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OBIT: Kelarek, Edward "Edd"

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    May 15, 1928 - December 2, 2007 Edward Edd Kelarek, 79, longtime resident of Hilltop Lakes, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 2, 2007.
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      May 15, 1928 - December 2, 2007

      Edward "Edd" Kelarek, 79, longtime resident of Hilltop Lakes, went
      to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 2, 2007.
      Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday December 4 at Hilltop
      Lakes Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday December 5 at
      the chapel with a committal service at 3 p.m. at Seaton Brethren

      Edd was born May 15, 1928, to John and Angeline Kelarek, where they
      lived on a farm outside of Temple, Texas. Being the oldest of four
      sons, Edd farmed with his family until his late teenage years. After
      farming, Edd became employed by American Desk Manufacturing as a
      furniture maker. From American Desk, Edd went to work for Chupik's,
      a window maker in Temple.

      While working in Temple, Edd met the love of his life, Margie
      Kristinek, and on May 3, 1952, they were wed. Shortly after their
      marriage, Edd and Marge moved to Austin, where Edd went to work for
      Economy Furniture Company. While in Austin, Edd and Marge were
      blessed with raising two wonderful children, Chris and Karrie.

      After three years of employment at Economy Furniture, Edd left to
      work for Piccadilly Cafeteria as an assistant manager. He worked for
      Piccadilly in Austin and Houston for 26 years, when he retired as a
      manager in 1990.

      Almost immediately upon retiring, Edd and Marge moved to Hilltop
      Lakes, Texas (a golf course community northeast of Bryan/College
      Station), where they lived for almost 17 years.

      While living at Hilltop, Edd became involved in many activities. The
      one he was most proud of was working as a member and officer of the
      Hilltop Lakes district of the Lions Club. For many years, he worked
      diligently and tirelessly for the many charities, activities and
      events that the Lions sponsored.

      His favorite groups to work with were the Texas Lions Camp of
      Kerrville, where he served as a camp director, the Lone Star Lion's
      Eye Bank and the Leader Dogs for the Blind. His leadership roles
      within the Lions Club included president of the Hilltop Lakes Lions
      Club and district governor of District 2-S5 (2002 to 2003).

      At the State Convention in Waco in 2005, Edd received the Lions
      International President's Humanitarian Award. When his term as
      district governor expired, Edd served as a trustee on the Lions Club
      Foundation, which provides financial assistance for humanitarian
      service grants and disaster relief. He served in this capacity up to
      the time of his death.

      Edd expanded his role in the community by serving on the Normangee
      School Board for nine years.

      As important as his work meant to him with Lions Club and the
      community, Edd placed more emphasis on his work with the church
      regardless of where he lived. At the Austin Brethren Church, he
      served as chairman of the Board of Elders and Building Committee. He
      also served as chairman of the Board of Elders for the Houston
      Brethren Church. Edd taught Sunday school, served as Sunday school
      superintendent and anywhere he was asked to help.

      While at Hilltop Lakes, Edd was an active in the local church. The
      love for His Lord and Savior was the foundation by which he lived
      his life and the means by which he served in the community.
      Edd touched the lives of many people with his dedication to
      community service but no lives were touched more than the love he
      showed to his family.

      Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Marge;
      son Chris Kelarek and wife, Annette, of Pflugerville; daughter,
      Karrie Krumlauf and husband, Scott, of Cypress; three grandchildren,
      Daimon Krumlauf, Bethany Kelarek and Mikaela Kelarek; three
      brothers, Edmond Kelarek, Johnny Kelarek and Gene Kelarek; and
      numerous sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

      The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors and
      nursing staff which work in the north tower, eighth floor of Scott
      and White Hospital in Temple, especially his dear friend Dr. Arthur
      Frankel, as well as to the many which came to visit, to share
      stories and offer prayers on his behalf.

      Donations may be made to the Texas Lions Camp, P.O. Box 247,
      Kerrville, Texas 78029-0247 or the Cancer Research Institute
      (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) at Scott and White Hospital, 2401 S. 31st
      St., Temple, Texas 76508.
      Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle on 12/4/2007.
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