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obit: Anna Walla Knesek Sima

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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Mrs. Anna Sima, 93, of San Antonio, pioneer resident of this section, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie Kubena, in San Antonio, Sunday
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      Mrs. Anna Sima, 93, of San Antonio, pioneer resident of this section, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie Kubena, in San Antonio, Sunday afternoon July 9th.
       
      Rosary was said in the Zizik-Kearns funeral parlor at 7:30 Tuesday morning July 11, and the remains were shipped by train to Flatonia at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, where the body was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jurica.  Mrs. Jurica is a niece of the deceased.
       
      From there funeral took place on Wednesday morning, July 12, at 9:00 o'clock to the Praha Catholic Church where the Requiem High Mass was said by Rev. John Anders assisted by Rev. J.A. Pustka of Flatonia.  Interment was made in the Praha Catholic cemetery.
       
      Six of her nephews served as pallbearers.
       
      Mrs. Sima, née Walla was born in Europe, and moved with her parents to Texas in 1848 at the age of three.
       
      After marrying Edward Knesek she lived in Galveston until 1873, at which time she moved to Praha, opening a general store there.  That was back in the days when Indians and outlaws were still prevalent in that section, and Flatonia was unknown except for the little settlement of Oso.
       
      In 1884 her husband was killed by a group of outlaws, and a couple of years later she was married to John Sima, who passed away ten years ago.  Following his death, Mrs. Sima moved to San Antonio to live with her daughter.
       
      Mrs. Sima is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Annie Kubena of San Antonio and Mrs. Julia Knesek of Cedar Lake, Indiana; nine grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.
       
      Mrs. Sima was an aunt of Willie Walla of here, who also attended her funeral.
       
      Many interest stories were told by Mrs. Sima during her long life.  Living in an age when this section was being built out of raw frontier, her varied experiences would fill a book.
       
      Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, July 27, 1939
       
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
       
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