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  • Pat Lyon
    Waco Tribune Herald Sept 24, 2006 Willie E. Helona, 77, of Abbott, passed away Friday Sept 22, 2006 in Temple. A rosary will be recited and Mass of Christian
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 2, 2006
      Waco Tribune Herald
      Sept 24, 2006

      Willie E. Helona, 77, of Abbott, passed away Friday Sept 22, 2006 in Temple.
      A rosary will be recited and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2
      p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption at West, with
      the Rev. Ed Karasek as celebrant. Military graveside rites will follow at
      St. Mary's Cemetery, conducted by West VFW Post 4819.

      Mr. Helona was born April 28, 1929 in the Brooken community near Abbott, the
      son of Frank and Frances (Mandak) Helona. He attended schools in Brooken
      and Abbott. He served his country during the Korean Conflict before being
      honorable discharged in Oct. of 1952. On Nov. 24, 1954, he was united in
      marriage to Valerie Mae Janek in Abbott. He loved the land and engaged in
      farming for over forty years. In addition to farming, he worked at General
      Tire and Rubber Company in Waco, General Motors in Arlington, Certain-Teed
      in Hillsboro, and was the manager of the West VFW Club until his retirement
      in 2004. Willie enjoyed cooking, gardening, listening to Czech music, and
      especially loved spending time with his family. He was a member of SPJST
      Lodge 6 of Cottonwood, where he served for many years as President and
      Treasurer; RVOS #46 of Cottonwood, where he served for many years as
      President, Vice President and auditor; Knights of Columbus Council #2305;
      KJT Society #31; West VFW Post 4819; American Legion Post #478; and the
      Disabled American Veterans of Mexia. Willie was a member of St. Mary's
      Catholic Church of the Assumption in West.

      A son, Daryl F. Helona, who died Jan 21, 1985 at the age of 13; his parents;
      two brothers; six sisters; and a godchild, Richard Kubacak; all preceded
      him in death.

      Survivors include his beloved wife of 51 years, Valerie Mae Helona of
      Abbott; one son, Edward W. Helona of Laguna Park; two sisters, Mary Mach and
      Helen Kubacak and her husband Raymond, all of West; sisters-in-law, Mary
      Helona of Abbott and Pauline Helona of West; and many godchildren; nieces;
      nephews; other relatives and friends.

      Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Parish Center.
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