obit: Anita Agnes Stanzel Srubar
Anita Stanzel Srubar
Posted: March 20, 2012
Anita Srubar departed this life quietly and peacefully on Friday, March 9. She is most loved and remembered by her family and friends as a kind, gentle and strong woman. Her greatest happiness in life was having her family around and her constant prayer was for her family to be safe, healthy and happy.
Anita Agnes Stanzel was born on Feb. 6, 1925 on the family farm in Middle Creek, six miles northeast of Schulenburg. She was one of four children of Edward and Stephanie Seidenberger Stanzel. Life was hard, especially after her father and older brother, Leo, died in 1940 when she was only a teenager. Her mother and two younger siblings, James and Theodore, continued to make their living on the farm. Despite the hardships, there were also good times with neighbors and friends. She especially loved to dance and taught her brothers to polka and waltz. She attended St. Anthony School in Middle Creek, St. Rose School in Schulenburg for catechism as required at the time, and high school in High Hill. Anita married Edwin Srubar and moved to Plum in 1947 where he was employed as a mechanic, working on farm implements. In 1960, the young family returned to the family farm in Middle Creek where they raised their eight children. After Mr. Srubar died in 1977, she continued to live on the farm all her life.
Mrs. Srubar was first and foremost a homemaker. In caring for her family, she worked the land, baked bread, tended to a large garden, canned fruits and vegetables, sewed, and tended to the farm animals. All of her children attended St. Rose and Bishop Forest Catholic Schools. She baked cakes and pies, volunteered at many fund-raising events and attended many of her children’s sports and school activities. When grandchildren came, she found great joy in caring for them and attending their activities.
Mrs. Srubar worked outside the home at the Stanzel Airplane Factory for many years and later as a docent guiding guests through the Stanzel Family Model Aircraft Museum and Ancestral Home. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and participated in the Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters. Some recent pastimes included keeping up with the Houston Astros and watching polka dancing, Wheel of Fortune and, most recently, golf.
A rosary and vigil service was held on Sunday, March 11 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev. Tim Kosler on Monday, March 12 at St. Rose Church followed by interment in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were her seven grandsons.
Mrs. Srubar is survived by her daughters: Dorothy Huebel and husband Robert of Sugar Land, Helen Niesner and husband Jack of Buda, and Rita Janecka and husband Art of Weimar; sons: William Srubar of Schulenburg, Bob Srubar and wife Rita Jo of Weimar, Ron Srubar and wife Rhonda of Austin, Ernest Srubar and wife Cindy of Schulenburg and Albert Srubar of Pearland; grandchildren: Stephanie Huebel Granito and husband Scott, Bobby Huebel and wife Adrienne, Tonia Srubar Livingston and husband Kevin, Angela Srubar Norman and husband Spencer, Matthew Srubar, Bradley Niesner, Todd Niesner, Morgan Srubar, Tyler Srubar, Taylor Srubar, Mackenzie Srubar, Brett Janecka and Scott Janecka; great-grandchildren: Zoe, Haylee and Avery Norman, and Chelsea, Kaci, Cody and Summer Livingston; and brothers: James Stanzel and Theodore Stanzel and wife Wanda.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brother Leo Stanzel; husband; and infant twin grandsons Christopher and Nicholas Huebel.