subject of this notice, died on the 19th day of April, 1870, after a protracted illness, at his residence, in Fayette County, Texas, in the 78th year of his age.  He was born near Wadesboro, North Carolina, on the 17th day of April, 1792, and at the early age of twelve years emigrated, with his father, Robert Jarmon, to the city (then village) of Nashville, Tennessee; afterwards was, for a long time, a resident of Humphreys county, Tennessee, and subsequently moved to West Tennessee, where he was the immediate neighbor and intimate acquaintance of the last Gen. Edward Burleson, of Texas.  His grand-father was an old Revolutionary soldier, and lost his life in the defense of the city of Charleston, during that struggle.  His father, Robert Jarmon, raised a regiment of Tennesseeans, not far from Nashville, and commanded the same, as Colonel, in the battle of New Orleans.  The deceased himself was a young soldiers (sic) in the little band of heroes that defended that city.  Stephen Jarmon was a cotemporary and acquaintance of Generals Jackson, Houston, Crockett, and others of that period, and belonged to that old style of men which is now rapidly passing away.  He was an old backwoodsman, and spent the best portion of his life amid the hardy and exciting scenes of the frontier.  During the late war his sympathies and active assistance were given with great liberality to the South, and his efforts to assist the Confederate cause remained a matter of pride and satisfaction to him up to the closing scenes of his life.  His beloved wife, Mrs. Eliza H. Jarmon, with whom he lived happily for more than 50 years, still survives him, and with children, grandchildren, and other relatives and friends, mourns the loss of the good old man.

Transcribed by Donna Baker


Colorado County Citizen, March 20, 1980, Page 2

Funeral services for Annie Nee Jasek of Fayetteville were held March 1q3 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church near Ellinger under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  The Rev. Ben Mazurkiwetz officiated.

Mrs. Jasek, a lifetime resident of Rocky Hill near Fayetteville, died March 11 at Sweetbriar Nursing Home.  She was 82 years of age.

She was born April 15, 1897 at Rocky Hill, the daughter of William Schneider and the former Josephine Koehl.  She was baptized at St. Mary’s on Aug. 29, 1897.  She and Tom Jasek were married on Feb. 27, 1927.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

Survivors include her husband, Tom of Fayetteville; one daughter, Mrs. Charles Neuendorff of Columbus, and two grandchildren, Thomas Neuendorff of Cuero and Mrs. Linda Nitschke of Highlands.  Mrs. Jasek was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, four sisters and one granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Nettle, Manuel, Lester and Louis Schneider, Donald Gresser and Woodrow Jasek.

Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht


Victoria Advocate, 4 Nov 1993, page 10A


MOULTON – Benedict D. Jasek, 53, of Moulton died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1993.

He was born Nov. 5, 1939, in Moulton to the late Vaclav and Ann Migl Jasek. He was a retired postmaster. He was a member of KJT, National Association of Postmasters and he was a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Pamela Barnhart Jasek; daughters, Teresa Lynn Jasek of Katy and Julie Ann Harrison of Arlington; son, Benny David Jasek Jr. of Katy; sisters, Bernadette Motal of Moulton and Mary Sutton of Spendora [Splendora]; brothers, Leon Jasek of Lake Jackson, Jim Jasek of Baton Rouge, La. and Patrick Jasek of Conroe; and two grandchildren.

Rosary: 7 p.m. today, Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Praha Catholic Church, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

Burial: Praha Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 865-3311.

Pallbearers: Thomas Motal, Travis Motal, Howard Motal, Michael Jasek, Mark Jasek and Kim Guest.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HOUSTON - Geraldine Ann Jasek passed away January 2, 2015 in Houston, TX.

Geri was born Christmas day in 1948 in Hallettsville, TX. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Geri loved visiting the family farm and deer lease, dancing, traveling and sitting on her park bench in her front yard watching the hummingbirds. She enjoyed taking family trips to the Frio River with her husband, children, grandchildren and best friends. She cherished every moment she spent with her grandchildren and loved them all to the moon and back. Geri was a generous, kind hearted, loving and caring person who loved anyone and everyone who touched her life.

Geri is preceded in death by her father, Edgar F. Mendel, Sr.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Charlie Jasek, son Darrell Jasek and his wife Christine and their children Elise, Cayden, Matthew and Gracie, son Brandon Jasek and his wife Donna and their sons Cody and Dylan, daughter DeAndra Black and her husband Greg and their children Jackson and Reese, mother Evelyn Mendel, sister Dollie Mensik and her husband Leroy, brother Edgar F. Mendel, Jr. and his wife Patsy, sisters-in-law Lilly Zimmerhanzel, Patsy Tydlacka, Kay Jasek and Barbara Jasek, brothers-in-law Joe Jasek, Bennie Jasek and Leonard Tydlacka, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Geri will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Visitation will start at 12 noon Tuesday January 6, 2015 at the Smith Funeral Home-Flatonia with a rosary being recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 10 am at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha with Father Gabriel Maison officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Smith Funeral Home-128 East 5th St.-Flatonia, Texas

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, August 2, 1972

Victorian's Brother Dies In Collision

FLATONIA -- James Lee Jasek, 19, brother of Joe F. Jasek of Victoria, was killed about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when the bulk feed truck he was driving was in collision with a train about 2.8 miles north of Flatonia on Highway 95.

He was alone in the truck.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, with requiem mass to be sung at 10 a.m. at Praha Catholic Church. Burial will be in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Jasek, of Flatonia; two other brothers, Charley F. and Bernard, both of Houston, and two sisters, Mrs. Gary Zimmerhanzel of Flatonia and Mrs. Leonard Tydlacka of Katy.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, March 11, 1971

Farmer, 72, Pulled Into Sprig Planter

John Jasek, 72, of the Novohrad section near Praha, died in Youens Memorial Hospital here Thursday morning, March 4, after having his leg mangled in a sprigpring machine Wednesday afternoon.

The Tribune Herald of Hallettsville reported that Jasek and Anton Migl of Praha were planting coastal bermuda on the Migl farm when the accident occurred. Migl was driving the tractor, pulling the sprigger.

It was windy, and to keep the sprigs from blowing away, Jasek was riding on the rear of the tractor and pushing them into the sprigger with his foot.

Migl said evidently Jasek's pants leg caught in the mechanism and he was pulled into the machine.

Migl ran to a neighbor's place and he and the neighbor took Jasek to a Schulenburg doctor in the neighbor's car. Then he was rushed to the hospital here, but he had lost too much blood.

Jasek is survived by two daughters, two sons, and other relatives. His wife, Mrs. Clara Migl Jasek, died two years ago.

He was buried Saturday at Praha.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, March 28, 1963

John Jasek Sr., Aged 93, Laid To Rest Friday

Funeral services were held Mar. 22 for John Jasek Sr., 93, of near Fayetteville. Mr. Jasek died Mar. 20 at his home where he resided with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jasek. Born at Live Oak Hill April 29, 1869, he was married to Veronika Zatopek who died in 1955.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday night by Rev. Francis Kolar of Hostyn and Rev. Ben Mazurkiewic of Fayetteville.

Services were held at the Knesek Funeral Chapel at 9:30 a.m. Friday with continued services at Hostyn Catholic church near Ellinger with Rev. Kolar officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Woodrow Jasek and Raymond and Arthur H. Untermeyer of Columbus; R. A. Macilvain of Baytown; Charles McCaleb of Pasadena; Elo Zatopek of West; Joe Jasek of near Ellinger and Walter Kulhanek of Frelsburg.

Survivors are 5 sons, Leon, Tom, John Jr. and Willie of Fayetteville, and Henry of near La Grange, and 7 daughters, Mrs. Mary Untermeyer and Mrs. Frances Elsik of Columbus; Mrs. Valasta Marties of Fayetteville; Mrs. Annie Dungen of Houston; Mrs. Amalie Schneider of Rodgers; Mrs. Julie Havaran of Knox City and Mrs. Emilie Rubesch of Oregon; also a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. One son, Adolph, died in infancy. He is also survived by a brother, Edwin Jasek of Fayetteville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 4, 1958

Schulenburg Priest Is Drowning Victim

Justice of the Peace J. H. Watson at Austin returned a verdict of accidental drowning Wednesday in the death of Rev. Ladislaus Anthony Jasek, 33-year-old Schulenburg priest, victim of a tragic canoe accident Tuesday evening at Austin.

