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Cranek, Isabel (Sladek)

Isabel Sladek Cranek, 77, of Garwood, passed away Friday, October 19, 2001 at the Columbus Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.

She was born July 27, 1924 in Fayetteville to Arnold and Ada Koehl Sladek.

A loving mother and devoted wife, she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America in Nada, the Christians Mothers and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Judge Lester J. Cranek Sr; and brothers, Ervin and Joseph Sladek.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Florence Wesselski of Garwood, Peggy and David Lund of Garwood, Janeen Cranek and Jeff Klimple of Altair and Pam and Darrell Hinze of Sheridan; sons and daughter-in-law, Lester J. Jr. and Paula Cranek of Edna, Louis V. Cranek III of Houston, Kenneth and Kim Cranek of Nada and Roy Cranek and Wanda Henry of Eagle Lake; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A Rosary was held Monday, October 22, at Henneke Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus.

A Catholic Daughter's Rosary was recited at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, followed by a memorial mass at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Joe Koebel officiating.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers were grand-daughters, Kelly Matula, Kara Lockley, Kristen Cranek, Leslie Cranek, Scarlet Black, Caleche Cranek, Julie Leal, Misty Cranek, Brooke Cranek, TIffney Jones, Courtney Sklar and Natalie Klimple; and grandsons, Kyle and Karl Cranek, Jason and James Wesselski, Louis IV and Koehl Cranek, Brad Wishert, William Lund, Barrett Hinze and Mark Sifuentes Jr.

The family request memorials be sent to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department or the charity of your choice.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. [Interred at St. Mary Cemetery.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, Oct 25, 2001, section A, page 4
Contributed by Ron New

Cranek, Julia (Minarcik)

Julia Cranek Funeral Held December 28

Funeral services for Julia Minarcik Cranek of Rt. 1. Garwood were held Thursday Dec 28 from St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Nada, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Bishop Charles Grohmann officiated assisted by Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky and Father Eddie Schoellman.

Mrs. Cranek died Wednesday, Dec 27, at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Dec. 11 1898 in Fayette County,she was a daughter of John and Caroline (Martis) Minarcik. She was married to Louis V. Cranek on Nov. 16, 1916. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, KJZT, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and Christian Mothers.

Her husband survives her, along with four sons, Judge Lester J. Cranek and Louis Cranek, Jr. of Garwood, Leon H. Cranek of El Campo, and James (Fritz) Cranek of Columbus; one daughter, Mrs. Henry (Earlyne) Beken of Weimar; 23 grandchildren and , 39 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Henry (Lena) Prihoda of Giddings.

Serving as pallbearers were Henry L. Beken,Kenneth Wayne Cranek, Larry Cranek, Gary Cranek, Jeffrey Cranek, and Frank Cranek.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1990, page 6

Cranek, Karen Jane (Dornak)

Karen Cranek

Karen Jane Dornak Cranek, 64, of Castroville, passed away on May 11, 2012 in Castroville. She was born April 6, 1948, in El Campo, to Adolph and Evelyn Kosler Dornak.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; grandchild, Abigayle Navarro and sister, Margaret Dornak Briscoe.

Survivors include her children, Andrew Magninat and wife Janice of Castroville, Vikki Turner of Hondo, Julianne Magninat of Eagle Lake, Leslee Cranek of Hondo and Karl Cranek and wife Jenni of Edna; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also, step-children, Kelly Matula, Kara Lockley, Kristen Cranek and Kyle Cranek; brother, Larry Dornak and wife Delores; sisters, Lois Svoboda, Verna Petrash and Nelda Schmidt and husband Bill.

