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OBITUARY

Vlasta Pavlas

January 11, 1926August 4, 2020
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Vlasta (Barta) Pavlas of Moulton, Texas passed away, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. She was born in the community of Praha, Texas. The fifth daughter of the family of twelve, she was one of the last surviving siblings.

Vlasta started her working career at an early age. World War II had begun and her brothers were called to service, so she became her father's right hand person on the farm. In addition to helping her father, she was also employed at the Piggly Wiggly in Flatonia. After the war she met her one and only, George Pavlas. They were married on June 30, 1947 and made a home in Flatonia, Texas. In 1952 she and George welcomed their first child, Jenny. They then moved to Point Comfort, Texas and in the next four years welcomed their next two daughters; Deralee and Nancy. In addition to being a mother and wife, she held a part time job in Point Comfort. In 1959 the family moved to Moulton and thus began her final career. She and George purchased a business which is known as Pavlas Tavern, where she worked for 58 years proudly serving the public and friends. A family oriented place; kids had crayons, color books, games and various toys for them to play with. They even had their own couch to sleep on when they got tired. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and won one of the first place trophies for showmanship in the Moulton Town & Country Jamboree Chili Cook-off, for “Stone Age Chili” featuring the Flintstones. She was also instrumental in putting together the time capsule that was opened in 2000. Her pride and joy besides the Tavern was her yard and flowers. A remarkable coincidence in the name of Pavlas Tavern, is her name, which is forever a part of it. ---- Pa(VLASTA)vern

What a wonderful tribute to a lady who spent her life serving the public and truly enjoying it. We will miss her dearly.

Vlasta was preceded in death by her parents; Frank R. Barta and Henrietta Sembera Barta; her husband; six brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by her three daughters; Jenny (Stan) Keeling, Deralee (Michael) Pohler, Nancy (John) Grau; four grandchildren; Clinton Pohler, Wendy Blackerby, Ashley (Kristopher) Breithaupt, Kyle (Deborah) Grau; three great grandchildren; Ella Grace Blackerby, Lilly Briethaupt, Karter Briethaupt and one sister; Georgie White.

Pallbearers will be Clinton Pohler, Michael Pohler, Stan Keeling, John Grau, Kyle Grau and Willie Pavlas with an Honorary Pallbearer; Bobby Anderson.

Visitation will be Friday, August 7, 2020 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton, Texas.

A private graveside service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the Moulton Fire Dept or donor’s choice.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic face masks and 6’ distancing will be required for all services.

Words of comfort can be posted and shared with the family at www.smithfuneralhomemoulton.com

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

  • FAMILY

  • George Pavlas, Husband (deceased)
  • Frank R. Barta, Father (deceased)
  • Henrietta (Sembera) Barta, Mother (deceased)
  • Jenny Keeling (Stan), daughter
  • Deralee Pohler (Michael), daughter
  • Nancy Grau (John), Daughter
  • Clinton Pohler, Grandson
  • Wendy Blackerby, Granddaughter
  • Ashley Breithaupt (Kristopher), Granddaughter
  • Kyle Grau (Deborah), Grandson
  • Ella Grace Blackerby, Great Grandchild
  • Lilly Briethaupt, Great Grandchild
  • Karter Breithaupt, Great Grandchild
  • Georgie White, Sister

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Clinton Pohler, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Pohler, Active Pallbearer
  • Stan Keeling, Active Pallbearer
  • John Grau, Active Pallbearer
  • Kyle Grau, Active Pallbearer
  • Willie Pavlas, Active Pallbearer
  • Bobby Anderson, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 7, 2020

Memories

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Cheryl Otto

August 17, 2020

Deralee and Michael,
family of Mrs. Pavlas,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this special time.
John and Cheryl Kasper

Cindy Renken

August 9, 2020

Deralee, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a very kind lady and I enjoyed her business for many years. I pray your wonderful memories of her will bring you comfort during this difficult time. Fly high sweet lady, your work on earth is done!

Chad Riche

August 8, 2020

I only knew them as an older couple who owned a bar in Moulton. My friends and i ( in our early 20's) would travel from Schulenburg to Moulton almost every Friday night to play pool and visit with them for a while. Very sweet couple and always a good time in their little tavern. May she rest in peace. Prayers for the family.

