OBITUARY

Mary Ann Kucera

September 13, 1930November 23, 2020
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Mary Ann Kucera answered her final call from the Lord and passed away peacefully on Monday, November 23, 2020, in Katy, Texas. She was born on September 13, 1930 in Moulton, Texas, to parents Charles Joseph and Mary Kucera. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Charles, Jr and wife Betty Jo (Kurtz), and sister, Ellen Rose Boriskie. She is survived by her two nieces, Gayleen Breeding and Denise Prejean, brother in law Eugene Boriskie, and two grand nieces, Grace Breeding and Lauren Guerra, as well as numerous cousins throughout the Texas area and beyond. She attended Breslau High School and went on to pursue a busy and fulfilling career in both the Catholic Church and business world. She worked tirelessly in the parish offices of Assumption Parish in Praha, Texas from 1949 to 1955, St. Phillip Catholic Church in El Campo, Texas from 1955 to 1970, and in managing the rectory and church for St John Nepomucene Catholic parish in New Taiton from 1970 to 2002. She was also employed as the head bookkeeper at Wharton County Electric Co-op for 23 years. In all these endeavors she acquired many loyal, lifelong friends who remember her dedication and willingness to serve. Mary Ann was continuously involved in her religious community. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and held several offices spanning the decades. She was an active member of the altar societies within each parish she served and enjoyed singing in the choir at both St John’s in New Taiton and St Cyril and Methodius Church in Shiner. She was involved in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for the San Antonio archdiocese and Victoria diocese, and was also instrumental in mission work, managing and organizing trips for the Oblate Fathers in Mexico. She retired to Shiner, Texas in 2002 after building a beautiful country home on the hill next to her brother Charles and his wife. Mary Ann hosted numerous enjoyable family and friend gatherings there, creating lasting memories never to be forgotten. She lived there until 2016 before relocating to Katy, Texas to be closer to family. Mary Ann was an extremely social, friendly person with a deep love for animals. There were always dogs, sometimes cats, and beautiful doves under her watchful care. She will always be remembered as fun, adventurous and quick witted. Most remembered was her choice to put Christ first in her life and give freely of her time and talent, never counting the cost to herself. As a devout Catholic she truly lived her faith and was a humble example for every life she touched. Mary Ann took to heart the words of Hebrews 12, “let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.” Special thanks go to her caregivers and friends at the Grace Care Center in Katy, Texas, where she spent her final years, and to Vantage Hospice. In lieu of the usual remembrances please send donations to St John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 1843 CR 469 Rd, El Campo, TX 77437. This church always held a special place in her heart, and she wished that it be remembered in the future. Visitation will be held beginning Friday, November 27, 2020 at 10am, with Rosary at 11am, followed by the Mass of Celebration at 11:30am at Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church (11134 FM 957, Moravia, Texas). Burial will be immediately following the Mass at the church cemetery, and boxed lunches will be provided afterward. Please know that wearing a face mask and adhering to all social distancing recommendations will be required for all attending.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Joseph Kucera, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Kucera, Mother
  • Charles Kucera, Jr, Brother (deceased)
  • Betty Jo (Kurtz) Kucera, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Ellen Rose Boriskie, Sister (deceased)
  • Gayleen Breeding, Niece
  • Denise Prejean, Niece
  • Eugene Boriskie, Brother-in-law
  • Grace Breeding, Grand Niece
  • Lauren Guerra, Grand Niece
  • Mary Ann also leaves numerous cousins throughout the Texas area and beyond to cherish her memory.
  • DONATIONS

  • St John Nepomucene Catholic Church

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 27, 2020

  • Rosary

    Friday, November 27, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, November 27, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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Helen Dolezal

November 27, 2020

To Mary Ann's entire family,
We express our sincere sympathy to all of you with the passing of Mary Ann. She was a special lady and we are so very blessed to have had her in our lives. Our mother, Annie, who passed away in March of this year always enjoyed visiting with Mary Ann. We knew her from her days in Taiton when she took care of the rectory and church at St. John's. She and Msgr. Petru had a wonderful respect for each other and worked together so well. We know they are now all together in their heavenly home. God bless them all!
Blessings,
Helen & Billy Dolezal, Palacios, TX

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Biography

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

      Mary was born on September 13, 1930 at at home in Moulton, Texas. She was the daughter of Charles and Mary Kucera. Mary was raised in Hallettsville, Texas. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Mary might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Mary was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Mary was raised with two siblings. She had one brother, Charles, Jr. and one sister, Ellen. Mary 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, Mary was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Mary 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, Mary 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. Mary 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. Mary took part in volleyball. Mary 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, Mary responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Breslau High School in 1946. Mary was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Mary 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 Mary, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Mary a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Timm.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Mary was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Mary 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 Judy and Lynn Jalufka, and Reverend Frank Lenz.

      Mary was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was bookkeeper and office manager. She was employed for over 50 years for the Catholic Church and 23 years as head bookkeeper at Wharton County Electric Co-op. Mary was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Mary had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Mary's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Mary 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 taking care of her garden andcanning fruits and vegatables. Mary had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Mary's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Mary 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. Mary was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were watching the basketball games of the Houston and San Antonio teams, and the Houston Texans and Houston Oilers football Teams.

      Throughout her life, Mary was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Mary 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 Mary usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout her later years, Mary was an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in San Antonio and Victoria Dioceses.

      Mary was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of the choir, and Alter Society, and a lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Mary'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, Mary took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included traveling to Europe and Mexico with friends in her younger years, and traveling to the mountains of Colorado with her family in her later years.

      Mary was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Lady, a black & white Border Collie, was a best friend for more than 10 years. Her family was rounded out by her caring for countless dogs, cats, and doves over the years.

      When Mary's retirement finally came in 2002, Mary 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 Mary to master. Her new life involved relocating to Shiner, Texas where she built a new home. In retirement, she found new pleasure in caring for her garden, decorating her home for the holidays, and entertaining friends. Even in retirement, Mary continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Mary Kucera passed away on November 23, 2020 at Grace Care Center of Katy. Mary passed away at the age of 90 after batteling Parkinson's Disease for 14 years. She is survived by two nieces, Gayleen Breeding, Denise Prejean, two grandneces, Grace Breeding, Lauren Guerra, and one brother-in-law, Eugene Boriskie. Services were held at Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church. Mary was laid to rest in Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church Cemetery in Moravia, Texas.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Mary. 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 Mary Kucera for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Mary was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.