Memorial services will be on Friday, May 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, with Rosary at 1:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Transplants for Children – [Burial place unknown]

El Campo Leader News, May 14, 2012
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Crenek, Adela Pauline (Warschak)


Funeral services for Adela P. Crenek, 94, of Columbus, formerly of Fairchilds, were held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Werner Bockholt and the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Crenek passed away Jan. 31 in the Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Feb. 2, 1896 in Frelsburg, the daughter of the late Frank and Fredercka (Bruedigan) Warschak. She was united in marriage with Edward A. Crenek Nov. 11, 1916 in Frelsburg. For 53 years they resided in Fairchilds and for the past three years in Columbus.

Surviving are her husband, Edward A Crenek of Columbus; one daughter, Lorena Canik of Fayetteville; one son and daughter-in-law, Edgar L. and Gertrude Crenek of Pearland; six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Rudolf Canik and one great-grandson, Christopher Vitek.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, February 8, 1991

Krenek, Antonie Marie (Skutca)

Funeral services for Antonie Marie Skutca Krenek, 85, of Bay City were scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Burial was scheduled for 4 p.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Nada.

A rosary was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bay City Funeral Home chapel.

Mrs. Krenek was born April 30, 1902, in Nada to Joseph and Mary Peters Skutca and died Jan. 28, 1988, at her residence.

She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, 50-year member of KJT and a member of Holy Cross Altar Society.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence and Doris Krenek of Bay City and Ernest J. and Ann Krenek of Ridgeland, Miss.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and August Svatek of Bay City and Betty and Johnny Dorotik of Bellevue, Wash.; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Allen Dablegott, Alfonse Krenek, Ray Kacal, Gilbert Saha, Dan Stavena and Sam Mathis.

Mrs. Krenek was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Skutca; her husband, Ernest Felix Krenek; and a son, Raymond F. Krenek.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Catholic Church School Foundation.

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune,Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas, January, 1988
Submitted by Carol Sue Gibbs
Photo courtesy Joan Svatek

Krenek, Betty Ann (Humphrey)


Betty Ann Krenek was born in Trinity, Texas on September 16, 1928 to A.T. "Bud" and Ruby Wiggins Humphrey. She passed on to her place in heaven on March 11, 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother A.T. "Sonny" Humphrey and two sisters, Azlee Humphrey Bell and Joy Humphrey Tucker. She was a loving and caring Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Betty is survived by her husband of 57 years, Troy Krenek. They were married during college and moved to Garwood, Texas in January 1949, where both were employed until retirement by the Garwood and Rice Schools.

Surviving children include William Troy and Mardi Krenek of Tomball, Texas; Jerry and Debbie Krenek of Friendswood, Texas; Joyce and Robert Gouldie of Bakersfield, California and Pam and David Talamantez of Brenham Texas. "Meme's" grandchildren include Rhonda, Russell and Makenzie Krenek; Brad Krenek, Ashley and husband, Billy West; Jeff Gouldie and Jennifer Gouldie; Justin and wife, Ellen Brisco and Rebecca and husband, David Martin. Blessed great grandchildren are Martha and Elizabeth Brisco and Elyssa Martin.

She was supportive of her children in their early years working with the scouts, as room mother, Little League mom and Sunday School teacher. As a school librarian she encouraged and mentored many of her students. Betty loved the church choir and was an active alto in the Lehrer United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake and First Baptist Church in El Campo. She often spoke of serving in the choir for more than 50 years. She is now proudly serving in heaven's choir.

Betty was active in the Garwood Community working as a school volunteer, ministering to the sick, supporting any and all charity events. Her skills in the kitchen are legendary and will be missed by all privileged to grace the Krenek family table. She was a life long volunteer for the Garwood Veterans Memorial Library. Her major civic love was the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where she spent countless hours supporting youth and education. She worked on the International Committee and the Junior Commercial Steer Committee always doing more than asked or required.

Serving as pallbearers are Bill Carpenter, Kenneth Danklefs, Bill R. Krenek, J.P. Krenek, Al Mahalitc, Mark Wied, Randy Waligura, and Robert Woolard. Named as honorary pallbearers are Delmar Krenek, Dale Hunt, Stephen Mahalitc, Robert Schuirring, Lawrence Stallman, Randy Turner, E.L.Wied, and John J. Williams.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her memory to the Garwood Veterans Memorial Library, Box 275, Garwood, Texas 77442.

