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Smith Funeral Home

128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, TX

OBITUARY

Ruth Koncaba

March 10, 1938February 18, 2020
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Ruth Koncaba, age 81, of Flatonia, Texas passed away on Tuesday February 18, 2020. Ruth was born March 10, 1938 in Shiner, Texas to Fred and Francis Heinzel Brunkenhoefer.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Koncaba; sons Ronnie Koncaba (Lynn) of Moulton, Texas; and Kenny Koncaba (Karen) of Cypress, Texas; daughter Tutti Lockstedt (Mike) of Houston, Texas; brother Elton Brunkenhoefer of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Rachael, Audrey, Brandon, Carl, Michelle, Jennifer, and Nick; great grandchildren, Kaleb, Kason, Kynlee, Charlotte, Cash, Brianna, Paige, Ethan, Kade, Mckinzie, Gwyn, Keller and Michael; great great grandchildren, Emmalou and Jasper.

Ruth was preceded in death by; son Gregory Koncaba; mother Francis Brunkenhoefer; father Fred Brunkenhoefer; and brother James Brunkenhoefer.

Visitation for Ruth will begin on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home, 128 E. 5th Street, Flatonia, Texas followed by a rosary starting at 4:00 PM. Funeral mass will be Monday, February 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 516 S. Faires St., Flatonia, TX. Burial will occur Monday, February 24, 2020 at Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine Dr., Houston, TX 77055.

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

Smith Funeral Home-128 E. 5th Street Flatonia, Texas 78941 Phone #-361-865-3311

  • FAMILY

  • Eugene Koncaba, Husband
  • Francis Brunkenhoefer, Mother (deceased)
  • Fred Brunkenhoefer, Father (deceased)
  • Ronnie Koncaba (Lynn), Son
  • Kenny Koncaba (Karen), Son
  • Gregory Koncaba, Son (deceased)
  • Tutti Lockstedt (Mike), Daughter
  • Elton Brunkenhoefer, Brother
  • James Brunkenhoefer, Brother (deceased)
  • Rachael Roberts, Grandchild
  • Audrey Wilkerson, Grandchild
  • Brandon Koncaba, Grandchild
  • Carl Lockstedt (Brandy), Grandchild
  • Michelle Lockstedt (Aaron), Grandchild
  • Jennifer Lockstedt, Grandchild
  • Nick Lockstedt (Kristine), Grandchild
  • Great Grandchildren -- Kaleb, Kason, Kynlee, Charlotte, Cash, Brianna, Paige, Ethan, Kade, Mckinzie, Gwyn, Keller and Michael.
    Great Great Grandchildren -- Emmalou and Jasper.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brandon Koncaba, Active
  • Nick Lockstedt, Active
  • Josh Roberts, Active
  • Carl Lockstedt, Active
  • Michael Lockstedt, Active
  • Aaron Hulsey, Active
  • Thomas Machala, Honorary
  • Bobby Voldan, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Rosary Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Monday, February 24, 2020
  • Burial Monday, February 24, 2020

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David Olmos

February 26, 2020

I am deeply saddened to learn of Mrs. Koncaba's passing. She was such a kind lady and always asked how I was doing and how school was going when I worked at Food Mart during my college years. I will miss her kindness and respect -- we need more people of her caliber in this world. To the family, you have my deepest sympathies. May God keep you all during this difficult time.

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Biography

Ruth Koncaba was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this woman was an outstanding luminary and that her natural abilities served her well. She knew with certainty how she wanted to set priorities in all aspects of her life. She struck those who knew her as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what she expected from her day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Ruth was a woman who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Ruth would set about immediately to create it.

       Her parents were Francis and Fred Brunkenhoefer. Ruth was raised in Gonzales, Texas. Ruth was brought up to be reasonable in her actions and was taught to use her intellect wisely. She was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced her self-confidence. Even at a young age, Ruth was credited with having a positive influence on those around her.

      The positive atmosphere that Ruth generated spread to her family. Ruth was raised with two siblings. She had two brothers, James and Elton. Ruth served as a catalyst within the family. She often found herself in the role of providing fair solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Ruth was able to demonstrate her uncommon logic and skill at building compromise.

