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    This is also a beautiful love story. Sounds like Irene was one strong woman with a great love for life .paulasmaggie ... From: Ray J. Bacak To: TEXAS CZECHS
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      This is also a beautiful love story.  Sounds like Irene was one strong woman with a great love for "life".paulasmaggie
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      Subject: [TexasCzechs] OBIT: Irene Bailey Adamcik

      Adamcik, Irene
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      VICTORIA - Irene Adamcik, of Victoria, passed away Jan. 30, 2008, at the young age of 94.
      She was born Fern Irene Bailey, but for as long as she remembered, she was called Irene. The youngest of 12 children, she was born to Samuel Madison and Cora Bailey on March 10, 1913. Her father was a building contractor, and built St. Mary's Church, Mitchell School, the Victoria County Courthouse, and numerous buildings in Victoria and surrounding towns.

      When she was 14, she met the love of her life, Otto Adamcik. They dated, with chaperones, of course, until she was 18. As the youngest child, her mother did not want her to marry for a while, but Irene could not resist the charms of Otto, and they were married June 1, 1935. Upon their marriage, Irene became a Catholic, and God and Church brought peace into her life.   Otto was a farmer, so the "city" girl moved to the country. Irene and Otto farmed for 20 years on the property at the corner of Houston Highway and Laurent. Irene quickly adapted to country life, tending chickens, hogs, and cantankerous mules. She learned to cook all of Otto's favorite dishes, especially pie and kolaches. After nine years, they were blessed with their first child, Michael. Four others soon followed: Marylynn, Julie, Bob, and Patti.
      Irene was a Mother, heart and soul. Her loves were God, Otto and her children. In addition, she had a day nursery, so she was a second mother to the numerous children she kept each day.

      She was a charter member of the St. Anne Court of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and could always be found working with the Our Lady of Victory Altar Society. Her lovely voice could be heard each Sunday in the choir.

      Otto died in 1987, after 52 years of marriage. Irene, being the strong woman she was, dried her eyes, and carried on. She loved traveling with friends and relatives. She joined the Senior Citizens Center for lunch and dominoes. She lived each day for these outings. The ladies and gentlemen she met there filled a special place in her heart, and provided her with much laughter and support.
      Five years ago, Irene went to live at Homewood Residence. Although her children were now grown, she found a new family at Homewood. The wonderful staff and residents there filled her days with love and caring. They will always be remembered with gratitude and appreciation.

      Irene blessed the lives of many. She said, "Yes, I will marry you, Otto", and as a result, she is remembered and loved by her sons, Michael and Bob; and daughters, Julie Heath and husband David, Marylynn Arlan and husband Dennis Sr., and Patti Kavanaugh and husband Joe. Her loving arms wrapped around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren : Pamela Hlipala and children Sarah and Grace, Tony Smith, wife Dawn, and children Lindsey and Christen, Melissa House, husband Jeff, and children Cameron and Preston, Honey Le Raddin, husband Jamie, and children Kyndal, Dahral, and Brooklyn, Melody Herring, husband Eddy, and children Blake and Baylor, April Honeycutt, and children Alex, Jordan, Quincey, and Payton, Dennis Arlan Jr., wife Wynette, and children Erin, Eric, and Alyssa, Sydney Kavanaugh, Julianne Kavanaugh, Kerry Heath, Brandy Williams, husband Roderick, and son RJ, Robin Smith and children DeAndre and Jasmine. Irene is also survived by her sister, Georgia Young, and many nieces and nephews.

      A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral with the Msgr. Michael Harrold officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ's Kitchen, P.O. Box 3391, Victoria, Texas 77903.
      Mother may be gone from our lives, but she will forever be in our hearts and memories? Thanks, Mom!!!
      Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria, 361-578-3535.
      Published in the Victoria Advocate on 2/1/2008.

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