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Waligura, Bertha Frances (Schoelmann)

Last rites were conducted last Wednesday morning, July 22, for Mrs. Robert Waligura, 73, longtime resident of the Garwood community who passed away at Nightingale Hospital Monday, July 20.

Funeral services were held from Triska Chapel and continued in Nada Catholic Church where a requiem high mass was sung with the Rev. Edmund Bily officiating. Interment was in Nada Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Alfons and Robert Dornak, Glenn and Floyd Rieger, Edmund Waligura, Jr., and Ronald Barbre.

Seven children survive Mrs. Waligura, four daughters, three sons and 20 grandchildren. The daughters are Mrs. Lorraine Reiger and Mrs. Alberta Barbre, both of Wharton; Mrs, Evelyn Bowling of Freeport and Mrs. Agatha Getschmann of Houston. The sons are Henry of EI Campo, Edmund of Wharton and Alfred Waligura of New Gulf.

Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Annie Potter of Columbus, Mrs. Agatha Poindexter and Mrs. Justine Schramann, both of Houston. Six brothers also survive, Frank, Victor and Fritz Schoelmann, all of Nada; William of Garwood and Hugo and Hubert, both of Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, July 30, 1964
Transcribed by Rosemary Ermis

Waligura, Bertha (Waddell)


Bertha Waddell Waligura, 83, of Amarillo, passed away Dec. 28.

She was born in Rock Island July 29, 1923. She moved to Amarillo in 2001. She served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as General Lucius D. Clay's personal secretary during WWII, while stationed in Berlin, Germany

After her military career she worked at Walcott Schools as a cafeteria cook. She moved to Garwood in 1975 where she was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, painting and various other arts and crafts.

She is survived by her daughter Jeana Higgins and her husband Cliff of Amarillo; sons Mike Barouch and wife Marsha of Green River, Wyo. and Joe Waligura and wife Leanne of Leaky; sisters; Beulah Lundquist of Rock Ford, Colo. and Jean Batla of Sealy; brothers; Tom Waddell of Fabens and Harry Waddell of Bridge City; seven grandchildren Angie, Damon, Jessica, Ashley, Craig, Jessie and Lissy; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Rector Funeral Home Coulter Chapel in Amarillo. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 4 at Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home Coulter Chapel 8310 S. Coulter Amarillo.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Bertha Waddell Waligura

Bertha Waligura of Amarillo, formerly of Garwood, passed away Thursday, December 28, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Amarillo.

She was born July 29, 1923 in Rock Island to John Jack and Bertha Omelia Riddle Waddell.

She served in the Army Air Corp as General Lucius Clay's personal secretary during World War II, while stationed in Berlin, Germany.

After her military career, Bertha ran the cafeteria of Walcott School near Hereford for many years before returning to Garwood to work as a practical nurse caring for elderly in their homes. She loved gardening, fishing, painting, hunting arrowheads, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry Barouch; husband, Joe Waligura, Sr.; and brothers, Jack and Donald Waddell.

Survivors include sons, Joe Waligura and wife, Leanne, of Leakey, Mike Barouch and wife, Marsha, of Green River, WY; and daughter, Jeana Higgins and husband, Cliff, of Amarillo; brothers, Tom Waddell of Fabens, Harry Waddell of Bridge City; sisters, Jean Batla of Bernardo and Beulah Lundquist of Rocky Ford, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Angie, Damon, Jessica, Åshley, Craig, Jessie, and Lissy; and two great grandchildren.

Graveside services and interment were set for 10 a.m. Thursday, January 4, at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Rudy Drlik, Pat and Jody Meismer, Craig, Mark, and Michael Waligura.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 4th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Waligura, Carol Lynn (Wiesepape)

Carol Lynn Waligura

Carol Lynn Waligura, 52, of New Ulm, passed away Feb. 18 at Christus St. Katherine Hospital in Katy.

