February 20, 1928July 4, 2014

Stanley Erwin Vrla was born on February 20, 1928 in Dallas, Texas. He was a charter member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Stanley was a member of the Knights of Columbus 799 and a 4th degree member of 1087, member of SPJST 130, KJT III, Elks Lodge #71, Blasmusik Texas, Dallas Czech Concert Orchestra, and many polka bands throughout the years. He was a former member of the Fightin’ Aggie Band, MOAA and FRA, attended N.T.A.C (UTA), USNR (retired after 33 years.) Stanley worked at Central Model Ironcraft Studio in 1950, and continued to work after retirement. His son, Kenneth took over the family business in 1991. Stanley married Martha Brown in 1950 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dallas, Texas, had 4 four children, Teresa, Kenneth, Steven and John. His son Steven, his father and mother Joe and Helen Vrla, sisters Rose and Helen preceded him in death. Stanley was a very devoted husband and dearly loved man. His hobbies included antique clock repairs, travel, and Czech dancing. Stanley is survived by wife Martha of 63 years, 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM with a Rosary to begin at 7:00 PM, Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held, 10:00 AM, Wednesday, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Very Rev. John Libone, celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 9, 2014


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Ruth Leake

July 10, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Terrilee Perdue/Ochoa

July 9, 2014

Will miss Stan on our Blasmusik TX outings. Enjoyed our travels to Germany. My Nick will have some laughs with Stan in the heavenly orchestra. You all will be on our hearts and minds. Blessings to Martha and the family as you go through this time of loss.

Danny Vrla

July 8, 2014

My thoughts, and prayers are with Martha and all his children and many grandchildren. Now the three of them, Stanley, Gene, and my dad are having a Slivovitz together and talking about their car millage, work problems, and the world issues, as they did when they got together. Stanley was my “look-up too “uncle, as we could talk Aggie Band info, Polka Patriots and other topics. He always looked at the bright side of everything, and I never saw him get mad……unless it was at us kids rolling horse apples at cars.

Mike and Betsy Brown

July 7, 2014

Mike and I will always remember the wonderful wedding shower you threw for us. Stanley was a kind and generous man. Our prayers are with you.

Kevan Jones PGK 799

July 7, 2014

I know that many Brother Knights grieve as I do when a fellow Knight passes to his reward. Remember that he is in a better place and will be there to greet his family and friends. With sincere condolences.

jack harvey

July 7, 2014

Jerre and I send our condolences ---Brother SK Stanley Vrla will live in our hearts forever--

Jack& Jerre Harvey

Linda Novotny-Ellis

July 7, 2014

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Stanley and Martha have always been such wonderful people and i have fond memories of growing up watching them dance. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Sharon Hamrick

July 7, 2014

Janet and I are so sorry to hear of Stanley's passing. We both have fond memories of Stanley and the whole family. I'll always remember him playing the cornet with the Polka Patriots. May God Bless you all at this time of grief.

Janet Erfani and Sharon Hamrick (The Kovars)

Kelley, Patti and Jennifer Brown

July 7, 2014

We will definitely miss Uncle Stanley. Prayers for the entire family and I wish we could be there with you guys.

Wayne & Jana (Matous) Lutz

July 6, 2014

Heaven rejoices as you grieve, keep the faith for even though we do not see those we love who have passed, they are closer to us now than ever just have to have faith and an open heart and you will hear and feel them close.