obit: Frank Zapalac
Funeral services for Frank Zapalac, 76, a resident of Sweetbriar Nursing Home at Columbus the past seven months, were held Tuesday, Aug. 17, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.
Mr. Zapalac died at 6:50 a.m. Aug. 14, in Diagnostic Hospital at Houston, after a long illness. He had been hospitalized five weeks.
Born June 16, 1900, at Moravia, he was a son of Joseph and Annie (Konvicka) Zapalac. He married Vlasta Pustejovsky here on Oct. 19, 1926. He had lived in the Weimar area the past 32 years.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Mrs. Vlasta Zapalac of Columbus, is one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Mathews of LaPorte; seven grandchildren and three great-granddaughters, and two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Oeltjendiers of Weimar and Mrs. Emilia Wasek of Wharton. Three brothers, four sisters and two grandsons preceded him in death.
Pallbearers were Butch Schmidt, Herman Hebbe, Zeke Rodriguez, Roger Kram, Carl Gold and Floyd Gold, all grandsons.
Weimar Mercury, September 9, 1976
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
An Angleton man became Brazoria County's first traffic fatality for 1962 when the car he was driving overturned near West Columbia Thursday night.
Frank Zapalac, 51, of Rt. 1 .Angleton, was taken to Angleton Hospital by Wait Funeral Home ambulance. He died about four hours later of chest and internal injuries.
State Highway Patrolman Averet Vaughan said the accident occurred about 10:50 p.m. Thursday, five miles north of West Columbia on Highway 36.
He said Zapalac was driving a 1960 Corvair traveling south, and had just passed a school bus. Vaughan said one of the girls told him Zapalac had started to take a drink of beer when the car swerved Into a ditch at the right of the road and flipped upside down.
Vaughan said the car was not badly damaged and he had not realized Zapalac was seriously injured.
Requiem mass for Zapalac will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Basil's Catholic Church in Angleton.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Frances Jackson of Bay City; three sisters, Mrs. Rosie Ordreas of West Columbia, Mrs. Francis Jones of Needville, and Mrs. Annie Gardovsky of Anderson; five brothers Henry Zapalac of Damon, Willie, Adolph, Lewis and Albert Zapalac, all of Angleton.
Angleton Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Brazosport Facts, Friday, January 26, 1962