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Smith Funeral Home

404 West Bobkat Street, Moulton, TX

OBITUARY

Sam J. Sustr

November 2, 1932October 21, 2019
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Samuel James (Sam) Sustr was born on November 2, 1932 and passed away on October 21, 2019 he was 86 years old. Sam was born in the Oak Grove/Witting area about 7 miles east of Moulton, Texas on the Sustr homestead to Jim and Annie Novosad Sustr. He began school in Oak Grove and stayed to the 7th grade and then went to school in Moulton graduating in 1950.

From 1950 to 1953, Sam worked with his father Jim Sustr farming and raising cattle. On April 15th 1953 Sam was drafted into the army during the Korean War and attended basic training at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. In the second week of basic training the war ended July 27th 1953 and Sam was sent to Ft. Richardson near Anchorage in the then US territory of Alaska.

Sam was assigned to the 71st Quartermaster Company where he was given the position of Mail Clerk for the 71st Quartermaster. As Mail Clerk Sam became quite popular as many men had to come to him in off hours to get their mail. During his time in Alaska, Sam made many good friends and often spent weekends in the small town of Hope, Alaska. Sam rotated back to the States in 1955 and separated from the Army and was honorably discharged. Sam returned to Moulton and resumed working with his father farming and ranching.

On January 14th 1956 Sam married the love of his life Elizabeth (Liz) Roznovsky, daughter of Ludwig and Johanna Roznovsky. Elizabeth was also from Moulton but working in Houston at the time they were married. Sam’s brother-in-law Rudy Roznovsky helped get him a job at Houston Lighting and Power – Beatty Service Center (later Bellaire Service Center). He began work on February 7th 1956 and worked there for 36 years until he retired on April 2nd 1992. Immediately after retiring Sam and Liz moved back to Moulton where they built a new home moving in November of 1992 where they had many good times despite many health issues for Liz.

Sam and Liz had two sons Stanley Sustr and Scott Sustr. Stan graduated from the University of Houston in 1980 and worked for American Medical International until 1990 when he moved to the Dallas area settling in Allan, Texas where he worked for Perot Systems and Dell Services until he began semi-retirement, working part time, in 2014. Scott graduated from Lamar High school in 1980 and moved to Moulton to work with his grandfather, Jim Sustr, farming and ranching. Scott and Sam formed S&S Cattle Company where Scott continues to work.

Sam was formerly a member of the St. Theresa Men’s Club in Houston; Friendly Trail Riders of Moulton, Shiner and Flatonia; and current member of American Legion Post 392 where he served as Commander in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and St. Joseph Catholic Church of Moulton.

Sam was a Bingo caller at St. Theresa Church in Houston for 20 years and for the American Legion in Moulton for 20 years. Other places he occasionally called Bingo for were the Knights of Columbus in Moulton and the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia.

Sam’s hobbies included Barbequing, Cooking, Gardening, Camping trips to Livingston and Breckenridge, Cattle and attending Cattle Auctions in Flatonia, Hallettsville and Gonzales. Sam’s favorite past retirement hobby was building Antique Bird Houses working closely with his wife Liz helping to inspire him to create very unique rustic designs. Most of the Bird Houses were donated for charity auctions primarily St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Annie Novosad Sustr and brother Ben J. Sustr.

Sam is survived by wife Elizabeth; son Stanley Sustr; son and daughter-in-law Scott and Peggie Sustr; step grandchildren, Nicole Chaloupka and husband Chad, Ryan Wagner and wife Lori and Dustin Wagner and wife Stacy; step great grandchildren, Avery Wagner, Preston Wagner, Madelynn Wagner, Landon Chaloupka, Bailey Wagner and Harper Wagner; sister-in-law Rene Sustr; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rudy and Georgie Roznovsky and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Larry Berckenhoff, Ronnie Masek, Leroy Cagle, Chad Chaloupka, Gordon Kloesel, Anthony Kosler, Ben S. Sustr and Roger Sustr.

Visitation began Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 11:00 am at Smith Funeral Home, Moulton, Tx. Rosary was Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moulton, Tx. Funeral Mass was Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church and burial followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to: Hospice of South Texas, St. Joseph Catholic Church or American Legion Post #392 Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.smithfuneralhomemoulton.com

Smith Funeral Home – 404 West Bobkat Dr. – Moulton, Tx 77975 – Phone #361-596-4631

