Edna Frances Korenek Shimek, 86, of Nada, Texas died peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, with her loving and devoted husband, Lawrence, at her side.
Edna was born at home in Nada, Texas on August 29, 1933 to Adolph Cyril Korenek and Emilia Justina Janish Korenek and was the oldest of twelve children.
On October 7, 1952, she married the love of her life, Lawrence Cyril Shimek, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, Texas. Theirs was a very loving and caring marriage of 67 years. They made their home in Nada where they were part of the community and raised their family of eight children. In addition to being a homemaker and loving wife and mother, she was involved in many church, civic and community activities.
She was a lifetime member of Nada KJZT Society #17, the Christian Mothers Society and Catholic Daughters Court Our Lady of the Rosary #1595, Nada, Texas. She also served on the Colorado County Soil and Conservation Scholarship Committee for several years.
When her husband began his career with Catholic Life Insurance of San Antonio, Texas, she was at his side performing various clerical, organizational, receptionist and secretarial duties in addition to helping him establish and promote his business. In doing so, she formed many new and lasting friendships which she cherished. Through her affiliation with Catholic Life Insurance she served on the Rev. Msgr. Lawrence J. Stuebben Scholarship Committee as well as the Rev. Msgr. Albert George Henkes Scholarship Committee, both of which are dedicated to financially helping young men studying for the priesthood.
Edna was a loving, caring person, always doing for others who could not do for themselves taking them to doctor appointments, to visit friends in the nursing home, taking them grocery shopping or wherever else they needed or wanted to go.
In her later years she joined the Nada/Garwood Gadabouts Extension Education Club, where she participated in various civic activities and was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
She loved flowers of all kinds and especially enjoyed the azaleas growing outside her living room window. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, canning vegetables, making picante sauce and jams and jellies for her family. She truly loved making Kolaches for her family from a recipe handed down to her by her mother and at Christmas always served Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, another tradition handed down to her by her mother. She was an excellent seamstress, having made her wedding dress and then, clothing with the look of having been made by a professional seamstress for her daughters as they were growing up. She was extremely fond of and had a special love for quilting.
In addition to her parents, Edna is preceded in death by her brothers, Edward and Lambert Korenek, sister, Jeanette Ham and husband, Robert Ham and sister-in-law, Ruby Korenek. Her daughter-in-law, Anna Shimek, son-in-law, Gary Cerny and grandson, Marvin Shimek also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her loving husband, Lawrence Shimek and their eight children, Judy Janecka and husband Joe, Victor Shimek and wife, Debora, Dianne Shimek Cerny, Jo Ann Shimek, Bruno Shimek and wife, Christine, Allen Shimek and wife, Monica, David Shimek and wife, Michelle and Sharon Streger and husband Matt. Twenty-four grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren, with great-grandchild eighteen due mid-September, also survive.
Two brothers, Raymond Korenek, and Clement Korenek and wife, Grace also survive as well as sisters, Alice Drapela and husband, Weldon, Sister Odilia Korenek, Leona Brzozowski and husband, Jim, Lucy Buenger and husband, Melvin, Betty Salas and husband, Leonard, and Patricia Korenek. A sister-in-law, Bernita Korenek also survives as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 24 at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo, Texas. A Rosary was recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, Texas. The Funeral Mass followed in the church at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Peter K. Yeboah-Amanfo and Rev. Greg Korenek concelebrating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Nada, Texas, immediately after Mass.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Joseph Janecka, Luke Shimek, Adrian Shimek, Garrett Cerny, Wesley Shimek, Brandon Shimek, Cade Shimek and Nathan Streger.
Honorary Pallbearers were grandsons, Mathew Shimek, Kevin Shimek, Justin Janecka, Chase Shimek, Hagen Jenkins and Brock Jenkins and granddaughters, Jennifer Frnka, Laura Dorotik, Kristi Walton, Kara McClung, Elizabeth Shimek, Alannah Camunag, Brooklyn Webster, Samantha Streger, Andrea Streger and Breanne Crow.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Edna’s memory to the Rev. Msgr. Lawrence J. Stuebben Seminarian Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 659527, San Antonio, Texas 78265-9527 or to the St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 97, Nada, Texas 77460.