Linda Knesek Smith

August 7, 2020

I know how special your mother was. She had great strength and a heart that was gentle and filled with loved. We have lost an exceptional lady. But, she lives on through her children. Blessings to all of you. Linda Knesek Smith

Michael Biehunko

August 7, 2020

DeraLee, Nancy and Jenny sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a sweetheart. I have known Mrs. Pavlas since I was 10 years old. Went to school with all the girls. Had some fun times together in school and around Moulton. I remember going in Pavlas Tavern after turning 21 and yes I was asked for my ID since I looked so young but always had fun there. I'm glad it has reopened and look forward to visiting it when I go to Moulton. May god bring his blessings on all the family.

Janelle Neskora

August 7, 2020

Pavlas Family, We have such wonderful memories going to the Tavern with our kids when they were just weeks old. We knew we were in a safe happy place. Everyone's kids were like Vlasta's kids. She always had a special treat for them and they also loved playing in the back garage. Nothing but wonderful memories. Your parents were sweet people and are in heaven together now. Our prayers for your family.❤️. Love. Janelle and Nick Neskora

Diana Flessner

August 7, 2020

Deralee, Jenny & Nancy an your families~~~

What a beautiful person your Mom was.

Vlasta was a very happy go lucky, friendly & generous. There are not enough words to describe her.

She will always be remembered in every way.

Lots of Memories were made through out the years.

May God wrap you all in his faithful love ❤️ an
comfort you & cherish all the Memories you hold dear.

God Bless You All ~~~~~~~~~

Dorothy Young

August 7, 2020

Sincere sympathy, so sorry for your loss.

Randy and Carol Barta

August 7, 2020

Randy and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, Aunt Vlasta. She was one fun lady to be around. Always smiling and enjoying life. We know she is with her loving husband, Randy's dad and the rest of the family now enjoying each other. A loved one is gone but never forgotten. Always in our hearts forever.
Love to the family,
Randy and Carol Barta

Ashley Grau

August 7, 2020

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Biography

Many things can be said about Vlasta Leona Pavlas. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Vlasta was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

Vlasta Leona was born on January 11, 1926 in the Praha community near Flatonia, Texas. Her parents were Frank R. Barta and Henrietta Sembera Barta. Vlasta was also raised in the Praha community. When she was young, Vlasta's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Vlasta demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

Vlasta grew up with eleven siblings. She had four older brothers; Christian, Alfred, Ladik and Frank, four older sisters; Lillian, Hermenia, Elsie and Olga, two younger brothers; Louis and Bill, and one younger sister; Georgia. Vlasta was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Vlasta carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Vlasta was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

As a young girl, Vlasta was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Vlasta could easily relate to other kids. She was an active child who took part in baseball. However, to Vlasta, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

During her high school years, Vlasta had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She left Flatonia High School in 11th grade due to World War II. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. In this way, Vlasta had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Vlasta was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Vlasta as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner.

Always considered a “good” friend, Vlasta sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Vlasta always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Vlasta’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Vlasta would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Vlasta was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end. Throughout her life she had many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Lillie (Pulkrabek) Dornak and Lizzie (Barta) Wagner. Carrie & Frank Zamykal and Martha & Daniel Brom were Vlasta and George’s lifetime friends and traveling partners.

On June 30, 1947 Vlasta married George Pavlas at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, Texas. Compassionate and devoted, Vlasta worked hard to make her new family happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that George came first in Vlasta’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered George’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Vlasta did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Vlasta was truly a person of empathy.

Vlasta’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good mother to her children. Vlasta shared these values with her three daughters, Jennita "Jenny", Deralee and Nancy. Vlasta was also blessed with four grandchildren; Clinton James Pohler, Wendy Pohler Blackerby, Ashley Grau Breithaupt and Kyle Martin Grau, and three great grandchildren; Ella Grace Blackerby, Lilly Leona Breithaupt and Karter Austin Breithaupt. Vlasta related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved her and she was completely and totally devoted to them.

Vlasta experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was being self-employed as owner of Pavlas Tavern. Before that she was employed at Piggly Wiggly for a number of years and then operated the Tavern for 58 years. Vlasta always made the effort to understand what was needed at work. She took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to be successful.

Because she was organized and methodical, Vlasta took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gardening, pickling, sewing and garage sales. Vlasta enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

Vlasta derived much satisfaction from sports. Because she was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Vlasta delighted in the strategy and inner workings of a competition. In high school, Vlasta played baseball. Recreational sports also included baseball. Vlasta also enjoyed watching baseball whenever she got the opportunity.

Throughout her life, Vlasta was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Vlasta was known to her peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Vlasta was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting her own needs aside. Vlasta’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Vlasta’s ability to bring valued principles along with her. Vlasta was an active member of the American Legion, VFW Auxiliary, Hermann Sons and Catholic Daughters of America.

