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Labay, Amalia

Mrs. Louis Labay Succumbs at 61

By Mrs. Fred Kubesch

Nada--Funeral services for Mrs. Louis Labay were held in the St. Mary's Catholic church Feb. 18, Rev. Edmund J. Bily officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery. She passed away Sunday night, Feb. 16 at the age of 61 years.

She was born at Nada June 25, 1896.

Surviving are her husband, Louis Labay; 3 sons Lawrence of Garwood, Bernard of El Campo, Louis Jr. with the U. S. armed forces in Germany; 2 daughters, Mrs. Mildred Sulak of Ganado, Mrs. Leona Stanzik of Houston; her mother, Mrs. Cecelia Krenek of Nada; 4 brothers, Ernest Krenek of El Maton, Ben Krenek of El Campo, Richard and Lawrence Krenek of Nada; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Frnka of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Louisa Krejci and Mrs. Cecelia Dorotik of El Campo; 13 grandchildren.

She was a member of the KJZT and Christian Mothers societies.

Pallbearers were her grandson, Jerome Labay, nephews, L. J. and B. J. Krenek, Joe Krejci Jr., Lawrence Dorotik and Frankie Bubela Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, February 27, 1958

Labay, Anna (Drlik)

Mrs. Joseph Labay, 91, Funeral Service Held Saturday In Nada

Mrs. Joseph Labay, a resident of Colorado County and the Nada Community for the past 75 years, died at the home of her son, V. C. Labay in Nada, Thursday, July 21.

She was born in Dubina, Texas on February 20, 1875 and was 91 years old.

She is survived by five daughters including Mrs. Amalie Skuca, Mrs. Julia Dornak and Mrs. Lucey Buzek all of El Campo, Mrs. Millie Palinek of Hungerford and Mrs. Albina Vojacek of Glen Flora; three sons, James Labay of El Campo, Alois and V. C. Labay of Nada.

Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Francis Waligura of Garwood, 38 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 5 great, great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Labay were held Saturday from the Triska Chapel with Mass in the St. Mary's Catholic Church at Nada.

The Reverend Edmund Bily officiated and interment was in the Nada Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Labay, Stanley Labay, Fred Labay, Joe Skuca, Alois Palinek, and Daniel Malota.

El Campo Leader News, Wednesday, July 27, 1966, page 1
Contributed by Nancy Schmidt

Labay, Esota Marie (Tucker)


Esota Marie Labay, 40 of Nada, passed away March 18.

She was born on Feb. 4, 1964 to James and Florence Tucker and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America in Nada.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Labay of Nada; daughter, Ashley Labay of Nada; and sons, Brian and Jerry Labay Jr. of Nada.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. Interment followed at the St. Mary's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Allen Labay, Paul Labay, Joe Skuca, Wayne Hermis, Robert Hermis and Kenneth Poncik. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Labay and Felix Mica.

Donations may be made to defray funeral expenses.

The Colorado County Citizen, March 31, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Labay, Henry J.

Henry Labay Dies; Garwood Native
By Mrs. M. L. Heiman

Henry Labay, a life-long resident of the Garwood community, died at the El Campo hospital Friday morning.

Funeral services were conducted from the Triska Funeral home Monday morning, with further services at St. Mary’s Catholic church at Nada. Interment was in the Church cemetery.

Mr. Labay is survived by his widow, 3 daughters, Mrs. Floyd Sechelski of Houston, Mrs. Clarence Zimmermann, Joan, and one son, Lonnie; 5 granddaughters, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and his aged parents.

Colorado County Citizen, March 10, 1960, page 2

Labay, Janie (Kubecka)

Janie Labay

Janie Kubecka Labay of Nada died March 13, 2008 at the age of 75. She was born March 4, 1933 in El Campo to the Emil and Mary Scotka Kubecka. She was a homemaker and a member of the KJZT Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Labay; daughter, Gayle Mica and husband Felix; sons, Jerry Labay and Anthony Labay and wife Tisha, all of Nada; grandchildren, Jason Mica of Richmond, Amy Mica, Jerry Labay Jr., Brian Labay, Wade Labay, Max Labay, Thomas Labay and Ashley Labay, all of Nada; sisters, Rose Schipula of El Campo and Mary Ann Jones of Bedei; and brothers, Joe Kubecka of Navasota and Ludvick Kubecka of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter-in-law Esotta Labay and brother Frank Kubecka.

