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Smith Funeral Home

404 West Bobkat Street, Moulton, TX

OBITUARIO

Shirley Ann Orsak

24 marzo , 19387 noviembre , 2019
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Shirley Ann Orsak, 81, of Shiner, Texas passed away Nov. 7, 2019. She was born in Seguin, TX, on March 24,1938, to Christine & Harry Whittenborn. On April 30,1955 she married the love of her life, Eugene Orsak, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church of Bellaire, Texas. She attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Moulton, Tx. and was a member of Moulton Alter Society.

During Shirley’s early years, she was a housewife and devoted mother to her children. Not only was she an exceptional mother and wife, she also was a great cook, seamstress, and able to make purses as supplemental income. Shirley enjoyed camping and hunting trips with her family. After her children were all in school she worked as a seamstress for Pilgrim Cleaners and retired after 20 years. Later in life, she and her husband were inseparable: traveling to Alaska, visiting casinos, and even raking and bailing hay together. She never missed an opportunity to enjoy a bowl of Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Survived by her husband of 64 years; sister, Betty Janak; brother, Lee Whittenborn & wife Bynahmae; and Children: Sandy Barton & husband Roger of Houston, TX; Robert Orsak & wife Juanita of Magnolia, TX; Donna Desselles & husband Droy of Houston, TX; Kris Willis & husband Craig of Katy TX; Lisa Sebek & husband John of Cypress, TX, and son-in-law Randy Bludau, husband of Brenda, of Hallettsville, TX; Grandchildren: Shannon Henson & husband Ryan, Karen Boryk, Brittany White & husband Jeremy, Donnie Orsak & wife Hailey, Kenny Orsak, Kyle Desselles & wife Julie, Karey Desselles, Lerin Willis, Blake Willis, Blayne Sebek & wife Mikayla, Trevor Sebek, and Wade Sebek. Great grandchildren: Kylee & Logan Henson, Rylie Boryk, Jake & Cade Orsak, Cambrie & Caiden Desselles.

Preceded in death by her mother, Christine Whittenborn Elliott; father, Harry Whittenborn; and daughter, Brenda Bludau.

Pallbearers: Donnie Orsak, Kenny Orsak, Kyle Desselles, Blayne Sebek, Karey Desselles, Blake Willis, Trevor Sebek, and Wade Sebek.

Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church of Moulton. Visitation: 5 pm, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 601 North Pecan St. Moulton 77975 with Rosary starting at 6 pm.

Officiant: Reverend Gabriel Maison

Memorials: St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Moulton, Tx.

Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.smithfuneralhomemoulton.com

Smith Funeral Home - 404 West Bobkat Dr. Moulton, Texas 77975 Phone#-361-596-4631

  • FAMILIA

  • Eugene Orsak, Husband
  • Harry Whittenborn, Father (deceased)
  • Christine Whittenborn, Mother (deceased)
  • Sandy Barton, Daughter
  • Roger Barton, Son-in-law
  • Brenda Bludau, Daughter (deceased)
  • Randy Bludau, Son-in-law
  • Robert Orsak, Son
  • Juanita Orsak, Daughter-in-law
  • Donna Desselles, Daughter
  • Droy Desselles, Son-in-law
  • Kris Willis, Daughter
  • Craig Willis, Son-in-law
  • Lisa Sebek, Daughter
  • John Sebek, Son-in-law
  • Lee Whittenborn, Brother
  • Bynahmae Whittenborn, Sister-in-law
  • Betty Janak, Sister
  • Edward Janak, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • 12 grandchildren; Shannon Henson & husbank Ryan, Karen Boryk, Brittany White & husband Jeremy, Donnie Orsak & wife Hailey, Kenny Orsak, Kyle Desselles & wife Jullie, Karey Desselles, Lerin Willis, Blake Willis, Blayne Sebek & wife Mikayla, Trevor Sebek and Wade Sebek.

    7 great grandchildren; Kylee & Logan Henson, Rylie Boryk, Jake & Cade Orsak, Cambrie & Caiden Desselles.
  • PORTADORES

  • Donnie Orsak, Active
  • Kenny Orsak, Active
  • Kyle Desselles, Active
  • Blayne Sebek, Active
  • Karey Desselles, Active
  • Blake Willis, Active
  • Trevor Sebek, Active
  • Wade Sebek, Active

Servicios

  • Visitation domingo, 10 noviembre , 2019
  • Rosary domingo, 10 noviembre , 2019
  • Funeral Mass lunes, 11 noviembre , 2019
  • Burial lunes, 11 noviembre , 2019

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Biografía

In the song of life, Shirley Ann Orsak was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Shirley preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Shirley believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did. Shirley perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her.

Shirley was born on March 24, 1938 at home with a midwife in Seguin, Texas. Her parents were Harry Wittenborn and Christine (Herman) Wittenborn. Shirley was raised in Hallettsville, Texas. As a young child, Shirley was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Shirley rarely called attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.

Early on in her family relationships, Shirley showed she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along fairly well with everyone. She was raised with two siblings. She had one older sister, Betty, and one younger brother, Lee. She was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

As she was growing up, Shirley developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and she took pleasure in using her hands in order to create. Shirley liked concrete things. Growing up, Shirley took part and enjoyed playing softball and volleyball. As a child, she enjoyed playing with her wooden duck pull toy that she got when she was 3 years old. She also enjoyed playing with her Minnie Mouse figurine she received from an insurance agent. When she learned to read, she enjoyed reading detective magazines which her mother subscribed to. She also looked forward to Sunday afternoons when their neighbor, Emil Milstein, who brought over the cartoon section of the paper. She always found much joy from the simple things in life. Shirley's memorable achievements included winning first place in a softball tournament and being a better speller than Eugene (Paw Paw). Even though she was 4 years younger than him while in grade school together, she helped him spell PRETTY, correctly. She was very proud of that! However, to Shirley, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

Early on in her school years, Shirley showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Shirley with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, she could often be “lost in a book” well above her grade level. Her passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even her teachers recognized it. Shirley attended Hallettsville High School and completed the 10th grade. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having her favorite classes of Math and Science.

