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Family of John F. Kopecky


John F. Kopecky Family
By Mrs. Jerome Flint

John F. Kopecky was born on June 7, 1865, and came to America from Czechoslovakia at the age of nineteen. He settled in Lavaca County, near Hallettsville, and became a farmer. He married Frances Wojtek (April 16, 1870-January 9, 1964).

John moved his family to Granger, Texas, where he bought a farm and lived for several years, and then moved to Midfield, Matagorda County, Texas, bought a farm, and lived there until he was killed by a horse on April 7, 1922. He was buried in Hawley Cemetery. Frances continued to live at Midfield for a number of years, and then moved to El Maton where she died at the age of ninety-three and was buried in Hawley Cemetery.

John and Frances had twelve children.

 1. John N. Kopecky married Frances Zurek in Granger. They had five children, four living in Matagorda County. Frances died in 1918 and was buried at Stafford, Texas. John later moved to Matagorda County and bought a farm. He married second Louise Schiller and they had one child. Louise lived in Blessing until the age of ninety-two. John died on September 5, 1968 and was buried at Hawley Cemetery.

 2. Frances Kopecky married John Machee at Granger and they had four children. John Machee and Frances died in Granger and were buried in the Granger Cemetery.

 3. Frank Kopecky was born in Granger, and died there at the age of twenty-two. He was buried in the Granger Cemetery.

 4. V. L. Kopecky was born on December 4, 1892, and lived in Matagorda County, where he had a farm and several businesses in El Maton and Bay City. He married Louise Vavrecka and they had five children. He died on August 11, 1968.

 5. Joe Kopecky was born on December 20, 1893. He married Ellen Hall of Jackson Mississippi, but they were later divorced. Joe served in World War I. He received the Purple Heart after fifty years. Joe was the Lightweight Champion Wrestler of the World. He died of cancer on September 26, 1973, and was buried in Hawley Cemetery.

 6. Charlie Kopecky lived in Pasadena, Texas, where he was retired from Sinclair Oil Refinery. He married Rosalie Aberhart and had one child. Both he and Rosalie were buried in the Pasadena cemetery.

 7. Tracy Kopecky married Mike Baggett and they had two children. Mike retired from Crown Refinery in Pasadena. Mike and both of his children were deceased and Tracy lived in Pasadena.

 8. Agnes Kopecky married David Boxton and they had three children. David retired from Sinclair Oil Refinery and was deceased. Agnes continued to live in Pasadena.

 9. Ernest Kopecky was born on June 7, 1903, was a farmer and lived with his mother in El Maton. He died September 7, 1936.

10. Robert Kopecky was born in 1905, and was twenty-two years old when he died on December 27, 1927. He was buried in Hawley Cemetery.

11. Lillian Kopecky was born on June 4, 1909, in Granger. She lived in Midfield, El Maton, and Bay City. She married J. D. Arguier in 1973 and lived in Oklahoma City. J. D. worked in the oil industry and was killed in Monahans in an explosion. Lillian moved to Bay City and later married Jerome Flint of Covington, Virginia. He served with the United States Army and retired as construction superintendent in Freeport and moved to Blessing.

12. Vlasta Kopecky was born in Jonah, Texas, in Williamson County on December 16, 1911. She moved to Midfield and El Maton and married Anton Domorad, a rice farmer. Anton was born on November 16, 1911, and died on April 24, 1975, and was buried in Hawley Cemetery. Vlasta died March 12, 2006 and was buried at Hawley.

Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, page 295

Mrs. Kopecky, 93, Dies in El Maton

Mrs. Francis Kopecky, 93, passed away in El Maton at 1:30 a. m. this morning.

Services will be held at 10 a. m. Saturday morning at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Joseph Barton of Taylor, Tex., officiating.

She was a member of the Brethren Church and had lived in Matagorda County since 1916. She was a member of the SPJST of Granger.

Mrs. Kopecky is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Tracy Baggett and Mrs. Agnes Boston of Pasadena, Mrs. Lillie Flint of Bay City and Mrs. Vlasta Domorad of Collegeport, four sons, John and Joe of El Maton, V. L. of Bay City, and Charlie of Round Rock; 10 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 16 great, great grandchildren.

