Vivian Yezak was born Vivian Agnes Bulgawicz on Jan. 24, 1922, to Louis Leopold Bulgawicz and Maggie Szymaszek Bulgawicz in Marlin, Texas. She was the third of four siblings.
On June 7, 1942, she and Dan Yezak were married. This union was blessed with four children, Daniel, Janis, Debby, and Linda. In 1953,
In 1953, they moved from Bremond to Rockdale where they enjoyed raising their children throughout their 46 years of married life.
Vivian was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its Ladies Altar Society, the Home Demonstration group, and she volunteered her time and shared her talents in service to the community.
In June of 2009, Vivian was awarded the Lumen Gentium (Light of the World) award presented by the Diocese of Austin in recognition of the extraordinary way she lived her life through stewardship and leadership and for her service in parish ministry and in Christian service to the greater community.
Vivian was preceded in death by her husband Dan in 1989, her son Daniel in 1965, and her daughter Janis in 2014.
She is survived by two daughters, their husbands, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren—Debby and Michael Currey and family (Daniel, Matthew, James and Heather and Cara, Caleb, Gabriel and John Michael) and Linda and Tony Lam and family (Alison and Philip Rolleri, Noah and Jude Rolleri, Katheryn and Thomas Valenti, Andrew, Nora and Corinne Valenti, Lauren and Matthew Cabral, Daniel and Hannah Cabral).
Also, Janis’s husband Steve Sullivan and family (Colleen and Kevin Russell, Anne and Jeff Hebert, Chloe and Landon Hebert).
Vivian was well known for her wonderful baking and her talented quilting, giving many of her creations to friends and family members. Her quilts won Grand Champion and First Place awards at the Rockdale Fair. She had a career as a cook with the Rockdale Independent School District.
She volunteered at the nursing home helping with Bingo and setting the ladies’ hair. She was an avid sports fan and attended all the Rockdale Tiger home football games.
She made many trips visiting family and enjoyed sightseeing with them.
Throughout her long life, she was especially blessed by the company of so many relatives and good friends that brought her great joy.
Vivian enjoyed gardening, canning fruits and vegetables, taking daily walks around the track at Tiger stadium, competing in 42 dominoes, working jigsaw puzzles, designing doll clothes, and preparing arts and crafts for the annual Ladies Church Bazaar.
She was a lifelong seamstress and created her daughters’ wedding dresses and prepared liturgical items for St. Joseph’s.
She was well respected as a homemaker, and she was a beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a dependable correspondent and a kind and caring friend. She showed great empathy for those who experienced a deep loss. She regularly presented friends with a warm dish of cinnamon rolls or a delicious pie.
She will be laid to rest in Marlin at Hillcrest Cemetery beside her husband and son.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church of Rockdale.
Arrangements by Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, P.O. Drawer 1417, Rockdale, TX 76567, 512-446-5454.