A few words on Gramma...
At the request of many of you in attendance on Tuesday at St. Mary's in Hallettsville, my eulogy for Gramma.
Father John had already begun the faith and family parts when I got in touch. He asked that I provide some color, so that's what I shot for. Oddly, he told me before the service the salesman part was a bit long, but he loved the rest. He wound up sharing the salesman part and not much else. So here's what I came up with, color and all, in my uncut, original version:
It wasn’t one I expected either, to be quite honest. Of course, I was only seven. There were lots of things I hadn’t seen yet.
(For those of you reading this wondering why she cared for her husband's brother until his own death, in his late sixties, my Uncle Leon had the mind of a child, as my mom used to put it. He was what most folks back then simply called mentally retarded. I never knew of any other more politically correct way to put. I was never privy to his actual medical diagnosis, if you will. All I know is that he needed someone to take care of him, because he couldn't do it himself. And Gramma was his main caretaker, from at least his twenties, when his own parents became to infirmed and elderly to do so themselves, until the day we laid him to rest beside his brother, Victor. As with Gramma, I was one of his pallbearers.)
Viola was a lifelong farmer and rancher, as well as working for Weingarten’s and Steven’s Nursing and Rehab Center in Hallettsville before retiring from Kaspar Wire Works in Shiner in the late 1990s to care for her husband Victor and his brother, Leon Konvicka, who lived with them most of his life.
Viola is survived by daughter, Irene Remlinger and husband Chuck of Katy; son-in-law Jim Horecka and wife Marty of Yoakum; sister, Patsy Faltisek of Rosenberg, three grandsons, Bobby Horecka and wife Jennifer of Victoria, Kirk Remlinger and wife Asli of Katy, and Craig Remlinger and wife Mary of Katy; 10 great-grandchildren, Bradley Horecka, Aryn Horecka and Cheyanne Mathis of Terrell; Preston Remlinger, Jake Remlinger, Claire Remlinger, Pierce Remlinger, Wade Remlinger, Parker Remlinger and Jonathan Remlinger, all of Katy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Victor; daughter Lillie; six brothers, George Sr., Isadore, Adolph Sr., Oscar and Willie Koncaba and Edwin Kent; three sisters, Emma Pohler, Agnes Fojtik and Delores Dreitner.
Visitation and rosary were held Monday, Sept. 10, at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville. The Most Rev. John Peters led the funeral mass on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hallettsville, with graveside services following at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Worthing.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Sacred Heart Catholic School in Hallettsville, or donor’s choice.