      Ruth's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to her exhibiting leadership qualities early on in her childhood. She liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, she was willing to experiment with different approaches as she worked a plan towards a solution. As a young girl, she took part in softball. She was a girl scout and participated in homemaking. In her spare time she liked dancing. Ruth's memorable achievements included being the best softball player.

      When it came to academics and school, Ruth's organizational skills reaped dividends. Ruth was able to create a system for getting her class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze her schoolwork and assignments, she could apply a practical, common sense approach completing her studies. She showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which she tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge her own reasoning ability in finding solutions. She graduated from Gonzales High School. She enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was math.

      In a group of friends and acquaintances, Ruth was typically the first person to take the initiative to go up and greet someone new. That quality made her very approachable by others throughout her life. This same quality brought Ruth the reward of many friends. Maintaining loyalty to those friends was a trait that came naturally to Ruth. She believed that she should treat others in a fair manner, in the same way she wanted to be treated. Ruth also showed a great deal of appreciation for the accomplishments of her friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were her cousins. Later in life, she became friends with Gladys Brooks, Dorothy Adcock, Marie Caka and Angeline Petru.

      As Ruth knew in other aspects of her life, she had a clear vision of what she sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. On July 10, 1954 Ruth exchanged wedding vows with Eugene Frank Koncaba at St. James Catholic Church in Gonzales, Texas. Eugene was a significant part of her life, and it wasn’t necessary for Ruth to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. Ruth's secret to success was that she always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

      Family and children were important to Ruth, even if she didn’t always show it. Ruth was blessed with three children; Ronnie, Gregory and Kenny. They were also blessed with three grandchildren; Rachael, Audrey and Brandon, and five great grandchildren; Kaleb, Kason, Kynlee, Charlotte and Cash. Ruth was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as she did at work. Ruth rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, she was subtle and patient in her dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

      At work Ruth was viewed as a natural leader. She could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. She was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Ruth was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. She was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although Ruth might have been described by some as an overachiever, she was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. Her primary occupation was the financial officer for Gene's Auto Sales. She was employed for 55 years.

      Not only did Ruth find pleasure in pursuing her various hobbies, she also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. Her skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. Her favorite pursuits were making decorative sweaters.

      No matter what the activity was, Ruth had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced her participation in sports, too. She sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and she stayed cool and calm under pressure. She relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. In high school, Ruth played softball. She was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, baseball, nascar racing and basketball.

      Ruth's ability to motivate, direct and organize others made her a valuable asset to the organizations to which she contributed during her lifetime. Ruth was one who could be counted on to work hard to implement goals and required little to begin work on a specific task. Once a project was begun, Ruth had a definite methodology for seeing it through to completion. In high school, Ruth was a member of the girl scouts.

      Ruth lived her life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. Her faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. She was a member of St. James. During that time, she helped with the church picnics.

      There were occasions in Ruth's life where she would find herself involved in a cause or leading an organization and event where her drive to complete the project or meet the established goal was more important than her concern for the philosophy behind it. It was this kind of commitment and drive that earned her praise and honors throughout her life. Some of her most prestigious awards were in softball.

      Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Ruth to apply her exceptional leadership and organizational skills. Her favorite vacation included Disney Land California.

      Ruth was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Ruth's favorites was Siam, a siamese cat. They were best friends for 4 years. Her family was rounded out by her other cats and dogs.

      When Ruth's retirement finally came in 2012, she was well prepared. She had worked out all of the details well in advance and knew exactly what she was going to do. In her retirement, she found new pleasure in helping Gene with his pigeons. Always a well-informed person, Ruth enjoyed adding to her wealth of knowledge. Retirement afforded her the time to enjoy that experience and provided one more opportunity to look ahead at what life might offer her.

      Ruth passed away on February 18, 2020 at Heart Hospital of Austin, Texas. Ruth fought a brave battle against diabetes, heart and kidney failure. She is survived by her husband Eugene, sons Ronnie and Kenny, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Flatonia, Texas. Ruth was laid to rest in Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

      Ruth Koncaba knew what she wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. She could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Ruth was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. She was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If she saw that something needed to be done, she was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.