Obituary of Betty Jo Strnadel Prasek
- Obituary of Betty Jo Strnadel Prasek
El Campo Leader-News Online
2 Nov 2002
Betty Jo Prasek, 55, of Hillje, died Friday, November 1, 2002.
She was born June 29, 1947 in Hillje to the late R.J. and Betty Baca
Strnadel Sr. Betty Jo was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church
and Catholic Daughters Court 1374.
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 of 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; brothers, Ronnie Strnadel
and twin brothers, Ignac and John Strnadel; and sister-in-law Irene
Rosary service is today, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's
Catholic Church in Hillje. Funeral mass is Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
at St. Andrew's Catholic Church with Father Clement Quianoo and
Father Greg Korenek officiating. Entombment will be at the Holy Cross
Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Triska
Pallbearers are Johnny Veselka, Dick Waddell, Dick Ottis, Jim
Bouligny, Richard Wagner, Irvin Foytik, Joe Freeman, Wayne Popp, Rob
Kainer, Ray Gerla, Dale Potter and Bobby Roye.
Honorary pallbearers are 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.
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
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 a.m. to bake kolaches, poppy seed
rolls, pies, cakes and cookies; each one baked with the thought 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 wife, 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 soothe the spirit and gather family
and friends to dream, laugh, enjoy and dream some more.
Her family remembers her love and her passion. She's gone, but her
spirit is with her family and friends always.
Memorials can be made to American Cancer Society, St. Philip
Endowment Fund, St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Hillje or Hospice