obit: Helen Netek Morris Smith
Helen Smith passed away Thursday July 12, 2012 in Katy, Texas at the age of 88.
Helen was born February 29, 1924 to Leo and Anna (Krnavek) Netek in Nueces County on the family farm near what is now Weber Rd. and Saratoga Blvd. She and her eleven siblings grew up as members of the original Czech farming community that settled in southern Nueces County after the turn of the century. Helen was a member of the KJZT, Moravian Club of Nueces County, Czech Heritage Society and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Violet, Texas. She raised four children with her first husband Victor H. Morris.
She is preceded in death by her parents Leo, Mary & Anna (Svatek) Netek: husbands Victor ("Speck") Morris and Oscar ("Bud") Smith: brothers Frank, Victor, Rudolph, Dominic & Emil and sisters Mary Klepac, Lydia Kosarek, & Johanna (Janie) Polasek.
She is survived by her four children, Charles (Pat) Morris, Victor (Debbie) Morris, Sam (Theresa) Morris and Karen (Rick) Heuer; grandchildren, Debbie (Randy) Melinie, Jan Morris, Erica (Butch) Duff, Aaron (Brooke) Larson, Ben and Chris Heuer; great-grandchildren, Miale Davis, Tanner and Camden Larson, and Katin Duff; sisters, Geneva (Nemec) Strmiska, Christine Black and Francis Hartigan; sisters-in-law Joy Lee Wostal & Marion Hedgepeth. Helen is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Seaside Funeral home Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 2:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Violet, Texas with Interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Anthony's Catholic Church - Violet, Texas.
Originally published Saturday, July 14, 2012 Corpus Christi Caller