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Barbara Petrucha

Matagorda Melange

Mrs. Tom Petrucio [Petrucha] died at her home in the Polander neighborhood last Friday evening and was buried on Sunday morning near the St. Francis church. A wife for only one short year! God comfort the bereaved ones!

Matagorda County Tribune, September 2, 1899

Caroline Petrucha


Joseph Petrucha


Tom J. Petrucha     Connie Petrucha

Tom J. Petrucha

Funeral services for Tom J. Petrucha, 80, of Schulenburg will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Bay City, with Msgr. James Brunner officiating. Burial to follow in St. Francisville Cemetery, Wadsworth.

A rosary will be held 8 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. Petrucha was born May 27, 1909, in Wadsworth to Tom and Julia Ann Pawelek Petrucha and died April 12, 1990, in Weimer Hospital, Weimar.

A resident of Schulenburg since 1983, he is a former long-time resident of Wadsworth. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Bay City and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Ramos Petrucha of Schulenburg; three daughters, Eileen Ann Petrucha of Schulenburg, Julia Carradine of Austin, Jackie Jecmenek of Bay City; three sisters, Agnes Zunker of San Antonio, Anastasia Culver of Wadsworth and Mary Blair of El Campo; three granddaughters and a grandson.

Pallbearers include William Carradine, Paul Carradine, Sidney Armada, Antone Dziuk, David Popek and Arthur Zunker.

Honorary pallbearers include Richard Coerver, Richard Teissen, Alton Fojtik, Johnny Balcar, James Harlin, Ray Ramos, Sonny Ramos, Harvey White, Jack Cole and Cap Seerden.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, April __, 1990

Tom Petrucha     Julia M. Petrucha


Mr. Tom Petrucha, lifelong resident of Matagorda County passed away at his home in Wadsworth last night after a long illness. Mr. Petrucha, who was 86 years old was born in Europe. Coming to this country at the age of six months with his parents, he has spent his entire life in Wadsworth with the exception of about ten years when he lived in Matagorda.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Julia Petrucha, six daughters, Mrs. Louis Dziuk of Falls City, Texas, Mrs. John Armatta and Mrs. D. S. Culver of Wadsworth, Mrs. Walter May of San Antonio, Mrs. Glenn Blair of El Campo, and Mrs. Arthur Zuneker of Columbus, Miss. One son, Tom J. Petrucha of Wadsworth. Three sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Sherrer and Mrs. Albert LeCompte of Bay City and Mrs. Rose Gastmiyer of Houston.

The Rosary will be read at the family residence in Wadsworth tonight at 8:00 o’clock. Funeral services are pending word from the daughter, Mrs. Zuneker in Mississippi.

Matagorda County Tribune, Nov 16, 1944

Rosary to Be Said For Mrs. Petrucha, 89

Rosary will be said for Mrs. Julia M. Petrucha, 89, of Wadsworth, at 8 p.m. Thursday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel and Mass will be sung at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mrs. Petrucha, a county resident since 1901, died Tuesday night at Matagorda General Hospital.

Rev. John Culver will officiate at the services and interment will be in St. Francisville Cemetery.

Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Josephine Dzuik of Falls City; Mrs. Regina Max and Mrs. Agnes Zunker of San Antonio, Mrs. Ida Armatta of Bay City, Mrs. Tasia Culver of Wadsworth, Mrs. Mary Blair of El Campo; one son, Tom J. Petrucha of Wadsworth; one sister, Mrs. Agatha Gavalik of Falls City; two brothers, Charles Pawelek of Falls City and Leon Pawelek of Edinburg.

Grandsons of Mrs. Petrucha will serve as pallbearers.

Daily Tribune, July 2, 1963

John David Popek

John David Popek

Funeral services for John David Popek, 10 months, of Bay City will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Burial will be in St. Francesville Cemetery, Wadsworth.

A rosary will be said at 8 tonight at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel.

Master Popek was born July 13, 1985, in Wharton, and died May 26, 1986, at Shriner Burn Center, Galveston.

Survivors include his parents, Ralph David and Susan Popek of Bay City; a sister, Jennifer Renee Popek of Wadsworth; paternal grandparents, Ralph John and Barbara Popek of Van Vleck; maternal grandparents, Sidney and Betty Armatta of Wadsworth; paternal great grandmother, Betty Popek of Van Vleck and Lucille Adams of Bay City; and maternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Folse of New Orleans, La.

Pallbearers include William Popek and Steven Armatta.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, May 27, 1986

John H. Richie, Jr.

John Richie

John Richie, died at his home in Houston, Texas, Saturday, June 17, 1939. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Victoria Richie; one sister, Mrs. Mary McCaskell of Wadsworth, Texas; one brother, R. H. Richie of San Francisco, California.

Burial will be in the San Francisville Cemetery under the direction of Taylor Brothers.

