Mary Lois (Helona) Mach
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Mary Lois (Helona) Mach, 94, of
West, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2009, in West. A rosary will be recited 6:30
p.m. followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at Aderhold Funeral Home
Chapel by Janice Kaluza. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m.
Wednesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption, with the Rev. Ed
Karasek as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Mary was born June 2, 1914, in Tours, the daughter of Frank and Frances
Helona. She attended St. Mary's School in West. On Nov. 6, 1934, she was united
in marriage to Joe W. Mach in West, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 31,
1987. Joe and Mary raised their family and farmed in the Penelope area until
they moved to West in 1987. Mary was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of
the Assumption in West, and a former member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Catholic Church in Abbott. She was also a member of the K.J.Z.T. Society No.
104, the Ladies Altar Society, and a member of the church choir, all in Abbott.
Mary enjoyed chopping cotton, gardening, sewing, cooking, canning, and she
especially loved spending time with her family. She was very much a people
person and never met a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Frank Helona Jr.,
Stanley Helona and Willie Helona; and six sisters, Lillie Makovy, Polly Helona,
Bertha Knapek, Adele Metal, Frances Baker and Georgie Kofnovec.
Survivors include four sons, Milford J. Mach and wife, Mary Lou of Ft.
Worth, Joe F. Mach and wife, Lillian of Lacy Lakeview, Robert Mach and wife,
Annie of Mart, and Michael Mach of Prairie Hill; a daughter, Nancy Mach Shaffer
and husband, David of Granbury; a sister, Helen Kubacak of West; 15
grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives
Pallbearers are Robert J. Mach, Paul Mach, Tim Shaffer, Gary Mach, Kevin
Mach and Kent Mach. Memorials may be made to the West Rest Haven Activity Fund.
Published in Waco Tribune-Herald from 4/13 to