obituary Willie E. Helona
- 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.