Daily Tribune, June 19, 1939


Word was received Saturday of the death of John Richie in Houston. He was the son of Mrs. Richie, and brother of Mrs. Mary McCaskill of Wadsworth. Funeral services were held Monday morning at Francisville, with Taylor Brothers of Bay City, in charge of arrangements. Father Elmendorf of Bay City, conducted the services, and burial was in Francisville Cemetery. The relatives all have the sympathy of friends in their loss.

Daily Tribune, June 22, 1939

John H. Richie, Sr.

J. H. Richie Sr.

J. H. Richie Sr. died Wednesday, September 14, at 6:40 p.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jno. F. Culver. The deceased had been in failing health for more than two years. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons, R. H. Richie, Sacramento, Calif., and J. H. Richie Jr., Teague, Texas; two daughter, Mrs. Jno. F. Culver and Mrs. Mary McCaskill, Wadsworth.

Funeral services were held at Francisville by Rev. Father Dwan and interment in Francisville Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Messrs. John Butter, H. M. Seerden, Ross Watkins, W.E. Branstetter, Guy Pentecost and Will Mangum.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 23, 1927

Victoria B. Richie

Victoria Richie

Mrs. Victoria Richie passed away quietly and without pain, seemingly, at her home Sunday morning, September 4. She has been our neighbor for so long we can hardly remember the years before. She was a member of the Roman Catholic faith and of the Saint Francis Altar Society and belonged to the Legion of Mary. She has known much sorrow since she came to our community, as she gave up to death her husband, two sons, a daughter, and a son-in-law, but she was uncomplaining and resigned through it all. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary McCaskill, and eight grandchildren, seven of whom return to Wadsworth to visit. All the children of the late John Culver and wife, Antonette Culver, and the sons of Mrs. McCaskill, William McCaskill, and Richie McCaskill. One grandson, Robert McCaskill Jr. lives in California. She was buried in St. Francis Cemetery.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 15, 1949

Harvey V. Ryman

Funeral Services Are Held Monday for Harvey Ryman

Funeral services were held Monday morning for Harvey Vinson Ryman, 19, who died at the Matagorda General Hospital at 2:45 o’clock Sunday morning.

The services were held at the Wadsworth Catholic Church and burial was in the Francisville Cemetery. Father George Elmendorf officiated, and the arrangements were under the direction of Walker-Matchett.

Surviving are his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Ryman; a sister, Miss Helen Margaret Ryman, and a brother, Lloyd Edward Ryman, all of Wadsworth.

The Herald, April 9, 1942

Wadsworth News

Harvey Ryman, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Ryman, who has been ill for some time, passed away Sunday, April 5, at 1 a.m., in Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City where he had been for the past week.

Services for the departed were held Monday, April 6, at 9 a.m. in Wadsworth Sacred Heart Church, conducted by Rev. Father Elmendorf.

Walker-Matchett were in charge of funeral arrangements, and burial was in Francisville cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Ryman, one brother, Lloyd, of Houston, and one sister, Helen, at home, his aged grandmother, Mrs. Peter Ryman, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The sympathy of friends here goes out to the sorrowing ones.

Daily Tribune, April 9, 1942

Samuel C. Ryman     Agnes B. Ryman

Rites Held For S. C. Ryman, 81

Samuel Carol Ryman, 81, passed away at Matagorda General Hospital. The retired farmer and rancher, a lifetime resident of Matagorda County, was born in Wadsworth.

Rosary was held at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Mass was said at 10 a.m. today at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wadsworth. Interment followed in St. Francisville Cemetery in Wadsworth. Father C. J. Martin officiated.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Agnes Butter Ryman of Wadsworth; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Little of Wadsworth; one son, Lloyd E. Ryman of Bay City; and 3 grandchildren. Seven brothers, Tommy, Jesse, Fred and Clyde, all of Wadsworth; Nolan of Muldoon; Ben of Sweeny; and Alvin of Port Arthur, also survive.

Pallbearers were Tommy Petrucha, Fred Ottis, Henry Bunk, Eddie Janise, Norman Bissett, and Arnold Farnson.

Daily Tribune, October 4, 1965

Agnes Ellen Ryman

Mrs. Agnes Ellen Ryman, 90, of Bay City died at the Matagorda House Saturday, March 7, 1981. She was a life long resident of Matagorda County and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Wadsworth. Survivors include: daughter, Helen Little of Bay city; son Lloyd Ryman of Bay City; brother, John A. Butter of Wadsworth; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wadsworth today, Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Charles Sonnier officiating. Interment will follow at St. Francisville Cemetery in Wadsworth. Rosary was held Sunday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. Pallbearers included Mike Burnside, Tommy Burnside, Gaston Morton, Bill Howze, August Svatek and Tom Ottis. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, March __, 1981


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