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Greak, Alma Lena (Pachel)


News reached here Tuesday morning of the sad and sudden death of a most estimable lady of the Oak Grove community, which occurred Monday night about 8 o’clock.

From particulars at hand, it seems that Mrs. Alma Greak, beloved wife of Mr. John Greak of the Oak Grove community, decided to accompany her husband to the store at Borden to make some purchases. They entered their car and drove off from home at about 8 o’clock. Just as they left the Oak Grove road to enter the highway east of Borden, Mrs. Greak suddenly complained of feeling dizzy, gave a gasp or two, and toppled over dead in her husband's arms. Chas. Potthast of this city happened along at that time, and realizing the seriousness of the situation, assisted Mr. Greak in carrying his beloved wife to the family home.

The cause of Mrs. Greak’s sudden death is not definitely known, as she was in apparent good health and spirits up to a few moments before her death. The remains were prepared for burial and on Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock were laid to rest in the Miller Creek Cemetery, a few miles southeast of Weimar. Many relatives and sympathizing friends were present to pay tribute to this lovable lady.

Mrs. Greak was about 20 years of age at the time of her death. Before marriage she was a Miss Alma Pachel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Pachel of the Oak Grove community. Mrs. Greak had only been married about a year at the time of her death. She was a was most pleasant and companionable lady, a devoted wife, and highly regarded by all who knew her.

Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband, relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1924, page 1

Greak, Daniel

Daniel Greak Funeral Held At Eagle Lake

Funeral services for Daniel Greak Sr., 61, of Eagle Lake were held Monday, Dec. 18, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake, with burial at Lakeside Cemetery. Rev. Robert Schlortt of Columbus officiated.

Greak, a dragline operator for Pioneer Concrete of America for more than 40 years, died Friday, Dec. 15 at his home after a lengthy illness.

Born March 12, 1923, in the Borden community, he was a son of Oscar Frank and Frieda Elisa (Swoboda) Greak. He married Mary Elizabeth McDonald at Rosenberg on July 30, 1949. They lived in Columbus a short time before moving to Eagle Lake in that same year.

His wife survives him, along with two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Randy Zapalac of Sealy and Christine and Michael Hruzek of Eagle Lake; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dan Greak Jr. of Stafford, Ronald and Carol Greak of Eagle Lake and Allen and Patricia Greak of Altair; six grandchildren, Edward and Eric Zapalac, Dustin and Jonathan Hruzek and Shelley and Allen Greak II; two sisters, Frankie Dee Schobel and Gloria Guthmann of Columbus; and five brothers, Lee Roy "Bud" Greak of Borden, Oscar Greak Jr. and T. W. Greak of Rosharon, John Greak of Sheridan and Edwin Greak of Industry. His parents, a son, Larry Greak, a granddaughter, Crystal Zapalac and a sister, Margaret Sebesta, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Mitchell Karlson, Louis Sides, Walter Guthmann, Gene Schobel, Bruce Sebesta and Sidney Greak.

Weimar Mercury, January 4 1990
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Greak. Dorothy Eunice (Henry)

Dorothy E. H. Greak - ROCK ISLAND

ROCK ISLAND - Dorothy Eunice Henry Greak, 74, of Rock Island, died Sunday, March 6, 2005.

She was born Dec. 24, 1930, in Columbus, to the late John Davis and Cutie Ellen Vordick Henry. She was a homemaker and a member of Church of Christ.

Survivors: husband, John William Greak; daughters, Mary Lou Frenzel, Dorothy Bujnoch, and Carol Noska; son, Jerry Lane Greak; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: son, Donald Wayne Greak; sisters, Doris Junice and Willie Mae; brothers, Tommy Henry and John Paul Henry.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Dulany Funeral home chapel, the Rev. Paul Beard officiating. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Pallbearers: Anton Bujnoch III (Buck), Travis Bujnoch, John Noska, Jimmy Frenzel, Joshua Noska, and Shawn Fisbeck.

Victoria Advocate Online, March 9, 2005

Greak, Frieda (Swoboda)

Mrs. F. Greak's Funeral Held Here Dec. 27

Funeral services for Mrs. Frieda Greak, 83, were held Monday, Dec 27, in the Hubbard Funeral Chapel with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Wm. Mosley and Rev. John Peters officiated.

Mrs. Greak, a lifelong resident of this area, died at 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day in Youens Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient only one day.

