OBITUARY

Laddie G. Berkovsky

June 26, 1941May 27, 2019
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Laddie G. Berkovsky, 77, of Shiner, Texas passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral Mass is under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas and will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas with Father Bryan Heyer officiating. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home with Deacon Joe Machacek officiating.

Laddie was born on June 26, 1941 in Gonzales County, Texas. He was the son of Godfrey and Cecilia (Zissa) Berkovsky. Laddie married Evelyn Hahn on April 8, 1961 at Saint Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas. He liked to do woodworking projects for craft shows, and taking care of his vegetable garden. When time allowed, Laddie liked to go hunting and fishing. He enjoyed playing his accordion for family and friends. Laddie played the saxophone and drums for Leon and his Polka Boys as well as helping with other bands. He was a 50+ year member of SPJST. Laddie started working for Mraz Lumber Company on August 1, 1959, and he retired after 54 years of fixing and repairing the pipes of Shiner. Laddie was always having fun with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren jumping on the trampoline or chasing after them because they said he couldn’t catch them.

Laddie is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Evelyn Berkovsky, three sons; Timothy Berkovsky and his wife, Kim of Yoakum, Texas, Jody Berkovsky and his wife, Kristan of Decatur, Texas, Chad Berkovsky and his wife, Angela of Shiner, Texas, two daughters; Bernadette Passmore and her husband, Morris of Port Lavaca, Texas, Nanette Hoffer and her husband, Donald of El Campo, Texas, one brother; Dennis Berkovsky and his wife, Marlene of Hallettsville, Texas, fourteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, one brother-in-law; Billy Hahn and his wife, Bonnie of Yoakum, Texas, and a close friend of the family; David Patek. He was preceded in death by his parents; Godfrey and Cecilia Berkovsky, his mother and father-in-law; Alfred and Mary Hahn, one son; Patrick Berkovsky, one daughter; Donna Berkovsky, one sister-in-law; Patti Hahn, and one niece; Janice Jahn.

Pallbearers for Mr. Berkovsky will be; Ryan Boedeker, Nick Boedeker, Donnie Hoffer, Dwayne Hartl, Ryan Berkovsky, and Cody Peters.

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

  • FAMILY

  • Godfrey Berkovsky, Father
  • Cecelia Berkovsky, Mother
  • Alfred Hahn, Father-in-law
  • Mary Hahn, Mother-in-law
  • Evelyn Berkovsky, Wife
  • Bernadette Passmore, Daughter
  • Morris Passmore, Son-in-law
  • Nanette Hoffer, Daughter
  • Donald Hoffer, Son-in-law
  • Timothy Berkovsky, Son
  • Kim Berkovsky, Daughter-in-law
  • Jody Berkovsky, Son
  • Kristan Berkovsky, Daughter-in-law
  • Chad Berkovsky, Son
  • Angela Berkovsky, Daughter-in-law
  • Patrick Berkovsky, Son
  • Donna Berkovsky, Daughter
  • Patti Hahn, Sister-in-law
  • Dennis Berkovsky, Brother
  • Marlene Berkovsky, Sister-in-law
  • Billy Hahn, Brother-in-law
  • Bonnie Hahn, Sister-in-law
  • Janice Jahn, Niece
  • David Patek, Close Friend of Family
  • Laddie also leaves fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ryan Boedeker
  • Nick Boedeker
  • Donnie Hoffer
  • Dwayne Hartl
  • Ryan Berkovsky
  • Cody Peters

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Rosary Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 30, 2019

Memories

Laddie G. Berkovsky

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A J Jaks

May 31, 2019

Please accept my thoughts and prayers for the family at this difficult time.
A J Jaks and Family

Mary Kay Matula

May 30, 2019

I wasn't aware of anything until yesterday. I know what you are all going through at this time . May God bless you all and stay as strong as you can.Laddie has helped us out many times with plumbing and you never will find a wonderfully man as Laddie on his devoted job.
May you rest in peace and be pain free , as my mom is in heaven

Mary Kay Matula & John Matula

Frances Cabrini

May 30, 2019

Sympathy to you all. He is interceding for you in heaven.