The funeral service was at 10 a.m., Thursday, March, 17 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. [Interment in Lehrer Memorial Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, March 16, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Krenek, Cecelia (Trcka)

Mother-in-Law of Headlight Editor Buried at Nada
By Mrs. Fred Kubesch

NADA--Funeral services for Mrs. Cecelia Krenek, aged 83, were held in St. Mary’s church Nov. 5. She died at her home Nov. 3 after an extended illness. A native of Czechoslovakia, she was born Oct. 15, 1875. She was mother-in-law of Fred Frnka, co-publisher of the Eagle Lake Headlight.

Rev. Edmund J. Bily was celebrant at the requiem high mass. Rev. F. Altomira of El Campo was deacon, Rev. Vaclav Bily of Blessing was sub-deacon and Rev. A. W. Didner of Eagle Lake was master of ceremonies. Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Surviving are 4 sons; Richard and Lawrence of Nada, Ben of El Campo and Ernest of Markham; 3 daughters; Mrs. Frnka of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Joe Krejci of Hillje and Mrs. Robert Dorotik of El Campo; 39 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Ben Krenek Jr., L. J. Krenek, R. J. Krenek, Lawrence Dorotik, J. C. Krejci and Louis Labay Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, November 13, 1958, page 10

Krenek, Edna (Trilicek)

Edna Krenek

Edna Trilicek Krenek, 91, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008.

She was born July 27, 1916 in Fayette County to August and Veronica Malinek Trilicek. Recently of La Grange, she was a former longtime resident of Garwood. She was a homemaker and a baby-sitter for many of the families in the Garwood area.

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Tedder of Glidden and Linda Kirkpatrick of La Grange; sons, Donald Krenek and Billy Joe Krenek, both of Katy; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Krenek; and 14 brothers and sisters.

Visitation with the family will be today, Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. The rosary will be Thursday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be Thursday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Joe Vrana officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

El Camp Leader - News online, February 6, 2008

Krenek, Ernest Felix


Ernest Felix Krenek, 78, of Markham died April 6, 1981 at his residence. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, KJT, Farm Bureau, director of Danevang Co-op and St. Isadore. Survivors include: wife, Antonie Krenek of Markham; daughters, Betty Jean Dorotik of Bellview, Washington and Joan Svatek of Bay City; sons, Clarence of Bay City and Ernest Jr. of Jackson, Miss.; sister, Josephine Krejce of El Campo; brothers, Ben of Hillje and Lawrence of Nada; 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Church April 4 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Interment will follow at Holy [St.] Mary Catholic Cemetery in Nada. Rosary will be April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel. Pallbearers include Allen and Norwood Dabelgott, Alfonse Krenek, Cyrill Babik, Adolph Biskup and Rudolph Stasta. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Cross School Foundation. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas, April 7, 1981
Submitted by Carol Sue Gibbs
Photo courtesy Joan Svatek

Krenek, Ewald


Ewald Krenek, 90, of Lone Oak passed away Sunday, Aug. 1 in Columbus.

He was born in Colorado County July 29, 1914 to Vince and Johanna (Martinek) Krenek. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was decorated for his services in the Philippines, New Guinea and Luzon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Lena Havel, Francis Meyer, Theordore, Fritz, Vince, Willie, Lebert and Leo Krenek, Alma Karasek and Jennie von Minden.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Pearl Krenek of new Ulm.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 3 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Edgar von Minden, Michael Treybig, Kerry Henrichsen, Daryl Henrichsen, Logan Karasek and James Krenek.

Colorado County Citizen, August 4, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Krenek, Henrietta Mae (Koenig)

EL CAMPO–Henrietta Mary Krenek, 92, of El Campo, passed away on Feb. 23, 2011.

