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Bellville Times
Funeral services for Alta Fay Pachal, 78, of Bellville, were held Sunday,
September 11 at 3 p.m. from Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bellville with
the Rev. Jim McLeod officiating. Interment was at Oak Knoll Cemetery in
Bellville. Pallbearers serving were her grandchildren and one nephew, Joseph
Pachal, Thomas Johnson, David Demny, Stephen Johnson, Jacob Pachal and
Vernon Wagley. Honorary pallbearer serving was "Sonny" Edwin Slovak.
Alta Fay was born, the sixth of nine children to Ben and Katie (LeCompte)
Ryman in Bay City. She was raised in Bellville and attended Wadsworth
School. On may 28, 1949, Alta Fay married Henry Pachal, Jr. and they were
married for 51 years. For many of those years, they lived and worked all
over Texas doing road construction work. By the 1960s, she and Henry settled
in the Bellville area, where they were engaged in farming and ranching. A
tireless worker and devoted family member, she helped her husband in the
construction and hay-making business. She continued many years in this
capacity, until diabetes left her confined to a wheelchair. Though unable to
walk or drive, she cared for her husband after he was sick. After his death
in August 2000, she remained in their home and devoted her love and
attention to her three children, 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren
and their families.
Alta Fay always had  a positive attitude, time to listen, soothing words of
comfort and a helping hand and a tender heart. She was of Baptist faith,
loved the color lavender, feeding wild births in her yard, circle-word
books, playing Yahtzee with her daughter and many other fun activities.
Alta Fay Pachal passed away September 8 at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in
Katy from a  long-term illness and stroke.
She is survived by daughters Sandra Johnson of Bellville, Mary Ann and
husband Kostas Valius of Houston, son Jimmy and wife Darlene Pachal of
Houston, brother Vernon Ryman of Brazoria, sisters Lena Jackson of
Galveston, Pauline and husband Osburn Decker of Nancy, KY, Marie and husband
Curtis Shoemaker of Brazoria and Leona Wagley of Weimar, grandchildren and
their  spouses Thomas Johnson, Joseph Pachal and wife Becky McKinney,
Stephen Johnson and wife Cindy, Regina and husband David Demny, Angela
Howard and Jacob Pachal; 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews
and cousins.
Preceded in death by her parents Ben and Katie Ryman, husband Henry Pachal,
sister Anna Mae Baker, three brothers Eugene Ryman, Norman Ryman and David
Ryman; granddaughter April Johnson, and great-grandson Thomas Johnson Jr.
Memorials may be made to vista Care Hospice, 701 North Post Oak Suite 101,
Houston, TX 77024 or your local hospice.
Services were under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels.
Posted by Joy Neely


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