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Mikulec

CAMERON—Services for Lillian Bernice Mikulec, 93, of Marak were held Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak.

Rosary was recited Monday, Aug. 26, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron.

Mrs. Mikulec died on Aug. 22 at her home after fighting a valiant battle with cancer.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1919, in Cyclone to Joseph F. Zavodny and Lydia Bartos Zavodny.

Mrs. Mikulec was a graduate of Rogers High School and attended Durham Business College in Fort Worth.

After her father’s death in 1942, she returned home to help her family operate their 200-acre farm.

Mrs. Mikulec then furthered her education at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton where she received her teaching certificate.

She was employed as a school teacher until her marriage to Frank P. Mikulec Jr. on Aug. 5, 1947, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cyclone. They owned and operated The Country Bar & Grocery in Marak from 1950 to 1980 and were also engaged in farming and ranching.

Mrs. Mikulec served her community in many capacities and held elective and appointive offices in several organizations.

She was a member of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Marak and taught religion classes for many years.

From 1954-2004, she was the presiding judge of the Marak Election Box while also serving as the Precinct Democratic Chair from 1954 to 1989.

Mrs. Mikulec organized and held a charter member position of CSA Fraternal Life No. 460 in Cameron where she served as lodge secretary from 1961 to 1993. She was also the district secretary for CSA Fraternal Life No. 3 for Texas, Kansas, Colorado, and California from 1965 to 1999, and organized and served as charter president of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post No. 2010 Cameron.

From 1969 to 1989, Mrs. Mikulec served as financial secretary-treasurer and sales representative for SPJST Lodge Cameron No. 72, and was a member of SPJST Lodge Flag Hall Cyclone No. 24. She was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 2.

Mrs. Mikulec was involved in various Czech cultural activities, including Czech Chair of the Cameron Folk Fete, and she participated in the Seaton Choral Group and Czech Beseda Dancers. She also provided Czech language translation services.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brothers Jerry Zavodny, August Joe Lee Zavodny, Alfred Zavodny, and an infant brother.

Survivors are three sons, Frankie Mikulec and wife Shirley of Fort Worth, Maurice Mikulec and wife Joy of Waco, Michael Mikulec of Marak; a daughter, Joetta Ehler of Cameron; a sister, Henrietta Slavik of Waco; two brothers, Leon Zavodny and wife Vallie of Rogers, Milton Zavodny and wife Martha of Rogers; also, seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends.

Memorials may be made to Ss. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery, c/o James Dohnalik, 2501 CR 227, Cameron, TX 76520.


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