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Mahalitc, Adolph Anton

Adolph Mahalitc Dies Suddenly; Funeral Today

Funeral services were to be held this (Thursday) morning at 8:45 in Untermeyer Funeral home and later in St. Anthony’s Catholic church for Adolph Mahalitc, who died after a heart attack at his home at about 9:30 Monday morning. Rosary was recited at the funeral home Tuesday evening. Burial was to be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Mahalitc, son of Joe and Verina Jasek Mahalitc, was born in 1895. He would have celebrated his 69th birthday Feb .11. His wife, the former Frieda Shimek, died in 1943.

He is survived by a son Alton who is with the armed forces in Hawaii, 2 daughters, Orline of Houston and Mrs. Walter Tyler of Alvin; 2 brothers, Edwin of Columbus and John of Eagle Lake, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Steve Martinek of Columbus, Mrs. Mary SommerIatte of Shaw’s Bend and Mrs. Minnie Balzer of Hallettsville. A son, Adolph Jr., was killed in an auto accident several years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1963, page 10

Mahalitc, David Earl "Pete"

David Earl "Pete" Mahalitc, 64, of Elm Grove, passed away Monday, June 18, 2001 in a Houston hospital following a brief illness.

He was born September 8, 1936 in Columbus to Louis and Lonie Buxkemper Mahalitc.

"Pete" moved to Elm Grove as a young child, attended school in Bonus and graduated from Crescent High School in 1955.

He was a former member of the Crescent Bluejays athletic teams including football and track and a member of the FFA.

He married Joan Virginia Labay on November 23, 1963 in Nada and was a self-employed farmer-rancher.

A member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, he was also a former member of the Eagle Lake Knights of Columbus.

"Pete" was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family and was looking forward to the birth of his next grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Joan, of Elm Grove; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Kenneth Thomas of Needville; sons and daughter-in-law, Thomas Earl and Holli Mahalitc and Louis Earl Mahalitc of Elm Grove; sisters, Dorothy Kohleffel of Eagle Lake and Norma Jean House and Margaret Bucek of Wharton; brothers, Joe Mahalitc of Paris, Texas and Donald Mahalitc of Eagle Lake; and grandsons, Ty and Tanner Thomas of Needville.

A wake service was held at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home with Deacon Alvin Matthys and Father Joe Koebel officiating.

Funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Joe Koebel officiating.

Interment followed in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lonnie Labay, Allen Kohleffel, Randy Waligura, Neil Reynolds, Ruben Lopez and Gary Obenhaus.

Honary pallbearers were Joel and Noah Lopez, Doug Koehler, Paul Hlavinka, Dan Mascheck, Carl Reynolds, Clarence, Cliff and Cody Cerny, Milton Minarcik, J.B. Spears, Randy, Jason and Kurt Sanders, Kirby McClintock, Josh Phoenix, Mike Stone, Richard Manske, Peter Heyne, Mike Ozoment Clifford King and George Hagen.

In lieu of usual remembrances, the family request memorials be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nada, Texas 77460.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 28, 2001
Submitted by Ron New

Mahalitc, Joan Virginia (Labay)

Joan Labay Mahalitc

Mrs. Joan Virginia Labay Mahalitc, 70, of Matthews, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 10, 2011 in a Richmond hospital following a brief illness. She was born on Dec. 14, 1940 in El Campo, the daughter of Henry Labay and Hattie Kroboth Labay.

Mrs. Mahalitc was a lifelong resident of Matthews and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada. She was a graduate of Garwood High School. She married David Earl (Pete) Mahalitc on Nov. 23, 1963 in Nada and he preceded her in death on June 18, 2001. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Delores Labay Zimmermann. She enjoyed baking kolaches and spending time with her grandchildren and watching them participate in 4-H Club functions and baseball.