She was born March 31, 1956 in Brenham to Edsel W. and Dolores S. (Finke) Wiesepape. She married Richard J. Waligura on Aug. 16, 1997 and had been a resident of New Ulm for the past 10 years. She worked as a secretary for Harrison Farm Service in Bellville.

She was preceded in death by her father; and brother, Lee Alan Wiesepape.

She is survived by her husband; mother; sister, Leslie Ryan and husband Calvin of League City; brothers, Craig Wiesepape and wife Sandy of Brenham; Michael Wiesepape and wife Kathy of Bellville and David Wiesepape of Brenham.

Funeral service took place Saturday, Feb. 21 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Pastor Charles Parnell officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Robert Abel, Jeff, Dusty and Cody Bohac, Darrell Storrs and Anthony Drymalla III.

Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Waligura, Cindy (Hallinger)

Cindy Waligura, 42, of Garwood, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2002.

She was born, August 18, 1959 in El Campo to Frank Sr. and Ann Tumel Hallinger.

Waligura was a homemaker and member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Nada Catholic Daughters of America.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Waligura of Garwood; a daughter, Holly Waligura of Huntsville; sisters, Cheryl Roach and Becky Hardin; and a brother, Frank Hallinger Jr., all of El Campo.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, from St Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating.

Burial followed in Lehrer Memorial Cemetery near Garwood.

Triska Funeral Home in El Campo was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jason Koudela, Troy Riha, Aaron Frontom, Bryan Rees, Craig Kallina, Joe Waligura, Dudley Lehrer and June Frnka.

A memorial fund in memory of Cindy has been established at First State Bank, PO. Box 967, El Campo, Texas 77437.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 25, 2002

Waligura, Everett William


Everett, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Waligura of Garwood, passed away at the Rosenberg Hospital Saturday night after a severe illness of several days. Funeral services were held on Monday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Nada Catholic cemetery. Rev. Father C. J. Benes officiating.

The pallbearers were Viola Fajkus, Virginia Braden, Clara Malek and Florence Arnold, all dress in white and wearing white wreaths.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, February 21, 1936
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Waligura, Frances (Drlik)

Funeral Services Held Tuesday For Mrs. J. Waligura

Mrs. John (Frances) Waligura, who had lived in the Garwood community 83 years died in Nightingale Hospital last Sunday, January 23 at the age of 89. She was born in Dubina, April 1, 1881.

Funeral services were held from Triska Chapel Tuesday afternoon, January 25, followed by a mass in St. Mary's Cathoic [Catholic] Church of Nada.

Interment was in Nada Catholic cemetery. Active pallbearers were Ronad [Ronald] and Jimmy Petter and Randolph, Jerry Lou, Edward and Charles Waligura Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Waligura, C. J. Fucik, Edwin Budaus, Frank Krpec and Roy Jacobs.

Mrs. Waligura is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jim (Clara) Petter of El Campo and Mrs. Alex (Millie) Orsak of Garwood; two sons, Charlie of El Campo and Ben Waligura of Garwood; and 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

El Campo Leader News, Wednesday, January 26, 1972, page 5
Contributed by Nancy Schmidt

Waligura, Frank M.

Frank Waligura

Funeral services for Frank M. Waligura, 66, of Garwood were held at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Edward Schoellman officiating.

Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home. A rosary was recited at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in the Triska Chapel.

Mr. Waligura died Wednesday, July 11, 1984, in a Houston hospital following a short illness.

He was born in Garwood on May 5, 1918, the son of the late Joseph and Veronika Pordoch Waligura. He was a member of the Garwood Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, KJT Society and a U.S. Navy-Air Force veteran.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Ann Waligura of Garwood; two daughters, Melissa Mayo of Houston and Susan Dettling of El Campo; four sons, Mark and Thomas Waligura, both of Garwood, John and Paul Waligura, both of San Marcos, both of San Marcos; a sister, Mary Terrill of Columbus; three brothers, Ralph Waligura of Bay City and Joe and Mike Waligura, both of Garwood; and three grandchildren.

Activie pallbearers were L. D. Wied, Robert Schurring, Frederich Priesmeyer, Ed Wied, Nelton Schneider and Louis Cranek.

