obit: Frances Ann Machos Vavra
December 2, 1917 March 8, 2012
Frances M. Vavra, 94, of College Station, passed away peacefully at home Thursday evening, March 8, with her family by her side.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan, with a Rosary being recited at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan with Reverend Monsignor John McCaffrey officiating. Entombment will be in Monsignor Gleissner Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Frances was born December 2, 1917 in Bryan to Hedwig Jessie Gorzycki and Stanley Machos. She was a member St. Joseph Catholic Church, the St. Joseph's Women's Guild, and the K.J.Z.T. She loved to sew, but her greatest joy came from being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She took enormous pride in watching each generation grow and achieve their goals.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank L. Vavra; sister Margaret Machos; brothers, Carroll Machos, John Machos, and George Machos; step-daughters, Doris Jane Vavra, and Frances Jean Manna; and grandson, Gregory Sims.
She is survived by her four daughters, Mary Louise Sims and her husband, Gary, of College Station, Anne C. Daleon of Bryan, Kathleen Vavra of New Orleans, La., and Elaine Shipman and her husband, Charles, of San Antonio; six grandchildren and their spouses, Georgianne Sims, Oliver and Jillian Sims, Jennifer and Neil Gallagher, Michelle Daleon, Jacque and R.F. Finch, and John and Susan Manna; and seven great-grandchildren, Oliver Sims, Ellison Sims, Frankie Gallagher, Sophie Gallagher, Josh Finch, Joe Manna, and Will Manna.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, of Hospice Brazos Valley.
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle on March 10, 2012