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JULIA VERA VYKOUKAL ZAPALAC
Bellville Times
 
Longtime well-known Sealy resident Julia Vera Vykoukal, 99, died February 25
at the Colonial Belle Nursing Home in Sealy. Services were conducted March 1
at Knesek Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was conducted at Sealy Immaculate
Conception Church, followed by interment at Catholic cemetery.
Julia, a harmonica player and spirited domino lover,  was born June 10, 1906
in Frenstat, Texas, the daughter of Frank and Agnes Vykoukal. Her family
moved to Sealy in 1921 where Julia finished her education and then went to
work for her father as a bookkeeper in his business, the Vykoukal Gin Co.
On August 16, 1927 Julia married Louis Zapalac and they made their home in
Sealy for the rest of their lives. Julia and Louis were longtime small
business owners, and when she wasn't waiting on customers in their Zapalac's
Five and Ten Cent Store, she was busy being a homemaker and mother to her
three sons, Louis, James and LeRoy.
Julia was a member of the Sealy Immaculate Conception Church and the
Catholic Daughters of America She also enjoyed the friendship of many nuns
who taught at the parochial school and whom she enjoyed transporting back
and forth between their convent and the local school at the beginning and
end of the school year. She was active in Sealy bowling leagues and a trophy
winner in Sealy domino tournaments.
Vykoukal loved to travel and often visited her California family, usually
bringing along a grandchild to enjoy the sights.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Joseph Zapalac; her parents:
Frank and Agnes Vykoukal; five brothers: John Henry, Julius, Frank and
Raymond Vykoukal; five sisters, Alvina Felcman, May Polansky, Minnie Pyka,
Mollie Zapalac and baby Loretta Vykoukal.
She is survived by her sons and their wives, Louis and Carolyn, James and
Becky and Leroy and Susie; 8 grandchildren, Brian and wife, Jaime; Steve and
wife, Kim; Erika, Kristen, John, Betsy and Tommy Zapalac, Beverly Zapalac
Bell and husband, Kirk; 8 great-grandchildren, Stacy, Leslie, Keith, Jordon,
Brady, Emily, Jeff and Carrie; two great-great grandchildren, Brandt and
Ally; and many nieces and nephews.
Posted by Joy Neely

 

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