Honorary pallbearers were Truman Engstrom, W. A. Hefner, B. F. Turner, Rex Shoop, Boyd Rees, Lawrence Berger, Lawrence Stallman, Joe Seifert and Herman Popp.

Unidentified news clipping from Holly Waligura Class


Frank M. Waligura, a native of Garwood passed away in a Houston hospital on July 11 after a short illness.

He was born In Garwood on May 5, 1918 to the late Joseph and Veronika Pordoch Waligura and was 66 year old at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Garwood Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, K.J.T. Society and a US Navy Air Force Veteran.

A rosary was recited In the Triska Chapel in El Campo on July 12.

Funeral servIces were held July 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada.

Rev. Edward Scboellmann officiated.

Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction of the TrIska Funeral Home:

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Waligura, Garwood; two daughters, Mrs. Melissa Mayo, Houston, and Mrs. Susan Dettling, El Campo; four sons, Mark, Garwood, John and Paul, San Marcos and Thomas, Garwood; one sister, Mary Terrill, Columbus; three brothers, Ralph, Bay City, Joe and Mike, Garwood; and three grandchildren, Amy Dettling, El Campo, Holly Waligura, Garwood, and Megan Mayo, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, July 26, 1984, page 2

Waligura, Joseph H. "Big Joe"

Joseph H. "Big Joe" Waligura Sr., 81, of Columbus, passed away Oct. 1 at Columbus Care Center.

He was born in Garwood, March 12, 1921 to Joseph J. and Vera (Perdoch) Waligura and married Bertha Waddell, July 1, 1961. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Nada and served as custodian of Herford and Garwood Schools.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Mike, Frank, Ralph and Charlie Waligura; and sister, Josephine Warren.

He is survived by his wife; son and daughter-in-law, Joe Henry Jr. and Leanne Waligura of Leakey; step-daughter, Jeana Higgins and husband Cliff of Amarillo; step-son, Mike Barouch of Boston, Mass.; sister, Mary Terrell of Columbus; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 3 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Pat and Jody Meismer, Rudy Drlik, and Mike, Mark and Craig Waligura.

Colorado County Citizen, October 9, 2002
Courtesy of The Citizen

Waligura, Joseph John

Final Rites Held Monday For J. J. Waligura, 84

Citizens in the area were saddened to learn of the death last Saturday of Joe J. Waligura, a prominent resident of the Garwood area for nearly three-quarters of a century. He passed away last Saturday, August 18th at 5 a.m. at his home following a stroke and illness of several years.

Funeral services were held at 8:30 Monday morning at the Triska Funeral Home in El Campo and continued at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Requiem Mass at 9:00 a.m. The Rev. Edmund Bily officiated at the services. Members of the Nada Church Choir sang the Mass.

He was laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Charles Waligura of Houston, Ben Waligura, Franklin Waligura of Houston, Franklin Warren, Louis Cranek, Charlie Labay, and Milton Minarcik of Garwood.

Mr. Waligura, the son of Joseph and Johanna Waligura was born on Nov. 29th, 1877 in Czechoslovakia, but came to this America and Colorado County at the age of six, settling in the Vox Populi area. He served for a while as a prison guard at the Eldridge Plantation Farm and engaged in farming. He retired a number of years ago when his health began to fail.

He was married in Nada to Veronica Pardoch. She preceded him in death in 1952.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Warren of Garwood and Mrs. Mary Terrell of Houston; five sons, Charles of Houston, Ralph of Bay City and Frank, Joe, and Mike of Garwood. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Agnes Kuban of Fort Worth; twelve grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Waligura was an active member of the K. J. T. Lodge and of St. Mary's Church. He took great interest in the development of the Garwood area, especially in its progress and development of the oil and gas industry. He was a kind neighbor and good friend to all who came to know him and shall be missed by loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, August 23, 1962
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Waligura, Mary Ann (Minarcik)

GARWOOD - Mary Ann Waligura, 87 of Garwood, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. She was born July 12, 1924 in Garwood to the late Joe and Ernestine Schimek Minarcik.