Those who didn’t know Shirley well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Shirley was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced her opinions and values on others. Close friends knew her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Shirley’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. While growing up, some of her best friends were Emma Tech – with whom she attended school, as well as Patricia Lorfing and Alice Faye Jahn. Later in life, she became friends with Robert and Claudette Goedrich. Robert was a longtime friend of Eugene's (Paw Paw). They continued to be close friends throughout the years. They enjoyed family barbecues together, meeting frequently to play CANASTA, as well as celebrating many New Year's Eve parties together. Another very close friend was Doris McRaith. Doris and her husband John lived across the street from Shirley on Talina Way for more than 30 years. Shirley and Doris enjoyed their weekly grocery shopping trips to the local Henkes Grocery Store while their children where in school. After shopping, they would often enjoy lunch at the nearby Burger King that was located at Gessner and Long Point Rd. They used this time to visit and chat about their favorite soap operas - All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, etc.

A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Shirley had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On April 30, 1955, Shirley exchanged wedding vows with her life partner Eugene William Orsak at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church of Bellaire, Texas.

Shirley was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Shirley was blessed with six children, five daughters and one son: Sandra Kay Barton, Brenda Joyce Bludau, Robert Gene Orsak, Donna Lynn Desselles, Kris Ann Willis and Lisa Michelle Sebek. They were also blessed with 12 grandchildren: Shannon Henson, Karen Boryk, Brittany White, Donnie Orsak, Kenny Orsak, Kyle Desselles, Karey Desselles, Lerin Willis, Blake Willis, Blayne Sebek, Trevor Sebek and Wade Sebek. Additionally, she was blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Kylee Henson, Logan Henson, Rylie Boryk, Jake Orsak, Cade Orsak, Cambrie Desselles and Caiden Desselles.

Shirley found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was a seamstress. She was employed for over 20 years by Pilgrims Cleaners. Shirley tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.

Shirley enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite hobbies included crafting, sewing, cooking, canning pickles and baking. Shirley was content to enjoy her hobbies alone, but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.

Shirley liked sports. She was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Later in life, when all of her children were grown and out on their own, Shirley enjoyed watching Golf, following Tiger Woods. She also enjoyed watching the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, cheering on Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.

Throughout her life, Shirley was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Shirley was an active member of the Altar Society at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Moulton, Texas. She had a tendency to bring peace to her relationships by avoiding disagreements.

Shirley’s faith was important to her. As a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church for over 25 years, her passionate commitment to upholding her values placed her at home in her religion where she took comfort in the company of others who believed as she did.

Because she loved the world around her, Shirley enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Shirley put her personal trademark on any leisure planning that she undertook. She enjoyed all her vacation travels, which included trips to Alaska, Colorado, the West Coast, East Coast, Grand Canyon, and more. However, she seemed to especially enjoy the weekend gambling trips to Louisiana that she frequently made with Eugene (Paw Paw).

When Shirley’s retirement finally arrived in 1993, she was well prepared. Shirley retired with her husband, Eugene (Paw Paw), to their weekend farm located in Shiner,Texas where they enjoyed farming and raising cattle. In retirement, she found pleasure in spending time with her husband, Eugene (Paw Paw). They worked the farm together and she would occasionally drive one of the tractors to help with the hay that needed to be raked and bailed. Whatever needed to be done around the farm, she was always ready to pitch in and help. She also enjoyed the many weekend family gatherings at the farm with her children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Even if it meant air mattresses throughout the house and hours spent cooking and cleaning, she was always happy to have family visit. She also enjoyed watching old western movies with Eugene (Paw Paw), many of which were only aired in black and white. Even in retirement, Shirley continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of her life, she became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her and simply enjoying what she had worked so hard to attain.

Shirley passed away on November 7, 2019 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas. Shirley fought a brave battle against Interstitial Lung Disease which she was diagnosed with in early 2010. She is survived by her husband of 64 years; sister, Betty; and brother, Lee Whittenborn & wife Bynahmae. She will also be lovingly remembered by her children: Sandy Barton & husband Roger of Houston, Texas; Randy Bludau, husband of Brenda, of Hallettsville, Texas; Robert Orsak & wife Juanita of Magnolia, Texas; Donna Desselles & husband Droy of Houston, Texas; Kris Willis & husband Craig of Katy, Texas; and Lisa Sebek & husband John of Cypress, Texas. Her 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren will have precious memories and hear the amazing stories of her life. Shirley is preceded in death by her mother, Christine Elliott; father, Harry Wittenborn; and daughter, Brenda Bludau.

Services were held on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church 601 North Pecan St., Moulton, Texas 77975. Visitation started at 5 p.m., Sunday, November 10, 2019, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church 601 North Pecan St., Moulton, Texas 77975 with Rosary starting at 6 p. m. Shirley was laid to rest in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas. Pallbearers: Donnie Orsak, Kenny Orsak, Kyle Desselles, Karey Desselles, Blake Willis, Blayne Sebek, Trevor Sebek and Wade Sebek.

Shirley was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Shirley always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Shirley was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Shirley Ann Orsak.