obit: Paul Emil Blaha
Paul Emil Blaha
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:00 am Brazosport Facts
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 Fayette County Record
Paul Emil Blaha, 75 of Angleton, went to be with the Lord on Monday December 17, 2012. He was born on Sept 17, 1937 in Plum, Texas. He was the fourth of five children born to John A. Blaha and Annastazie M. Blaha (Supak). He grew up cotton farming with his family and attended grade school at St. Jerome Parochial School, in Plum. He graduated from La Grange High School in 1955. He met the love of his life and married Betty Joyce Kopecky on November 22, 1958 at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Plum. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this past Thanksgiving Day. Paul and Betty settled in Angleton upon their marriage where Paul was already employed with Climate Engineering, an HVAC company. He later become a partner-owner and company president and changed the name to Climate Heating and Air Conditioning. Paul worked for Climate for 55 years and provided unparalleled service to hundreds of loyal and repeat customers across Brazoria County. He was active with his church (St. Basils, later Most Holy Trinity), the Knights of Columbus, and Holy Name Retreat Center in Houston and the Angleton Chamber of Commerce. He was a loyal and loving husband, a caring and providing father, grandfather and great-grand father and friend to so many people who deeply cared for and respected him. He was always positive, supportive and ready to tell a joke. One of his greatest passions was music and he was a talented singer and guitar player. He loved country, gospel and Czech/polka music and could always deliver a unique and often humorous repertoire when he performed. He made time to regularly entertain residents at various assisted living centers across the county. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, good food (especially kolaches) and social gatherings. Paul always loved to speak Czech with anyone who could keep up with him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty; and five children, son, Brian Blaha and wife, Lisa, of Angleton, son, Bruce Blaha and wife, Tina, of Lake Jackson, daughter, Beverly Blaha Lanfear and husband, Larry, of Palacios, son, Barry Blaha, of Angleton, and son, Brent Blaha and wife, Ann of Austin. He had nine grandchildren, Brett, Amy, Covey, Ashley, Paul, Brady, Sarah, Hannah and Meredith and one great grandchild, Brooklyn. He is survived by four siblings, sister, Ethlyn Michalk, sister, Elenora Reiss and husband, Henry, brother, Bernard Blaha and wife, Marceline, and brother, John and wife, Betty, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family, including several step-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother.
Paul was a dignified and respectable man, an upstanding community leader and cherished loved one to so many. The void he leaves behind will be hard to fill, but we who remain, although painfully sorrowed, are confident in his place in God’s kingdom in heaven.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 21 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Interment services was in Angleton Cemetery. His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions can be made in honor of Paul to two of his most cherished organizations: Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton, TX. Or Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center, Houston, TX.
Palms Funeral Home of Angleton was in charge of arrangements.