A rosary was recited Friday night, Aug. 12, at the chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home with Thomas Kalina officiating. A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with Father Joe Vrana officiating. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Nada.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Kenneth Thomas of Needville; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Earl and Holli Mahalitc of Elm Grove and Louis Earl and Cindy Mahalitc of Wharton; sister, Olivia Sechelski of Houston; brother, Lonnie Labay of Garwood; grandchildren, Ty and Tanner Thomas, Marshall and Myla Mahalitc and Morgan Mahalitc, with one on the way. Her special niece and husband, Denise and Randy Sanders of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Rodney Sanders, Kurt Sanders, Jason Sanders, Chris Jackson, Marvin Branch and Alan Kohleffel. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Reynolds, Paul Hlavinka, Milton Minarcik, Randy Sanders, Kirby McClintock, Steven Hawes, Randy Waligura, Dr. William Clark, Peter Heyne, Irby Kerlick, Clarence Cerny, Bubba Morton, Brent Danhaus, David Castaneda, Thomas Kalina, Lonnie Labay, Dan Mascheck, Joel Lopez, Noah Lopez, Ruben Lopez, Gilbert Lopez, Bill Baker, Donnell Shuller, Troy Blunston, Harold Davis and Lucius Davis.

In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests donations to the Fort Bend Co. 4-H Livestock Judging Club, 6311 Birdie Lane, Rosenberg, Texas 77471; Helping Hands 4-H Club, P.O. Box 938, East Bernard, Texas 77435; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 97, Nada, Texas 77460; or the charity of your choice.

Funeral services under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home in Wharton.

El Campo Leader News, Aug 15, 2011
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis




Mahalitc, John Sr.

John Mahalitc Sr.

June 24, 1905-November 18, 1990

John Mahalitc Sr., 85. of Eagle Lake, passed away Sunday, November 18, 1990 at 5:15 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness. Born, June 24, 1905 in Columbus, to Joe and Veronica Jasek Mahalitc, he grew up in Columbus and attended local schools. On April 5, 1931, he and Hattie Buxkemper were united in marriage from the St Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Frelsburg. On January 1, 1940, they moved to Eagle Lake where Mr. Mahalitc continued his long and distinguished career in farming and ranching until retirement in 1980. He was a faithful member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake and the Eagle Lake Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, five brothers and a grandson, Russell Mahalitc. Survivors include his devoted wife of 59 years, Mrs. Hattie Buxkemper Mahalitc of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters in law, John Jr. and June Mahalitc, Kenneth and Jo Ann Mahalitc, all of Eagle Lake; sisters, Mrs. Mary Sommerlatte, Columbus and Mrs. Minnie Balcer of Weimar; grandchildren, Clayton Bradley Mahalitc, DeRidder, Louisiana; Ronald D. Foster, Webster; Lisa Hoffman, Nada; Lori Faldyn, Sealy; Lana Stein, Eagle Lake; 11 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and loved ones. A Parish Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Monday, November 19, led by Rev. Jesse Euresti followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7:30 p.m. led by Council #4843, Knights of Columbus, Eagle Lake. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake with Rev. Jesse Euresti and Rev. Tom Hanus officiating. Interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Pallbearers scheduled were Allen George Mahalitc, Clayton Mahalitc, Mark Faldyn, Thierry Hoffman, Jim McCartney, Wilbert Bankston, Johnny Prazak and Weldon Buxkemper. Mr. Mahalitc's dedication to his family, his church and his community will long be missed. A good, hard-working man who was always willing to help any one or any organization when called upon. He was a man who, due to illness, had to live with a lot of pain and frustration the last 10 years of his life. But through it all, he kept his wit, his faith and never gave up the fight. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss

Eagle Lake Headlight; November 22, 1990
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Mahalitc, Joseph Jr.


Columbus, Texas, 11, --Joe Mahalite[sic], aged 25, a soldier at Camp Travis, died Thursday evening of pneumonia and the body arrived Saturday morning for burial in the Odd Fellows’ Rest. Rev. F. S. Strobel of the Catholic Church conducted the services. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mahalite[sic]; three sisters, Mrs. Steve Madova, Misses Mary and Minnie Mahalite[sic], and six brothers, Rudolph, Louis, Edmund, John and Albert Mahalite[sic].