Daily Tribune, January 9, 1964

Kopecky, John M., 81, of El Maton, died Thursday afternoon at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel. H. E. Beseda of the Czech Moravian Brethren will officiate. Interment will be in  Hawley Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Louise Kopecky of El Maton; five daughters, Mrs. Mary Popek, Mrs. Elsie Sliva and Mrs. Martha Thompson, of El Maton; Mrs. Alice Vacek of Blessing, and Mrs. Albina Vavrecka of Sugarland; one son, Alfred Kopecky of El Maton; four sisters, Mrs. Dave Boston and Mrs. Mike Baggett of Pasadena, Mrs. Anton Domorad of Palacios, and Mrs. Jerry Flint of Bay City; two brothers, Joe Kopecky of El Maton and Charles Kopecky of Round Rock; 13 grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Johnny Vavrecka, Weldon Popek, Joe Glen Sliva, Carlos Vacek, Johnny Lee Thompson, Dr. Alfred A. Kopecky. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth and Emil Sliva, Johnny Popek and E. R. Vacek. He was a member of the Czech Moravian Brethren and the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge.

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, September 6, 1968, Matagorda County, Texas

Louise Schiller Kopecky


Funeral services for Louise Kopecky, 95, of Blessing will be held 10:30 a. m. Thursday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. John Tripp and the Rev. Henry Beseda officiating. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

Mrs. Kopecky was born July 10, 1892, in Nelsonville, Texas, to Charles and Frances Janca Schiller and died Jan. 5, 1988, at Bay Villa Nursing Home, Bay City.

She was a long-time resident of Matagorda County and was a 15-year resident of Blessing prior to moving to Bay City two years ago. She was a member of the Lutheran church.

Survivors include five stepdaughters, Elsie Williams of Collegeport, Martha Thompson and Mary Popek, both of El Maton, Alice Vacek of Blessing and Alvina Vavrecka of Sugar Land; a son, Alfred Kopecky of El Maton; a brother, Charlie Schiller of Houston; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Emil Sliva, Alfred A. Kopecky, E. R. Vacek, Weldon Popek, Johnny Lee Thompson and Johnny Popek.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

The Daily Tribune, January, 1988



KOPECKY, Victor L., 75, of 1407 Ave. F, Bay City, died Sunday in a Houston hospital. Funeral services set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Joseph Barton, pastor of the Czech Brethren Church of Taylor, Tex., will officiate at the services.


 Burial will be in the  Hawley Cemetery , under the direction of Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.


Kopecky was a retired cafe owner. He is a lifelong resident of the county and moved to Bay City from El Maton in 1945. He was a member of the SPJST Lodge.


Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bertha Kopecky of Bay City; three daughters, Mrs. Lydia Gates of Bay City, Mrs. Oleine Nedbalek of Houston and Mrs. Helen Smith of Pineland; two sons, Gus A. Kopecky of Houston and Virgil Kopecky of Bay City; four sisters, Mrs. Tracy Baggett and Mrs. Agnes Boston of Pasadena, Mrs. Lillian Flint of Bay City and Mrs. Vlesta Domorad of Palacios; three brothers, Charles Kopecky of Round Rock, John Kopecky and Joe Kopecky of El Maton; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


The Daily Tribune, August 13, 1978


Louise Vavrecka Kopecky


Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Louise Vavrecka Kopecky, 85, of Bay City, 2 p. m. Wednesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel.

Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Chester Sassman.

Kopecky died February 6, 1982 at her residence.

Survivors are daughters, Lydia K. Gates of Bay City, Ollie D. Nedbalek of Houston, Helen L. Smith of Pineland; sons, Gus A. Kopecky of Houston, Virgil L. Kopecky of Bay City; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Kopecky was a resident of Matagorda County since 1918.

Burial will follow services at Hawley Cemetery.

Pallbearers include grandsons, Kenneth Smith, Adam Kopecky, Gus Kopecky Jr., Bert Kopecky, Ronald and David Nedbalek.

Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

The Daily Tribune, February, 1982




Joe Kopecky, 79, a resident of Blessing passed away September 26 at the Matagorda General Hospital. He was a member of American Legion Cecil  Lee Post No. 649 Blessing, the SPJST lodge, and the Lutheran Church.


Survivors include: 4 sisters, Mrs. Treacy Baggett and Mrs. Agnes Boston both of Pasadena, Mrs. Lillian Flint of Bay City and Mrs. Vlasta Domorad of Markham; numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held September 28 at 2 p.m. at Taylor Brothers Chapel with Pastor Henry E. Beseda of Caldwell, Texas. Interment will be at the  Hawley Cemetery in Blessing with pallbearers being; Mel Lee, John Graff, Tick Pierce, Buck Janak, Victa? Zemanek, and A. C. Bogart.


Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, September 27, 1973

Robert Kopecky


Robert Kopecky, son  of Mrs. Frances Kopecky died Tuesday morning at the family home. Robert had been an invalid all his life but was happy and cheerful. The sympathy of the neighborhood goes to Mrs. Kopecky and family in the hour of their sadness. Funeral services will be at Hawley, where he will be buried Wednesday P. M.


