obit: Albina Annie Bogar Mlcak
- from The Sealy News March 28, 2008ALBINA ANNIE BOGAR MLCAKAlbina Bogar Mlcak, 82, died on Sunday evening, March 16 at the Vitas Hospice, Memorial City Hospital in Houston from a long illness of congestive heart failure.She was born July 28, 1925 at home in Frydek to Anna Kutra and John "Jan" Bogar. She lived most of her young life working on the home farm in Frydek.She lost her mother at the tender age of five, in June 1931, soon after the birth of her brother, Louis "Bo" Bogar. The widower, John, soon realized he needed help with the care of his young children in order to work the farm.The three siblings were first taken in by their grandparents, Anna (Vesely) and John Kutra. The grandparents also took in their recently widowed daughter, Louise (Kutra) Novosad, and Irene, and soon-to-be born Joe, in two months. They soon realized that there were too many young children to care for. Albina was later taken in by her aunt Albina (Kutra) Vancik. Lillie and Bo stayed with their grandparents.One of Albina's fondest memories was when she saw her daddy driving a horse-drawn load of cotton, she would run from the Vancik farm to greet him and they would drive to Frydek cotton gin together.Her father married Karolina "Carrie" Rothbaur from Moulton, and all the children were again reunited, with the addition of twins, Frances and Frank. They first lived in Moulton and later moved back to the Frydek area. The children again had another tragedy by losing their father. Carrie later married John's brother, Paul Bogar, who had also lost his wife. Albina had to quit school after the eighth grade to work on the farm. A few years later, she went to Houston with her cousin Irene Novosad, where they worked as nannies in the same neighborhood.Albina married Henry Richard Mlcak on Feb. 12, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek. The lived most of their lives on the Mlcak family farm, with a short stay in Galveston around the fall of 1954, but Albina loved the country, so back they came.Another memory of hers was soon after she and Henry married, cousin Joe Novosad was to be married five days later. Albina told Joe that she and Henry wouldn't be able to attend his wedding because they would still be on their honeymoon. But just before his wedding, Albina and Henry surprised Joe and his wife-to-be, Helen Remmert. Albina and Henry dressed up as old farmers carrying a baby doll and collected money from the wedding guests. This money went to Joe and Helen, as was the old tradition of Czechoslovakia.Albina and Henry had three children, Patricia Ann, Marie Lynn (Marilyn) and Henry August.Albina was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Altar Society, KJZT, Catholic Daughters, San Felipe-Frydek Fire Department Auxiliary, Sealy American Legion Auxiliary, Fort Bend Czech Historical Society, Stephen F. Austin Park Association and the Sealy Farmer's Co-op. She worked on the Mlcak home farm, Riverside Cafe, Sealy Farmer's Co-op grocery store and Thrifty Pharmacy in Sealy.Albina and Henry loved to go to the polka dances with their good friends, Frank and Helen (Novicke) Kucera, Mary (Bogar) and Edmund Novicke, and Joe and Vivian Machala. They enjoyed visiting and meeting good friends like Irene (Sodolak) and Lawrence Blazek and so many others at church, bazaars, fundraisers and family reunions. Albina was a great person to ask who was related to whom and so on. A great wealth of genealogical knowledge and information was lost with the loss of Albina.Albina and Henry enjoyed fishing together with their grandchildren at the Brazos River and various other places. They also loved to go camping and meeting their good friends, Julie and Charlie Mlcak at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak and various other places.Albina regretted not being permitted to finish school as a child, so later in life, she attended night classes and was proud to get her GED.Many folks will remember her face at the many bingos, which she attended over the years in Sealy and Wallis.She also lived to make memory quilts for her children and grandchildren. She made great noodles and pear strudels, which she learned from her stepmother, and she made great tasting pickles, which all of her children and grandchildren loved. She donated baby quilts, strudels and poppy seed cakes for the St. Mary's and San Felipe-Frydek Fire Department bazaars' auctions. She always pitched in to help and volunteer with many church projects and committees. Even during her last stay at the hospital, she was finishing up a committee project that was due.She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Richard Mlcak; parents, Anna (Kutra) and John Bogar; mother-and father-in-law, August and Johanna (Belunek) Mlcak; grandparents, Rozina (Sula) and Martin Bogar, and Anna (Vesely) and John Kutra; and her stepmother, Karolina "Carrie" Rothbaur Bogar.The rosary for Albina was held March 18 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek by the KJZT with the wake service following, with Rev. Thuy Quang Nguyen officiating the service with a moving eulogy and a reading by Mark Speight. Loving memories were spoken by April Speight and Genni Speight Young. Justin Mlcak played selected pieces on the piano as was requested by Albina.The funeral service was held March 19 at St. Mary's, with Rev. Thuy Quang Nguyen celebrating the funeral mass assisted by Deacon Jerome Losack and Preston Arnold as altar server. The readings were by Mark L. Speight, Candace J. Mlcak Hankins and April L. Speight.The beautiful voice of soloist Mary Jean Hermann was accompanied by Suzanne Sodolak on the organ.Albina loved Czech singing and often requested that these be sung at her funeral. Her wish was fulfilled by Czech singers Irene Wachel, Louise Polasek, Bea Surovcak, Martha Mock, Doris (Kutra) Sodolak, Filothea (Sodolak) Eschenburg and organist Steven Kutra.Serving as pallbearers were grandsons, Adam T. Bagwell, Mark L. Speight and Justin D. Mlcak, grand-son-in-law, Roger Hankins, and sons-in-law, William "Bill" H. Bagwell and Glenn L. Speight.She is survived by her children, Patricia A. and husband William "Bill" H. Bagwell of Round Rock, Marilyn and husband Glenn L. Speight of Montgomery, and Henry A. and wife Gayle (Charbula) Mlcak of Frydek; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Adam T. and wife Andrea (Zetka) Bagwell, Amanda and Haley Bagwell, Mark L. and wife Ann (Tschen) Speight, Sofia and Diego Speight of Houston, Genni (Speight) Young of Conroe, Skyler Speight of Montgomery, April Speight of Montgomery, Candace (Mlcak) and Roger W. Hankins, Brooklyn Hankins of Columbus, Ga., and Justin D. Mlcak of Richmond; sisters and brothers, Lillie Bogar Eder (spouse, the late John Eder) of Wallis, Louis "Bo" and Jean Bogar of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Frances (Bogar) Winfield (spouse, the late Alfred Winfield) of Frydek, and Frank and Kathy Bogar of Pearland.Funeral services were held under the direction of Knesek Brothers Funeral Chapel, 768 Fourth St. in Sealy.Submitted by Rosemary ErmisNote: Albina was my mother, Gladys Sodolak, best friend. The obit was composed by her Albina's daughter Patricia who has been working with the Mlcak family history for many years.