OBIT: Betty Strnadel Prasek
|Betty Jo Prasek|
BETTY JO PRASEK is gone, but her spirit lingers with her family. The past three years, as she fought a deadly disease, she provided an example of strength and inspiration to her loved ones. Family was number one with Betty Jo. She lavished affection on her children and grandchildren. She stood beside her husband of thirty-five years, Mike, as they built their business, Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse. She and Mike shared everything, the business, children, grandchildren, and the love for the outdoors. Some of her happiest moments were at deer camp or fishing in the bay with her family beside her. Her family and friends cherished her kind and open heart.
Part of the joy she brought to life derived from the bakery she started at Prasek's. Jumping out of bed at 3:00AM to bake kolaches, poppy seed rolls, pies, cakes, and cookies; each one baked with the thoughts of the enjoyment it would give to someone else. Betty Jo's generous spirit showed up in the way she and Mike supported the Wharton County Youth Fair and the support she gave to Mike with the 100 club. She was a Mother, Grandmother, Friend, and she was full of life, even when she hurt. In a life that ended too soon, she nevertheless, lived it to the fullest. She celebrated her fifty-fifth birthday revisiting Wyoming. The trip was a surprise gift from her family, which was almost derailed. "We Prasek's are always late, and we missed a connecting flight in Dallas, but somehow we were able to call a friend who connected us with a charter service. So we had our own charter flight, just the eleven of us, with our own stewardess. The people who owned the plane, the pilot and stewardess called us the All-American Family. Betty Jo called it "her best birthday ever," daughter, Michelle recalled. In the midst of the last hard years, Betty Jo realized another dream, a ranch near George West, with a log cabin-high up on a hill, tranquil and peaceful, a place to sooth the spirit and gather family and friends to dream, laugh, enjoy, and dream some more. Her family remembers her love and passion. She's gone, but her spirit is with her family and friends always.
Born in Hillje, Texas, June 29, 1947, to R. J. and Betty Strnadel, died November 1, 2002, at the age of 55. Visitation will begin on Saturday at 11:00Am at Triska Funeral Home, Rosary 7:30PM, Saturday, November 2, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Hillje. Funeral Mass, 2:00PM at St. Andrew's Catholic Church with Rev. Clement Quainoo and Rev. Greg Korenek officiating. Entombment will be at the Holy Cross Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Mike Prasek of Hillje, sons Mike Prasek, Jr. and wife Melisa of Louise, Troy Prasek and girlfriend Rhea Kachmar of Hillje, and daughter Michelle Korenek and Duane of El Campo. Grandchildren Madysen, Lannah and Ty Korenek of El Campo. Sisters Norma Lee Muschalek and husband Martin of Edna, Bernadette Medford and husband Marcus of El Campo, brothers R. J. Strnadel, Jr. and wife Rose Marie Hillje, Leroy Strnadel and wife Delores of Hillje, Wesley Strnadel and wife Elaine of El Campo. Brother-in-law Frank Prasek and wife Ann of Houston, and sister-in-law Maxine Fregia and husband Martin of Rockport.
She was preceded in death by her parents R. J. Strnadel, Sr. and Betty Baca Strnadel, brothers Ronnie Strnadel and twin brothers Ignac John Strnadel, and sister-in-law Irene Prasek.
Pallbearers are: Johnny Veselka, Dick Waddell, Dick Ottis, Jim Bouligny, Richard Wagner, Irvin Foytik, Joe Freeman, Wayne Popp, Rob Kainer, Ray Gerla, Dale Porter, and Bobby Roye. Honorary Pallbearers: Ed Erwin, Tom Gold, Jason Hoelscher, Josh Glaze, Matt Glaze, Scott Clifton, J K Kallina, Brian Jensen, Carl Jensen, Charles Manske, Linc Lutrick, and Chuck Walker.
She was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Hillje and Catholic Daughters Court 1374. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, St. Philip's School Endowment Fund, St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Hillje, and Hospice Support, Inc. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, 612 Merchant Street, El Campo, Texas 77437. 979-543-3681.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 11/2/2002.