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Matagorda County Obituaries

Andrew Zahradnik Dies At Family Residence In El Maton

Mr. Andrew Zahradnik died at his home in El Maton, Monday afternoon at 4:50.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Alarin Zahradnik and one son, Pvt. Robert L. Zahradnik of Kessler Field, Miss.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning from the Catholic Church in Blessing. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Bros.

Matagorda County Tribune, March 17, 1943

Artancia Zamora

Funeral services for Artancia Zamora, will be Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Gerald Cernoch, officiating.

A rosary will be held Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 7 p.m., in the chapel of Green’s Mortuary.

Final Arrangements are entrusted with Green’s Mortuary, Bay City, Texas. 979-245-3489.

Bay City Tribune, June 17, 2015

Carolina Zamora  Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Paul Zamora

Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Maria Ozuna Zarate

Maria Ozuna Zarate, 97, of Bay City, died Tuesday, September 5, 2000 at Heights Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston, Texas.

She was born July 3, 1903, in Mexico. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She is survived by children Marcelo Zarate of Pasadena, Guadalupe Zarate of Fort Worth, Julian Zarate of Orange, George Zarate of Houston, Carmel Zarate of Pearland, Amada Z. Gonzales of Fontana, California, Rosendo Zarate of Bay City, Margaret Parrado of Houston, Paula Zarate of Bay City, Alonzo Zarate of Nederland, Hope Villarreal of Hawthorne, California, Phil Zarate of College Station, Joyce Cantu of Bay City, Mary Escobar of Pasadena, Natalie Valadez of Aurora, Colorado, Amos Zarate of Houston, and Thomas Zarate of College Station; sisters Salome Ozuna of Donna, Texas, Esther Reyes of La Mirada, California and Georgia Garcia of Weslaco; brothers Pascual Ozuna of Donna, Texas, Secundino Ozuna of North Ridge, California and Simon Ozuna of California.

She is preceded in death by her husband Gregorio Zarate; stepson Francisco Zarate; step-daughter Ricarda Zarate; Father Alonzo Ozuna; mother Albira Valderas and stepmother Maria Viduari Ozuna and brother Jose M. Ozuna.

Up until her death, Maria Ozuna Zarate had the honor, privilege and pleasure of being a proud member of six living generations. Up until her death she was the only surviving member of the first generation. She is now survived by 10 sons and seven daughters (second generation), 58 grandchildren (third generation), 71 great grandchildren (fourth generation),34 great great grandchildren (fifth generation), and one great great great grandchild (sixth generation).

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on September 7, 2000 at Taylor Bros Funeral Chapel. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Boren officiating. Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Taylor Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. A00011A2000SP08

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, Friday September 8, 2000

Ricardo Zarate

Ricardo Zarate, 60, of Bay City died September 16, 2001 at Hermann Hospital in Houston. He was born October 25, 1940 in Bay City to the late Francisco and Adela Esquebel Zarate.

Mr. Zarate was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a life long resident of Bay City.

Survivors include: wife, Carole Lee Hunt Zarate; daughter, Cecilia Ann Zarate; sons, Roland Frank Zarate, and Ricky Dwayne Zarate; step-sons; Walter Loose, Jr. and wife Stacy Loose and Donald Loose all of Bay City; sisters, Rosa Morales and husband Richard, Juanita Medina both of Bay City, and Tomasa Silva of Houston; brother, Benito Zarate of Bay City; grandson, Troy Richard Garza of Bay City; step-grandchildren, Kyle Loose and Victoria Loose both of Bay City; special nephew, Herman Medina, Jr. of Bay City; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Elodia Yanez.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and the Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2001, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Boren officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Raymon Anthony, Roy Orlando, and Raymond "Squinky" Yanez, Albert, Johnyy, and Rudy Silva, and Jessie Morales. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Turner, Ben Mainka, Claude Wooley and Philip Silva.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00011A2001SP20

THE DAILY TRIBUNE, September 20, 2001


Thomas Zarate
March 7, 1946 – November 21, 2015

Devoted and Faithful Man of God, with God all things are possible. Thomas “Tommy, TZ” Zarate, 69, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015, at Hospice Brazos Valley, with his family by his side.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station with the Rev. Will Fountain officiating

Interment followed at Memorial Cemetery of College Station.