Rev. Jasek was in a canoe with one of several Schulenburg Boy Scouts whom he was serving as chaplain during an outing at Camp Wooten on Bull Creek near Austin.

The Scout with whom he was riding, Allan Berger, 11, reported the priest suddenly gasped and fell overboard.

From all appearances he suffered a heart attack or at least a fainting spell.

Three Scouts and a counselor saw Rev. Jasek when he fell. Ronny Rainosek, 11, and Larry Meyer, 12, said they shoved a paddle toward the 280-pound priest but he was unable to grab it. The boys then jumped into the water but failed to reach him in time. Richard Bentley, district Boy Scout counselor, said he saw the priest from the bank and that he struggled briefly before sinking.

The accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. and death was pronounced at 9:49 a.m. after all efforts to revive him had failed.

Solemn Requiem Mass will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and the funeral Mass will be Saturday, July 5, at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Assumption at Praha. Burial will be in that church cemetery.

Archbishop Robert E. Lacey will be present in the sanctuary at Schulenburg and Bishop Steven Leven will be present at Praha.

Rosary will be recited Thursday night, at 6:30 in Joseph's Catholic Church, Moulton, and at 8:30 in the Schulenburg church.

Rev. T. Okruhlik, a cousin of Rev. Jasek, will be celebrant of the Saturday Mass at Praha.

A native of Praha, Rev. Jasek had been assistant pastor at Schulenburg since last September. He was ordained in 1951.

His was the third violent death in his family. One brother, Bernard, died of a skull fracture in an accident on the family farm, and another, Jerry, was killed in a car accident near San Angelo.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Albina Jasek of Novohrad, and five brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 29, 1953

Final Rites for Louis Jasek, 75, Held Saturday

Funeral service for Louis Jasek, 75, of Ammannsville, were held last Saturday at the house of one of his sons, Rudolph B Jasek of Ammannsville, with continued services at the Ammannsville Catholic Church.

Rev. Adolph P. Janda oficiated, assisted by Msgr. A. F. Drozd of Weimar and Rev. Alex Kram of Columbus.

Mr. Jasek died Wednesday, May 20, in Youens Hospital here, after a long illness.

Born at Ellinger in 1878, he was the son of Thomas and Frances Jasek. He married Miss Frances Veselka at Fayetteville in 1901, and after her death, married Miss Bessie Sanohyl in 1918. Most of his life was spent at Ammannsville, where he was a member of the Catholic Church and Hermann Sons and SPJST lodges.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Willie Shiller of Taylor, Mrs. Horace Blackburn and Mrs. Ray Miller, both of Houston; four sons, Rudolph B. of Ammannsville, Louis V. of Hostyn, Robert of Fayetteville, and Pvt. Justin Jasek of Camp Carson, Colorado; brothers, Edwin Jasek of Hostyn and John Jasek of Fayetteville; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, March 26, 1936 pg. 1

Dies Sunday

Mrs. O. F. Rose was advised of the death of her young relative, Roy Jaster, aged 9 years, which occurred Sunday; the lad had been ill for two months from flu and complications. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs.  Leo Jaster, Carmine, Route 2.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with interment in Hill’s cemetery, four miles from Carmine. Mrs. Rose, nee Jaster and daughter attended.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed

The La Grange Journal, March 26, 1936 pg. 3

Dies Sunday

Roy Delwood Jaster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Jaster of the Hill’s community, died at his home Sunday night, after and illness of eight weeks. Roy was born December 27, 1926, and reached the age of 9 years, 2 months, and 26 days. He was a patient at the Sarah B. Milroy Hospital during his illness.

Roy is survived by his parents, one brother and one sister, besides many other relatives. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00  o’clock, with interment in the Hill’s cemetery, Rev. W. Kralik of Round Top officiating.

The sincere sympathy of the entire community is extended to the morning relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Mar 1904

Death Record.

Jeams: Died in La Grange, 2-8-04, of asthenia, Patrick Jeams, colored, aged about 90 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, May 25th, 1939

Mrs. Anna Jecmenek Is Buried Monday

Mrs. Anna Jecmenek, 78, who died Sunday of pneumonia at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. O. Frerichs, near Columbus was buried Monday in Rusk [sic.] Prairie Cemetery in Fayette County, Untermeyer Bros. in charge.

Mrs. Jecmenek was born January 18th, 1861 at Zadverich, Moravia. She was the wife of Thomas Jecmenek, deceased.

Anna Jecemenek is buried in the Fayetteville Brethren Cemetery at Ross Prairie. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


from the Brethren Journal

Mrs. Bessie Jecmenek, age 71, daughter of the late Rev. Henry Juren, was buried on July 28, 1961. Mrs. Jecmenek was a member of the Fayetteville Brethren Church and Christina sisters Society. In 1916, she was united in marriage with Joseph William Jecmenek with who she lived in New Ulm until his death. For the past 23 years she had been residing with her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Everett Wood. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Nedbalek of Beeville, Texas and Mrs. Julia Brugman of Fort Worth, Texas. She also is survived by 5 brothers, E.R. Juren of Houston, O.H. Juren of Temple, R.A. Juren of Forth Worth, Fred L. Juren of Temperance, Michigan and D.A. Juren of Ellinger. Also surviving are her step-mother Mrs. Anna Juren, 1 half-sister Mrs. Ella Adlong, and one step-brother Emil Kubin all of Houston. Burial was in the Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, Texas. The minister was Guy Pry.

La Grange Journal, August 3, 1961

Mrs. Bessie Jecmenek, 71, of Houston died on Thursday at her home. Last rites were held on Friday and burial was in the Forest Park cemetery.

The deceased, a native of Wesley, was a sister of D.A. Juren of Ellinger.

Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth, Houston; two sisters, Mrs. J.P. Nedbalek, Beeville and Mrs. E.P. Bruggman, Fort Worth; three other brothers, O.H. Juren of Temple, Fred of Temperance, Michigan and Ed of Houston; and three grandchildren.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


La Grange Journal, December 11, 1958

Ellinger Funeral Director Dies

E.C. Jecmenek, life resident of Ellinger and well known funeral director and merchant of there died at his home Sunday night, December 7 at the age of 59.

Last rites were conducted at the Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger Monday, December 8 at 2 P.M. with the Reverend H.E. Beseda of Caldwell and the Reverend Raymond W. Durst of Rutersville officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

The deceased was born on August 22, 1899 at Ross Prairie. His parents were the late Joseph and Katherine Slovacek Jecmenek. He married the former Elenora Hruska on November 9, 1924 at Ross Prairie.

Surviving are his widow of Ellinger; two sons, Leon of Rock Island and Eddie of Van Vleck; five sisters, Mrs. Minnie Kretschmer of Cameron, Miss Julia Jecmenek of Ellinger; Mrs. Jerry Petrusek of Needville; Mrs. Herbert Sommers of La Grange and Mrs. Oscar Strobel of Schulenburg; one brother, Frank of Houston and three grandchildren.

All pallbearers were Ellinger businessmen;
Active pallbearers were: Edwin Hoelscher, Clemence Hoelscher, Jerome Walla, Lee Walla, A.V. Kubena, Arthur Koepke, Leon Gartner and Walter Koehl.

Honorary Pallbearers were: C.A.J. Meyer, D.A. Juren, L.J. Meyer, Ed Tobias, Leslie Fritsch, Joe R. Hubenak, Joe M. Hrachovy, G.H. Kristek, Louis Konikowsky and Leon Koepke.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


The Fayette County Record, October 1980

Last rites for Mrs. Elenora C. Jecmenek, 73, of Ellinger were held Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. at the Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger. The Reverend Henry Beseda, The Reverend Hejl and the Reverend Lee Eschberger officiated: Interment was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Jecmenek passed away Tuesday in Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

A native of Ellinger, Mrs. Jecmenek was born there February 20, 1907. She was the daughter of the late Frank J and Louisa Mikeska Hruska. She was united in marriage on November 9, 1924 at Ross Prairie with Edward Jecmenek who preceded her in death on December 7, 1958. She was a member of the Sons of Hermann and Christian Sisters.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Evelyn Jecmenek of Ellinger; a son and daughter-in-law Eddie and Jackie Jecmenek of Bay City; two brothers, Frankie and Gussie Hruska, both of Ellinger; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death within the last 1 1/2 months by a great-grand daughter and son, Leon, and previously by two brothers, Leslie and Alfred Hruska.

