Knesek Lidge P. Knesek, age 97 years, of Victoria, Texas (formerly of Wallis) passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 in Victoria, Texas. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 at 10 a.m. from Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis with the Rev. Richard Johnston, S.C.J. celebrating the Funeral Mass and Rite of Committal. Entombment was at Guardian Angel Mausoleum Cemetery in Wallis. Pallbearers for the service were Larry Vitek, Stephen Vitek, Brian Vitek, Mike Francese, Chuck Frederick and Dean Robey. Lidge was born on Oct. 10, 1910 in Hostyn, Texas near Schulenburg to parents, R.R. and Cecelia Lidiak Knesek. Lidge was Baptized Ladislav the ³Patron Saint of Czechoslovakia² and at the age of 2 years moved to Wallis where he was raised and attended Guardian Angel Catholic school through the eighth grade. His first job was a truck drive, he hauled bales of cotton, chickens, eggs and various goods to the Port of Galveston. In 1937 Lidge worked for Service Oil Company then he moved to San Antonio and worked for Alamo Casket Company for five years. He then returned to Wallis to help run the family businesses which were the Humble Service Station, electrician, plumber and part owner of Knesek and Sons Funeral Home in Wallis after receiving his Funeral Directorıs License. Lidge married the former Miss Mary Saha on Oct. 29, 1934 in Frydek. Along with his love for Mary he loved Polka music. He and Mary were members of Guardian Angel Catholic Church for 77 years and he and his brother wired the church for electricity which was built by their father, R.R. Knesek in 1913. Lidge and Mary became members of Holy Family Catholic Church in Victoria after moving there in 1989 to be near their daughter and son-in-law. He was a 1947 Charter member of Knights of Columbus Council #3793 in Wallis and a 68 year member of KJT. Lidge Knesek is survived by his daughter, Laureen E. Vitek and husband Bennie of Victoria; brother R.J. Knesek and wife Beatrice of Wallis; grandchildren Larry Vitek and wife Cheryl of Inez, Texas, Diane Francese and husband Mike of Austin, Debbie Frederick and husband Chuck of Austin, Stephen Vitek of Victoria, Brian Vitek of Bloomington and Vicki Robey and husband Dean of Midland, and nine great grandchildren, Naylene Vitek Felt and husband Rob Felt, Travis Vitek, Renee' Francese, Claire Francese, Michael Francese, Jr., Jacob Frederick, Ben Frederick, Jay Thomas and Kasey Robey and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, R.R. and Cecelia Knesek, wife, Mary Knesek, sister, Helen Jalowy and brother, Richard Knesek. Memorial gifts may be made to Christıs Kitchen, P.O. Box 3391, Victoria, Texas 77903 or Hospice of South Texas, Victoria, TX 77901. Knesek and Sons Funeral Home, Wallis is in charge or arrangements.
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