Visitation was from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Tommy was born March 7, 1946, in Buckeye, the son of Gergoria and Marie (Osuna) Zarate. He was the youngest of 17 children. Tommy worked in the Texas Quarter Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association industry for many years. He worked with a tireless energy, motivated with a driven heart, doing what he loved and was born to do. In his career, he accomplished many set records in the world of Quarter Horse Racing, with the fastest qualifying times and wins, and broke and trained several champion horses. Even after a battle with his heath, he came back to win three of the biggest races in his career, The All American Futurity, Sam Houston Derby and Sires Cup Derby.

Tommy has left this world setting a legacy of never quitting and running your race until the end. He showed us, with faith in God, all things are possible.

Tommy is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Marcelino and Rosendo; half-brother, Francisco; and a sister, Paula.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Jocelyn (Vasquez) Zarate; children, Audrea (Zarate) Gannaway and Bridget Zarate; four grandchildren, Zachary D Huff, Kaleb B. Drake, Natalie J. Drake and Daniel G. Gannaway; brothers and sisters, Julian Zarate, George Zarate, Joyce Cantu, Alonzo Zarate, Carmel Zarate, Phil Zarate, Margaret Parrado, Hope Villareal, Lupe Zarate, Mary Escobar, Natalie Valadez, Amada Gonzales and Emilio Zarate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kingdom Ranch Church Building Fund or Hospice Brazos Valley.

Philippians 3:13-14 - Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Bay City Tribune, November 20, 2015

Luis Rey Zavala, Sr.

(August 26, 1954 - January 24, 2015)

Luis Zavala, Sr., 60, of Blessing passed away January 24, 2015. He was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico to the late Antonio Zavala and Julia Carrillo Zavala on August 26, 1954.

He is survived by his wife Bertha Esquivel Zavala of Blessing; four children Irene Esquivel (Hugo) of Blessing, Luis R. Zavala, Jr. (Erica) of Palacios, Lucinda M. Rubio (Rigo) of El Campo and Julia N. Ibarra (Gilbert) of Pearsall; four grandchildren who were his world, Nathan Ray and Hanna N. Zavala & Michael and Morgan Ibarra; two sisters Maria del Rosario Reyes and Inocencia Aguilar of Lufkin, TX; four brothers, Telesforo Zavala of Lufkin, TX, Jacobo Zavala & Jesus Zavala of Piedras Negras, MX and Leopoldo Zavala of Elsa, TX and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

A rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be 10:00 AM Thursday, January 29, 2015 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Blessing with Rev. Peter Yeboah-Amanfo officiating. Interment will follow at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Hugo Ibarra, Gilbert Ibarra, Rigo Rubio, Jamie Esquivel, David Esquivel and Joe Esquivel. Luis R. Zavala and Armando Ibarra, Sr. will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Frank Zboril & Mary Zboril - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Dr. Joseph Zemanek, Jr.

