Vlasta Alice (Pivonka) Pesek, 93, of La Marque, TX, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Vlasta was born on May 26, 1922, in Caldwell, TX, and graduated from Jourdanton High School before attending the University of Texas and earning her teaching certification. She taught and served as a war-time principal in Hill, TX, during WWII, and then taught in New Brenham and at the Naval Base in Corpus Christi.
On January 8, 1946, Vlasta married Ernest, and later they moved from Kentucky to Texas City and then to La Marque, where they raised eight children. Always interested in education, she taught elementary school at Our Lady of Lourdes in Hitchcock, earned a degree in Special Education from the University of Houston, and then taught in La Marque ISD until her retirement. She closed out her career by serving as acting principal at Queen of Peace Catholic School in La Marque.
Vlasta was an active and long-time member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church and Ladies Guild, KJZT Society, SPJST, Elks Lodge, Texas Retired Teachers Association, and Czech Heritage Singers Club. Excelling in sports, she played volleyball and softball in high school, followed her own children’s sports careers, bowled in an adult women’s league, and even won a district horseshoe pitching contest at age 82.
Vlasta will be remembered as a smart, stylish, generous, and deeply religious woman who cared about her family, church and friends, who loved to cook, travel and socialize, and who could give advice on anything from parenting to politics. Fluent and funny in both Czech and English, she will be truly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Vlasta was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; her eldest and youngest sons: Richard and Martin Pesek; five brothers: Vince, Walter, Victor, Raymond, and Joe Pivonka; and three sisters: Wilma Pivonka, Mary Kahanak, and Mildred Bridges.
She is survived by four sons, two daughters, a daughter-in-law, and their spouses: Dennis and Lee Ann Pesek of Houston; Jim and Darla Pesek of Poteet; Pat Pesek of Austin; Marilyn and Bruce McFarland of Missouri City; Glenn and JoAnna Pesek of Friendswood; Laurie and Garry Green of Santa Fe; and Grace and Roger Truitt of Friendswood; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, in-laws, and nieces and nephews.
The family extends special thanks and appreciation to long-time friends, Rosalie and W. K. Leonard, and to the caregivers who gave their support and love to Vlasta over the past several years: Rose Lollar, Rita Guillory, Mike Harrison, Glenda Romano, and more recently, the staff at Kozy Korner in Alvin.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., followed by a vigil and rosary at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, February 24, at the Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, TX. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, at the Queen of Peace Church in La Marque, TX, followed by burial at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.