She was born on March 17, 1918 in Weimer to the late Alois and Theresa Kloesel Koenig. She was retired from the Garwood School Cafeteria after 19 years of service and was a member of the K.J.Z.T. and the Nada Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her sons, Richard J. Krenek and wife Judi of Miami and David Krenek of Bay City; daughter, Dorothy Saha and husband Gilbert of Bay City; grandchildren, Russell Krenek, Phillip Krenek, Glenn Saha, Tim Saha, Greg Saha and Cheryl Saha; sister, Elsie Hoover of Tennessee; and brothers, Robert Koenig and wife Bobbie of Louise and Frank Koenig and wife Alice of El Campo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard John Krenek; sisters, Edna Witte, Pauline Krenek, and Josephine Hammock; and brothers, Bill, Victor, Leo, Ben, George and Alois Koenig.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today, with a parish rosary to be recited at 7 p.m., at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Nada.

Pallbearers are Russell Krenek, Phillip Krenek, Glenn Saha, Tim Saha, Greg Saha and Andrew Saha.

Memorials in her memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

The family extends their gratitude to caregivers and nurses at the Legacy in Bay City for the loving care they gave to Henrietta.

Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

Victoria Advocate, February 24, 2011
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Krenek, Henry I.

Henry Krenek

Henry I. Krenek, a long-time resident of the Garwood community, died at Nightingale Hospital in El Campo Feb. 10 at the age of 67.

He was born in Fayette County Nov. 25, 1908 and was a retired machinist and welder.

Rosary was recited at Triska Chapel in El Campo Feb. 18. Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada Feb. 19, with burial in the church cemetery in Nada.

Survivors include his wife, Edna of Garwood; 2 daughters, Mrs. Shirley Reese of Garwood and Mrs. Linda Kirkpatrick of Houston; 2 sons, Donald and Billy, both of Katy; one sister, Mrs. Agnes Vyviral of Flatonia; and 10 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Laddie Lee Krenek, Delmar Krenek, Frank Kasmiersky, Kenneth Baumgarten, Henry Mica and Andy Reese.

Colorado County Citizen, February 26, 1976
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Krenek, Henry P. Jr.

Krenek Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Henry P. Krenek Jr. of Rt. 2, Fayetteville were held Wednesday, May 24, 1989 at 2:00 p.m. from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Krenek, a life-long resident of the Frelsburg area, passed away Monday, May 22 in a Columbus nursing home.

Born July 15, 1899 in Frelsburg, he was the son of Henry P. Krenek Sr. and Wilhelmina Geistmann Krenek, He married Clara Machu March 10, 1925 and was a retired farmer and rancher.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Krenek of Frelsburg; sister, Mrs. Anna Wendel of El Campo; brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward Crenek[sic] and wife Adela of Columbus, L. V. Cranek and wife Julia of Garwood, and William L. (Bill) Cranek of Needville; brothers-in-law, Henry Machu of Rosenberg and Jerry Machu of Fayetteville; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Helen Halfmann, Amilia Minar, and Minnie Prause, and one brother, Adolph Krenek.

Pallbearers were James (Fritz) Krenek, W. C. Templeton, Leon Cranek, Henry Machu, Mike Kulhanek and Mike Kedwiler.

Honorary Pallbearers were Aurdy Voekel[sic], Gene Kulhanek, Henry Moeller, Louis Cranek Jr., Jesse Michalk, William Cranek, Leslie Heinsohn, LeRoy Stein, Jerry Machu, Albert Moeller, Edgar Crenek[sic], Kyle Duge, Dan Prause, Albert Halfmann, Monroe Krenek, James Templeton, Elton Baumbach, Lester Cranek, Roy Gross, John Henry Crenak[sic], Milton Wendel and Henry Beken Sr.

