obit: Douglas Alvin Urbanovsky
- Douglas A. Urbanovsky
July 25, 1942 March 29, 2004
CALDWELL A funeral Mass for Douglas Alvin Urbanovsky, 61, of Kingwood is set for 2 p.m. Friday at St. Marys Catholic Church in Caldwell.
The Rev. Dimitrij Colankin will officiate. Burial will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Caldwell.
Mr. Urbanovsky died Tuesday in Houston.
He was born in Caldwell and received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Houston. He was a retired bank loan officer and was a member of St. Marthas Catholic Church in Kingwood.
Survivors include his parents, Alvin and Marie Krenek Urbanovsky; a sister and brother-in-law, Gail and Alan Gray of Houston; and two nieces.Bryan-College Station Eagle - (Apr/2/2004)
Esther Anna Fojt Smalky Cunningham Cunningham, Esther Anna Fojt Smalky "I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one." January 9, 1926 - May 28, 2009 When Esther's devoted and adoring husband Robert returned from a brief afternoon run May 28th, he discovered his lovely wife of 31 years, Esther, had died suddenly in their home. She was fortunate to have been able to continue leading an active and full life until the very end. Esther enjoyed all that life had to offer, combining a passion for travel and adventure with love for the company of her family and friends. She was a world traveler making numerous trips to the Czech Republic and developing ties between GP's sister city Bruno. She studied at Charles University, in Prague, Czech Republic. Memories of her driving a very large black Mercedes (the last car available to rent), throughout Europe make us all smile. Just imagine her driving this impressive vehicle at top speeds over the autobahn's of Germany and the goat paths of the Czech Republic. Oh how she loved to explore. Though Esther had many fine qualities, her trademark was her extraordinary organizational skills. With great aplomb, she hosted an international party, a real "Texas Barbeque" for 350 people in the Moravian section of the Czech Republic. The adventure of transporting all the food and decorations, including mesquite wood, from Texas to Europe, is a testament to her. Esther participated in athletics by actively cheering husband Bob through 1115 races, 55 of which were marathons. Never failing to send him off with a kiss and greet him at the finish line with praises of his accomplishment. Esther, the eldest of five daughters, was born January 9, 1926 in Anton, TX (the "rabbit capital of Texas") to Ella and Martin Fojt. She met her first husband, Joseph Ivan Smalky, while working for the U.S. Army at Fort Hood Texas from 1943-1946. They had two children, Michael and Kathleen, She married Robert Z. Cunningham,on May 20, 1978. She retired in 1991 from the LTV Credit Union in Grand Prairie, TX, after 30 years. Esther was a member and officer of many organizations, including: the KJT Circle of Czech Women, Sokol Zis Ka Athletic Association, Dallas-Brno Sister Cities Association, Texas Czech Genealogy Society, Ennis Sewing Circle, USS Salem Assc., Chapter 28 NALC Auxiliary, Dallas-Czech Singers, Women of St. Andrews, Grand Prairie Gen, McLendon-Hill Czech Heritage Society. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband Robert Z. Cunningham; daughter Kathleen Anne Smalky and her husband Ron Tintner; her sisters and their spouses: Jane and Clifford Anderson; Frankie and Tim Morgan, Mary and Hilton Lambeth; as well as 22 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her eldest child, a son, Micheal Anthony Smalky and her first husband, Joseph Ivan Smalky. Services: Sunday May 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM at St. Andrews in Grand Prairie. Internment: Monday June 1, 2009 at 3:30pm at Bellwood Cemetery in Temple, TX. Pallbearers: Ron Tintner; Ryan Tintner; Joshua Tintner; Timothy X. Morgan; Stanley Smith; David "Tiny" Lee. Esther treasured her friends and deeply loved her family. Her wish would be that the world would be enveloped in perpetual peace, and that we would all "Live, Love, Laugh and Be Happy." To honor Esther, please love and care for those you hold dear. For those wishing to make a donation, please send them in Esther's name to: The New England Conservatory of Music, Attention Institutional Advancement Michael A. Smalky M.D. Scholarship Fund, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. Pallbearers: Ron Tintner; Ryan Tintner; Joshua Tintner; Timothy Morgan; Stan Smith; David "Tiny" Lee.
Dallas Morning News