She married Frank Waligura on September 19, 1944 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers, KJZT Society and Nada Catholic Daughters.

She is survived by her daughters, Melissa Mayo and husband Harold of Houston, Susan Dettling and husband Chris of El Campo; sons, Mark Waligura of Garwood, John Waligura and wife Holly of Alleyton, Paul Waligura and wife Tina of Cypress and Thomas Waligura and wife Laurie of Cypress; 12 grandchildren, Amy Dettling Lewis, Holly Waligura Class, Megan Mayo, Neal Dettling, Ryan Mayo, Maggie Waligura, Caroline Waligura, Sarah Waligura, Reagan Waligura, Kate Waligura, Wyatt Waligura, Emma Waligura; and four great grandchildren, Claire Ann Class, Cason Class, Ellie Grace Lewis, and Michael Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank Waligura; grandson, Matthew Dettling; sister, Gladys Minarcik Volcik; and daughter-in-law, Cindy Waligura.

A devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she had a great love for her family and loved visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed her coffee, playing cards, listening to music, and dancing. She loved her Tripoly Bunch and liked to watch the Astros and Rockets play.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mary Ann's caregiver, Peggy Lund.

Visitation will begin Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at 4 p.m. with a Rosary following at 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Michael Waligura, Richard Waligura, Charles Waligura, Jake Lewis, Joe Waligura, and Rusty Class. Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren, Dorothy Schuirring, Eric Waligura and the Tripoly Bunch Rosemary Wied, Irene Seifert, Madeline Priesmeyer and Gladys Tyler.

Memorial donations may be made to Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, Garwood Library, or St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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

Published in Victoria Advocate
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Waligura, Mike J.

Mike J. Waligura, 78, of Garwood, died Friday, July 7, 2000.

He was born March 22, 1922, in Garwood, to the late Joseph J. and Vera Perdoch Waligura. He was a farmer/rancher and he was a veteran of World War II, having serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, KJT and St. Mary's Adoration Group.

Survivors: wife, Juanita Scholz Waligura; daughters, Carolyn Drymalla of College Station, Ann Waligura of Garwood, Janice Buchanan of Bryan; sons, Michael A. Waligura of Garwood, Richard J. Waligura of New Ulm; sister, Mary Terrell of Columbus; brother, Joe H. Waligura of Columbus; and four grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; twin daughters, Peggy Ann and Patricia Ann Waligura; sister, Josephine Warren; brothers, Frank, Ralph and Charlie Waligura.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. today at Triska Funeral Home. A parish rosary will be recited 7 p.m. today at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. Burial with full military honors under the auspices of American Legion Post No. 251 will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials: St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Victoria Advocate, July 9, 2000
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Waligura, Patricia Ann and Peggy Ann

Waligura Twins Die After Short Illness

Double funeral rite were held Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Nada for Peggy and Patricia, 15-month-old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Waligura, who died in Laughlin hospital of Eagle Lake.

The children, ill only since the preceding Tuesday, were stricken with a virus. Peggy died Friday and Patricia early Saturday.

The Rev. A. W. Didner of Eagle Lake officiated and burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery.

They are survived by their parents; a sister, Carolyn, 6, and a brother, Michael, 3.

Pallbearers were Harvey Popp, Franklin Warren, Kenneth Drlik, Charles Labay Jr., James Cranek, Gerald Cranek, Lester Cranek Jr. and Louis Cranek.

Colorado County Citizen, December 17, 1959, page 8

Waligura, Ralph Joe

Ralph Joe Waligura, 78, of Bay City, died Wednesday, July 13, 1994, at his residence.

Born Oct. 21, 1915, in Garwood, he was the son of Joe J. and Veronica Perdoch Waligura. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Bay City, and honorary member of Knights of Columbus Post 2490 in El Campo, a member of American Legion Post 11 for 48 years, a member of AARP and the Mended Hearts. He had been a Bay City resident since 1962.