Koenig-Peel funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


La Grange Journal, May 11, 1967

Funeral services for Frank H. Jecmenek, 74, of Houston were held Wednesday, May 10, at 4:30 P.M. at the Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger with continued services at the Fayetteville Brethren Church. Reverend Henry Beseda of Houston officiated, and burial was in the Ross Prairie Cemetery.

Mr. Jecmenek expired in Fayette Memorial Hospital on Monday.

The deceased, a retired worker for the Reed Roller Bit of Houston, was born in Fayetteville on December 24, 1892, the son of Joseph and Katherine Slovacek Jecmenek. He was a member of the American Legion #102 and was a World War II Veteran.

He had never married and had resided in Houston for the past 24 years.

Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Minnie Kretschmer of Cameron, Miss Julia Jecmenek of Ellinger, Mrs. Jerry (Anne) Petrusek of Needville, Mrs. Herbert (Rosie) Sommer of La Grange, and Mrs. Oscar (Adelle) Strobel of Schulenburg.

Six brothers, John, Joseph, Edward, Rudolph, Richard and Jerome preceded him in death.

Contributed by Brenda Simek



La Grange Journal, February 8, 1951

John A. Jecmenek Veteran of 2 Wars Is Claimed By Death

Funeral services were held for John A. Jecmenek, 62, Monday at 2 P.M. at the chapel of the Jecmenek funeral Home in Ellinger, with continued services at the C.M.B. church at Ross Prairie. Reverend H.E. Beseda of Caldwell, officiated. Interment was in the C.M.B. Cemetery, with Koening funeral Home directing.

Mr. Jecmenek was born near Fayetteville, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jecmenek with who he lived and farmed until he volunteered for the U.S. Navy during World War I. After six years of service in the navy, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served 21 years as a chief machinist mate. In 1945 he retired and held a position with the Civil Service Department in Oakland California, until December 1949. After 17 years of absence from Texas , he came here on the 25th of December (Xmas day) to visit with his brothers and sisters. He became ill here the next day and was taken to the La Grange hospital, where he was confined for two months. His health improved and he returned here and spent most of the time at the homes of his brothers at Ellinger. Mr. and Mrs. Ed. C. Jecmenek and Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph F. Jecmenek.

About the middle of June, his condition became critical and he was rushed back to the La Grange hospital where he passed away Friday at 11 A.M.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 160 in Mississippi and also the VFW the PJCMB of the CMB Church of Ross Prairie.

The deceased was very active in church work at Ellinger. He was a life-time member of the CMB Church at Ross Prairie where he taught Sunday school for many years before entering service.

Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Minnie Kretschmar of Cameron, Mrs. Annie Petrusek of Needville, Miss Julia Jecmenek of San Angelo, Mrs. Rosie Sommer of La Grange and Mrs. Oscar Strobel of Schulenburg; four brothers, Frank of Houston, Richard of East Bernard, Ed. C. and Rudolph F of Ellinger; and several nephews and nieces. His parents preceded him in death a few years ago. Two brothers, Jerome, passed away in infancy and Joe in 1919 at the age of 26.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


La Grange Journal, June 9, 1880

We regret to record the fact that on the 30th ult., one of our citizens, Joseph Jecminek, committed suicide by blowing his brains out with a pistol. Cause, family disagreement, resulting from the evil influences exercised by his mother-in-law over his wife. Mr. J. Had been a resident of Fayette county for about twenty-five years; was a well to do farmer, and was very much liked by all his neighbors. He leaves a wife and two children and a great many warm friends to mourn his untimely decease.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, June 4, 1942

Funeral services for Joseph Jecmenek were held Sunday at the Jecmenek Funeral Home Chapel with continued services at the Czech-Moravian Brethren Evangelical Church at Ross Prairie.

Mr. Jecmenek, a life-long resident of this immediate section, was well known and well liked. He was born September 25, 1863 near here (Ellinger). He was an active and devoted member of the C.M.B. Church at Ross Prairie. Elected to the Board of elders of that church, he served in that capacity until his death. When the C.M.B. lodge was organized, he was elected its first secretary.

On November 15, 1887, he was united in marriage with Miss Katherine Slovacek; to this union was born 12 children, 10 of whom are still living. The family settled on a farm near Ellinger and prospered.

Due to his age and life experience, Mr. Jecmenek was called upon many times for assistance. He was ever willing to help, and his pleasing ways made him a favorite among his friends.

Surviving are five daughters; Mrs. Minnie Kretschmer of Cameron, Miss Julia Jecmenek of here (Ellinger), Mrs. Annie Petrusek of Needville, Mrs. Rosie Sommers of West Point, Mrs. Adelle Strobel of Weimar; five sons, John A. Jecmenek, a member of the Unites States Coast Guard, E.C. Jecmenek, R.F. Jecmenek and Frank H. Jecmenek of Needville. One brother, John V. Jecmenek of near Ellinger, one sister Mrs. ---- Tomcik of Wall, Texas; several grandchildren and one great grandson Jean Wood, of Galveston.

Reverend Joseph Hegar of Temple and Reverend H.E. Beseda of Caldwell, pastor of the C.M.B. Church at Ross Prairie officiated at the funeral services beginning at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon and continuing at the C.M.B. cemetery at Ross Prairie; Koening Funeral Home of La Grange were in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Colorado County Citizen, March 6, 1975

Many friends and relatives attended the funeral services for Miss Julia Jecmenek Monday at 2 p.m. at the Fayetteville Brethren Church. Rev. Gordon Hejl of Nelsonville officiated and burial was in the church cemetery.

Miss Jecmenek is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Oscar (Adelle) Strobel of Schulenburg and Mrs. Herbert (Rosie) Sommer of La Grange; 3 sisters-in-law and a number of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, September 17, 1942

Mrs. Katherine Jecmenek

Funeral services for Mrs. Katherine Jecmenek, who died Saturday, September 12, were held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock at the Jecmenek funeral Home and later continued at the Czech-Moravian Brethren church at Ross Prairie.

Mrs. Jecmenek, nee Slovacek, was born in Czech-Slovakia and came to America with her parents when she was nine years old. The family located at Ross Prairie where she was confirmed in the C.M.B. church and continued to remain a member until her death. In the year 1887 she became the wife of Joseph Jecmenek, the couple locating on a farm in the immediate section, remaining there until called hence. Her husband died May 29, this year.

She was a member of the SPJST fraternal order and a charter member of the Ladies' Aid Society (S.K.S.) of the C.M.B. church. Of a pleasant disposition she won many friends who remained loyal until her end.

Mrs. Jecmenek is survived by the following five sons; John Jecmenek, now in the Hawaiian Islands, a Coast Guard, Frank at home, E.C. of Ellinger, Rudolph of Columbus and Richard of Needville; five daughters; Mrs. Minnie Kretschmar of Cameron, Miss Julia Jecmenek of Ellinger, Mrs. Annie Petrusek of Needville, Mrs. Herbert Sommer of West Point, and Mrs. Adelle Strobel of Weimar. There are eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. On brother, Paul Slovacek, also survives.

Reverend H. E. Beseda of Caldwell, pastor of the Ross Prairie church, and Reverend Joseph Hegar of Temple officiated. Koening funeral Home of La Grange had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Colorado County Citizen, July 31, 1958

Rudolph Jecmenek Dies Of Gun Shot Wound In Head

Rudolph Jecmenek, 54, of Route 1, Columbus died about 7 a.m. Monday of a rifle shot in his forehead that Justice of the Peace Bob Weishuhn said was self inflicted. His home is near Ellinger.

Mr. Jecmenek had been in ill health for about a month and had not been able to work at his duties in the County Tax Assessor-Collector's office here since mid-June. He had been a deputy in the tax office here for about 2 years.

Deputy Sheriff Marvin Buller and Judge Weishuhn said that the shot was fired from a .22 rifle and Mr. Jecmenek apparently was sitting in the bathroom of his home. He was clothed except for a shirt, the officers said.

They said that Mr. Jecmenek's son had not gotten up from bed when he heard the shot. Mrs. Jecmenek and her father, William Plengemeyer, 88, were outside the house doing chores.

The officers said the son, Rudolph Jecmenek Jr., 24, heard his father get the gun but thought nothing wrong because it had been used before to fire at squirrels bothering corn in a field near the house.