Weimar Mercury February 22, 1918

Co. K, 360 Infantry, Camp Travis, Texas, Feb. 12, 1918.

Pvt. Joe Mahalitc of Columbus died the past week, of pneumonia. He had been transferred from this company to the 165th Depot Brigade several weeks ago, consequently all of his friends in this compnay[sic] were not aware of his condition. Pvt. Mahalitc was a good soldier while in this company and we feel sure he would have made good elsewhere.

Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1918

Mahalitc, Lonie (Buxkamper)

Final Rites Held Tues., for Mrs. L. Mahalitc

Friends and relatives gathered Tuesday morning to pay final tribute to Mrs. Louis (Lonie) Mahalitc, a native of Colorado County and a resident of the Eagle Lake and Bonus Community since 1940. Mrs. Mahalitc died at 12:15 a.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Golf Coast Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She had been in failing health for over a year and a patient in the hospital for the past five weeks. Funeral services were held from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 with the Rev. Edward Geiser officiating at the Requiem Mass. The Church Choir sang the Mass. She was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: John Mahalitc, Jr., of Eagle Lake; Allen George Mahalitc of Rolling Fork, Miss.; Alvin Mahalitc of Houston; James Buxkamper of Ballinger; Wilbert Buxkamper of Houston; and Frank Buxkamper of East Bernard. Rosary was recited at the Chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake at 8 p.m. Monday evening, June 23rd. Mrs. Mahalitc was born on July 22, 1907 in Frelsburg, Texas, the daughter of Frank and Katherine Schobel Buxkamper. She was united in marriage with Louis Mahalitc in Frelsburg on October 4, 1925. The family moved to Columbus and then to the Bonus-Eagle Lake area in 1940, and were prominent in farming in this community. Mr. Mahalitc preceded her in death eight years ago. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Raymond Lee (Dorothy) Kohleffel of Eagle Lake; Mrs. W S. (Norma Jean) Hause of Wharton, and Mrs. Edwin (Margaret) Busek of Wharton; three sons, Joe Louis, Mahalitc, who lived with his mother in Eagle Lake; David Mahalitc and Donnie Mahalitc also of this community; one brother Frank Buxkamper of East Bernard; ..Mahalitc and Mrs. John Mahalitc of. Eagle Lake; Mrs. Alfred Zickur of Columbus, and Mrs. Helen Howe of San Antonio; and grandchildren Marilyn and Thomas Mahalitc, Dina Marie and. Allen Kohleffel of Eagle Lake; Carol Ann, Patricia Lynn and Elizabeth Jean Hause and Randall Louis, Cynthia Ann and Sharon Marie Bucek of Wharton. Mrs. Mahalitc was a faithful member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and of the Altar Society. She was a wonderful mother and a loyal friend to all who came to know her and she shall be missed dearly by loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight; June 26, 1969
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Mahalitc, Louis

Last Rites Held For Louis Mahalitc Monday

Citizens of Eagle Lake community learned with sadness of the death of Louis Mahalitc, 64 who passed away early Sunday morning, January 1st in Laughlin Hospital after being ill for less than a week. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father A. W. Didner officiating. Music for the low Requiem Mass was sung by the Catholic Choir accompanied by Mrs. L.J. Spanibel. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were nephews, Arthur Mahalitc, Allen G. Mahalitc, Kenneth Mahalitc of Eagle Lake; Frank L. Buxkamper of East Bernard; James Buxkamper of Ballinger; and John Mahalitc, Jr., of Victoria. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Mahalitc was born on Dec. 10th, 1896 at Columbus to Joseph and Veronica Mahalitc. He resided in Columbus until twenty years ago when the family moved to the Eagle Lake area. Ha was a prominent farmer of the area. He was married to Lonie Buxkamper on Oct 4, 1925 to Frelsburg, Texas. Surviving are his wife: three daughters. Mrs. Dorothy L. Kohleffel of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Norma J. Hause of Wharton, and Mrs. Margaret A. Bucek of Wharton; three sons, Joe Louis. David E. and Donnie Mahalitc of Eagle Lake; three brothers, John Mahalitc of Eagle Lake, Adolph Mahalitc of Columbus, and Edwin Mahalitc of Alvin; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Sommerlattee and Mrs. Mollie Martinek of Columbus and Mrs. Minnie Balzar of Hallettsville. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Dina Marie Kohleffel, Eagle Lake; Patricia Lynn, Carol Ann and Elizabeth Jean Hause of Wharton; and other relatives. He leaves a host of friends who join in extending deepest sympathy to the family in the loss of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 5, 1961
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Mahalitc, Olga Elizabeth (Buxkemper)