Henneke Funeral Home, Inc. of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, June 1, 1989, page 3

Krenek, Hermina (Skuca)


(El Campo News)

Mrs. Theophil Krenek, 42, of Markham, a former resident of Nada, died in a Bay City hospital last Tuesday. She was born April 20, 1900, at Nada, having lived at Markham for the last 15 years. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Ernestine and Marie and one son, Slyvan.
Services were held Thursday morning from the Triska Funeral Home, with requiem High Mass sung at the Nada Catholic Church by Rev. A. Matula. [Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery].

Weimar Mercury, June 19, 1942, page 6

Krenek, Jane Ella


Jane Ella, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Krenek of Nada, died on Wednesday of last week, and the remains were laid to rest in the Nada Cemetery Thursday afternoon.

The Citizen extends sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, February 5, 1925, page 1

Krenek, Joe John

Body Of Young Hero Of Late World War Arrives At Ellinger

All Mortal of Youth Who Died In France Is Brought To Old Home.

With all respect and honor due one who made the supreme sacrifice for love of his country, the body of Private Joe John Krenek , which arrived in San Antonio Wednesday, together with the remains of 26 other veterans of the late world war, originally buried in France, was received at Ellinger, this county, his old home yesterday. Final interment will be observed on Monday in the Live Oak cemetery. Rev. Father Vanecek will speak the words of the burial ritual of the church at the grave and the full military tribute will be accorded the young hero.

Private Krenek was a volunteer enlisting at San Antonio on March 2, 1918. After a few months of training he arrived in France with a military contingent on June 21 of the same year, and just ten days later a fatal illness ensued.

He was 24 years of age, September 1, 1894 being his birth date. Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Krenek, four sisters and three brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, September 2, 1921
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Krenek, Joe Paul

Rites Held Sat. For Joe Krenek, 53 Garwood Farmer

Joe Paul Krenek, 53, prominent rice farmer and rancher of the Garwood area, passed away suddenly' at Columbus on Thursday afternoon, May 27, after being in ill health for some time. He was born in Ammansville[sic], Fayette County, July 1, 1911. In December 1926, he moved with his parents to Garwood where he resided for 36 years, marrying Elsie Inez Richter on January 7, 1935.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie; four sons, Laddie Lee, Delmar, Lloyd and Joe Paul, Jr. and two grandchildren Terry and Sherry; also, his mother, Mary Zauzalik, a sister, Agnes Vyldral, of Flatonia; and a brother, Henry Krenek of Garwood. He survived his brother, Ivan, who preceded him in death.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Triska Funeral Home. Rosary was recited at the Triska Funeral Home, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Services were held from the funeral home at 2:45 p.m., Saturday, followed by a Requiem Mass and services at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Rev. E. J. Bily officiating. Active pallbearers were: Troy Krenek, Clyde Muesse, A. J. Kremling, James Hopkins, Buren Kallina of Garwood and Leonard Staff of El Campo. The family named as honorary pallbearers: W. K. Lehrer, Buddy Pinchback, Clarence Frels, Johnnie Williams, Garwood; Ludwig Schoellmann, Nada; and Gus Miller, Columbus. [Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery]

Friends extend deep sympathy to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 2, 1965

Krenek, Lee H.

Lee Krenek

Lee H. Krenek, 92, of El Campo, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007.

He was born Feb. 21, 1914 in Nada to Adolph and Mary Warshak Krenek. He was a carpenter, a member of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church and an Army Veteran of WWII.

He is survived by his son Vernon Krenek of Sugar Land; daughters, Marsha Sweatt of Texas City and Darlene Krenek of Austin; sister, Viola Frels of Garwood; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Monroe Krenek; and sister, Evelyn Phillips.

A Parish Rosary was recited Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. The funeral Mass will be today, Saturday, Feb. 17th at 10 a.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church with the Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Nada under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

El Campo Leader-News OnLine, February 17, 2007

Krenek, Pearl (Franta)


Pearl (Franta) Krenek, 87, of the Frelsburg area, passed away Dec. 30, 2004 at the Triumph Hospital of the Southwest in Sugar Land.