ZEMANEK, JR., Dr. Joseph Age 87, entered into Heaven on October 5, 2015 in Duncanville, TX. Dr. Zemanek was born on January 1, 1928 on a farm near Blessing, Texas to Joseph and Kristina Zemanek. He attended the University of Texas where he obtained his BSEE and he graduated from UCLA with a PhD in physics in 1962. He was a Veteran of the Korean War. He married Maurine Hamilton, the love of his life, in 1950, with their union producing two daughters. Joe accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior on his 21st birthday and shared a close walk with the Lord by his side for 66 years. Dr. Zemanek worked for Mobil Oil for 39 years and traveled the world extensively. He was known across the industry for his contributions to the field of geophysics, specifically to cutting edge technology in the field of well logging. He retired in 1990 as the Senior Scientist for Mobil Oil having been granted 50 patents and authoring 13 technical papers. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Liddie Pavelka; brother, Victor; sister, Martha Johnston; & daughter, Marsha Lynn Zemanek Snow. Dr. Zemanek is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maurine; their daughter, Brenda Kay Nunley and spouse, Mark, of Houston; his son-In-law, Ray Snow of Ft. Worth; & grandchildren, Matthew Snow and spouse, Jenny of Ft. Worth, Bonnie Snow Daman and spouse, John of Ft. Worth, Ashley Nunley Lillis and spouse, Chris of Houston, Courtney Nunley Coffman and spouse, Ben of Houston; sister, Sidney Bridewell of Dallas; & 6 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held 6-8 pm on Wednesday, October 7, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville, TX. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, October 8, at 12:00 pm at Grace Covenant Church 335 South Parks Drive, DeSoto, TX 75115. In lieu of flowers, those that wish to do so can make a contribution in Joe's name to Grace Covenant Church at the address shown above.

Dallas Morning News, Oct. 7, 2015


Daniel R. Zepeda


Adela F. Zepeda

 Roselawn Memorial Park

Photo courtesy of
Faye Cunningham


Isaac R. Zepeda, Jr. - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Isaac Rodriguez Zepeda Sr.
January 20, 1924 - October 20, 2014

Isaac “Yaca” Rodriguez Zepeda Sr., 90, passed away on Monday, October 20, 2014.

He was born January 20, 1924, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Guadalupe and Lina Rodriguez Zepeda. Isaac served in the Army during WWII. He was in the Normandy Invasion, where he became a prisoner of war in Germany.

Isaac worked for the Rice Belt Co-op as an operator in Markham. He liked to hunt, fish and was a life-time member of the El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church and Phillip Parker VFW Post 2438. He was an avid gardener, growing fruit trees and vegetables.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Delores Arias Zepeda; children, Mary Aguilar, Gloria Acosta, Yolanda Aguilar and Isaac Zepeda Jr.; four brothers; and four sisters.

Isaac is survived by 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Paul Zepeda; sister, Martha Zepeda Guzman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received visitors on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 24, 2014, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City with Pastor Alex Lopez officiating.

Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, under the auspices of Phillip Parker VFW Post 2438.

Pallbearers were Ruben Rodriguez, Christopher Rodriguez, Ronnie Acosta Sr., Randal Acosta Sr., Jordan Zepeda and Jessie Aguilar Jr.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-4613.

Bay City Tribune, October 26, 2014

John H. Zepeda

VAN VLECK - John Henry Zepeda, 1, of Van Vleck, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003.

John Henry was born Feb. 13, 2002, in Galveston.

Survivors: grandparents, James L. and Lana Folmar of Van Vleck.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, with Mr. Joe Wrape officiating. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, November 10, 2003


Robert R. Zepeda, Sr.

Robert R. Zepeda, Sr., 88, died October 17, 2004 at his son’s residence.

He was born July 7, 1916 in Bay City, Texas, to the late Guadalupe B. and Lena Rodriguez Zepeda.

Mr. Zepeda was a lifelong resident of Bay City, was a member of The Good Shepherd Church and a Life Member of Philip H. Parker VFW Post 2438.

He served with the U.S. Army Combat Engineers during WW II.

Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Guadalupe and Cynthia Zepeda and Robert and Amanda Zepeda, Jr., all of Bay City; sisters, Rebecca Estrada, Martha Guzman and Sarah Franco, all of Bay City, Ruth Orosco of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Esther Lopez of Texas City, Texas; brothers, Paul Zepeda of Houston, and Isaac Zepeda of Bay City; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by: his son, Isaias Zepeda; sisters, Matilda Zepeda and Esther Zepeda; and brothers, James, Elias and Daniel Zepeda.

A prayer service was held at 8 p.m. Monday, October 18, 2004, at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, and the funeral service was 10 a.m. Tuesday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, with the Rev. Alex Lopez officiating.