Funeral services for Mr. Jecmenek were held Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the funeral home at Ellinger. Rev. Durst of Rutersville officiated.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery at Columbus.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, November 1, 1973

Houston – A policeman shot to death a grocer who opened fire on officers apparently thinking they were burglars trying to get into his store early Monday, October 22, 1973.

Leroy Jemelka, 39, was killed by a bullet from Officer Robert Stinnetts’ gun, police said. Two other police officers and a man believed to be the actual intruder were slightly wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

Mr. Jemelka, manager of the Sak-N-Pak Drive-in Grocery at 9309 Clay Road, was sleeping at his store because of attempted break-ins recently.

An 18 years old suspect believed to be the burglar was arrested inside the store shortly after the shooting. The teenager was found hiding behind a door inside the grocery store when the smoke cleared.

Leroy Jemelka, son of Joe and Bessie (Pulkrabek) Jemelka, was born at Moulton and was a graduate of Moulton High School. He was married to Mary Charba, also a native of Moulton.

Funeral services were held in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moulton Thursday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m. Interment was in the Cistern Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of Houston; his mother, Mrs. Bessie Jemelka of Moulton; one sister, Mrs. Eugene (Bessie Mae) Wotipka of Houston; two brothers, Victor Jemelka of Hallettsville and Joe Jemelka of Houston.

Preceding him in death were his father, September 26, 1958; two brothers, Marvin Jemelka, July 7, 1959; Fred Allen Jemelka, November 25, 1966.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Nov 30, 2001


Funeral services for Jo Lee Jessee, 59, of Thorndale and daughter of Edna Koopmann of La Grange and the late Sheriff Vastine Koopmann were held Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. in St. John Lutheran Church in Thorndale with burial in the Taylor City Cemetery. The Rev. Clarence Oestreich and the Rev Robert Beike officiated.

Jessee died Friday, Nov. 16.

Born Nov. 5, 1942 in La Grange, she was the daughter of Vastine and Edna (Sauer) Koopmann. She was a realtor and employed by Sears in Austin. She was a member of the Lutheran faith.

Survivors include her mother, Edna Koopmann of La Grange; a daughter, Dawn Biar and husband David, of Hickman, Neb.; and one granddaughter, Cathy Alvis.

She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, La Grange Police Chief Darrell Koopmann.

Condra Funeral Home of Taylor was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, February 6, 1997

Lloyd A. Jilek

Lloyd Armin Jilek, age 90 years, 11 months, 29 days, passed away at Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville on Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.  He had resided at 702 Kallus St.

The funeral was held on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, followed by interment in the church cemetery.  Officiating were the Rev. Tim Kosler, the Rev. Dan Kahlich and the Rev. Royce Hughes.  Pallbearers were Mark Citzler of Irving, Greg Pavlik of Vacaville, Calif., Stan Pavlik of Snyder, John Pavlik of Irving, Roger Pavlik of Snyder and the Rev. Andrew Stafford of Schulenburg.

The rosary, led by the Rev. Koslar, was said on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Born in Yoakum on Jan. 29, 1906, he was the son of Adolph and Frieda (Herder) Jilek.  In 1924 he graduated from school in Humble.  His marriage to Virginia Hickey took place on Aug. 9, 1926 in Yoakum.  A 50-year resident of Fayette County, he lived in Yoakum, Harlingen, San Benito (1928), Kenedy (1937-1940), Flatonia (1940-41), Moulton (1941-45) and Schulenburg (1945 until his death). Retired at the time of his death, he was an electrician for the Lower Colorado River Authority.  He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Knights of Columbus and Lions Club.  He received the Scouting awards of Silver Beaver, St. George and Ad Altari Dei medals.

Surviving him are his wife; three daughters, Sister Joyce Jilek of Columbus, Margaret Citzler of Irving and Shirley Pavlik of Snyder; a son, James Lloyd Jilek of Jacksonville, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  His parents preceded him in death.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, February 6, 1997

A tribute … “Daddy”

This gentle blue-eyed man, Lloyd Jilek, has been recalled by his maker.  He left a legacy that cannot be easily matched.

Left behind is a brown-eyed love of his life – his beloved “Vergie,” who shared more than 70 years of togetherness – both hard and happy times.

He left behind children and grandchildren – but he left them so that each felt that he or she was his favorite.

He loved people – he could, and would, strike up a conversation with anyone – from ditch-digger to senators.  His communications with others made each feel better.  He could motivate people to achieve “all that you can be.”

He strived for perfection in whatever he did.  As an electrician, he was “perfect” in safety – as he was a careful man.  He was an innovative man – give him a problem and he would solve it.  As a planner, he would “measure twice, cut once.”  In Scouting for more than 30 years, he could take a group of unruly brats and mold them into useful, daring, responsible adults.  He had the ability to get boys to live up to their talents and abilities.

His belief in God was deep and he lived as best he could.  He gave his permission for his 14-year old daughter to enter a convent and have to leave home.

Lloyd Jilek was a man of many talents and hobbies.  A major talent was a love of people – he had a kind word for most everyone.  He would praise a harried store cashier to perk her up.  He would go on calls to get swarms of bees that were unwanted.  He grew grapes and made excellent wines – so he could share the wine with others.

We are proud to call this generous, gentle man, our “Daddy.”

By J. L. Jilek

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, November 27, 1998

Virginia Jilek

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m at the St. Rose Catholic Church for Virginia Jilek, a resident of the Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center for the last five years.

She passed away in the Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. after a brief illness. Mrs. Jilek had reached the age of 92 years, 5 months, 22 days.

Rosary was held Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home. Leading the rosary were the Rev. Dr. Royce Hughes and Janet Machac.

The Rev. Tim Kosler, Rev. Dr. Hughes and Rev. Dan Kahlich celebrated the Mass. Burial followed in St. Rose Cemetery.

Mrs. Jilek was born in Yoakum to James A. and Elizabeth (May) Hickey on June 1, 1906. She was married to Lloyd A. Jilek on Aug. 9, 1926 in Yoakum. A 53-year resident of Schulenburg, Mrs. Jilek was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in January 1997; infant twin sons, Harry and Larry Jilek; daughter-in-law, Sylvia (Dill) Jilek and two grandchildren, Jerome A. Jilek and Barbara Graycochea.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James and Athaline Jilek of Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters and a son-in-law, Sister Joyce Jilek of Columbus, Margaret and Clint Citzler of Irving, and Shirley Pavlik of Snyder; and nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mark Citzler and John Pavlik of Irving, Greg Pavlik of San Antonio, and Stan Pavlik and Roger Pavlik of Snyder, all grandsons; and Rev. Andrew Stafford of Schulenburg.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by John Pavlik


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 May 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Christian Jochen aged 63 years died May 5.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Dec 1916


Gotlieb Jochen died Oct 5, age 81 years, 6 months and 5 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, April 26, 1918

Mrs. Henrietta Jochen

One of the fine old German mothers of Fayette county died at the old homestead near Swiss Alp, where she had lived half a century, Wednesday, April 17, aged 83 years and six months.

Mother Jochen came to this country when her eldest son, Albert, was three weeks old and all these years Fayette county has been her home.

She was the mother of nine children, six boys and three girls.  Burial took place at the Swiss Alp cemetery April 19.  The husband and father died 18 months ago.

The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, April 25, 1918

Carl Jochen of Nordheim was here to attend his mother’s funeral.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Jan 1921, page 1

Death of Mrs. Louis Jochen Sr.

Death came and claimed Mrs. Louis Jochen, Sr., on last Thursday night at 11:30 o’clock, following an illness of about six months, and acute suffering of the past three weeks was mercifully ended.

She was born on July 3, 1878 near Swiss Alp, and was nearing her 43rd brithday [sic] at the time of her death.

She was a true, kind-hearted woman, beloved by all who knew her. Her loss is mourned by a large circle of acquaintances.

The funeral services were held at High Hill Saturday afternoon, and burial took place at the old High Hill cemetery, conducted by Rev. O. C. Raeke.

Besides her heart broken husband three children Elsa, Otto and Alma, two sisters, Mrs. Jul. Frank and Mrs. August Winter, three brother [sic], Frank, Chas. and Henry Strobel she leaves to mourn her death many other relatives and friends.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Jan 1916


Otto Jochen, age 6 years, died Dec. 8, 1915, Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, July 31, 2014, Page 2A

Otto Jochen Jr. Services Held On July 18

Otto Jochen Jr. passed away on July 15, just three days shy of his 71st birthday.

