obit: Maurine Viola Gustafson Kocurek
Maurine Viola Gustafson Kocurek, life-long resident of Travis County, Texas, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother died with loving family and friends nearby on June 17, 2011, at the age of 98.
Born in Travis County between Manor and Pflugerville November 25, 1912, to Ida and Carl Gustafson, Maurine was the third of five children. The family moved to Austin when Maurine was five years old and she started school at Pease Elementary. She attended Allen Junior High and Austin High School. She was graduated in 1930 with an academic diploma and in 1931 with a commercial diploma. During her endeavor to receive her commercial diploma she interned at T.J. Williams, a downtown department store. Mr. Williams offered her a job in the accounting department after she completed the requirements for the diploma and she worked there for 5 years, followed by one year at Swann-Shulle Furniture Store.
During her work tenure she met Willie Kocurek, the absolute love of her life. The two were married in 1934. They had two children, Neal and Kay.
Maurine was instrumental in helping Willie start his business, The Willie Kocurek Co. When the children were young, she devoted her time to being wife and mother and was very involved with the children's schooling and school activities including the PTA for which she served as president, Brownies, and Cub Scouts. Maurine was a staunch believer in the value of education.
When the children were older, she worked for two sessions in the stenographers pool at the Texas Legislature serving as supervisor during the second session. Then she began working with Willie again in his business. She tended to her frail parents each morning, then worked in the office, and would be home when the kids got home from school.
Maurine was founding president of Lions' Ladies Luncheon Club, a life member of the Austin Women's Club, and active in her sewing club, Gad-About Garden Club, Austin Antique Study Club, member of the Advisory Board of ACC Senior Academy, the Adult Services Council, and the Austin ethnic History Association. She was one of the founders of Lifetime Learning and a member of PEO chapter AZ.
In 1977 the Willie Kocurek Co. was closed and Maurine was Willie's main support in his return to study law at the University of Texas, Austin. She served as his secretary and social assistant during his three years of study toward his graduation at age 70 in 1980.
As a member of the University United Methodist Church, Maurine served on the administrative board, the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, was a member of the Fellowship Forum Sunday School class, and supported the church on many, various committees including serving as an usher during services.
She was awarded Outstanding Citizen of 1989 by Adult Services Council of Austin and in October 2007, she was honored with the Distinguished Mother Award by Austin CAN.
In 1999, Maurine and Willie sold their home of 42 years and moved to Westminster Manor, a new home much loved by both of them.
Maurine was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years Willie I. Kocurek and her son, W. Neal Kocurek. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Kocurek Bell, grandson Dr. Jeff Kocurek and his wife, Dana, their children Cole, Clayton, and Melanie of Austin, grandson Kelly Kocurek and his wife Julie, their children Will and Mary Frances of Austin, granddaughter Suzanne Kocurek Rose and her husband Brian Rose of Houston and their children Zachary, Rebecca, and Hannah, daughter-in-law Mary Kocurek McCarron, beloved nephew Dr. David R. Gustafson and his wife Bonnie of Austin, adored niece Sytha Gustafson Minter and her husband Norm of Austin, and niece Greta Gustafson of Wood County, Texas, widow of Dr. Don H. Gustafson, nephew, whose death Maurine grieved in 2010.
Mrs. Kocurek will lie in state on Monday and Tuesday at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. A private family graveside will be held at Austin Memorial Park.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to Maurine's beloved friends and the staff at Westminster Manor, to Girling Home Health, to Lighthouse Hospice, and especially to Dr. Jerry Vandel for years of care. No words are sufficient for us to thank Patsy Estorga for her years-long friendship with Maurine and her unending concern and care in recent months.
Memorial contributions may be made to AGE (Austin Group for the Elderly), 3710 Cedar Street, Box 2, Austin, Texas 78705, The W. Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund through St. David's Community Health Foundation, 811 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704, or to an organization of your choice
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