CALDWELL—A funeral mass for James Stanley Vavra, 78, of Caldwell will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caldwel l with Fr. Brion Zarsky and Fr. Edward Karasek officiating.
Visitation is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
He will be buried with full military honors at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Caldwell following the funeral mass.
Mr. Vavra died Saturday, Sept. 3, at Methodist Hospital in Houston.
He was born April 14, 1933, to Joe Frank and Annie (Marek) Vavra.
He married Janie Beran on Sept. 12, 1959.
Mr. Vavra enjoyed his family, working on the farm, going to church festivals, listening to polka music and traveling, with one of his favorite destinations being Las Vegas, Nevada.
A proud American, Mr. Vavra was a Cold War veteran and worked as the veterans service officer in Burleson County. He served in this position after retiring from Alcoa in Rockdale where he worked 39 years.
He was a lifetime member of Caldwell’s American Legion Deutsch-Houston Post No. 451 and served as its commander for 15 years. He was also a lifetime member of the Campbell-Williams V.F.W. Post No. 4558 in Caldwell.
Mr. Vavra was a devout Catholic, where he served as an altar boy at his home parish of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Frenstat. He has been a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caldwell since his marriage in 1959. James was also a lifelong member of the KJT.
Mr. Vavra was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, J.D.
Survivors are his wife, Janie; Vavra; a son, Carl and wife Debbi of Brenham; four daughters, Angela and husband Dick Dusek, Lisa and husband Steve Phillips, Judy and husband Todd Hausman, all of Bryan, Susan Vavra of College Station; seven grandchildren, Andrew and Jacqueline Dusek, Eric and Adam Hausman, Nathan and Madeline Phillips and Chloe Vavra; two sisters, Georgia Knesek and Eleanora Mynar; and a brother, Lawrence.