  • FAMILY

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Sustr, Wife
  • Jim Sustr, Father (deceased)
  • Annie Sustr, Mother (deceased)
  • Stanley Sustr, Son
  • Scott Sustr, Son
  • Peggie Sustr, Daughter-in-law
  • Ben J. Sustr, Brother (deceased)
  • Rene Sustr, Sister-in-law
  • Rudy Roznovsky, Brother-in-law
  • Georgie Roznovsky, Sister-in-law
  • Step grandchildren, Nicole Chaloupka and husband Chad, Ryan Wagner and wife Lori and Dustin Wagner and wife Stacy; step great grandchildren, Avery Wagner, Preston Wagner, Madelynn Wagner, Landon Chaloupka, Bailey Wagner and Harper Wagner and many nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Larry Berckenhoff, Active
  • Ronnie Masek, Active
  • Leroy Cagle, Active
  • Chad Chaloupka, Active
  • Gordon Kloesel, Active
  • Anthony Kosler, Active
  • Ben S. Sustr, Active
  • Roger Sustr, Active

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 25, 2019
  • Burial Friday, October 25, 2019

Memories

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Arthur Spies

October 25, 2019

Sam and I played softball when we were in school years ago. I played for Breslau and he played for Witting or Oak Grove. Later Sam and I shared a ride to Fort Sam Houston when we were drafted into The US Army. So Long Sam See you later

Bobbie Kresta

October 24, 2019

To the family you are in our prayers . Sam was a wonderful friend to us and a great neighbor. Henry will miss their phone conversations and their trips to the auctions . God Bless and keep you.
Henry and Bobbie Kresta

Dorothy Young

October 23, 2019

Sincere sympathy, so sorry for your loss.

Margie Kocian

October 23, 2019

To the Family of Sam Sustr: Sympathies and condolences to all; may God wrap His arms around you at this time of your sorrow! So sorry for your loss!

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Biography

In the song of life, Sam J. Sustr was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Sam 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, Sam believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Sam 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.

      Sam was born on November 2, 1932 on the Sustr Homestead in the Oak Grove / Witting area in Moulton, Texas. His parents were Jim J. Sustr and Annie Novosad Sustr. Sam was raised in Moulton, Texas. As a young child, Sam was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Sam 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, Sam showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with one sibling, Ben J. Sustr. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

      As he was growing up, Sam 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, Sam liked concrete things. He was in FFA and in his spare time he liked raising cattle. However, to Sam, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

      Early on in his school years, Sam showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Sam 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 Sam & Will Moore High School in 1950. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Those who didn’t know Sam well might not view him as being an outgoing person, those who called him their friend knew differently. Sam 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 Sam’s, you understood how true a friend he could be. While growing up, some of his best friends were Joe Dean Fehrenkamp, Daniel Haas, Charlene Biehunko, Della Polly Laqua and Armenta Novosad. Later in life, he became friends with Frankie "Poncho" Kubicek, Alfred Haikenwaelder, Leroy Cagle, Clarence Raab and Vic Molnosky.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Sam had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On January 14, 1956, Sam exchanged wedding vows with his life partner Elizabeth Marie Roznovsky at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Moulton, Texas.

      Sam 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. Ssm was blessed with two sons, Stanley Sustr and Scott Sustr. They were also blessed with three step-grandchildren, Nicole, Ryan and Dusty.

      Sam 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 a Poll Truck Driver. He was employed for 36 years by Houston Light & Power. Sam tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing his will on others.

      Sam was an Army Veteran. He was in the 71st Quartermaster Company, Stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Sam saw action during his time in Korea. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private. Sam’s fellow soldiers saw him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      Sam enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were building Antique Birdhouses, attending Cattle Auctions, Cooking, Gardening and Camping. Sam 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.

      Sam was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Baseball and Rodeos.

      Throughout his life, Sam was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Sam was a member of the FFA. Throughout his later years, Sam was an active member of the St. Theresa Men's Club, Friendly Trailriders, American Legion Post 392 and St. Joseph Catholic Church. He had a tendency to bring peace to his relationships by avoiding disagreements.

      Sam’s faith was important to him. He was a member of St. Theresa while in Houston and at St. Joseph while in Moulton. During that time, he called Bingo at St. Theresa and ran the Sausage Booth at the Annual Bazaar in the 1980's. Sam'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.

      Because he loved the world around him, Sam enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Sam put his personal trademark on any leisure planning that he undertook. Favorite vacations included Alaska, Las Vegas, Kinder Lousiiana and Lake Tahoe.

      Sam was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Sam’s favorites was his first dog (as a child) named Curley and during his adult life is was Rasco. They were best friends for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his numerous barn cats.

      When Sam’s retirement finally arrived in April 2, 1992, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Moulton, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in gardening and building birdhouses. Even in retirement, Sam 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.

      Sam passed away on October 21, 2019 at Dornburg Center of Compassion in Victoria, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, son's Stanley and Scott, sister-in-law Rene Sustr, brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Rudy & Georgie Roznovsky. Services were held at St Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas. Sam was laid to rest in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas.

      Sam 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. Sam always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. Sam was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Sam J. Sustr.