OBITUARY

Iris Jean Smolik

February 3, 1936May 13, 2019
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Iris Jean (Adamek, Dolezal) Smolik, 83, Hallettsville, Texas Passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas.

Funeral Mass is under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas and will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10:00 am at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas with Father Bryan Heyer officiating. Burial will follow at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Joe Machacek officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Buffington Funeral Home.

Iris was born on February 3, 1936 in Yoakum, Texas. She was the daughter of Anton and Mary (Picha) Adamek. She graduated from Yoakum High School. Iris married Jerry Dolezal in June of 1953. Iris and Jerry raised chickens for Tyson Poultry Division. Iris enjoyed selling Tupperware and hosting Tupperware Parties. She raised and canned vegetables from her vegetable garden. She was a member of KZJT and Pilot Club. Jerry passed away in 1990, and Iris married Hubert Smolik in April, 2003.

Iris is survived by three sons; Dale Dolezal and his wife, Jewel Smith of Shiner, Texas, Glen Dolezal and his wife, Karen of Friendswood, Texas, Norman Dolezal and his wife, Jacqueline of Fulshear, Texas, one brother; Gilbert Adamek and his wife, Agnes of Dreyer, Texas, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one daughter-in-law; Nancy Dolezal of Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; of Anton and Mary Adamek, and one son; Carl Dolezal.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Smolik will be; Ronald Adamek, Alan Adamek, Richard Vaclavik, Jimmy Vaclavik, Ronnie Kresta, and Steve Dolezal.

The family request memorials to: St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital / P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 / Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or a Charity of Choice.

To join the family in celebrating Iris’ life and to offer words of comfort, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomeshiner.com

  • FAMILY

  • Anton Adamek, Father
  • Mary Adamek, Mother
  • Jerry Dolezal, Husband
  • Hubert Smolik, Husband
  • Dale Dolezal, Son
  • Jewel Smith, Companion
  • Glen Dolezal, Son
  • Karen Dolezal, Daughter-in-law
  • Norman Dolezal, Son
  • Jacqueline Dolezal, Daughter-in-law
  • Carl Dolezal, Son
  • Nancy Dolezal, Daughter-in-law
  • Gilbert Adamek, Brother
  • Agnes Adamek, Sister-in-law
  • Iris also leaves seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren to
    cherish her memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ronald Adamek
  • Alan Adamek
  • Richard Vaclavik
  • Jimmy Vaclavik
  • Ronnie Kresta
  • Steve Dolezal
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 22, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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David Janak

May 21, 2019

In the short time that we knew her as Hubert’s wife and as a neighbor of our Mother we always enjoyed visiting with her and Hubert and listening to them always picking on each other. The Worthing community will not be the samé without her.

May she rest in peace !

Hailey Ingram

May 17, 2019

I have so many special memories with grandma. I remember spending time at her house in the summers, roaming the farm and chicken houses and helping in her garden. I loved taking my boys to visit her and she just lit up holding a baby. She was always such a sweet soul. We will miss her always and continue to share her memory and stories with her great grandsons.

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Biography

      When Iris Jean Smolik walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Iris was and how she impacted those around her. Iris was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Iris wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Iris was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Iris was born on February 3, 1936 at Yoakum Community Hospital in Yoakum, Texas. She was the daughter of Anton and Mary Adamek. Iris was raised in Yoakum, Texas and Dreyer, Texas. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Iris might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Iris was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Iris was raised with one sibling. She had one brother, Gilbert. Iris was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Iris was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Iris well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Iris was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Iris was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Iris took part in volleyball. Iris had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      During her high school years, Iris responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Yoakum High School in 1953. Iris was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Iris absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Iris, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Iris a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. Her favorite class in high school was Home Economics. High School Honor Graduate.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Iris was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Iris was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. Later in life, she became friends with Elvera Janak, and Jeanie Targac.

      On June 1953 and April 2003 Iris married Her first husband was Jerry Dolezal and her second husband was Hubert Joseph Smolik at Saint Joseph Catholic Church and Queen of Peace Catholic Church of Yoakum, Texas and Sweethome, Texas. Iris's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Jerry and Hubert's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Iris was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Iris was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Iris, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Smolik home. Iris's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Iris was blessed with four children: Carl, Dale, Glen, and Norman. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren, Kyle, Hailey, Ryan, Brooke, Brittany, Patrick, and Maddie.

      Iris was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was raising chickens and cattle, and housewife. She was self employed as a farmer/rancher. Iris was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Iris had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Iris's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Iris loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were dancing and gardening. Iris had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Iris's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Iris derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Iris played volleyball. Iris was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the Winter Olimpics, especially Ice Skating.

      Throughout her life, Iris was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Iris seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Iris usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, Iris was a member of Future Homemakers of America. Throughout her later years, Iris was an active member of the Pilot Club.

      Because Iris was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Iris's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Iris found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Iris was not politically active.

      Iris was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church for 40 years and Queen of Peace Catholic Church for 15 years. During that time, she volunteered for the annual picnics and bazars, and various fundraisers. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Iris's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Iris took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Iris spent her vacations relaxing at home with the family.

      Iris was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. "So Big" was her dog, was a best friend for 17 years. Her family was rounded out by her many cats and dogs over the years.

      When Iris's retirement finally came in 1998, Iris handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Iris to master. Her new life involved relocating to the Worthing Community in Hallettsville, Texas. In retirement, she found new pleasure in gardening and dancing. Even in retirement, Iris continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Iris Smolik passed away on May 13, 2019 at Citizens Hospital in Victoria, Texas. Iris died from complications of a heart catherization procedure. She is survived by her sons, Dale and his wife, Jewel, Glen and his wife, Karen, Norman and his wife, Jacqueline, brother, Gilbert Adamek, daughter-in-law, Nancy, grandchildren, Hailey, Kyle, Patrick, Ryan, Maddie, Brooke, and Brittany, great-grandchildren, Mason and Walker. Services were held at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. Iris was laid to rest in Shiner Catholic Cemetery in Shiner, Texas.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Iris. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Iris Smolik for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Iris was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.