obit: Gladiola Hartman Bertha Vasina
Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2012 2:00 am
Gladiola Hartman Bertha Vasina, 87, of Lissie and East Bernard, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Houston following an extended illness. Gladiola was born on July 12, 1925, in East Bernard, third child of Albert and Alvina Wilke
Hartman and was named by her sister El Birdie.
She was reared on a small farm off Hwy. 60 N between East Bernard and Wallis near the San Bernard River. She attended Bernard Prairie School through eighth grade and graduated from East Bernard High School in 1942. During the teacher shortage in World War II, she taught Grades 1, 2 and 3 at Bernard Prairie School from 1944 until 1945.
Gladiola married Adolph Jerry “Lefty” Vasina on March 4, 1946, in Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard. They set up housekeeping in Lissie where they became members of the United Evangelical Brethren/Lissie United Methodist Church. She and Lefty had three children: Kenneth, Terry and Marilyn.
She and Lefty loved to dance and never missed a dance in Mixville, Wallis or East Bernard and they loved to play dominoes with friends. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996; and Lefty passed away in 2003. Gladiola served as Methodist Church secretary in Lissie and in Eagle Lake, assistant postmistress in Lissie and bookkeeper for Bob Strunk’s house moving business in Lissie. She was a 62-year resident of Lissie.
Gladiola was preceded in death by her husband, mother and father as well as her brother, Herbert Hartman, and her sister, El Birdie Hartman KIopsteck.
She is survived by son Kenneth and wife Jo Ann of East Bernard, her son Terry of Houston, and her daughter Marilyn and husband Paul Frank of Cummings, Ga. She is also survived by grandson Ryan Frank and wife Rebecca and great-grandson Cayden of Cummings, Ga., and by grandson Stephen Frank and wife Rose of Austin.
Visitation will be at First United Methodist Church, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at noon. Funeral Services will follow at First United Methodist Church, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Alex Lupo officiating in East Bernard. Burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.
Pallbearers are Paul, Ryan and Stephen Frank; nephews, Wilmer Klopsteck and Ronald Hartman and Terry Vasina.
Suggested memorials may be made to Lissie United Methodist Church, P.O.Box 668, Lissie, TX 77454; or First United Methodist Church, P.O. 476, East Bernard, TX 77535.
Wharton Journal Spectator