Smith Funeral Home

128 East 5Th Street, Flatonia, TX


Charles A. Krenek

September 1, 1929May 18, 2019
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Charles Krenek, age 89 of Flatonia, passed away May 18, 2019 in Moulton, Texas.

Charles was born on September 1, 1929 in Novorad, Texas to the late Anton Krenek Jr. and Pauline Bucek Krenek.

He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and KJT. Charles was an auto mechanic for the Ford Motor Company in Flatonia. He enjoyed gardening, raising vegetables, and fixing cars for people.

He is survived by two daughters; Diane Krenek of Flatonia, Texas and Charlene Krenek of Spring, Texas. Charles is preceded in death by his wife Esther Marie Krenek on November 30, 1980, four sisters; Regina Kutac, Henrietta Kalmus, Grace Kasper, and Lillian Kalich.


  • Anton Krenek Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Pauline (Bucek) Krenek, Mother (deceased)
  • Regina Kutac, Sister (deceased)
  • Henrietta Kalmus, Sister (deceased)
  • Grace Kasper, Sister (deceased)
  • Lillian Kalich, Sister (deceased)
  • Esther Marie Krenek, Wife (deceased)
  • Diane Krenek, Daughter
  • Charlene Krenek, Daughter

  • Dennis Gosch, Pallbearer
  • Doug Baker, Pallbearer
  • Sam Migl, Pallbearer
  • Bernard Svatek, Pallbearer
  • Martin Svatek, Pallbearer
  • Richard Schacherl, Pallbearer
  • Herbert Mann, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Rosary Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, May 23, 2019


Charles A. Krenek

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

His parents were Anton and Pauline Krenek. Charles was raised on a farm in Engle, Texas. As a young child, Charles was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Charles rarely calling attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him.

Early on in his family relationships, Charles showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with four siblings. He had four sisters Regina, Henrietta, Grace, and Lillian. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

As he was growing up, Charles developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and he took pleasure in using his hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Charles liked concrete things. He was a member of the FFA. In his spare time he liked taking care of his animals. Charles' memorable achievements included his Grand Champion hog. However, to Charles, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

Early on in his school years, Charles showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Charles with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, he could often be “lost in a book” well above his grade level. His passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even his teachers recognized it. He graduated from Schulenburg High School in 1948. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

Those who didn’t know Charles well might not view him as being an outgoing person, those who called him their friend knew differently. Charles was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced his opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Charles’s, you understood how true a friend he could be. While growing up, some of his best friends was A. J. Kalich. Later in life, he remained friends with A. J. Kalich.

A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Charles had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On May 16, 1955, Charles exchanged wedding vows with his life partner Esther Marie Walchar at the St. Michael's Catholic Church of Weimar, Texas.

Charles was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to his children. These emotional bonds made him as much playmate as parent. He gave his family unconditional love and kindness, sharing his artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Charles was blessed with two children, two daughters Charlene Marie and Diane Charlotte.

Charles found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was an auto mechanic. He was employed for Flatonia Motor Company, Flatonia Auto and Truck Repair, and the Fayette County Recycle Center. Charles tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing his will on others.

Charles enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were his vegetable garden. Charles was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others. He was relaxed in his approach to his leisure time because he wanted to savor the present moment.

Charles liked sports. Charles was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, basketball, and baseball.

Throughout his life, Charles was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Charles was a member of the FFA. Throughout his later years, Charles was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and KJT. He had a tendency to bring peace to his relationships by avoiding disagreements.

Charles’s faith was important to him. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. During that time, he was a Eucharistic Minister and a Sacristan. Charles's passionate commitment to upholding his values placed him at home in his religion, where he took comfort in the company of others who believed as he did.

Charles was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Charles’s favorites was Salem, a Persian cat. They were best friends for 13 years.

When Charles’s retirement finally arrived in 2008, he was well prepared. His new life involved retiring in Flatonia, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in gardening, mowing, and meeting friends for coffee every morning. Even in retirement, Charles continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of his life, he became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him and simply enjoying what he had worked so hard to attain.

Charles passed away on May 18, 2019 in Moulton, Texas. He is survived by his daughters Charlene and Diane Krenek. Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, Texas. Charles was laid to rest in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia, Texas.

Charles was a good man, a kind man, and a practical man who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Charles always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. Charles was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Charles A. Krenek.