Isaac Solis

May 30, 2019

I was a UPS driver for many year in Shiner. Our Condolences goes out to the family. I have a lot of nice memories..

LaVerne Hajek

May 29, 2019

Evelyn & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. We all prayed for him to win the battle with cancer but now there will be no more pain. May he rest in peace and you all cherish his memory with your loving family. God Bless you all with peace.

Dorothy Young

May 29, 2019

Evelyn & Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Will keep you all in our prayers.

Rocky Jahn

May 28, 2019

It is with a heavy heart that I learn of Laddie passing away. Please except my sympathy and love for you all. I know this grief well, and it's not easy. Remember him as he was. A super handy guy with his wood works, and especially his accordion playing. I'll always remember that. Love to you all, and God bless you. Rocky

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Laddie G. Berkovsky. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Laddie was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

      Laddie was born on He was born on his grandparents farm in Gonzales County, Texas in Shiner, Texas. He was the son of Godfrey and Cecilia (Zissa) Berkovsky. Laddie was raised in Shiner, Texas. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Laddie was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Laddie's personality throughout his life.

      Though Laddie was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Laddie was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Laddie worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Laddie was raised with one sibling. He had one brother, Dennis "Sparky" Berkovsky. Laddie and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Laddie was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Laddie was always tactful. One thing Laddie will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Laddie had a number of interests and was an active child. Laddie took part in Baseball. He was a member of SPJST. In his spare time he liked riding his bike, and playing the accordian Laddie's memorable achievements included singing on the radio.

      For Laddie, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Laddie was also adept at details. Laddie was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Ag. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Ray Seale.

      There was one thing that all of Laddie's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Laddie was such a popular person throughout his life. But Laddie was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Laddie was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Laddie was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Laddie was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Laddie was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Laddie made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Jerry Siegel, Joe Siegel, Julius Siegel, Homer Schilling, James Barcak, and Pete Pilat. Later in life, he became friends with Leonard Scheel, and Max Nikel.

      Laddie was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Laddie cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On April 8, 1961 Laddie married Evelyn Hahn at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church of Shiner, Texas. Compassionate and devoted, Laddie worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Laddie and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Laddie was blessed with seven children, four sons, Patrick, Timothy, Jody, and Chad, three daughters, Bernadette, Nanette, and Donna. They were also blessed with thirteen grandchildren, Ryan, Nick, Candice, Donnie, Amber, Diana, Dwayne, Nicole, Tanner, Abby, Caleb, Ryan, and Emily. Laddie was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Laddie was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Laddie would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Laddie, and he expected the same from those around him. Laddie was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Laddie was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Laddie handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was a Master Plumber. He was employed for 54 years by Mraz Lumber Company. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      A methodical man, Laddie enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were gardening, woodworking, and playing his accordian.

      Laddie was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Laddie was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Recreational sports included baseball. Laddie also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball.

     His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Laddie to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, Laddie did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout his later years, Laddie was an active member of the SPJST.

      Laddie was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. He was appreciated and respected. He could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about his own values and beliefs. So it’s little wonder that he was active and highly valued by those in his community, He was an assistant Cub Scout Leader.

     His high moral standards and traditional values served Laddie well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. He was a member of Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church for 77 years. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

      Not only did Laddie enjoy traveling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included going to the coast and Coushatta.

      Laddie was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Bommer and Trotter, Dogs, who was a best friend for 10 years and 10 years.

      Since it was easy for Laddie to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Laddie was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2013. In retirement, he found new pleasure in gardening, woodworking, craft shows, and fishing. Even in retirement, Laddie stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered him.

      Laddie passed away on May 27, 2019 at at his home in Shiner, Texas. Laddie fought a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, children, Bernadette, Nanette, Timothy, Jody, Chad, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren A Rosary was held at Buffington Funeral Home and the Funeral Mass was held at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Laddie was laid to rest in Shiner Catholic Cemetery in Shiner, Texas.

      Laddie was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Laddie was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Laddie G. Berkovsky.