Born March 22, 1893 at Holman, she was the daughter of John and Anna (Mueller) Swoboda. She was married to Oscar Frank Greak Sr. on July 28, 1917 at Weimar. For many years they had lived in the Oak Grove area southeast of town.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church here, the Priscilla Circle of that church, and the Oak Grove Homemakers Club.

Mrs. Greak's husband preceded her in death in 1968. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Frankie Dee Schobel and Mrs. Gloria Marie Guthmann of Columbus and Mrs. Margaret Sebesta of Danbury; six sons, LeRoy of Weimar, Oscar F. Jr. and T. W. of Rosharon, John of Rock Island, Daniel of Eagle Lake; and Edwin of Industry; 34 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, seven grandsons, one brother and four sisters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Walter Guthmann Jr., Sidney Greak, Oscar Greak, III, Melvin Schobel, Bruce Sebesta, and Jimmy Joe Greak. All other grandsons ere honorary pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, January 6, 1977
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Greak, Henry John

Last Rites Held for Henry Greak

Henry Greak, 80, a former Colorado County resident, passed away Nov. 8th in a Liberty Hospital. He was formerly employed by the Southern Pacific railroad, residing in Glidden. In later years he ran a dairy in Liberty. [Interment in Miller Creek Cemetery]

His wife preceded him in death five years ago.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 18, 1965
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Greak, John William

John William Greak

John William Greak, 83, of Rock Island passed away April 9 in Eagle Lake.

He was born to Oscar and Frieda Greak March 9, 1926.

John was a life time resident of Colorado County and worked as a farmer and rancher and built fences for over 50 years.

He is survived by daughters, Mary Lou Frenzal and James of Rock Island, Dorothy Bujnoch and Anton of Sheridan and Carol Noska and Jimmy of Rock Island; son, Jerry Lane Greak and Lola of Rock Island; sister, Frankie Schobel of Columbus; brother, Edwin Greak of Industry; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy E. Greak; son, Donald Greak; sisters, Margaret and Gloria Greak; brothers, Dan, Tom, Bud and Oscar Greak.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, April 13 at the Rock Island Methodist Church. Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery Rock Island.

Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 16th, 2009

Greak, Leroy "Bud"

Leroy Greak Funeral Services Held Sept. 16

Leroy “Bud” Greak, 81, of Columbus died Sept. 14 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Mr. Greak was born in Borden on Nov. 19, 1919 to Oscar and Frieda Swoboda Greak.

Mr. Greak is survived by a sister, Frankie Dee Schobel of Columbus; two brothers, Edwin Greak of Industry, and John Greak of Sheridan.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Gene Schobel, Michael Hruzek, Jerry Greak, Sidney Greak, Thomas Fojtik and Walter Guthmann, Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers were Zachary Fojtik and Colby Guthmann.

The Wemiar Mercury September 20, 2001
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Greak, Minnie (Berthold)


The Mercury, together with many friends of the family throughout this section, deeply regretted to learn of the death of Mrs. R. Greak, which occurred after a few days illness at the family home near Borden, Friday night. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon at the Miller Creek Cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of mourning relatives and friends. Mrs. Greak ever proved a good wife, mother, neighbor and friend and was highly thought of by all who knew her. To the heart-broken husband and children the sympathy of all is extended. May God comfort them in their deep bereavement!

Weimer Mercury, October 22, 1922
Submitted by Judy Talkington

Greak, Nannie (Carter)

Mrs. Nannie Greak Buried in Liberty

Mrs. Nannie Greak of Liberty, native of near Columbus, was buried last Friday in Liberty. The former Nannie Carter, she was born across the river, north of Columbus.

Attending the services were her sister, Mrs. Joe Shaw, and her nieces, Mrs. Grace Wink and Mrs. Mozelle Dayvault, all of Columbus. Mrs. Greak died last Thursday after a brief illness.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 1959, page 8

Greak, Oscar F.

Oscar F. Greak, 72, Succumbs To Long Illness

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 15, for Oscar F. Greak Sr., 72, who died at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Youens Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Rev. H. L. Anderson officiated in the service at Hubbard Funeral Home and at the graveside in Weimar’s Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mr. Greak’s grandsons, Gene and Melvin Schobel, Donald Greak, J. B. and Bruce Sebesta, and James Holston.
Mr. Greak, a son of Reinhard and Minnie Berthold Greak, was born Jan. 3, 1896, in the Oak Grove community near Weimar and lived in Colorado County all his life.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Frieda Swoboda Greak of Weimar, whom he married July 28, 1917; three daughters, Mrs. Edgar (Frankie) Schobel, and Mrs. Walther (Gloria) Guthmann, both of Columbus, and Mrs. John (Margaret) Sebesta of Angleton; six sons, Leroy of Weimar, Oscar Jr. and T. W. of Rosharon, Daniel of Eagle Lake, John of Rock Island and Edwin of Columbus; 34 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; one brother John Greak of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Smith of Wharton and Mrs. Clara Pattison of Pattison.

Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1968, page 4

Greak, Regina Marie (Tannich)

Final Rites for Mrs. Regina Greak, 27 Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Regina Marie Greak, 27, wife of Oscar Greak, Jr., were held from St. Anthony's Church in Columbus with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery at Weimar Monday morning.

Father Alex Kraus of Columbus officiated assisted by Msgr. Anthony F. Droed of Weimar and the Very Rev. V. J. Guinan, C.S.B, president of the University of St. Thomas at Houston.

The young Columbus housewife, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tannich of Weimar, succumbed Friday, October 12 at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston after three months' illness. She was the mother of a four year-old boy and a 20-months-old girl.

Born May 19, 1924, at Weimar, she was married at Columbus July 2, 1946, to Oscar Greak, Jr. Her entire life had been spent in this area. She was a member of St.Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus.

Surviving are her husband; her parents; a son, Sidney William Greak, 4; a daughter, Rita Darlene Greak, 20 months; three brothers, Richard E. Tannich, Joe T. Tannich, both of Baytown, and Sgt. Edwin A. Tannich, with the Army at San Antonio; and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Mitchon of Baytown and Mrs. Alvin Kaptchinskie of Houston.

Pallbearers were Edgar Schobel of Columbus, John Sebesta of Angleton, W. T. Greak of Sandy Point, John Greak of Rock Island, Robert Mitchon of Baytown and Alvin Kaptchinskie of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, October 19, 1951
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Greak, Reinhard

The sad news of the death of R. Greak, was received here Saturday night with sincere regret. Although his death was not unexpected yet it cast a pall of gloom over the community, in which he lived so many years, that only time can erase.
Mr. Greak has suffered untold agonies for the past six months with a dielated heart. Mr. Greak was a good father and neighbor having lost his wife some eight years ago, he has made his home with first one, and then [another] of the children, but for the past year has been living with his son Herman Greak, of Glidden, where his death occurred Saturday night at 8 o’clock, his body was tenderly prepare by loving friends and his remains were laid to rest in the Millers Creek Cemetery Sunday evening at 4 o’clock, Rev. Flachmeier of Columbus performing the last sad rites. Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Golden Locks

Weimar Mercury, July 3, 1930

Greak, Reinhard

Mr. Reinhard Greak (or Krieg) passed away at the home of his son Herman in Glidden on June 28th after a relatively brief illness.

Mr. Greak was born in Germany on May 18, 1850. When about 25 years old he came to America. He was married to Miss Hermina Berchtold [Berthold-jt] and made his home on the Sandies later moving to the Borden community.

Mr. Greak was the father of eleven children, two of whom preceded him in death as did his wife who died some eight years ago. The surviving children are: Mrs. Thornt Smith of Hahn, Mrs. L. Hobbs of Batson, Henry and Will Greak of Liberty, Mrs. Sid Taylor of Patterson, Herman Greak of Glidden, Mrs. Foster Patterson of Patterson, John Greak of Columbus, and Oscar Greek of Weimar. There are forty-five grandchildren and a brother and two sisters, the latter living in Minnesota.

Interment was made in the Live Oak [Miller Creek] Cemetery Sunday, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of the local Lutheran church officiating.

Colorado Citizen, July 3, 1930
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Greak, Roxie (Hoppe)


Roxie Hoppe Greak, 73, of Industry, passed away April 4 at her residence.

She was born in New Ulm, March 13, 1931 to Henry and Martha (Hinkel) Hoppe and married Edwin G. Greak, Oct. 9, 1959. She was a member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Welcome and Mary Martha Circle.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, John Fordtran.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Carol Ann Kudlack of Deer Park; and grandchildren, Tonya and Ryan.

Funeral services were conducted April 7 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed at Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gene and Scott Schobel, Sidney and Jerry Greak, Walter Guthmann Jr. and Max Mai.

The Colorado County Citizen, April 14, 2004
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