obit: Leona Matilda Pustka Vincik
Leona M. Vincik, 95, died Saturday, April 28, 2012. She was born September 28, 1916 in Schulenburg to Rudolf and Matilda Pustka. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church where she was active in the Catholic Daughters and KJZT.
Survivors include her 2 daughters Margie Prihoda and husband Edward and Betty David, and son L.J. Vincik and wife Gitka, her daughter-in-law, Peggy Vincik, her sisters Geraldine Hlozek and husband Bill and Joyce Horelica and husband Ray, and her brother Johnnie Pustka, 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe Frank Vincik, son, Ronnie Vincik and 4 brothers, Rudolf, Dan, George and Theodore Pustka, and one grandson, Bryan Vincik.
A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg. Vistation will be Monday evening, April 30, 2012 from 4-8 P.M. in the Chapel at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7 P.M.
Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home
From “Vestnik” Wednesday, July 25, 2012
LEONA MATHILDA PUSTKA VINCIK age 95, who died Saturday, April 28, 2012.
Leona was born in Schulenburg, Texas, on September 28, 1916. Her parents were Rudolph Pustka and Matilda Hluchan Pustka. She was the second of eight children – five boys and three girls – Theodore, Rudy, Dan, George, Johnnie, Leona, Geraldine, and Joyce. She grew up the oldest because Theodore had died in infancy.
She was a member of SPJST Lodge 28, East Bernard for 73 years. She would have been 96 on September 28.
Mom’s father was the public weigher in Schulenburg at the time of her birth so she was not born on a farm, but after moving to Yoakum and then Shiner, she did grow up on the farm. That might explain why she loved gardening so much.
She went to school through the ninth grade, until she was needed to help her parents with the farm work and raising/rearing her younger siblings. She was an escellent student and loved school particularly St. Ludmila’s Academy which, at the time, was a boarding school for high school girls in Shiner. She loved the Sisters (Nuns) that taught at the Academy and seriously considered becoming one of them. She often mentioned how disappointed she was to have to leave before finishing. Later in life, she also took business courses and completed secretarial training.
She grew up working hard, but also enjoyed other activities – reading, visiting neighbors and friends, quilting, playing dominoes, and going to local dances where she met Dad (Joe Frank Vincik).
They dated for two years and were married on October 8, 1935. They left Shiner, moving first to Beasley where their first child Margie was born on August 8, 1938. In 12939, they moved to Jackson County where she helped Dad farm over 500 acres – corn, milo, and primarily cotton. They had several sharecroppers helping with such a large effort. While there, she and dad made several lifelong friendships through their local church community.
Although they hated to leave Jackson County, Mom was pregnant with Betty and the country was on the verge of war. Dad expected to serve, and so they moved back to Fort Bend County so that Mom could be near her parents. Betty was bon on December 30, 1942.
Because Dad farmed on such a large scale, he was considered more important for the war effort to continue raising crops. He also hade two small children and another coming soon. L.J. was born February 3, 1946. During the war, both Mom and Dad served their country with “Homeland Air Surveillance.” They took turns with others in the community watching the skies with binoculars for any signs of enemy aircraft.
In 1949, the Vincik family of five moved to Rosenberg, where Dad worked as a tractor mechanic and Mom was busy raising her young children. On October 4, 1950, Ronnie was born completing the family with two girls and two boys, all approximately four years apart having been born in the years 1938, 1942, 1946, and 1950.
During most of the 1950s, Mom worked full-time as a homemaker and part-time as a seamstress and saleslady. She worked in a shoe store, at five-and-dime store, a dry goods store, and also sold
Avon products all while raising four children. And, of course, when Dad started farming again in 1959, she was always helping him. Throughout most of her life, she sewed her own clothes as well as the rest of the family as we were growing up. She was a good—looking woman with pretty blue eyes. She always impeccably dressed with coordinated clothes and jewelry that were appropriate for the occasion.
By example, she and dad certainly taught their children a healthy work ethic and a faith based way of life, but also showed them that there was a time for play. Particularly in the winter months, after the harvest was over, they enjoyed recreation, dancing, church and social activities, and, of course, playing dominoes. Although Dad was the domino “pro” in the family, Mom was quite good as well. We are so glad she was still playing dominoes just two days before she passed away.
Throughout her life, Mom maintained her strong faith and participated in church activities. She also insisted that her children grow up understanding the importance of living in a Christian home. She firmly believed that a family that prayed together stayed together. With Dad’s backing, she was definitely the family leader when it came to our faith. She sent us to the old Catholic school on 8th Street, and we prayed the rosary as a family at home very often. Mom saw to it that we attended Mass every Sunday, all Holy Days, and every other Optional” observance like Stations of the Cross, and blessing of the throats on St. Blaise Day, marching on Christ the King Sunday, as well as fasting and abstinence times. She was active in the Catholic Daughters and KJZT, having served as an officer in both organizations. She also served in the Altar Society and participated in many religious study groups. At the church bazaars, you could always find Mom working in the kitchen areas, and she and Dad donated many bales of cotton to the bazaar auctions. Mom was also famous for her home-baked kolaches and pastries that she donated to the bazaars and to our family reunions. No one made better kolaches than Mom. After you tasted hers, any others, tough quite good and highly touted, just didn’t quite measure up.
After Dad retired in 1976 because of arthritis, he and Mom enjoyed working at home making improvements and gardening – continuing to use thei4r green thumbs. She like to travel around the state with Dad and their close friends, most of whom have preceded her in death. She also enjoyed dancing as long as she could.
In recent years, as age progressed and restricted her ability to travel, she still insisted on attending every family reunion. She looked forward to the reunions so much that her passing just the day before this year’s reunion was a real shock to us. We know that she would have preferred to live just a little longer but that she was ready to accept God’s will. In recent years, she could always be heard ending a prayer asking God to grant us a happy death. We should all be so lucky to end in our sleep at a ripe old age, and we certainly know that it was no coincidence that God granted her request.