Jochen was born July 18, 1943 at High Hill.
His parents were Otto Jochen Sr. and Viola (Haas) Jochen.
He attended school at Schulenburg I.S.D.
He was a lifelong resident of Fayette County.

Jochen married Gerry Tousek on July 10, 1965 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton.
The couple had one child, a son, David Jochen.
He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.
Jochen worked at Utex in Weimar for 17 years.
Later, he drove a gravel truck for Hertel Construction Co.
He also worked for John J. Fietsam Inc. as a fuel delivery truck driver from 1994 until his retirement in 2001.

He was a 29-year member of the Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department.
He joined the department in 1969 and retired in 1998.
He earned basic firefighter certification, intermediate certification, and served as an assistant foreman for a number of years.
In addition, Jochen served as chairman of various fire department committees as well as the stag supper for the SVFD.

Jochen was a member of the Schulenburg Young Farmers, having joined in 1977.
He received many awards at the local, area and state level.
He won Area Associate Member in 1995.
In 2001, he was the local, area and state winner of the Young Farmer Sundowner award.
In addition, he helped with many FFA fundraisers and was on the executive committee.
Jochen enjoyed bowling and bowled on several teams.

He bowled in the Texas Ten Pin Tournament and various other state tournaments. He also sponsored a team on the Friday Night League for many years.
He was also a member of the Rotary Club.
Jochen raised black and red Limousin Cattle for many years. 
He sold many calves to kids for their FFA projects. 
After his heart problems began in 2001, he retired from work and later sold the cattle. 
Jochen was also active with scholarship fundraisers for Herman Sons Insurance.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
His wife Gerry writes, “Otto was always the life of the party. He was very proud of our grandchildren, Colby and Caleb.”

Jochen is survived by his wife, Gerry; son, David Jochen and daughter-in-law Sharon of Schulenburg; sister, Maxine Hoffman and husband Oswald of Irving; nephew, Michael Hoffman; niece, Sherri Lancaster and grandchildren Colby and Caleb Jochen.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jochen was buried on his birthday, July 18.

His funeral was held at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg with Rev. George Kunnath officiating. 
Interment was in Old High Hill Cemetery in High Hill.
Pallbearers were Jeremy Seidenberger, Darrin Tousek, Jared Tousek and Michael Hoffman, all nephews; along with cousins Daniel Haas and Dennis Haas and friends Glen Davis and Jaston Davis.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 April 1912


Conrad Joh, Age 81 yreas [sic]. LaGrippe, near Wahalla.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


Colored List.

Near LaGrange September 29, of malarial diseases, Anna Johnson, aged 26 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Brenham Weekly Banner, 22 Feb 1878, page 1

—Capt. Johnson. of Winchester, Fayette county, lost three members of his family from roseola. Imprudence during the disease was the cause of the fatality.


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Feb 1917

G. M. Johnson Dead

G. M. Johnson died here Saturday, February 10, at 2:30 p. m.

Mr. Johnson was born at Fayetteville, Texas, September 12, 1854, and grew to manhood on his mother’s farm about one mile east of that town.

Arriving at the age of maturity he engaged in the barber business. Later he came to Schulenburg where for a short time he had employment as a clerk. Soon tiring of this he re-entered the barber business and in which he continued up to the time of his death.

On the 12th day of November, 1883, he was married to Miss Lima Richter, of San Antonio. Five children blessed this union, two sons and three daughters, Willie, Edna, Lima and Fay, of Schulenburg, and Homer, of Eagle Lake; and one grand-child. He is also survived by four brothers and three sisters, W. A., B. F. and Miss Julia, all of Schulenburg, Mrs. Mary Fountain, of West Lake, La.; A. M. Johnson, of Fayetteville, Texas; Mrs. Susie Boston, of Taylor, Texas; and C. P. Johnson, of Flatonia, Texas.

Decedent was a charter member of Sunset Camp No. 120, W. O. W., that order performing the burial ceremony, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, of Weimar, officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 15 Jun 1895

Fayetteville, Texas, June 10.—Mrs. Mattie Johnson, wife of T. V. Johnson, aged about 30, and their 2-year-old girl, Nora, were drowned while attempting to cross a creek in a wagon between here and LaGrange yesterday evening. Mr. Johnson and his remaining two children had a narrow escape. They were on their way to Bay City from Navarro county.


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Jan 1904, page 2

Death Record.

Johnson: Died at Zapp Jan 10 of phtisis pulmonalis, Mrs Henry Johnson (col), aged 50 years.


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 April 1909


Died at Flatonia, March 1, Howard L. Johnson, age 36 years, of accidental carbolic acid poisoning.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Sep 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

–. Johnson of West Point, infant, died August 30.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 July 1917

From the LaGrange Journal

As we go to press the news comes to us from West Point, that Jim Johnson, aged about forty-one years, had been run over and killed by the north bound Sap. We are not in possession of further particulars regarding the unfortunate accident. Mr. Johnson was a son one [sic] of the oldest families in that section, and a veteran of the Spanish American war.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Aug 1910


“Grandma” Johnson, by which endearing name she was known by all her friends, passed peacefully away at 10 o’clock Sunday morning at the home of her son, Mr. B. F. Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson (nee Kerr) was born August, 21, 1831, at San Phillipa, Washington county, and would have been 79 years of age had she lived until the 21st of the present month. She was a resident of Fayetteville for 55 years and of Schulenburg for the past 9 years. She had been an invalid since 1892, when she had the misfortune to fall and breake [sic] her hip. Fifteen years ago she became almost completely helpless and about a year ago suffered a stroke of paralysis, and a few days ago she contracted the typhoid fever, the ravages of which was too much for the poor, tired body and death came as a sweet relief and her pure soul was swiftly conveyed to its maker in the heavenly home beyond.

Words are inadequate to fittingly pay a tribute to this noble woman and the Christian fortitude in which she accepted her afflictions and patiently suffered so long.

Deceased was married in 1850 to F. M. Johnson, which union was blessed by nine children, all living but one. Those surviving her are Mrs. E. A. Fountain of West Lake La; Misses Susie and Julia, and Messrs. W. A., G. M., A. M., C. P. and B. F. She is also survived by thirteen grand children and three great-grand children.

It was her expressed desire to be buried beside her husband, who preceded her in death thirty-nine years ago, and of her son, John Haywood, who died 32 years ago, and her remains were conveyed to Fayetteville where they, surrounded by loved ones and dear friends, were tenderly laid to rest Monday morning at 8:30, Prof John Stierling speaking a few words at the grave.

To the grief stricken children, and especially to Misses Susie and Julia, who have had the constant care of their dear mother since she became an invalid and whose devotion to her cannot be expressed in mere cold and impotent words, do we extend our sincerest and heartfelt sympathy.

May she, by a thousand tender cords, draw each of her loved ones to that haven of rest to which she has journeyed.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 May 1907


The many relatives of our city were pained to learn of the death of Mrs. Mary E. Johnson, beloved wife of Mr. Willie Johnson, which occurred at the family residence at Lena’s Switch, three miles from Muldoon, Wednesday the 22nd. She was ill only a few days, taken sick Monday with congestion of the brain and death came Wednesday. Everything that medical skill and loving hands could do was done to relieve her suffering, but to no avail. She suffered intensely until God, in His infinite mercy soothed her sufferings and called her spirit to that land where there is no more suffering, no more tears and no parting.

Mrs. Johnson was 54 years of age. She leaves a husband, and one son and many other relatives to mourn her untimely death. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Muldoon, Thursday afternoon, Rev. Rolland of Flatonia officiating. She was a loving wife and a true and earnest christian [sic]. May her sleep be sweet.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 3 Mar 1881, page 2

Mr. N. C. Joiner, an old and highly respected citizen of Fayette county died last Monday morning at his residence near LaGrange. He was about 63 years old, and had been a resident of this county for about 33 years. We extend our sympathies to the sorrowing relatives left behind.—La Grange Journal


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 13 Nov 1873, page 2

The Fayette county Record tells of the stabbing of a son of Mr. A. R. Jones by a negro, which resulted in death.


