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  • Rosemary Ermis
    San Antonio Express-News (TX) - June 3, 1994 Deceased Name: Charles Edward Nesrsta: Nesrsta founded Missile Tile Co. Charles Edward Nesrsta founded Mission
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      San Antonio Express-News (TX) - June 3, 1994

      Deceased Name: Charles Edward Nesrsta: Nesrsta founded Missile Tile Co.

      Charles Edward Nesrsta founded Mission Tile Co. and operated the business for more than 50 years.

      He started his business in the back of his home. It grew into a very successful enterprise on South Presa Street.

      Nesrsta died Wednesday at a local nursing home. He was 89.

      He was born Dec. 6, 1904, in Flatonia, one of 10 children. Each child learned to play the piano at a young age and later learned to play other instruments.

      Nesrsta played the trombone in The Nesrsta Family Band that traveled and performed throughout the state. He also played the trumpet.

      Nesrsta was too young to serve in World War I but he was called upon to play taps at funeral services for those who lost their lives in the war.

      "He was quite proud and kind of scared," his daughter, Jane Clancy, said of his funeral performances. "It was his little part to give and show his patriotism."

      When the armistice was signed, he and his brother, George Nesrsta, rang the town's church bell to announce the end of the war.

      Nesrsta graduated from La Grange High School and attended the University of Texas Law School for three years.

      His fraternity "big brother" was Allen Shivers, who later became governor of Texas.

      Clancy said her father avoided practicing law because he saw firsthand the struggles his own father went through as a lawyer.

      After graduation, he worked as a door-to-door salesman before opening his tile company in the mid 1940s.

      On Aug. 21, 1937, he married the former Margaret Stewart. They reared three children. She died in 1989.

      In his retail store, Nesrsta carried an array of flooring, including tile and carpet. He also was the first person in San Antonio to carry Formica.

      He sent crews out to install flooring in various businesses, including tile in Luby's cafeterias and carpet in Alamo Funeral Home.

      Later, Mission Tile Co. became known as the only place in town to get scrap tile to redecorate small areas.

      Nesrsta showed many of his customers how to install and repair flooring and also lent out tools so they could accomplish projects.

      "He really enjoyed helping other people," Clancy said.

      Nesrsta sang bass in the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church choir for 25 years while his wife sang soprano.

      He also was a charter member of the church's men's club and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.

      "He grew tomatoes the size of baseballs," Clancy said.

      Nesrsta also enjoyed telling tales to his grandchildren and "made them up as he went," she said.

      "He lived a very colorful life," Clancy said. "He had quite an exuberant personality."

      Other survivors include his son, Jeffrey Nesrsta of Dallas; a daughter, Carolyn Butler of Dallas; three sisters, Marie Nesrsta and Alice Wargo, both of San Antonio, and Patricia Etier of Fort Worth; a brother, James Nesrsta of San Antonio; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

      A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of The Cross at Alamo Funeral Chapels. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mission Park Burial South.
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