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Sheila Kay Macat Chovanec, 58, of Bleiblerville went to be with the Lord on Nov. 19, 2011 at Methodist Hospital in Katy. 

Sheila was born on July 20, 1953 in Bellville to Erna and Alvin “Cotton” Macat.  She was their only child and the light of their lives. She was baptized and confirmed at Nelsonville Brethren Church. She attended the Welcome School and graduated from Bellville High School in 1971. 

Sheila met the love her life, Joseph “Joe” Chovanec at a dance in Round Top, Texas.  They were married on July 15, 1972 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Industry.  Sheila and Joe were happily married for 39 wonderful years.  During their loving marriage, they had two children, Danny Joe Chovanec and Becky Leann Chovanec Ogg.  Sheila treasured each of her children and was the type of mother who cherished each moment with her children and loved them more than words could ever begin to express.  She loved her family with every ounce of her being and was the most loving wife, mother and grandmother “Ninny” that ever lived. Her immense love for her grandbabies, Fallon Ritte Chovanec, Gunner Craig Chovanec, and Shelby Kay Ogg was evident in everything she did and the way in which she made memories with them each time they were together.

She was a faithful and loving member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and its choir. Music brought her great joy and made her soul feel alive.  She was employed at Industry State Bank for over 21 years.  She was a member of the Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Department. 

Sheila had a zest for life and never took any of her blessings for granted. She lived each day with exuberance and grace.  She gave everyone she met a beautiful smile and a warm, enveloping hug that made everyone feel special and loved.  She was a kind, gentle person who brought happiness and joy to everyone she met.  She always put the needs and well-being of others at the top of her list of priorities.  Sheila was a fabulous cook and got great joy and happiness by cooking for her friends and family.  Everything she ever cooked or baked always had one special ingredient:  love.  She loved spending time with her loyal and loving canine companions, Trevor and Izzie.

Sheila was the golden thread that held her family closely together.  She had a special way of lighting up a room by just being in it.  She made each and every person she ever met feel special, valued and loved.  She touched the life of everyone whose path she crossed.

Sheila was preceded in death by her parents, Erna and Alvin “Cotton” Macat; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Katherine and Joseph F. Chovanec; and special friend Mike “Papa Mike” Ogg. 

Survivors include her husband, Joe Chovanec of Bleiblerville; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Keitha Chovanec of Bleiblerville; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Michael Ogg of Bleiblerville; grandchildren:  Fallon Ritte Chovanec, Gunner Craig Chovanec and Shelby Kay Ogg, all of Bleiblerville; special friend, Billie Ogg of Montgomery; special friend, Tona Marrs of Bleiblerville; and her loving and faithful pets, Trevor and Izzie; as well as numerous close friends (who have become family in every sense of the word), numerous cousins, extended family, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers are Frankie Macat, Matt Macat, Gary Shupak, James Stastny, John Chovanec, and James Chovanec.  Honorary pallbearers are David Schulz, Art Jensen, Cliff Brast, Charles Chovanec, David Chovanec, Thomas Chovanec, Pat Chovanec,  employees of Industry State Bank, and the choir of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Industry, with Father Tim Bucek officiating.  Burial will follow at National Cemetery near Nelsonville.  The family received friends and relatives at Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bellville on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 from 6 – 8 p.m.; there was a rosary at 7 p.m. followed by a vigil wake service.

Memorials may be given to the Bleiblerville Volunteer Fire Department. 

Funeral services are in the care of Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel, 842 E. Main, Bellville, Texas, (979) 865-3121, 
Posted by Joy Neely



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