Weimar Mercury, 11 Dec 1897, page 4

Flatonia Record: About two weeks ago Mamie Price and Cora Jones, two little colored girls, had a fight over a dog, and in the fight Price struck Jones over the eyer with a bone. The skull was fractured, but a week passed and the child was thought to be about well, when the bruised head caused the child to have lock jaw, from which it died Saturday . . .


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 July 1912, page 1


Harley Jones, age five months, Gastro Enteribus, near Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 25 Aug 1894

Died, at Flatonia, Aug. 25th, 1894, Jefferson Davis Jones, of consumption.


Brenham Weekly Banner, July 19, 1878, page 1

The sedate LaGrange Record says Jim Jones, a colored gentleman, got a fall that resulted in his death in 17 minutes. Jones was hanged.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 June 1921, page 1

Jim Jones, Colored Found Dead Sunday

Much excitement prevailed among the colored population Sunday morning, when Jim Jones, a well known negro, was found dead by his wife. A few moments previous the wife and mother-in-law heard a shot, which was without a doubt the fatal one.

The wife and other relatives apparently lean toward the belief that the fatal wound was self-inflicted, probably by accident, as both testified at the hearing held by Squire Vogt, that he had habitually played with the gun, cleaning often, etc., and had repeatedly warned him to be more careful.

Others hint at the possibility of foul play, and site [sic] the facts that the bullet entered at a low point of the abdomen on the right side, yet left no trace of powder burn, and that the gun was found back of his head on a box, combined, point to foul play.

Jones was welll [sic] known here and has been for years a trusted employee of the Schulenburg Oil Mill.

The case will be submitted to the grand jury for further investigation.

Contributed by Matt Cross


State Rights Democrat, May 1, 1868

At Round Top, on last Saturday, MACK JONES was killed by a man named MOORE. From what we can learn about the affair, the difficulty originated in a dispute about some cattle between MOORE and a brother of the deceased. After some words had been passed, Moore drew a pistol and fired at ANDREW JONES, but missed him; and, when MACK JONES ran up to stop him from shooting at his brother again, MOORE then fired at him, and gave him a mortal wound, from which he died almost immediately. Mr. JONES was a very peaceable and orderly young man, and the son of an old and widowed mother, who certainly must feel his loss very deeply. MOORE attempted to make his escape, but was arrested immediately after the shooting by parties on the ground. He was taken before a Justice's court an committed to jail upon the charge of murder in the first degree, and was brought to LaGrange to await his trial, which, we suppose, will take place at the next term of our District Court.

Mack Jones's grave appears to be unmarked.


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Max Jones, age 4 years, died October 10.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, January 9, 1936

Aged Woman Passes Tuesday Morning Funeral Thursday

Mrs. Anna Margaret Katherine Joost died at the home of her son, Reinhold Joost, in La Grange, Tuesday morning; aged 79 years, 3 months, and 1 day. Her husband preceded her in death several years ago.

Mrs. Joost was born in Oldenburg, Germany; she was married May 5, 1882 and emigrated to Texas and Fayette County in the year 1884. Nine children blessed this union, three died in infancy. The remaining children are: Gerh. Joost of plum, Henry Joost of La Grange, Mrs. Frieda Homann of Fayetteville, Mrs. Elise Legler of Plum, Reinhold Joost, La Grange, and Herman Joost of Plum; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild, one brother residing in Germany, Gerh. Ruther, two sisters, Mrs. Anna Maschek of Fayetteville and Mrs. Elsie Oeltjen of La Grange, and a half brother, Geo. Schroeder of Wallis, and a half sister, Mrs. Lena Meinen on Warrenton, also survive.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, at the home of Reinhold Joost. The body will be taken to the Zion Lutheran church where services will be held, and interment will be at the new cemetery. Rev. A. E. Moebus officiating.

Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.

The La Grange Journal, January 16, 1936 page 6

Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, January 8, of apoplexy; Mrs. Catherina Joost, aged 79 years, 2 months, and 21 days.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 July 1908


Died near LaGrange, June --, Adolph Jordan, age about 60 years, cause not known.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, November 20, 1915

Miss Emilie Jordan

Miss Emilie Jordan, aged 43 years, died at 10 o'clock yesterday morning in a local sanitarium. She was born in Germany, was brought to Texas when she was a child and had lived twelve years in San Antonio. The body will be taken, uder direction of the Shelley-Loring Undertaking Company, to Schulenberg [sic.] for interment there today.

Contributed by Jennifer Jordan


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 July 1921

Mrs. Johanna Jordan at Rest

In the passing of Mrs. Johanna Jordan on Tuesday, July 26th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Owen Gaffney of San Antonio, yet another link in the history of the early days of our community has been severed, and many are the friends who mourn the loss thereby sustained.

Mrs. Jordan who had reached the ripe old age of 82 years, two months and two days, until recently enjoyed to the full the blessings of a clear mind and good health, surrounded by the loving care of her family.

She came to Schulenburg with her husband from Hilden, Germany, in 1878 and like so many early settlers of our town and community enriched it with the education and culture she brought with her.

In 1886, her husband preceded her in death, she reared to manhood and womanhood a family of twelve children here and only recently removed to San Antonio to make her home with her daughter.

The following children survive her: Mesdames B. F. Johnson, Owen Gaffney, Miss Hettie Jordan and George Jordan of San Antonio, Adolph Jordan, of Ft. Worth, and Herman Johnson of Detroit, Michigan. Besides these she leaves, twenty-two grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held from the residence of J. C. Baumgarten at five o’clock on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Father J. Lenzen of the Catholic Church officiating. The remains were laid at rest by the side of her husband in the City cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 June 1899

Death of Max Jordan.

The death of Max Jordan occurred at the Sealy hospital at Galveston last Thursday, June 8th, where he had gone, accompanied by his wife and child and brother-in-law, Frank Johnson, for medical treatment, not having been well for over a year.

“Death Leaves a Shining Mark” is an old saying which is true when we refer to the death of our beloved friend, Max Jordan. Death is always sad, but coming at this time, just in the prime of life, it is sadder still. It was painful news indeed to the many friends of the deceased last Thursday when word reached here that Max Jordan was no more.

Friday morning on the early train the remains reached here from Galveston. Funeral services were conducted at the residence of his mother by Rev. Edwin Hamner at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and were largely attended. The vast number who came to pay their last sad respects to the dead, amply attest the high esteem in which deceased was held by our citizens. After the services the grief-stricken relatives and sorrowing friends followed the remains to the city cemetery where Mr. Jos. Berger in an appropriate address, concluded the ceremony and all that was mortal of Max Jordan now rests forever by the side of his father who preceded him some thirteen years ago.

Max Jordan was born May 6th, 1866, in Hilden, Rheinpreussen, Germany and came to this country with his parents in 1878, first settling in Round Top, later on the family moved to Cat Springs and then to Schulenburg. Max lived here about 6 years, then he went to Bee Caves, Travis county, where he lived 2 years after which he went to Sealy, and went in the employe of the Santa Fe railroad, working for the company continually in the capacity of fireman and lately switchyard engineer at Temple. He was held in high esteem by the officials of the company and every one who came in contact with him honored and loved him for his kind traits of character. He was married to Miss Annie Theuer at Temple, Texas, on Dec. 16, 1896, who with a year old child, his mother, 3 sisters and 4 brothers are left to mourn his untimely demise. The STICKER joins many friends in extending condolence to the bereaved relatives.

[same column]

Adolph Jordan and family of Sealy; E. Theuer, father of Mrs. Max Jordan, ofTemple, and John Echnor, of Sealy, attended the funeral of Max Jordan last Friday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 20 Jul 1889, page 2

One of the most terrible tragedies which are daily becoming more common in this country, and which cause law-abiding citizens to shudder and ask: When is this taking of human life to end! occurred at Ledbetter, this county, on last Thursday, in which Dr. T. J. Jordan, a highly esteemed citizen and physician, was shot and killed by one Lou Hill, of Manor. The Journal has heard a detailed report of the killing, but prefers to say nothing in regard thereto at present. Hill was brought here Friday and lodged in jail.


The Fayette County Record, September 13, 2005


Irene Kobza Jordy, 66, died aug. 11.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 17 at St. John the Baptist Cataholic Church in St. Johnn's with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. John Peters officiated.