Vlasta was well known to others for her ability to naturally and conscientiously move into action to help others, a quality that placed her as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, she was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected to people, and upheld her personal values. Serving on committees for the Chamber of Commerce. Politically, Vlasta was a democrat until Obama.

Vlasta’s faith was important to her. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. During that time, she served on various committees. She was compassionate and warm hearted, someone who truly cared for others and that was clearly demonstrated in her generosity and work with the Nuns.

Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Vlasta was given accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. If the truth were known, Vlasta was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. Some of her most prestigious awards included employee of the month at Piggly Wiggly, many first place trophies for showmanship in local and hometown parades and Jamboree.

Vlasta enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Vlasta were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included traveling by car through back roads sightseeing Churches, Light houses, etc. Vlasta and George visited all of the continental United States. Traveling with her children and friends were probably her most favorite vacations.

Vlasta was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Vlasta's favorite was Chi-cha, a gray tabby cat. They were best friends for fifteen years. Her family was rounded out by Petey her dog.

Vlasta’s retirement finally came in 2017 where she remained in Moulton, Texas in her family home taking care of her yard and cat. Even in retirement, Vlasta continued to stay in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances.

Vlasta passed away on August 4, 2020 at Shady Oak Nursing Home of natural causes. She is survived by her children: Jennita "Jenny" Pavlas Keeling, Deralee Pavlas Pohler and Nancy Pavlas Grau; her grandchildren: Clinton Pohler, Wendy Pohler Blackerby, Ashley Grau Breithaupt and Kyle Grau; her great grandchildren: Ella Grace Blackerby, Lilly Leona Breithaupt and Karter Breithaupt. A Graveside Service was held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas officiated by Father Scott Hill. The accordion was played by Mark Hermes and Czech songs were sung by Rudy and Bea Patek.

Throughout her life, Vlasta was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Vlasta leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Vlasta Pavlas.



VLASTA'S OBITUARY

Vlasta (Barta) Pavlas of Moulton, Texas passed away, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. She was born in the community of Praha, Texas. The fifth daughter of the family of twelve, she was one of the last surviving siblings.

Vlasta started her working career at an early age. World War II had begun and her brothers were called to service, so she became her father’s right hand person on the farm. In addition to helping her father, she was also employed at the Piggly Wiggly in Flatonia. After the war she met her one and only, George Pavlas. They were married on June 30, 1947 and made a home in Flatonia, Texas. In 1952 she and George welcomed their first child, Jenny. They then moved to Point Comfort, Texas and in the next four years welcomed their next two daughters; Deralee and Nancy. In addition to being a mother and wife, she held a part time job in Point Comfort. In 1959 the family moved to Moulton and thus began her final career. She and George purchased a business which is known as Pavlas Tavern, where she worked for 58 years proudly serving the public and friends. A family oriented place; kids had crayons, color books, games and various toys for them to play with. They even had their own couch to sleep on when they got tired. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and won one of the first place trophies for showmanship in the Moulton Town & Country Jamboree Chili Cook-off for “Stone Age Chili” featuring the Flintstones. She was also instrumental in putting together the time capsule that was opened in 2000. Her pride and joy besides the Tavern was her yard and flowers. A remarkable coincidence in the name of Pavlas Tavern, is her name, which is forever a part of it. Pa(VLASTA)vern

What a wonderful tribute to a lady who spent her life serving the public and truly enjoying it. We will miss her dearly.

Vlasta was preceded in death by her parents; Frank R. Barta and Henrietta Sembera Barta; her husband; six brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by her three daughters; Jenny (Stan) Keeling, Deralee (Michael) Pohler, Nancy (John) Grau; four grandchildren; Clinton Pohler, Wendy Blackerby, Ashley (Kristopher) Breithaupt, Kyle (Deborah) Grau; three great grandchildren; Ella Grace Blackerby, Lilly Breithaupt and Karter Breithaupt and one sister; Georgie White.

Pallbearers were Clinton Pohler, Michael Pohler, Stan Keeling, John Grau, Kyle Grau and Willie Pavlas with an Honorary Pallbearer; Bobby Anderson.

Visitation was Friday, August 7, 2020 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton, Texas.

A private graveside service was held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas on Saturday, August 8, 2020, officiated by Father Scott Hill.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the Moulton Fire Dept. or donor’s choice.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic face masks and 6’ distancing was required for all services.

Words of comfort can be posted and shared with the family at www.smithfuneralhomemoulton.com

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

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