Interment followed at Cedarvale Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Paul C. Zepeda, Chon Camacho, Jr., Patrick Perez, Jr., Paul Perez, Joe Rodriguez and Emilio Luera III.

Honorary pallbearers were Isaac Maurice Perez, Paul R. Camacho, Chon R. Camacho and Cruz Camacho, Jr.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.

Bay City Tribune, October 20, 2004

Emil Zernicek

Emil Zernicek, 56, of Bay City, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2003 in Sweeny, Texas.

He was born September 26, 1946 in Bay City to Emil Aloise Zernicek and Irene Archer Zernicek. Formerly of Texas City, he has been a resident of Bay City since 1980. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a former operator for Sea Gull Energy.

He is survived by: wife, Karen Bagby Zernicek of Bay City; daughters and sons-in-law, Irene and Steven Davis of Texas City, Amy and Felipe Montalvo of Bay City and Amy Wisdom of Bay City; son, Anthony Zernicek of Austin; step-mother, Delores Drozd of Bay City; sisters, Janice Trochta and husband Michael of Bay City and Priscilla Norman and husband Robert of San Antonio; brothers, George Zernicek and wife Joann of El Campo, Steve Zernicek and wife Sarah of Bay City and Mark Zernicek of Bay City; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil A. Zernicek and Irene Archer Zernicek.

The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Chapel. The mass will be at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Casey Jarzombek officiating.

Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Pallbearers will be Michael Trochta, Jeff, George, Steve, and Mark Zernicek. Felipe Montalvo, Steven Davis and Raymond Aldaz.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Henke, Joseph and Zachary Rigsby and Dale Zernicek.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home. A00014B2003MR19

The Bay City Tribune, March 19, 2003                            
Photo courtesy of Betty Crosby


Karen Marguerite Zernicek
June 1, 1950 – November 6, 2015

Karen Marguerite Zernicek, 65, of Bay City, TX, passed away November 6, 2015. She was born June 1, 1950, in Baton Rouge, LA, to Herbert Maxwell Bagby Jr. and Hazel Faye Cox Bagby. She was formerly employed by Bay City ISD Administration. Her father preceded her in death.


Survivors include daughters, Amy Wisdom of Bay City, Irene Davis of Jasper, Alabama and Amy Negron of Texas City; son, Anthony Zernicek of Austin; brothers, Timothy J. Bagby of Bay City and Maxwell “Max” Bagby of Houston; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Her memory will be honored at a memorial service at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Bay City, TX, with the Rev. Greg Korenek officiating.


Bay City Tribune, November 11, 2015

Emil A. Zernicek

April 14, 1919 – July 01, 1977


Emil A. Zernicek, 58, of Bay City, died Friday, July 1, 1977, at the V. A. Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born April 14, 1919, in Waller. Survivors include his wife Delores Zernicek of Bay City; daughters Janice and Priscilla Zernicek of Bay City; sons Emil J. Zernicek of Texas City, George Zernicek of El Campo, Steven and Mark Zernicek of Bay City; brothers Joe Zernicek of Bay City, Ludwig Zernicek of Wadsworth; sisters Mrs. Josephine Green of Wadsworth, Mrs. Martha Owen of Bay City, Mrs. Louise Seward of Dutchmills, Arkansas, Mrs. Frances Huggins of Wharton.


He was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. Rosary was held at 7:30 PM, Sunday July 3, in the Bay City Funeral Home Chapel. Mass was said at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 4, 1977, with the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Burial was in the Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Melvin Huggins, Alfonse Cerny, Alfred Cerny, Dan Welfel, Brice Green, and Ludwig Zernicek. Services were under the direction of Dick R. Elkins’ Bay City Funeral Home.


The Daily Tribune, July 4, 1977                Obit courtesy of Susie Adkins            


Joe Zernicek & Thelma L. Zernicek - Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Joe Zrubek  Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Louis Zrubek & Mary Zrubek  Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham


Jose Zuniga, Jr.Roselawn Memorial Park - Photo courtesy of Faye Cunningham



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