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Edward "Ed" A. Jurek

September 10, 1922April 15, 2021
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Edward A. Jurek, age 98, of Flatonia, Texas passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Edward was born September 10, 1922 in Moulton, Texas to Claudie Novak Jurek and Valentine Jurek.

Edward was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #3295 and American Legion Post #94. He served his country during WWII in the Army AirForce.

Edward is survived by his wife, Merlene Jurek; son Stephen Jurek (Terri) of Columbus, Texas; and daughter Carol Barta (Randy) of Flatonia, Texas; grandchildren Summer Inman (Chris), Alicia Jurek (Kyle Miller), Diana Jurek, and Justin Jurek; and great grandchild Hunter Inman.

Edward was preceded in death by father Valentine Jurek; mother Claudie Novak Jurek; brother Fred Jurek; baby brother Vaclav Jurek; sister Mary Syrinek (Lewis); and grandchild Melissa Jurek.

A visitation for Edward will be begin Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, Texas, with a rosary beginning at 7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, Texas, officiated by Father Eddie Winkler. Burial will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Praha, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers are Roy Braden, Jim Jurek, Don Jurek, Robert Syrinek, Kenneth Syrinek and Andrew Syrinek. Honorary pallbearers are Allen Syrinek, Richard Miller, Justin Jurek, Hunter Inman, Chris Inman and Kyle Miller.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Edward to Catholic Daughters of America #2570, Hospice of South Texas or American Legion Post #94.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Jurek family.

Smith Funeral Home-128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, Tx 78941 Phone #361-865-3311


  • Merlene Jurek, Wife
  • Valentine Jurek, Father (deceased)
  • Claudie Novak Jurek, Mother (deceased)
  • Stephen Jurek (Terri), Son
  • Carol Barta (Randy), Daughter
  • Summer Inman (Chris), Grandchild
  • Alicia Jurek (Kyle Miller), Grandchild
  • Diana Jurek, Grandchild
  • Justin Jurek, Grandchild
  • Melissa Jurek, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Hunter Inman, Great Grandchild
  • Fred Jurek, Brother (deceased)
  • Vaclav Jurek, Baby Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Syrinek (Lewis), Sister (deceased)

  • Roy Braden
  • Jim Jurek
  • Don Jurek
  • Robert Syrinek
  • Kenneth Syrinek
  • Andrew Syrinek
  • Allen Syrinek, Honorary
  • Richard Miller, Honorary
  • Justin Jurek, Honorary
  • Hunter Inman, Honorary
  • Chris Inman, Honorary
  • Kyle Miller, Honorary


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • Rosary

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Edward "Ed" A. Jurek

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Carolyn Simpson

April 16, 2021

We are blessed having them in our lives. Enjoyed being friends and neighbors . So easy to just wave "Hello" or quick walk across the yard to hear recent gossip around town.
When ever I would bake or cooked something he liked, he would have a big smile for me. He would say " Save it for my coffee in the morning".
He always had kind words to share with a big smile.
He will truly be missed.

Deepest sympathy and condolence to the family.
May God bless this family during this time of mourning.



“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto, but for "Ed" Edward A. Jurek, it summarized in every way who he was as a human being. He was modest, quiet, and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

Ed was born on September 10, 1922 in Lavaca County, Moulton, Texas. He was the son of Valentine Jurek and Claudie Novak Jurek. Raised on the farm, he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible, and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, Ed was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Ed was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Ed was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, Ed also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Ed was raised with two siblings; Fred and Mary (Vaclav, an older brother passed away as a toddler prior to Ed’s birth.) Ed was constantly involved in activities with his family. He and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

Growing up, Ed was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. He was content to entertain himself. Ed was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything he did as a child, Ed was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. Ed participated in a number of activities as a child. He took part in baseball, hide & seek, marbles, and hunting. In his spare time he liked hunting and fishing.

