OBIT: Alice Kopecky Vacek
The Victoria Advocate - http://TheVictoriaAdvocate.com Alice Isabell Kopecky Vacek - VICTORIA
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
Alice Isabell Kopecky Vacek, 95, passed away February 28, 2005 in Bay City. Mrs. Vacek was born August 24, 1909 on the San Gabriel River near Granger, TX...Alice was the second of five daughters, born to John and Frances Kopecky. When Alice was about seven the family moved to Sugar Land, TX, where her father worked at the sugar refinery. In her teen years, Alice recalled going to the dedication of the first bridge across the Brazos River in Richmond and being too young to stay for the celebration dance... The family later moved to the Demming Bridge Area in Matagorda County. They lived at the Old Rancho Grande where the red out buildings are still standing near Hawley Cemetery.. Alice's family has been blessed with hearing many stories of her life in the early nineteen hundreds, including her riding a horse to school, dancing on platforms at neighbors farms and helping her aunt hang mail on a hook over a track in El Maton for a passing train to retrieve.. Alice married a neighbor Edmund Vacek in 1929 and loved to tell how a two week's rain made the roads so muddy the priest from Hillje couldn't get to the wedding, the couple rode the train to him.. After the wedding they took the train back to Blessing where they spent their wedding night at the Blessing Hotel, a hotel they later managed in the 1960s. In the early 1930s the couple moved to Sugar Land where Alice worked for twelve years for Imperial Sugar Co.. In 1945 the family moved to Blessing where they operated several businesses until they retired.
Survivors include 2 sons and their wives: E.R. and Billie Vacek of Blessing, and Carlos and Beth Vacek of Orange; sisters: Martha Thompson and Mary Popek of El Maton; brother: Alfred Kopecky of El Maton; sister-in-law: Edith Hickl of Palacios; grandchildren: Ginger Collins, Kenneth Vacek, Penny Acuna, Glenn Vacek, Damon Vacek, Carla Vacek, and Annette Robinson; great grandchildren: Casey Collins, Clayton Collins, Calen Collins, Kenneth Vacek, Jr., Valerie Vacek, Taylor Vacek, Darren Acuna, Whitley Vacek, Levi Vacek, and Allison Camacho; and numerous nieces, nephew, and friends who called her Aunt Alice and Grandma. Mrs. Vacek is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 55 years Edmund Vacek; sisters: Albina Vareska, and Elsie Sliva Williams. In Lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to Hospice Support, Inc, P.O. Box 1417 El Campo, TX 77437.
Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, March 3, 2005 at the Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, TX with Father Sam Appiasi officiating. Pallbearers are: Kenneth Vacek, Glenn Vacek, D Ray Acuna, Ricky Collins, Damon Vacek, Clay Collins, and Taylor Vacek. Honorary Pallbearers are: Wilbur Vaclivick, Dan Duffy, Bill Pryor, W.L. James and Gene Atkins. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home 979-245-4613