She was born June 29, 1917, in Crosby, to Joseph and Albina (Sirocka) Franta and married Leo Mike Krenek on Sept. 22, 1936, in Columbus. A longtime resident of the Frelsburg area, she was a homemaker and worked along side her husband on the farm, picking cotton, pecans and raising animals including peacocks, doves and cats. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg and enjoyed gardening and having a beautiful yard. She also enjoyed reading, cooking and playing dominos, cards and bingo. She especially enjoyed family get togethers.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and sisters, Olga Kratky, Emily Koudelka and Allean Moorehead.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn Janish of Houston, Mildred and Sidney Blinka of Richmond; Allean and Harold Michael of Frelsburg, Gloria and Ludvik Kubecka of Houston and Dorothy and Gilbert Engelhardt of Needville; grandchildren, Gregory Janish and wife Brenda, Victoria Dobis and husband Bill, John Janish and wife Donna, Sharon Grigar and husband Dwayne, Christopher Engelhardt and wife Ricci, Cary Engelhardt, Matthew Kubecka and wife Molly; and Jeffrey Michael and wife Brandi; and great-grandchildren, Katie Marie and Daniel Leo Dobis, Colbee LeAnn Grigar, Erin Engelhardt and Collin Kubecka.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 4, from St. John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville with the Rev Jack Maddux officiating. Interment followed in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gregory and John Janish, Christopher and Cary Engelhardt, Matthew Kubecka and Jeffrey Michael.

Honorary pallbearers were Dwayne Grigar and Bill Dobis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. John's Catholic Church Restoration Fund.

Colorado County Citizen, January 5, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Krenek, Peter


We are very sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Peter Kreneck of Nada. He was one of the farmers of the county, and was liked by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and several children. Oom Paul [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1900, page 8

Krenek, Raymond Sylvester

2nd. Lt. R. S. Krenek Missing In Action

Raymond S. Krenek, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Krenek, Markham, has been reported missing in action and Mr. and Mrs. Krenek have just received a letter from Lt. Krenek's Commanding officer, parts of which are printed here.

"...On 7 April 1953, Ray took off on his first training flight, a T-33 flight of the local area to familiarize him with the surrounding landmarks and our instrument let down procedures. The T-33 was piloted by First Lieutenant Daniel J. Evans, Jr., one of our instructors, and a pilot with many combat missions to his credit. The aircraft took off at 1339 local time.

"When the aircraft did not return at its scheduled landing time, we became concerned and alerted all communications and rescue facilities. No contact could be established. At approximately 1600 hours we received a report that an aircraft had crashed into the water some fifty miles northwest of this base, K-13. A helicopter and crashboat were on the scene attempting to locate the aircraft and its occupants. We pass[ed] the night of the 7th with no further news as rescue crews combed the area.

"On 9 April 1953, a Korean diver recovered a piece of an aircraft which was brought to us for examination. At the same time, it was reported that a reliable Korean had witnessed, from some distance, an aircraft plunge into the water and disappear. The location and time coincided with previous reports of the crash. Although we are not at this time positive, we feel fairly certain that the piece of aircraft recovered was one of the tip tanks from the T-33.

"The intensive search continued for five days, during which no word was heard from the pilots, no further reports of crashes received, and no further traces have been found of the aircraft or occupants. We can only surmise that due to some trouble encountered in flight, the aircraft has crashed, and to date we cannot locate it or the pilots......"

The rest of the letter was of a personal nature to the parents and the words of sympathy and hope.

[The article had a picture with the following caption. "Second Lieutenant Raymond S. Krenek, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Krenek of Markham, pictured by his plane. He was in Korea but a few days when on a routine flight, not in action, that he disappeared and his whereabouts are not yet known."

The Daily Tribune, Bay City, Matagorda County, TX, April 24, 1953

Lt. Raymond Krenek Killed In Korea

Lt. Raymond S. Krenek, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Krenek of Markham, has been reported killed in Korea.

