Funeral services for Gladys Ernstes Sodolak, 84, of Frydek, were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 25 from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek with the Rev. Bernard Snock celebrating the funeral mass and rite of committal. Mrs. Sodolak died November 23rd. Interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Frydek. Pallbearers for the service were John Ermis, Eric Sanford, Michael E. Sodolak, Chris Sodolak, Lewis Sodolak and John Guice, Jr. She was born August 16, 1921 to John Andrew and Rose Bischof Ernstes, who were owners of a dairy farm near Katy. While in high school, gladys was active in volleyball and tennis. During World War II she worked as a civilian for the Army Air Corps inspecting aviation fuel. On June 16, 1947 she married William (Bill) F. Sodolak and together they owned and operated Riverside Service Station and Cafe for nearly 30 years. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her parents John and Rose ernstes, sister Mary Ann Ernstes, and grandchildren Sara Paul and Anne Marie Ermis. She is survived by her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren: Rosemary and Alfred ermis of Alvin and son John; Margaret Sanford of Hallsville, son Eric, and daughter Cassandra; Kay Paul of Tucson, AZ and daughter Ellen; and Bill Jr. and Suzanne Sodolak of Frydek, daughter Angela and son Christopher. She is also survived by her siblings and their spouses; Lloyd and Mary ernstes of Katy, Albert and Mary ernstes of Schulenberg, Leo Ernstes of Schulenberg, Barbara and Dr. Charlie McDonald of Richmond, and Clara and John guice of Katy. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Margie Sodolak of Bernardo and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene and Lawrence Blazek of Frydek, and numerous nieces and nephews. Gladys was a member of the Sealy catholic Daughters, St. Mary's Altar Society, KJZT Society of Frydek, San Felipe - Frydek Volunteer Fire Dpt. Auxiliary, and the San Felipe Home Demonstration Club. Her favorite organization was the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women where she held various offices, attended meetings and conventions, and thoroughly enjoyed the friendship of ladies throughout the region. She attended daily Mass until her illness. Her love and laughter will be missed. Services were conducted by Knesek Family Funeral Chapel.
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