- Funeral services were held for Gladys Ernstes Sodolak, 84, of Frydek on
Friday Nov. 25, 2005, from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek with Rev.
Bernard Snock celebrating the funeral mass and rite of committal. Interment
was held in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Frydek.
Pallbearers for the service were John Ermis, Eric Sanford, and Michael E.
Sodolak, Chris Sodolak, Louis Sodolak, and John Guice Jr.
She was born Aug. 16, 1921 to John Andrew and Rose Bischof Ernstes, who were
owners of a dairy farm in Katy. While in high school, Gladys was active in
volleyball and tennis. During World War II, she worked as a civilian for
the Army Air Corps inspecting aviation fuel.
On June 16, 1947 she married William (Bill) F. Sodolak and together they
owned and operated Riverside Service Station and Cafe for almost 30 years.
Gladys was a member of the Sealy Catholic Daughters, St. Mary's Altar
Society, K.J.Z.T. Society of Frydek, San Felipe-Frydek Volunteer Fire
Department Auxiliary, and the San Felipe Home Demonstration Club. Her
favorite organization was the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women where she
held various offices, attended meetings and conventions, and thoroughly
enjoyed the friendship of ladies throughout the region. She attended daily
mass until her illness.
Gladys Ernstes Sodolak died Nov. 23 .
She is survived by her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren:
Rosemary and Alfred Ermis of Alvin and son John; Margaret Sanford of
Hallsville, son Eric and daughter Cassandra; Kay Paul of Tuscan, AZ and
daughter Ellen; Bill Jr. and Suzanne Sodolak of Frydek, daughter Angela and
son Christopher. She also is survived by her siblings and their spouses:
Lloyd and Mary Ernstes of Katy; Albert and Mary Ernstes of Schulenburg; Leo
Ernstes of Schulenburg; Barbara and Dr. Charlie McDonald of Richmond, and
Clara and John Guice of Katy. She also is survived by her sister-in-law
Margie Sodolak of Bernardo and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene and
Lawrence Blazek of Frydek, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents John and Rose
Ernstes, sister Mary Ann Ernstes, and grandchildren Sara Paul and Anne Marie
Funeral Services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapel of
From the Sealy News November 29, 2005 -- corrections of obit made by