First reports to the family were that Lt. Krenek was missing from a training flight since April 7, 1953. That report has now been changed by the Department of the Air Force to be death due to an accident April 7.

Lt. Krenek, who had been in Korea but a few days, was a Saber Jet pilot serving with the 51 Fighter Interceptor Wing in Korea.

[Memorial Marker Only at St. Mary's Cemetery]

The Daily Tribune, Bay City Matagorda County, TX, May 20, 1953
Submitted by Carol Sue Gibbs

Krenek, Richard John

Richard Krenek, of Nada, Dies of Heart Attack Friday

Citizens throughout this area were saddened last Friday to learn of the sudden death of Richard J. Krenek, 57, native and prominent resident of Nada. Mr. Krenek and his wife were visiting with a neighbor following church services Friday evening when he was struck suddenly by a heart attack. He died shortly afterward at around 8:45 p.m.

Mr. Krenek was well known throughout this area and was currently serving, as president of the Nada K. J. T. Lodge, was active as a member of the El Campo V. F. W. Post and the Nada Council of the Knights of Columbus. He served during Worlds War II with active duty overseas in the European theatre of action.

He had been employed by the Garwood Lumber Company for eighteen years, and before that, engaged in farming. Funeral services were held at 9:30 Monday morning at the Triska Funeral Home in El Campo followed by Requiem Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada. The Rev. Father E. J. Bily read the Mass and conducted the services. The children's choir of St. Mary's Church sang during the Mass.

Burial was in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at Nada with full military honors conducted by members of the El Campo V. F. W. and American Legion posts. Serving as pallbearers were Method Hoffmann, Ernie Genz, Hugo Bubela, Jr., Edward Koronek, Raymond Labay and Jim Dornak.

Richard John Krenek was born on May 22, 1906 in Nada, the son of Ernest and Cecelia Krenek.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Henrietta Koenig Krenek; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Saha of Bay city; two sons, Richard J. Krenek, Jr. of Fort Polk, La., and David Krenek of Nada; three grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Frnka of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Cecelia Dorotik of Crescent and Mrs. Louisa Krejci of Louise; a step-sister, Mrs. Vera Ondrias of Hungerford; three brothers, Lawrence Krenek of Nada, Ben Krenek of El Campo, and Ernest Krenek of Markham; and many other relatives and friends.

Through his association with citizens in many walks of life, he came to be one of the communities most respected and loved citizens, always willing to share in the burdens of others, ever happy to be of service to his neighbors, his church, his community and nation.

Friends join in extending deepest sympathy to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 5, 1964
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Krenek, Rubye (Menefee)


Ruby Krenek, 89, of Weimar, passed away May 14, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 10, 1916 to John W. Menefee and Ima Napper. She was a retired ward clerk for Columbus Community Hospital and answering service for Henneke Funeral Home for 31 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Reatha Menefee; sisters, Verdis Herren and Ruth Hobbs; and brother, Douglas Menefee.

She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Bray and husband, Glenn, of Weimar; son, Jerry Krenek, of Columbus; stepson, Jerry Krenek, of Clyde, N.C.; grandchildren, Adrian Smith, of Fort Colllins, Colo., Michael Krenek, of Columbus and Tammy Gill, of Columbus; three step-grandchildren, Liz Bray, of Houston, Glen Bray, of Tomball and Richard Bray, of Houston; great-grandchildren, Shelby Mooneham, Savannah Krenek, Seth Krenek, Brant Gill, Brittany Gill, Madilyn Gill and Karen Rester; sister-in-law, Dorothy Menefee, of Layfette, La.; special family member, Paul Gamble and wife, Jerrye Faye, of Magnolia; friend, Doris Koerth, of La Grange; nieces, Dorothy Nixon, Pat Carter, Sharla Thomason and Sherie Menefee; and nephew, Billy Carl Herren.