Visitation will begin 1 p.m. Sunday at Triska Funeral Home with a parish rosary being recited at 6 p.m. The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 17 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Tony Boateng Mensah officiating.

Interment will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home. Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

El Campo Leader - News, March 13, 2008 online



Labay, Jerome G.

Final Services Held Friday For Jerome Labay 77

Jerome G. Labay, Sr., resident of the El Campo community for the past 42 years died in the Nightingale Hospital on Sept. 21, 1967.

He was born in Nada on Oct. 8th [sic] and was 77 years old.

He is survived by his wife Albina of El Campo; four daughters, Mrs. Hattie Krpec of El Campo, Mrs. Leona Smajstrla of Baytown, Mrs. Evelyn Daniels of Baytown, and Mrs. Julia Schulze of Deer Park; five sons, A. J. Labay of Dickinson, Jerome Labay Jr., of Alvin, John Labay of New Ulm, Allan Labay of Cypress, and Raymond Labay of Connecticutt; a half-sister, Mrs. Agnes Weisner of El Campo; a half brother, Dan Dornak of Louise; 38 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

A rosary was recited in the Triska Chapel Thursday at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held Friday from Triska Chapel at 2 p.m. Mass was said in the St. Philips Catholic Church at 2:15 with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. J. A. Petru officiating.

Interment was in the Nada Catholic Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Raymond Naiser, Victor Weisner, John Weisner, Harry Holub, Ed Trochta, and Louie Ripple.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, September 28, 1967
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Labay, John L.

NEW ULM—John L. Labay, 81, of New Ulm, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001.

He was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Vox Populi, to the late Jerome G. and Julie Ann Frnka Labay. He was founder of KULM Radio and Columbus Auto Parts. He was a rancher and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and a member of the Knights of Columbus in Industry.

Survivors: daughter, Kathleen M. Labay of New Ulm; sisters, Julia Schulze of Deer Park and Leona Smajsterla of Houston; brothers, Allen F. Labay of Houston and Raymond Labay of Summerfield, Fla.

Preceded in death by: wife, Ella Mae Labay; parents; sisters, Hattie Krpec and Evelyn Daniels; brothers, A.J. Labay and Jerry Labay.

Prayer services and a Knights of Columbus rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. today at Henneke Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg.

Services will be 10 a.m., Friday at the church, the Rev. Wayne Flagg officiating.

Burial will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus

Victoria Advocate, April 26, 2001
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Labay, Joseph

Joseph Labay, Aged Nada Resident Dies

Funeral services for Joseph Labay, 89, resident of the Nada community for three quarters of a century, were held Friday from the family home in Nada, with Requiem High Mass at St. Mary's Church in Nada. Rev. Edmund Bily officiated. Interment was in the Nada Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Labay died at his home Wednesday morning after a brief illness. He was born May 3, 1860, in Czecho-Slovakia, coming to America at the age of 12. His parents settled in Colorado County.

Survivors include his wife; seven daughters and three sons: Mrs. Lucy Buzek of Taiton; Mrs. Albina Vojacek of Ganado; Mrs. Julia Dornak of El Campo; Miss Carrie Labay of Nada; Mrs. Mollie Skuca of Nada; Mrs. Amelia Polanek of Hungerford; Mrs. Annie Skuca of Bay City and three sons: Alois of Nada, Jim of El Campo, and Valentine of Taiton; one brother Frank of Nada; 27 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Louie Labay, Fred D. Labay, Mike L. Labay, John Darlik [Drlik], Leo Labay and Jim Skuca.

