obit: Joyce Marie Tschiedel Kovar
Joyce Marie Tschiedel Kovar, 89, of Bay City went to be with our Lord on February 26, 2013.
A beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, she was loved by everyone who knew her. Joyce never met a stranger and her family has been touched by the many people in Bay City who all called Joyce their “best friend.”
She was born in Fayetteville, Texas, on December 7, 1923, as the only child to Edwin Tschiedel and Betty Baca Tschiedel. She moved to Bay City with her husband, Steve Kovar, in the late 40’s. She was church secretary for Holy Cross Catholic Church for 27 years. She loved helping young people; serving as an advisor for the Catholic Youth Organization for 15 years and a physical education aide at Holy Cross for 11 years. Her faith was very important to her. She was a Perpetual member of the Associates of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word of the Blessed Sacrament and a Catholic Daughter of Holy Cross Catholic Church. She was a Pink Lady Emeritus Auxiliary Member. Joyce loved attending her grandchildren’s activities and sports events, playing tennis and poker, polka dancing, watching the Astros, traveling to Europe and the Holy Land, participating in Monday night prayer meetings, and having fun with her friends.
Joyce is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Steve Kovar.
She is survived by her son, David Kovar; daughter and son-in-law Diana and Jim Frankson; and daughter and son-in-law Karen and David Cox. Joyce is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Ashley Frankson and her fiancé, Steve Hill; Erik Frankson and his fiancé, Patti Mathis; Emily Joyce Cox and her fiancé, Jacob Critz; Grant Cox and his wife, Laura, and great-grandson, Anson; and her youngest grandson, Sam Cox.
A rosary and visitation will be held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home on February 28, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Visitation is available from 5:00-6:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial and Service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on March 1, 2013, at 10:00am with Father Greg Korenek officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck. Pallbearers are nephews: Butch Kovar, Tom Kovar and Richard Kovar; grandsons: Grant Cox, Erik Frankson and Sam Cox; future sons-in-law: Steve Hill and Jacob Critz. Honorary pallbearers are the Ladies’ Neighborhood Coffee Group and the Poker Ladies.
Memorial gifts may be made to Holy Cross School Foundation or Sisters of the Incarnate Word of the Blessed Sacrament in Victoria, TX, attention Sister Stephana.
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home