OBITUARY

Father Emil C. Slovacek

November 3, 1924February 8, 2021

The Reverend Emil C. Slovacek was born on November 3, 1924 in Dallas, Texas. His father, Jerry J. Slovacek, and mother, Albina (Janosec) Slovacek were both immigrants from Czechoslovakia.

The Slovacek family lived near “Old St. Joseph Church” in East Dallas. Emil attended St Joseph’s Academy on Swiss Avenue in Dallas for grammar and later high school. This school had been established and run by the Sisters of Divine Providence.

Following high school, Emil served in the US Army starting in early 1943. He received basic training at nearby Camp Walters in Mineral Wells, Texas. He was then assigned to the 739th Tank Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington, which was a separate formation used in the European theater of operations to support infantry, armored, or airborne divisions. Emil served as tank driver, gunner, and later, radio operator. He saw intense combat on the Rhine near Aachen, Germany. This troop movement was to be known later as the “Battle of the Bulge.” He survived heavy mortar fire, being protected accidentally by his fallen comrades after an explosion. Father Emil often wonderingly recounted how he survived that day. In another incident his tank division had determined that they were caught in a minefield. His commander ordered him out of the tank saying: “Slovacek, you get out and guide us! You are single and we are married… just in case you set off a mine!” These war experiences had a profound impact on Emil, and with gratitude and faith, he let them shape the remainder of his life.

After being honorably discharged in November 1945, Emil pursued a vocation as a Catholic priest. Entering St. John’s Seminary, in Little Rock, Arkansas in September 1946. Father Slovacek was ordained a priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dallas April 19, 1954.

Father Slovacek’s first assignment was as an assistant pastor at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral in Fort Worth. This was followed by other assistant pastor assignments around north Texas at St. Andrew’s Church, Fort Worth; St. John’s Church, Ennis; and St. Paul’s Church, Fort Worth. Father Slovacek’s first pastorate was of St. Rita’s Church, Ranger, Texas with the missions of Eastland and Cisco in May 1965. He was also pastor of St. Thomas Church, Pilot Point; St. Mary’s Church, Sherman; St. John’s Church, Ennis’ and St. Patrick’s Church, Denison, where he was the pastor until his retirement in 1994. He also assisted in retirement at St. Michael Church in McKinney for many years.

Father Slovacek appreciated classical music, enjoyed some traveling to Europe as priest, and often reminisced about his experiences both in the military and in ministry. He could be an entertaining story teller and very humorous. Upon his retirement, he returned to Dallas, where he cared for his ailing sister Helen Slovacek who suffered from the debilitating affects of polio.

Father Emil is preceded in death by his father, Jerry J. Slovacek, his mother, Albina (Janosec) Slovacek, his brother Jerry W. Slovacek and his sister Helen H. Slovacek. Father Emil was 96 years old. He passed away on February 8, 2021 in Plano, Texas.

A special thanks is extended to his caretakers at North Texas Personal Care Homes, as well as Harris Hospice. Also, earlier to the Assisted Concepts staff in Plano, and as well to the volunteers from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish in Plano, Texas, and to the many other friends who attended to his needs.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Rosary

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Committal

    Monday, February 22, 2021

Memories

Father Emil C. Slovacek

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Shery Damuth

February 27, 2021

My Grandfather’s twin brother was named Emil Slovacek. They also were from Ennis. He never married. I’m sure there is a connection there. He would be
just over a 100 now. I’ll ask my Dad if he has any recollection of your Emil.

Huong Nguyen

February 22, 2021

🙏🙏🙏

Carole Faraizl

February 22, 2021

My mother was Carolyn Mahdak Nemec who was born in Ennis, TX on 4/24/1916 and died Mon/3/3/2014 at the age of 97. She is buried at Calvary Hill, also. Since she grew up in Ennis, she knew the Slovacek Family well! We also have a priest on the Mahdak side of our family, too: Msgr Frank Miller from Abott, TX, who has also passed from this life! We have been Parishioners of Good Shepherd Parish in Garland TX since 1967 so we knew Msgr Carl Vogel [R.I.P.] as well! He and Fr Slovacek were close friends! May Fr Slovacek & all the Faithful Departed Rest In Peace. Amen!
- Ray & Carole [Nemec] Faraizl

Deacon Gary Vogel and Blondie Vogel

February 14, 2021

Father Slovacek was our pastor in Denison for almost 18 years ! I have never known a priest who loved the priesthood as much as he did ! My wife and I served under his pastor- ship for all of those years as youth directors , and as a Deacon ! I can attest he and Father Vogel and Father Gus Merkel were indeed very good friends ! My children and Blondie and I took him to eat pizza and share a bottle of wine almost every Sunday at 6:00 pm ! Eternal Rest grant unto him Oh Lord , and may the Perpetual light shine on him forever !

Paul Preston

February 13, 2021

I served on the altar with Reverend Slovacek , and we had him over several times for dinner. Reverend Vogel was his best friend growing up, and what a pair too have for dinner. They had us rolling, and were such great priests. We certainly loved these two, and Slovacek was certainly one of a kind. He was a blessing, and will be missed, but never forgotten.
Paul Preston

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