Born July 29, 1939 at St. John's, she was the daughter of Joe and Ida Kahanek Kobza. She married Donald Jordy at Victoria. She lived in Fayette County for 18 years. She worked in sales at Dillards in Woodlands Mall and was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Suvivors include her former husband; a daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Mike Scanlin of Ashburn, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Angela Abney Jordy of Conroe; three brothers and sisters-in-law; Erwin and Adrienne Kobza of Schulenburg, Bobby Joe and Janet Kobza of Schulenburg and Harvey and Barbara Kobza of Katy, and two grandchildren, Shelby and Connor Scanlin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Edith Kobza Besetsny; and an infant sister, Dorothy.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg was in charge of arrangements.


Weimar Mercury, January 13, 1922


The news has come to us from our Ledbetter correspondent that Mr. Louis Jost, at one time a resident of La Grange and sheriff of Fayette county in 1873 for one term, had died at St. Louis on Dec. 26th. There are still many in our city who will remember the deceased.

Mr. Jost was in his seventy-fourth year. He came from his birthplace, Mannheim, Germany, to Texas, and on Dec. 12, 1868 was united in marriage with Miss Pauline Walter. Two sons and two daughters, Chas., Walter, Louise and Pauline, who now reside in St. Louis; seven grandchilddren also survive him. Mrs. Jost preceded her husband on October 15, 1919. —LaGrange Journal.


Colorado Citizen, February 5, 1891, page 3

THE CITIZEN regrets to hear of the death of Miss Louise Juenger sister of Mr. Joseph Juenger of this city, who departed this life at Schulenburg last Wednesday, the 28th inst., of pneumonia, a disease with which she was twice afflicted previously. She was born in Austria, in August, 1857, and immigrated to this country in October, 1890. Her affable and courteous manner soon won her many friends in the land of her adoption, who exerted every power to stay the approach of the grim destroyer. To the bereaved relatives the CITIZEN extends condolence.


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 April 1909


Mrs. F. A. Juenger, one of our oldest citizens, past [sic] peacefully away at 8:30 a.m. of the 26th, surrounded by sorrowing relatives and friends. Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery the following day at 10 o’clock Father Mathis officiating.

Mrs. Juenger was born in Petersdorff, Maerich, Ausrria [sic], August 15, 1837. She has resided in Fayette county 37 years, first living six years in High Hill and afterwards removing just one mile north of Schulenburg.

She leaves two daughters, Mesdames Emilie Russek of this city and Mrs. Mary Stanzel of Brownswood to mourn her loss, to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended. May she rest in peace.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Nov 1890, page 5

It is with regret that THE MERCURY records the death of little Annie Juergens, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Juergens, about nine months old. She was taken sick last Saturday, and died Tuesday morning. Her remains were buried Tuesday evening at LaGrange. The grieve parents have the sympathy of THE MERCURY in their bereavement.


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Nov 1910

Mrs. Amelia Jurak aged 81 years, died Sunday last at her home three miles east of the city. Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Dubina Monday afternoon. She leaves four sons and one daughter to mourn her loss, to whom the Sticker extends its sincere condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Sept. 17, 1970

Emil Jurak Dies After Surgery In VA Hospital

Funeral services were held at Schulenburg and Weimar Sunday for Emil Jurak, 57, of Schulenburg, who died of cancer Friday, Sept. 12, in Veterans Administration Hospital at Houston.

He had been hospitalized several weeks and had undergone surgery Aug. 28.

Services were held at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at Schulenburg, with Father O'Gorman officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery at Weimar.

Mr. Jurak was born Feb. 8, 1913 in Fayette County, a son of Fred and Mary Jurak. He married Miss Martha Kruppa in 1946. He was a combat veteran of World War II.

His wife survives, along with one sister, Mrs. Mary Holub of Schulenburg; a half-sister, Mrs. Albina Dybala of El Campo; and three brothers, August and Bill Jurak of Weimar, and George Jurak of San Angelo. Two brothers, Henry and Charlie, preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1966, page 4

Final Rites for Henry Jurak, 55, Dubina Farmer

Funeral services for Henry E. Jurak, 55, Dubina community farmer, were held March 10 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with Rev. Hubert Janak officiating.

Burial was in the Dubina Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Jurak died March 8 after a short illness.

Born July 10, 1910 at Schulenburg, he was a son of Ferd. and mary Ann Barecky Jurak.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 23, 1962

Fayette JP Dies in Crash

Pete Jurasek, 77-year-old justice of the peace of La Grange, died instantly and violently Sunday night when his 1955 Buick hit a bridge guard and flipped over to the other side of the creek, landing with terrific force.

The wreck occurred at 10:30 p.m. at Rother's Creek bridge, about 8 miles north of Weimar on Farm Road 155.

The bridge, which sits an angle to the road at the bottom of a steep hill has been the scene of many wrecks in the past.

Mr. Jurasek was returning to La Grange from Weimar and was the only occupant. His car crossed the road and knocked down three guard posts and the bridge's striped warning sign. Apparently then it spun sideways, its front end toward the bridge, as it made a half-flip and landed just across the creek on its top, then continued its roll to come to rest right-side-up.

Mr. Jurasek was not thrown out. His crushed body was pinned between the car roof and the top of the front seat.

No skid marks were found on the highway, and the Daniel Neisers, who live about half a mile away and heard the tremendous crashing sound, said there was no screeching of brakes preceding it.

The car was part of the way up the opposite bank and plainly visible from the road. A passerby a few minutes later found it and went on to Holman store, from which officers were summoned. Justice of the Peace Oscar G. Blohm of Schulenburg held the inquest and gave the verdict of death by auto accident.

Mr. Jurasek was a native of Holman. Born June 5, 1885, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jurasek, who later lived in Weimar. He married Miss Louise von Rosenberg in La Grange in 1909. They lived in El Paso 25 years, returning to La Grange in 1944. Mrs. Jurasek died Jan. 14, 1953.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Henry Dolezal of La Grange; four sisters, Mrs. Tonie Skailtsky, Mrs. Frances Nordine, Mrs. Millie Macura and Mrs. Paul Herman, all of El Campo; and 2 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at First Presbyterian Church in La Grange and burial was in the city cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, November 15, 1979

Mrs. Jurecka Rites Held

Mrs. Agnes G. Jurecka, 83, of Rt. 3, Schulenburg, died Nov. 1 at Youens Memorial Hospital, Weimar.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 3, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel in Weimar with burial in Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Father Charles Carolan officiated.

Born Nov. 12, 1895, at Holman, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Krecmer. She was married to Sigmund Jurecka in October 1913 at Dubina and they settled on the Jurecka farm at Svetlo. He died Sept. 11, 1973.

Mrs. Jurecka is survived by three sons, Raymond, Willie and Leon, all of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Tillie) Schwelik of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, and Mrs. Adolph (Annie) Janecka of Weimar; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Gene Janecka, Jim Dilley, Morris Jurecka, George Jurecka, Frank Samples and Frank Krecmer.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Galveston Daily News, Friday, December 10, 1971

FAYETTEVILLE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Angeline Minar Jurecka, sister of Rudy Minar of Galveston, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church here. Burial will be in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Jurecka died in St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

She was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Frelsburg.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Jennette Kulhanek of Fayetteville, Mrs. Verna Jean Becker of New Ulm and Mrs. Ruth Beseda of Houston; three sons, R. L. Jurecka of Fayetteville, Jay Allen Jurecka of La Grange and Vernon Jurecka of Houston, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Minar of Fayetteville; a sister, Mrs. Elenora Zapalac of Columbus; three brothers, Arnold Minar of Columbus; Lenert Minar of Fayetteville and Rudy Minar of Galveston; and 16 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Sealy News, Thursday, July 25, 1985

Funeral services for Mrs. Ray (Betty Jean) Jurecka, 41, of Sealy, were held from St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, with Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating, assisted by Rev. Mr. Frank Laredo. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Betty Jean was born on November 10, 1943 in La Grange, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zbranek. On June 13, 1965, she and Ray Jurecka were married in Ammannsville and later moved to Sealy. She worked for the Texas Southeastern Gas Company in Bellville and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Sealy. She died in the Bellville Hospital Friday morning, July 19.