El Campo Citizen, Sunday, August 14, 1949, page 1
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Labay, Julia A. (Frnka)

GARWOOD -- The funeral of Mrs. Jerome Labay occurred at Nada, Monday morning. Mrs. Labay was formerly a resident of this community. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Frnka. Besides her husband and children she is survived by her parents, brothers, sisters and many friends.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, January 9th, 1930
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Mrs. Jerome Labay died early last Sunday morning. Her body was lad to rest in the Nada Cemetery, with Revs. Heintze of Nada and Raska of El Campo officiating. She was before marriage Miss Julia Frnka daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frnka, Sr., of the Vox Populi section. Her husband, nine children, father and mother, two sisters and five brothers survive. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, News of Nada section, Friday, January 17, 1930
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Labay, Karoline

Miss Labay’s Last Rites Held Monday; Burial at Nada


NADA—Funeral services for Miss Karoline Labay, 58, were held Monday morning in St. Mary’s church, Rev. Edmund J. Bily officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Miss Labay was born in the Nada community Oct. 9, 1898, and died suddenly Friday.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Joe Labay, Nada; 6 sisters, Mrs. Annie Skuca, Bay City; Mrs. Emelia Palinek, Hungerford; Amalie Skuca, Mrs. Julia Dornak, Mrs. Lucy Buzek, all of El Campo, and Mrs. Albina Vajacek, Glen Flora; 3 brothers, Alouis and Valentine f Nada and Jim of El Campo. Her father and 2 sisters preceded her in death.

Colorado County Citizen, October 18, 1956
Contributed by Nancy Schmidt

Labay, Karolina (Drlik)

Mrs. Joseph Labay, 87, Native Texan Passes

Mrs. Joseph (Karolina) Labay, 87, a native Texan born at Dubina August 17, 1877 passed away last Monday July 19. For the past 77 years she had been a resident of the Garwood community.

Funeral services were held at Triska Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 4:15 o'clock. They were continued at Nada Catholic Church at 5 o'clock with the Rev. Edmund Bily officiating.

Burial was in Nada Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Labay is survived by three sons, Ed Labay of El Campo and Leo and Charles, both of Nada; two daughters, Mrs. Wilma Hachske and Mrs. Annie Dornak, both of Wharton and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Labay and Mrs. Frances Waligura of Garwood.

El Campo Leader News, Wednesday, July 21, 1965, page 1

Labay, Ludwig

Ludwig Labay, 77, Native of Nada, Funeral Is Held

Nada—Ludwig Labay, 77, lifelong resident of Colorado county, died at his home Oct. 1. He was born in Nada July 5, 1888.

Funeral services were held in St. Mary's Catholic church at Nada Monday at 10 a.m. Rev. E. J. Bily officiating. Burial was in St Mary's cemetery.

Surviving are 3 sons, Lawrence of Garwood, Bernard of El Campo, Louis of Houston; 2 daughters, Mrs. Mildred Sulak of Ganado, Mrs. Leona Stancik of Houston; 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Jim Krecji of Louise.

His wife preceded him in death in February 1958.

He was a member of the KJT society and a church trustee for many years.

Casketbearers were Raymond and Fred Labay, Jimmie and Edwin Dornak, Jimmie Schoellmann and Edwin Buxkamper.

Colorado County Citizen, October 7, 1965

Last Rites Held Mon. For L. Labay Native of Nada

Last rites were held Monday morning Oct. 4th, for Ludvig (Louis) Labay, 77, a life-long resident of the Nada community. Mr. Labay died in his sleep at his home during Friday night, October 1st.

He was born on July 5, 1888, in Nada, Texas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Labay. He was a successful farmer in the Nada community for many years and was active in the K. J. T. Lodge, Nada, and the activities of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He and Miss Amalie Krenek were united in marriage in the Nada community. She preceded him in death seven years ago.

He is survived by three sons, Lawrence Labay of Garwood, Louis Labay of Houston, and Bernard Labay of El Campo; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Sulak of Ganado and Mrs. Leona Stancik of Houston; also one sister, Mrs. Jim Krejci of Louise, Texas; eighteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Rosary was recited in the Triska Chapel in El Campo at 4:00 p.m. last Sunday, October 3rd. Funeral services were held from the Triska Chapel at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by Mass at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada at 10 a.m. The Rev. Edmund Bily, pastor of St. Mary’s, officiated at the services.

Mr. Labay was laid to final rest in the Nada Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Raymond Labay, Jim Dornak, Jimmie Schoelmann, Fred labay, Edwin Dornak, and Edwin Buxkamper.

Mr. Labay was the brother-in-law of the late Mrs. Fred G. Frnka, who preceded him in death only a week ago. Among those attending the services at Nada were Mr. Frnka and Mrs. Joe Janak, a niece of the deceased.