Funeral services were at a private family committal at a later date. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Krenek, Unknown


Mr. and Mrs. Louis Krenek, former residents of the Dubina section, but who now live near La Grange, lost by death their little baby daughters a few days ago ad the little form was laid to rest last Saturday afternoon in St. Michael’s Cemetery, this city Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to these good people in their misfortune.

Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1932, page 1

Cranek/Krenek, Wilhelmina (Geistmann)

Mrs. Hy. Krenek. Sr., Frelsburg Native, Succumbs at 93

Mrs. Henry Krenek Sr., life-long resident of Frelsburg, died May 31 In the Columbus hospital at the age of 93.

Her family was among the earliest settlers in Frelsburg. She was a lifetime member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church.

Mrs. Krenek was born in Frelsburg April 1, 1864. Her father was Anton Geistmann, who was born in Germany, and her mother was Elizabeth Stroetenman of Holland.

Funeral services for Mrs. Krenek were held Saturday at the Columbus Funeral home followed by final rites at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg. Rev. Edward. Geiser officiated, assisted by Rev. Alex J. Kraus and Rev. Marcus Valenta. Burial was in the Sts. Peter and Paul cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mrs. Krenek’s husband died In 1944.

Survivors Include 3 daughters, Ms. Helen Halfmann of Frelsburg, Mrs. Anna Wendel of El Campo and Mrs. Minnie Prause of Frelsburg; 5 sons, Adolph Krenek of Garwood, Edward Cranek of Needville, L. V. Cranek of Garwood, Henry Krenek, Jr. of Frelsburg and W. L. Krenek of Needville, 26 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.

A daughter Amelia Krenek Minar, died years ago.

Grandsons served as pallbearers. They were Dan Prause, Edwin Halfmann, Leon Wendel and Monroe, Leon, Lester, Edgar and Billy Krenek.

Colorado County Citizen, June 8, 1957
Some of Mrs. Krenek's children spell their last names "Krenek" and others ''Cranek.”

Krenek, Wilhelmina (Kubesch)


The Nada community grieves over the sorrowful death of Mrs. Wilhelmina Krenek, wife of Mr. Richard Krenek, who died Saturday morning.

She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kubesch, and was 25 years, 1 month and 14 days of age.

She was married to Mr. Krenek in 1930, and to this union one daughter was born, Dorothy, three years of age.

Mrs. Krenek was a member of several lodges and was a young woman highly esteemed by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held at the Nada Catholic church Monday morning at 9 o’clock with Rev. C. J. Benes officiating. Interment was made in the Nada Catholic cemetery.

The pallbearers were Fred and Henry Kubesch, Alfonce and Leo Dornak, and Ben and Lawrence Krenek.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Richard Krenek, their three year old daughter, Dorothy; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. f. Kubesch, three sisters and two brothers.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, June 5, 1936
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Krenek, Willie B. “Bill”


Funeral services were held for Mr. Willie B. "Bill" Krenek Wednesday, December 23 from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Krenek was born October 29, 1910 in Altair to Joe Krenek and. Mary Shimek Krenek. He married Mabel Krenek October 6 1936.

He was retired from Lone Star Industries.

Mr. Krenek was a Lutheran and he was affiliated with American Legion, 9th District Historian.

He served in the Army for three years.

Survivors include his wife, Mabel Krenek of' Columbus; one daughter, Gail Heffley of Columbus; three sisters, Julia Blaha of La Grange, Frances Michalsky of Fayetteville and Annie Krizak of Silsby, Texas; one brother, John Krenek of Ellinger; and, four grandchildren, Dick,Steve, Bill and Bob Heffley.

Pallbearers were Dick Heffley, Stephen Heffley, Arthur Moeller, Derek Naiser, Ray Dungen, Dennis Divin, Ed Faldyn and Lawrence Blaha.

Honorary pallbearers were all his nephews and close friends.

Colorado County Citizen, December 24, 1987
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