Funeral Mass was offered July 14, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Msgr. James Brunner officiating. Graveside services followed at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Nada with Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating. Services were under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Pallbearers were Gerald Vackar, Michael Waligua, Mark Waligura, Joe Waligura, Laddie Konvicka and Michael Finster. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Trillman Daniel, Glenn Sedam, James Schurtz, James Spurr, Dick Burford, John Faseler, Henry Svatek, members of of American Legions Post 11 and Knights of Columbus of Columbus members.

Mr. Waligura is survived by his wife, Louise Konvicka Waligura of Bay City; one sister, Mary Terrell of Columbus and two brothers, Mike Waligura and Joe Waligura, both of Garwood.

In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Colorado County Citizen, July 20, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Waligura, Robert R.


Robert Waligura, about 62 diwd suddenly Monday afternoon while cutting timber near here.

Funeal services were held at St. Mary's Catholic church at Nada Wednesday morning. [Interment in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery]

Survivors are his widow, the former Bertha Schoellman; four daughters; Mrs. Evelyn Dornak and Mrs. Albert Barbee, Freeport; Mrs. Laverne Rieger, New Gulf, and Miss Agatha Lee Waligura, Garood; three sons, Edmond, Wharton, and Henry and Albert of Freeport; one sister, Mrs. Ed. Schoellman, Taiton, and two brothers, J. W. Garwood, and M. C., East Bernard.

Colorado County Citizen, January 23, 1947

Robert Waligura Died Suddenly In Garwood

The Garwood community was shocked and grieved over the sudden death of Robert Waligura about 3:00 o’clock on Monday afternoon.

Mr. Waligura, a prominent farmer and lifelong resident of that community, had gone to Skull Creek with some negro employees to cut wood. It was reported here that while the employees were loading the pick-up Mr. Waligura was telling them of the sudden death of his friend, F. J. Bouska, who had died suddenly while working near Garwood on the Wednesday before. Mr. Waligura gasped and fell and was pronounced dead upon the arrival of medical aid. He was apparently in the best of health. He was about 60 years old.

Funeral services were held with a short prayer service at the home near Garwood on Wednesday morning, followed by requiem high mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada and burial was in the Catholic Cemetery there.

He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Bertha Schoelman, and four daughters, Agatha Lee, a student of the Garwood school, Mrs. Evelyn Dornak, and Mrs. Albertha Barbee of Freeport, Mrs. Loraine Reiger of Newgulf; three sons, Henry and Albert of Freeport and Edmund of Wharton, and other relatives.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the Waligura family in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, January 24, 1947
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Waligura, Vera (Perdoch)

Mrs. Joe Waligura Of Garwood Dies; Services This A.M.

Friends of Mrs. Joe J. Waligura of Garwood, were deeply saddened to learn of her death at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 11th at her home. Her death came following a stroke and an illness of almost a year, however her passing was untimely and brought sadness to the Garwood community.

Funeral services were conducted this morning at Triska Funeral Home at 9:30, following by Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Nada at 10:00 o’clock. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The Rev. Edmund Bily of St. Mary’s officiated at the Requiem Mass and at interment.

Pallbearers were Joe Minarcik, Ben Waligura, Johnny Warren, Monroe Krenek, Henry Waligura, all of Garwood and Chas. Krenek of El Campo.

Mrs. Minarcik [sic] was born January 22, 1884 in Czechoslovakia to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Perdoch. She came to America at the age of 20 years and lived in the Nada and Garwood communities during the remainder of her life.

In 1906 she was married to Joe J. Waligura in Nada and the family was one of the most respected in the community.

Survivors include her husband; five sons, Frank and Mike of Garwood, Chas of Houston, Ralph of Louise, and Joe of Sugar Land; and two daughters, Mrs. Otto Warren of Garwood and Mrs. Neal Terrell of Houston. A number of Terrell of Houston. [line omitted and a repeat?]. One child died in infancy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, November 13, 1952Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
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