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Shiner Gazetter
24 Feb 1944

Death struck deep into the hearts of a beloved and loving family circle Sunday at 9:45 a.m. when W. J. Janecek, one of Shiner's most popular citizens, passed from the world of trials and tribulations to his celestial abode above.

The entire community loved and admired him for his sunny disposition, his hand clasp of friendship, and his business ability, and was saddened when the news was flashed to every home.

Mr. Janecek seemed in perfect health days before and was up and about Sunday morning, having a 'romp' with his little grandson and conversing with his family. He stated that he felt slightly ill and returned to bed upon the suggestion of his wife that he rest a little while. His daughter and husband went to church and the family had planned to go to Cistern for a visit in their older daughter's home. In only a few seconds his beloved wife returned to his bedroom and found that he "fell asleep in Jesus," and was at rest. She called neighbors and medical aid, but to no avail.

Deceased was born Sept. 11, 1874 at Welcome, Texas, the son of John and Amelia Janecek. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ziegelbauer Sept. 29, 1897 at Praha. The family lived at Novohrad for twelve years, where he served as teacher in the local school. Several years were spent as teacher at Breslau and Michna schools, moving to Shiner in 1909 and resided here until his death.

For years, Mr. Janecek was employed by Wolters Bros., then served as secretary to the K.J.T. Society for nine years and was Justice of Peace at the time of his passing. He was a director of the K.C.B. club and a past president of the local K.J.T.

Six children blessed this Christian home, one died in infancy, and a young son, Vallie, died twenty years ago. The following sons and daughters, R.J. and L.T. Janecek of San Antonio; Mrs. Adela Janca of Cistern and Mrs. Mary Hybner of Shiner are left with their mother to mourn his passing. Other survivors are, seven grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Mary Jasek of Moulton.

The funeral of this good man was held from the family residence, Wednesday at 10 a.m. thence to the Shiner Catholic Church for Requiem High Mass which was offered by Msgr. Netardus, assisted by Rev. Rud. Hoffman. Interment was made in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery amid a vertiable bower of beautiful floral tributes, expressions of esteem for the departed and warm sympathy for the loved ones.

Casket bearers were: B. T. Janecek, Marvin Janca, Julius Jasek, Fr. Cimrhanzel, Joe Janecek, and Fr. Marecic.

The following personal friends served as honorary pallbearers: Edwin Wolters, M. E. Wolters, Edwin Otto, A. J. Kallus, J. M. Canon, F. J. Kallus, Walter Podsum, C. B. Welhausen, A. J. Hybner and Louis Matula.

To all so deeply grieved by his passing, we offer tender and abiding sympathy.

Posted by Sharon Masek


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