BUCANEK, Charles W.

On April 9, 2017, God called home an angel. Charles W. Bucanek passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in West, on Oct. 25, 1933, and later moved to Granger.

Charles was a farmer in Granger before enlisting in the Navy; later on Charles went to work at American Desk in Taylor.

Charles loved Czech music and the Rockport Beach.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents Charles L. and Angela (Woytek) Bucanek.

Charles is survived by his wife, Irene; daughters, Debbie Kubiak husband David, Cheryl Hegar with Lee Perez, sons Charles D. Bucanek wife Tisha, Sidney Bucanek wife Cris; sister Lillian Zycha; brothers, Frankie Bucanek and Eddie Bucanek wife Mary. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Pall bearers are grandchildren Chance Bucanek, Dylan Bucanek, Seth Bucanek, Jaden Kubiak, Blayne Hegar, Blake Hegar, John Pyle Jr. and Timmy Crisp.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Condra Funeral Home in Taylor. A service will be held on Thursday, April 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Taylor.

Arrangements under the direction of Condra Funeral Home in Taylor.


RAMIREZ, Luz P., 96, of Thorndale died Monday. Visitation 6 p.m. and rosary 7 p.m. today, Condra Funeral Home, Taylor. Services 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Taylor. Burial St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on April 17, 2013

COTNER, Lillian B.

Lillian B. Cotner (87) died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Born August 17, 1925 in Moravia, Texas, Lillian was the youngest daughter of Louis Breska and Frances Vrana Breska. She graduated as Valedictorian of her high school in 1941. In 1953 she was attending Business College in San Antonio, Texas where she met Air Force Captain Jerry Edward Cotner. They were married in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Keesler Air Force Base. The Cotner’s moved from Houston to Taylor in 1970 when Jerry started Laboratory Tops (now known as Duracon). During her 43 years in Taylor, Lillian was very involved in St. Mary’s Catholic Church and many other community organizations, including serving as president of the New Century Club and American Cancer Society, a HOST mentor for Taylor ISD, a member of the Keep Taylor Beautiful Committee, the Foundation Board of Trustees for John’s Community Hospital, and an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce. Lillian enjoyed working as a real estate broker for Don Smith and later, Bubby McMakin. Lillian also served as the Director of the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store for many years. Lillian was awarded the Woman of the Year by the Taylor Business & Professional Women’s Club and Citizen of the Year by the Taylor Rotary Club.

Family was always the most important thing to Lillian. She loved family reunions, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. She also loved attending all of her children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Lillian was well known for her wonderful cooking – her family especially loved her chicken-and-dumplings, smothered steak and noodles, turkey giblet stuffing and gravy, and her peach cobbler.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry (in 1976), her mother and father, her 3 sisters (Mary, Alice, and Willie Mae), her 3 brothers-in-law (Bill, Stanley, and Alfred) and her nephew Stanley, Jr.

Lillian is survived by: 1) Her 5 children – daughter Debi and husband, Fred Switzer of Seneca, South Carolina; Dave Cotner and wife Jeannine of Fairfax, Virginia; son Doug Cotner and wife Kathy of Taylor, Texas; daughter Diana and husband Darrell Hobbs of Las Vegas, Nevada; and daughter Donna and husband Alan Farr of Taylor, Texas. 2) Her 12 grandchildren – Skyler Switzer, Eric Switzer, Amy Cotner Prescott (and husband Bruce), Staci Cotner Landers (and husband Mike), Megan Cotner, Jed Cotner, Sloane Cotner, Ashlyn Hobbs (and John Davis), Dustin Hobbs, Sean Hobbs, Drew Farr (and Kelsey Ford), and Jake Farr. 3) Her one-month old great-grandchild – Cordelia Prescott. 4) Her 4 step grandchildren – Lisa Farr, Laurie (and Craig) Zimmerhanzel, Carrie (and Brett) Beran, and Alan (and Kasey) Farr, – and 5) Her 4 step great-grandchildren- Bryce Zimmerhanzel, Carson Zimmerhanzel, Braeden Beran, and Nathan Farr.

Lillian’s family would like to send a heart felt “thank you” to Dr. Diana Stone and the wonderful folks at the SPJST Nursing Home in Taylor (especially Kim, Patricia, and Amanda). We will always be grateful for the care and love you provided our mother.

A visitation will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 5th at Providence Funeral Home at 807 Carlos Parker Blvd., Taylor Texas, with a rosary service to follow at 7:15. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, April 6th at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 408 Washburn Street in Taylor, Texas with a celebration reception at the Taylor KC Hall following the graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Lillian’s grandsons will serve as her pallbearers.

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KLEPAC, Lillian Marie (Jansky)

Lillian Marie Jansky Klepac, 85, passed away peacefully in the early morning of January 22 at after suffering a stroke last week.

Rosary service will be held at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor, TX, on Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 25 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Pflugerville at 10 a.m. followed by burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Taylor.

Lillian was born on June 7, 1927, in Holland, Texas, to Cathrine Macek Jansky and George Jansky. She ran a daycare center from her home for many years, and then her love for growing plants turned into owning and operating a plant shop called Plants ‘n Things in Austin for over ten years. Upon retiring, she and Alfonse operated the concession stand for University Hills Optimist club for many years. She was a member of the KJZT and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Her interests included gardening and traveling throughout the U.S. and to Eastern Europe where both her parents were born.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfonse Robert Klepac of Austin; her mother, father, five brothers, a sister, and a half-sister. She is survived by her six children, Robert Klepac and wife Julia of Austin; Tom Klepac and wife Sara of Kenner, LA; Bill Klepac and wife Teresa of Cedar Park; Alice Klepac of Pflugerville; Rose Klepac Prestridge and husband Paul of Pflugerville; and James Klepac and wife Beverly of College Station. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Brad and wife Tina, Michael Wayne and wife Debbie, Kelly, Laurie, T.J., Allan and fiancé Aimee, Matt and wife Beth, Stephanie, Brandon, and Kaylinn. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren and godson, Donald Jansky. Serving as pallbearers will be six of her grandchildren, Brad Klepac, Allan Klepac, Matt Klepac, Brandon Klepac, Kelly Klepac, and Stephanie Prestridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lillian’s favorite charity, Wounded Warrier Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/. Arrangements by Providence Funeral Home, 807 NW Carlos Parker Blvd., Taylor, TX, 76574, (512) 352-5909, www.taylorprovidencefuneralhome.com.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on January 24, 2013