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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Martha Caroline Goff Hanacek, 91, of Moravia, Texas, passed away on January 26, 2013. She was born on January 20, 1922 in Arcadia, Louisiana. A depression era
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2013

      Martha Caroline Goff Hanacek, 91, of Moravia, Texas, passed away on January 26, 2013.


      She was born on January 20, 1922 in Arcadia, Louisiana. A depression era child who never let that stand in her way. Before the age of 12 she lost almost all her possessions in a massive house fire. From that point her family instilled in her work ethic, spiritual value and the passion to enjoy every day of life.


      At the age of 24 she lost her father and dropped out of college to take care of the timber business he had recently started. As with all new businesses came debt and she oversaw the payoff of all business claims at a very early age.


      Carol returned to college to graduate from Louisiana Tech in Ruston to become an Accountant and CPA. During her college years she enjoyed playing tennis. After graduating she worked for Haskins and Sells CPA Firm in Houston and for McMillian Auto Group.


      She took care of her mother, living in the same apartment, until April of 1954. When she married Laddie F. Hanacek from Moravia, Texas. He worked as an accountant for Standard Oil Company of Texas. Together they married and moved to Corpus.


      Carol went to work for a small start-up oil and pipeline company called Coastal Oil and Gas. The office had less than 20 employees and was owned by Oscar Wyatt. With Oscar Wyatt's fortitude and business skills that business grew into a major publicly traded company. It is now known as Kinder Morgan and Valero.


      In 1959 she had the choice to have a family or climb the ladder in her career. She elected for a family.


      In 1960 her only child was born, Laddie F. Hanacek Jr. Together she and Laddie Sr. Provided a nourishing and loving atmosphere to give their son a healthy and nourishing upbringing.


      Carol took part in all the school functions, like PTA and fundraisers. Laddie Sr. did his part to get involved in sports and scouts.


      The family moved from Corpus to Snyder to Denver and finally settled in Houston where Laddie Sr. Took a career change so that they could be close and help with each other's parents. Another fine example of a lesson taught to their son.


      They retired to the family farm and ranch in Moravia in 1985. Laddie Sr. Passed in 1994 at the age of 67. Carol regrouped and lived her life to the fullest extent. She spent her time with her grandchildren, Paige and Faith. When she wasn't with them she was doing one of three things: playing dominoes, bridge or watching baseball. She was very competitive and played with passion. She loved sharing knowledge of baseball. She knew stats and player injuries like she knew the back of her hand. Up until the day she had her stroke in February 2011 she was driving her friends around and doing everything she wanted too.


      She never met someone she could not find something good in and she enjoyed life and being around people.


      Preceding her in death is her mother, father and her beloved husband Laddie. Survivors include her son Laddie and his wife Charmon. Her two grandchildren, Paige and Faith. Her brother Bobby and his wife Mary Jane Goff. Her Niece Gayle Goff and Linda Land. Her Nephew Dr. Robert Burnside Goff and his children Joel and Peter Goff.


      Funeral Service: 10:30 am, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at St. James Episcopal Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm Tuesday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Daryl Hay.  Burial:  Moravia Cemetery.


      Kubena Funeral Home

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