obit: Albina Pawelek Opiela Kotzur
Albina Opiela, 91 years, 2 months of Karnes City died April 17, 2013 at Bluebonnet Nursing Home in Karnes City.
Mrs. Opiela was born on February 17, 1922 in Panna Maria to the late Ignatz Pawelek and Geneva (Swintek) Pawelek. She was of Catholic faith and was a former member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy and was a current member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Panna Maria.
She is survived by sister Betty Moczygemba of San Antonio; sons Frankie Opiela of Karnes City and Tommy Opiela of San Antonio; daughters Lillian Martin of Karnes City, Irene Elliott of Kenedy, Helen West of Karnes City, Bernice (Marcus) Syring of Karnes City, Jeanette Byrd of Victoria, Shirley (Nathan) Bartkoviak of Allen, TX; twelve grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Johnny J. Opiela, second husband Anton Kotzur; her parents Ignatz and Geneva Pawelek; one son Virgil W. Opiela; brothers, Vincent Pawelek, Isidore Pawelek, Sr., Florian Pawelek; sisters, Annie Opiela, Teresa Kingston and Rosie Wiatek.
Visitation will begin at 6 PM on Friday April 19, 2013 at Rhodes Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Friday evening at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday April 20, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Panna Maria. Father Wieslaw Iwaniec will officiate. Pallbearers will be Dwayne Elliott, Matthew Sullins, Tyler Piskor, Billy Joe Opiela, Travis Buehring and Jordan Buehring.
Honorary Pallbearers will include Frankie Opiela Jr., Winston Byrd and William Byrd. Funeral arrangements entrusted to and under the direction of Rhodes Funeral Home of Karnes City.
Rhodes Funeral Home