A faithful Christian, he was one who came to be loved by many throughout his life. His kindnesses and guidance to his family, relatives, and friends shall be remembered forever.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, October 7, 1965
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Labay, Mary (Skuca)

Mrs. M. L.Labay Succumbs at 76
(By Mrs. Fred Kubesch)

Nada &endash; Funeral services for Mrs. M. L. Labay, 72, life-long resident of Nada, were held Monday at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Rev. Edward J. Bily officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery.

She passed away at the Nightingale hospital at El Campo Sunday after a long illness.

Surviving are: her husband; 2 sons, Richard and Ben Labay of El Campo; 3 daughters, Mrs. Justine Krenek, Mrs. Mary Kutac and Mrs. Annie Sablatura of El Campo; 14 grandchildren; 2 bothers, John Skuca of Palacios and Ed Skuca of Nada; 2 sisters, Mrs. John Labay of Nada and Mrs. Ernest Krenek of Midfield.

Colorado County Citizen, August 14, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Labay, Nollie J. (Buzek)

Funeral services for Mrs. Charles (Nollie) Labay of Garwood were held Sunday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, with The Rev. Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating.

Mrs. Labay passed away Thursday, Jan 21 at Herman Hospital in Houston.

She was born March 10, 1929 at Nada, the daughter of William and Albine Buzek. She was married to Charles Labay on Jan. 21, 1947.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the KJZT, the Christian Mothers and the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her husband, Charles of Nada; two daughters, Mrs. Janet Luedecke of Beasley and Mrs. Delbert (Marlene) Castleman of Hempstead; three sons, Charles Labay Jr. of Columbus, Clifton Labay of Altair and Cary Labay of Nada; two sisters, Mrs. James Barlett and Mrs. Richard Jaranek; two brothers, Harry Buzek and Eddie Buzek, both of Nada; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Daniel Jaranek, Donald Buzek, Rudy Drlik, Gary Pettus, Michael Waligura and David Becak. [Interred at St. Mary Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, February 7, 1980 page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Labay, Thomas Anthony


Tommy was born in Nada Texas to Steve and Ludmilla Labay on December 3, 1948, he went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the age of 69. He is survived by his siblings; Delores and Welton Adler, Pauline Leopold, Steve and Jeanette Labay, Jr. and Lambert and Kathy Labay, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; Steve Labay, Sr. and Ludmilla Labay. There will be a brief visitation on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9:am to 10:am with Rosary being recited at 9:30 am at Assumption Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will begin at 10:am at Assumption Catholic Church with Father Kirby Hlavaty officiating. Interment will be at 12:30 pm at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Nada, Texas. Services have been entrusted to Russell Todish of Ganado Funeral Home, 800 S. Third St. Ganado, TX 77962, 361-771-2120.

Victoria Advocate, October 6, 2018
Contributed by

Labay, Veronika (Becak)

Mrs. M. D. Labay Died At Nada Sunday Evening

Mrs. M. D. Labay died at her home in Nada at 7 o'clock Sunday evening, death being due to cerebral hemorrhage. She suffered an attack at 10 a. m. Sunday, and was unconscious from that hour until death. She suffered a paralytic stroke about two months ago, from which she never fully recovered.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the home, with Requiem High Mass at St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock. Father Weber, our pastor, assisted by Father Pustka, officiated. Interment was made in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Mrs. Labay was born May 10, 1887. at Garwood. and was married on October 17, in 1905.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Becak, Sr., her husband, and three children, Mrs. Martha Cernoch, Mrs. Mary Sauer and Miss Emma Labay, all of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Kana of El Campo and Mrs. Emil Kubesch of Hlllje: two brothers, John Becak of Garwood and Joe Becak of Nada.

She was an active worker In this community, a member of the K. J. Z. T. and the Christian Mothers .societies, of which organizations she has served as president and secretary a number of terms.

Although Mrs. Labay was able to be up and about after her first stroke, she realized her condition and had made preparations for the end, selecting her own pall-bearers, who were James Safar, John Silva, Fred D, Labay, Dan Dornak, Jerome Labay and J. F. Beal.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, March 18, 1938
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis
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