Ed enjoyed learning. He always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Ed was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. He often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Ed was very accurate in his efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. He graduated from Sam Houston High School on August 31, 1949 after service in WWII. Ed enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math.

Most folks would say that Ed was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. Ed was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences. He was concerned about how those around him felt, and he always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. He could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that he made, Ed kept. While growing up, some of his best friends were the Richter and Trojacek families. His best friend for life was Leroy Richter. On weekends Ed and Merlene always enjoyed joining the “Flatonia Group” at the Friendly Tavern for exciting games of dominos while the youngsters shot pool at the pool tables.

Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Ed. On June 17, 1944, Ed married Merlene G. Guidry at the US Airforce Base Chapel at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas. He was totally committed to Merlene and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Ed naturally sensed his wife’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Ed disliked conflict, he did not take flight from discord. He sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

Ed was a good father to his children. He had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because he trusted emotions, Ed was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way he seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around him, always thinking before acting. Ed was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around him might be, he seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Ed and Merlene were blessed with two children, Carol (Jurek) Barta and Stephen Jurek. They were also blessed with four grandchildren; Summer, Alicia, Diana, and Justin and one great-grandson; Hunter.

If you gave Ed a deadline, he would meet it. At work, Ed was always on task. Without hesitation, Ed could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation for the first 20 years after being discharged from the service was in the Manufacturing Sealant business as the Company Supervisor. After that career, he worked for 14 years for the US Postal Service as a Mail Carrier. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Ed was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Ed had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

Ed was an Army Airforce veteran. He seemed to thrive on the routines offered up by the military. Being a literal thinker with a calm exterior helped him handle the rigors of the military. He was stationed at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas during WWII working in the Supply Chain Area. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Corporal. He received several awards including an Honorable discharge.

Ed liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Ed's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Ed preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were working in the yard, fishing, hunting, and camping. He also loved going to the Flatonia Auction on Mondays with his buddies.

Due to his excellent organizational skills, Ed was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which he belonged. Ed could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Ed was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. He had a joyous and wonderful marriage to the love of his life, Merlene for 76+ years.

Ed was active in the community. He was practical and grounded and based his decisions on first- hand experience. Ed was a member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Knights of Columbus as Warden, American Legion as Service Officer, on the Firing Squad for Military funerals, and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, his faith was important to Ed. His compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in his personal beliefs. He was a member of St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Houston, Texas from 1960 – 2003; then at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, Texas from 2002 until his death.

Doing things to help others seemed to come naturally to Ed. He never set out to gain individual recognition, but the praise and accolades given him for his many and varied efforts throughout his life were well deserved. Some of his most prestigious awards included Knight of Columbus Service Award and his WWII Honorable Discharge. Ed was very proud to say he was a Veteran. Serving America was a big reward for him.

Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Ed had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He and Merlene would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included the Grand Canyon, Colorado, New Mexico, and Yellowstone. Since his wife was not able to read in the car due to motion sickness, his daughter, Carol, was his “navigator” and under Ed’s directions learned to read a map at a young age and was able to get the family to the various locations during vacations.

When Ed's retirement finally arrived in 1987, he was well prepared. He had taken the time to learn about his various options and chose his course wisely. In retirement, he found new pleasure in raising cattle, farming, and yard work. Even in retirement, Ed continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In 2002, Ed and Merlene moved from their home in Houston back to Flatonia. To them, Flatonia was “home.” Ed was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

Ed passed away on April 15, 2021 at Oak Manor Nursing Center in Flatonia, Texas. Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, Texas and he was laid to rest in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Praha, Texas.

It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Ed was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Ed was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn to. He was thorough and practical. "Ed" Edward A. Jurek was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with Ed. He will be missed. Always in his family and friend’s hearts.

God Bless America,
Land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam.
God bless America,
My home sweet home.
-Irving Berlin-

From Ed: “For years, we have walked together hand & hand. When our time on this beautiful world is finished, in heaven you will also have my hand.”