Palacios Beacon, December 29, 1927

Lillian Flint

Lillian Flint, 94, formerly of Blessing, died January 29, 2004 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City.

Mrs. Flint was born June 4, 1909 in Granger, Texas to the late John and Frances Voytek Kopecky.

She was a resident of Blessing since 1970, before taking residence in the nursing home in 2001.

Survivors include: step-daughter, Phyllis Beverage of Boca Raton, Florida; sister, Vlasta "Blondie" Domorad of Markham; three step-children and one great grandchild; care giver, Sue and Thomas Jahns of Blessing; nephew, Alfred Kopecky of El Maton; and three nieces, Alice Vacek of Blessing, Mary Popek of Bay City, and Martha Thompson of El Maton.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Jerome "Jerry" Flint; sisters, Frances Malish, Tracy Baggett and Agnes Boston; and brothers, V. L., Joe, John and Charlie Kopecky.

Graveside funeral service was held 2 p. m. Saturday, January 31, 2004, at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing, under the auspices of the Cecil Lee American Legion Post No. 649 Ladies Auxiliary.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home

Bay City Tribune, February 1, 2004


Jerome W. "Jerry" Flint, 94, of Blessing died at Matagorda General Hospital, January 25, 2001. He was born September 3, 1906 in Summers Co. West Virginia to the late Thomas Wayne and Ocie Ola Taylor Flint.

Mr. Flint was a longtime resident of Blessing and a member of the Midfield Community Church. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army nearly 20 years. He was also a life member of the Blessing Cecil Lee American Legion Post No. 649 and was a past Commander in 19479.

Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Lilliam Kopecky Flint of Blessing; daughter, Phyllis Anne Beverage of Boca Raton, Fl.; two sisters, Christine Flint and Geneva Scott both of Covington, Virginia; three grandchildren, Flint Beverage and Brenna Beverage both of Boca Raton, Fl. Christy de Vries and her husband Dough of Montrose, Colo.; one great granddaughter, Ashley Anne de Vries of Montrose, Colo.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2001 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

Pallbearers will be members of American Legion Post 649.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, Sunday, January 28, 2001

Vlasta (Kopecky) Domorad


Vlasta Kopecky Domorad, 94, of Bay City passed away Sunday, March 12, 2006 at Bay Villa Nursing Home. She was born December 16, 1911 in Granger, TX to the Late John Frank & Frantisky Woytek Kopecky. Mrs. Domorad was a life long resident of Matagorda County, a Lutheran, and housewife. She was also, a member of the American Legion Post 649 Auxiliary for 36 years and SPJST. Vlasta loved fishing, playing bingo, and spending time with her loved ones.

She is survived by children: Margaret Jurek & husband Louis of Markham; 2 grandsons, Jason and Neil Jurek both of Markham; close friends, Jimmy Henkes, Wilma Vavra, Ona Lea Pierce, Lee Hall Pierce, and Frances Jurek; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Domorad was preceded in death by her husband Anton R. Domorad on April 24, 1975; parents; sisters, Frances Malish, Tracy Baggett, Agnes Boston, and Lillian Flint; brothers, V. L., Joe, John and Charlie Kopecky.

A Graveside Service will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at Hawley Cemetery under the direction of Ona Lea Pierce. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Henkes & Sons, and Louis & Jason Jurek. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.

Newspaper unknown, March, 2006

Anton Robert Domorad


Anton Robert Domorad, 64, of Markham died April 24 at the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo. Survivors include: wife, Vlasta Domorad of Markham; sisters, Mary Validies of New York and Vera Boysen of Gonzales; brothers, Frank Domorad of Palacios, Joe of Sealy, John of Markham, August of Valpareso, Florida and Charlie of Pasadena. Funeral service will be held at the St. Peterís Catholic Church in Blessing, April 26 at 2:00 p. m. with Father Jerome Stryk officiating. Interment service will be held at the Hawley Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ronnie Strnadel, Wilburn Heller, Ed Peter, Louis Jurek, V. L. Bowers, Jimmie Henkes, Frankie Sliva. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Sliva, Billy Jalufka, Lee Hall Pierce, Bert Logan, Tony Liberato, John Strnadel, Buddy King, Carl Hansen, Dr. Fred Smith, U. S. McMillan, Dave Davis, Frank Gayle, Kenneth McKissick, Dean Merck and Gustave Franzen. Rosary will be held Friday night 7:30 p. m. at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Newspaper unknown, April, 1975


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