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Pat H. Foley & Company

1200 West 34th Street, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Robert Eugene Kristynik

September 22, 1932April 29, 2020
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Robert Eugene Kristynik, passed away on April 29, 2020, at the age of 88. Bob was born in Galveston, Texas on September 22, 1932 in Galveston, TX.

Beloved husband of over 35 years to JoAnne (Mastrobuono), loving father of sons Robert Jr (wife Doris), Joseph (wife Sheila), Jeffrey (wife Annette) and daughters, Colleen Ann La Bean (Mike), Patricia Parr, Teresa Helsel (husband Rick), Denise Domain, Renee Weimer, and step-daughters Cynthia Allen and Judith Hess (husband Keith). Cherished son of the late Jeffrey and Lillian (Jelinek) Kristynik. Proud grandfather and great-grandfather of many. Adored Uncle and friend.

Bob graduated from St. Thomas High School and maintained relationships with his classmates throughout the years. Bob’s family moved to Houston when he was a young child where his parents owned and operated a successful nursery for many years. It was there Bob developed a love for horticulture, and it was his joy to manage the nursery after his parents retired. Bob had a long, successful career as an Auto Damage Appraiser with State Farm Insurance. He and Jo Anne made the most of their retirement spending many weekends travelling the small towns and villages in Texas Hill Country antiquing and sampling Texas cuisine. Bob was recognized throughout the community as Master of the BBQ pit. He was a member of the University of Houston “Cougar Cookers” and enjoyed participating in BBQ competitions at the Houston Rodeo and other regional cook-offs. Friends and relatives all say that Bob never met a stranger and was the kindest, most generous and loving man they ever met. His bright smile and cheerful disposition leaves a void that will never be filled.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

Memories

Robert Eugene Kristynik

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Nina Lieder-Rice

May 4, 2020

My Uncle Bobby, all the memories of vacations to Garner State Park. My Dad Victor and Bobby started these gag gifts . I will never forget the time we took and put a goat with a red ribbon and put on his porch. We set down the road to see what he would do. So funny. All the weekends we use to get together. Miss those days.

Ron Bonnel

May 3, 2020

I first met Bob in the seventh grade at St. Theresa's School, continued with him through St. Thomas High and on these many years at our Quarterly Luncheons. Bob shall be remembered, along with all our former classmates, at the Luncheons as we pray for all deceased classmates. He was a fine man and we shall all miss him. May God hold him in His hands. The Class of '53 extends it's condolences to JoAnn and all the family. May his soul rest in peace.

Lucille Petsche

May 3, 2020

Bob is my niece Joanne’s beloved husband. He and I shared a connection as avid antique shoppers. We became shopping buddies. I remember a trip
I took to Texas to visit and I liked a brand of coffee which was hard to come by. Bob took me to every store until we found it. He never gave up on anything. Bob will always be loved and missed. Rest easy in the arms of God, dear nephew! May his wife and family be comforted by Gods grace.

Don May

May 1, 2020

I am Bobby’s first cousin on the Jelinek side. His mother Lily and my mom were 2 of 3 sisters. Rose was the other sister. Bobby’s grandpa, Ladislav Wenceslas Jelinek was born 12/24/1868 in Prague Czechoslovakia (Kron Poritschen, Bohemia) and emigrated to the US onboard the “Moravia” from Hamburg 9/20/1887. He was naturalized as citizen at Halletsville, TX 7/11/1895. I hope this is not boring but as the next few days go by I will remember a few stories to share about Bobby. I know that I do remember his laugh as he was always laughing when I saw him. To be continued.

Yolanda Talley

May 1, 2020

My condolences to you and your family.

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