Mrs. Olga Elizabeth Mahalitc, age 83, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, October 7 at her residence.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Olga Elizabeth Mahalitc Thursday, October 9 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home with the Rev. Jesse Euresti officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Olga Elizabeth Mahalitc was born January 8, 1903 to Frank and Kathy Schobel Buxkemper. She married Albert Mahalitc. Mrs. Mahalitc moved to Eagle Lake in 1942 and was a member of Our Lady of Pertual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Mahalitc in 1929.

Survivors include daughter, Mrs. Bernadine McRae of Leesville, Louisiana; sons, Allen George Mahalitc of Rolling Fork, Mississippi and Arthur Mahalitc of Eagle Lake; sisters, Hattie (Mrs. John) Mahalitc of Eagle Lake, Estella Zickuher of Columbus and Helen Louise Howe of Houston; brother, Frank Buxkemper of East Bernard; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Albert Mahalitc, John Mahalitc, Jr., Joe Mahalitc, Raymond Kohleffel, Anthony Mahalitc, Gary Henneke, Al Mahalitc and Frank Buxkemper, Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, October 16, 1986

Mahalitc, Rudolph

Rudolph Mahalitc Funeral Services Are Held Today

Funeral services were held at 10 this morning in St. Anthony’s Catholic church for Rudolph Mahalitc, 67, who died in the Veterans hospital at Houston Tuesday. Mr. Mahalitc, was a veteran of World War I and was a bachelor. He was born near Ellinger.

Rev. Alex J Kraus officiated and burial was in Odd Felows Rest cemetery. His nephews were pallbearers.
Rosary was recited at Untermeyer Funeral home last night.

Suvivors include: 4 brothers, Adolph and Ed of Columbus and Louie and John of Eagle Lake; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Steve Martinek and Mrs. Mary Sommerlatte of Columbus and Mrs. Minnie Balzar of Hallettsville.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1957

Mahalitc, Russell James

Russ Mahalitc Rites Held Last Thursday

Many relatives and friends gathered for final rites for Russell James Mahalitc, 14, at 10 a.m., Thurs., Aug. 1st at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Russell was a victim of a truck and tractor accident shortly before noon Tues., July 30th.

The Rev. Father Edward Geiser, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and the Rev. Sylvester Fuchs of Bellville, officiated at the Requiem Mass which was sung by the Junior Choir at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. He was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Anthony and Al Mahalitc, Michael Brewer, Kurt Payne, Edward Sunderman and Terry Dostal.

Mill-Bauer funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The Rev. Father Geiser led in the recitation of the Rosary in the chapel of the funeral home Wednesday evening.

Russell James Mahalitc was born July 31, 1959 in Mariciabo, Venezuela. He would have been a ember of the freshman class of Rice High School having completed work at Eagle Lake Middle School this past school year.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Mahalitc, Jr. of this city; two brothers, Sp6 Ronald Dale Foster of Germany and Clayton Bradley Mahalitc of this city and a half-sister. Mrs. Del Mansker of Killeen. Also surviving are his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Barclay of Fredericksburg and Mr. and Mrs. John Mahalitc of Eagle Lake; and a number of other relatives and friends.

The tragic death of this youngster brought great sorrow to his relatives, classmates and friends. He shall be missed dearly by all who came to know him.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 8, 1974
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

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