Survivors are her husband, Ray Jurecka, and two sons, Allen and Kevin, all of Sealy; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zbranek of La Grange; brother, Johnnie Lee Zbranek of Houston; three nieces, Angie, Debra and Tina Zbranek.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Ann Zbranek, who died in 1950.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Jan 1900


Ceril Juricka [sic.] died at his home on East Navidad last Saturday. Deceased was quite an old settler of this county and was well liked by all who knew him. His remains were laid to rest at Dubina last Sunday attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Frank Jurecka

Schulenburg Sticker, 18 May 1899

Frank Jurecka, another one of Fayette county’s old settlers aged 54 years died last Friday. He leaves a wife and one grown daughter.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Thursday, February 12, 1938

COLUMBUS, Tex., Feb. 11.—Frank Jurecka, 35, living at Ellinger, near here was found hanging to a limb early today by members of the family. He had also been shot. He was proprietor of the Ellinger market and was one of the peace officers of the town. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Weimar Mercury, 18 Feb 1938, page 2


Early Wednesday morning the body of Frank Jurecka, aged 30, a citizen of Ellinger, was found hanging from a tree limb by Rudy Kubena, according to information given the Journal office at noon.

Jurecka had placed the noose about his neck after attaching the rope to a tree limb, shot himself through the forehead and permitted the noose to end his life. Reason for the act is said to have been due to financial troubles.

Jurecka is survived by his wife and two children, a boy and a girl. Funeral will be held Thursday. — La Grange Journal.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Aug 1905

Mr. Joe Juretzka [Jurecka] was killed by a train just two miles east of town Sunday morning between 4 and 5 o’clock. His body was literally cut to pieces and there was hardly a piece large enough to recognize him and the only way he could be recognized was by his clothes. His home is about four miles east of the city and it is presumed that on his way home he sat down on the track and fell asleep. Deceased was a peaceful and industrious citizen of this county. He leaves a mother and a number of relatives to mourn his untimely taking off, to whom the Sticker begs to extend its sincere sympathy. His remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery Monday morning at nine o’clock, Father Mathis officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Weimar Mercury, August 19, 1905

Express Specials: Schulenburg, Aug. 13.—Josef Jurecka was run over by a Southern Pacific westbound train about three miles east of this place at 4 o'clock this morning and so badly mangled that none of his features were recognizable. He was in town late last night and on returning home it is supposed that he stopped to rest and fell asleep on the track. Justice Vogt will hold an inquest Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Deceased was an unmarried farmer about 30 years old and lived with his mother near where he was killed.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, September 20, 1973, page 10

Sig. Jurecka Funeral Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Sigmund Jurecka, 86, were held Thursday, September 13, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael’s Catholic church, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Rev. Gerard Cernoch, a grand-nephew, officiated in the services.

Mr. Jurecka died in a Houston hospital September 11.

Born May 1, 1887, in the Svetlo area near Schulenburg, he lived on the same farm all his life. He married Agnes Krecmer in October of 1913 at Dubina, and they settled on the Jurecka farm at Svetlo. They would have observed their 60th wedding anniversary next month.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three sons, Ray, Bill, and Leon, all of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Tillie) Schwelik of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, and Mrs. Adolph (Annie) Janecka of Weimar; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Eugene Janecka, Morris Jurecka, Jim Dilley, George Jurecka, Frank Krecmer and Arnold Krecmer.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Friday, December 23, 1932


Chas. Jurek, aged 71 years was found dead on his pallet on the floor of the old Blaschke farm home about four miles north of Engle Thursday by Mr. Hillmer, for whom he farmed. Deceased had complained of feeling badly and it is thought his death was due to heart failure. The body was brought here to Schulenburg and laid to rest in the City Cemetery Saturday. -- Schulenburg Sticker.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Moulton Eagle, Friday, December 4, 1959

Funeral services for Mrs. Valentine (Claudie) Jurek were conducted Saturday, November 21 at 9:30 a.m. from the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia and at 10:00 a.m. at the Praha Catholic Church. She passed away November 19 in the Crews Hospital in Gonzales at the age of 63 years, 10 months and 28 days.

Rev. Marcus A. Valenta officiated at the Funeral Home service, Requiem High Mass at the Church and interment in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

A daughter of the late Lawrence and Katherine (Wagner) Novak, the deceased was born December 21, 1895 at Moulton, her home was in this area during her lifetime. She married Valentine Jurek Oct. 30, 1916.

Those left to mourn her passing are: her husband, Valentine Jurek of Praha; 2 sons: Edward Jurek of Houston, Fred Jurek of San Antonio; 1 daughter: Mrs. Adolph (Mary) Syrinek of Flatonia; 2 brothers: Jerry Novak of Schulenburg and Ladik Novak of Flatonia; 4 sisters: Lillie Mae and Mary Novak of San Antonio, Bessie of Houston, Annie of Table Rock, Neb.; 9 grandchildren, a number of nephews and nieces. One son, Jimmie, died in infancy forty years ago.

Pallbearers were Charles Syrinek, Gene Syrinek, Frank Rosenauer, Louis Pavlicek, Chas Vrana and John Janca.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917


Ferd Jurek, died Aug 18, age 39 years, near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Thursday, November 6, 1930

FLATONIA, Tex., Nov. 5.-- The body of Steve Jurek was brought here from Needville, where he died Tuesday. Funeral was held at Cistern Catholic Cemetery Wednesday morning. He leaves a widow and four children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Thursday, Jan. 13, 1966

FLATONIA—Funeral services for Valentin Jurek, 73, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Smith Funeral Home here, followed by Requiem Mass at the Praha Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. He died Tuesday in a Weimar hospital.

He is survived by two sons, Fred Jurek, San Antonio, and Edward A. Jurek, Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Adolph Syrinek, Flatonia; four brothers, Joe and John Jurek of Gonzales, Charlie Jurek of Cuero and Bill Jurek of Waelder, and two sisters, Rosie Halliburton, Waelder, and Mrs. Johnie Richter, Bellmead.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Friday, October 12, 2010

Alma Josephine Jurena, 81, died in Schulenburg Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery.

She was born March 19, 1929 at High Hill, the daughter of Alois and Mary (Boehm) Blaschke. She attended school in Dubina. She married Alvina Jurena Nov. 27, 1976. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John's Catholic church.

Survivors include her husband; four sisters, Elsie Friedrich of Round Rock, Viola Genzer of Houston, and Adela Kubos and Lillian Schwenke, both of Schulenburg.

Preceding her in death are her parents, a brother, Leo Blaschke; an infant brother, Edgar Blaschke, and a sister, Mary Narendorf.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Sep 1912


Anton Jurica, age — Apoplexy near Engle.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 May 1913


John Jurica, Sr., age 76 years, cerebral apoplexy, Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, September 1, 1966

Schulenburg – The funeral services for John Jurica Sr., age 93 years, 11 months and 22 days, were conducted from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Saturday, August 13, 1966 at 9 a.m. with continued services at St. John Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Edward Bartsch officiated and interment was in St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Jurica passed away August 10 at the Renger Hospital in Hallettsville.

The deceased was born in 1872 in Schulenburg as the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Jurica. A member of St. John Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Veronica Zapalac at St. John in 1902.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Veronica Jurica of Schulenburg; three daughters, Mrs. Eddie (Martha) Hermis of Houston, Mrs. Jim (Mathilda) Hraniky of Schulenburg and Mrs. Albert (Olga) Maugrauer of Yoakum; six sons, Eddie, Willie and Victor Jurica of Schulenburg, Alphonse Jurica of El Campo, John Jurica Jr. and Peter Jurica of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Mary Klapuch of Moravia; three half sisters, Mrs. Agnes Zacek of St. John, Mrs. Louise Staha of Schulenburg and Mrs. Hermina Tobola of Blessing; two half brothers, Charley and Edmund Jurica, both of Victoria; 24 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, one in infancy and one on Aug. 11, 1953.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, George Hranicky, Robert, Melvin, Ernest, James, Joe and Peter Jurica Jr. and Clifford Maugrauer.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 12, 1933

Peter Jurica

Last Friday morning, January 6, 1933, Peter Jurica died at his home, aged 78 years, 6 month and 13 days.  He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and several children, also a number of grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday from the Catholic church in Fayetteville, with Rev. Jos. Klobouk officiating; the remains were laid to their rest in the Catholic cemetery.

We join the many friends of the family in extending sincere sympathy to the surviving relatives.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, January 23,1936 pg. 2

Infant’s Death

The infant Willie Jurica of Schulenburg died at the La Grange Hospital Sunday night, aged four days. The Remains were taken to Schulenburg for burial.

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