Permit me to quote Father Dennis O’Brian USMC gone many years ago honoring the U.S. Armed Forces on Memorial Day. “It’s the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us “Freedom of the Press.” It’s the Soldier. 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. To all the 2020 graduates congratulations and best wishes. WHS Reese Roddy, Joshua Sangalli, Luis Perez, Brandon Limas, Chloe Villarreal, Nancy Pereya, Clarissa Valades, Josue, Esau and Britney Guajardo, Terry Jaing, Beatriz DeHoyos, Wesley Maffett, Caroline Olson, Mia Hamlin, Hayley Garcia, Jr. Lions, they all received $1,000 scholarships from the Lions Club. 

El Campo HS graduate Philip Hundl, son of Philip and Ann Hundl, graduated No. 4 and is leaving early to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. for computer engineering. He is the grandson of dear friends Bennie and Valeria Hundl. Our Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace obtained his master’s degree in criminal justice in August 2019. Our belated congratulations. 

My youngest granddaughter Sally Lisette Vaughan completed studies for her master’s degree at Texas A&M-Commerce. She will be teaching in Austin. Carver High School Theater Director Roshunda Jones was inducted into the Texas Thespian Hall of Fame. She is the daughter of Earl and Rosemary Jones, long-time friends. Rosemary is a co-worker from the clinic. We are proud of you Roshunda! I had a nice visit with Garland Mann, who is a licensed paramedic working for the city. He loves his job. Wife Jennifer is a consultant for Franklin Covey consulting schools. Their only daughter Hanna is a physician assistant in Sugar Land. She is married and has a son, Cooper Mann Kelly. Garland Mann lived three years in China. Jared Jonah Jalowy was born May 15, 2020 and weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. to Macie and Dr. Jake Jalowy. Grandparents are Dr. Jeff and Meredith Jalowy, and great-grandparents Dr. James and Henriette  Jalowy, of East Bernard. Ryder Lane Murphy arrived on May 7 weighing 8 lbs. and 21 inches long. Proud parents are Nicole and Joey Murphy, grandparents Kurtis and Kim Tielke, and proud great-grandma Angie Marik.

Birthday wishes to Joe Longoria, George Legler, Frank Laitkep, Ricky Limas, Edwin Bucek, Daniel Fibres, Daniel Zahradnik, Michael Stolle, Adolph Rachunek, Steven Womack, David Hohensee, Ryan Salazar, Frank Gomez, Gloria Barrera, Trinity Rogers and Tommy Trouchard, both of Columbus, and Casey Schultz of Flatonia. In Wharton, birthday wishes to Lupe Mata, Margaret Fojtik, Teresa Priem, Judy Venglar, Susan Chumchal, Albina Hundl, Olga Reyna, Clara Heintschel, Flora Padia, Donna Cunningham, Agnes Zahn, Brenda Macek, Patricia Loocke, Bessie Konvicka, Emilia Kolacny, Helene Vaughan Laicer in Salado. In East Bernard happy birthday to Liz Sims, Liz Vacek, Pat Dierschke, Veronica Pace, Donna Vacek, Shelley Popp, Karen Jesek, Jennifer Coker, Debbie Orsak, Sandra Valigura, Tammy Dotson, Monica Kubena. 

Best wishes and happiness to a wonderful couple, Dick and Valerie Wozniak on their 36th year of wedded bliss. The wealth of the world is not the priceless gift that can satisfy the inner need of life. The gift is the peace of God’s presence during the times of pain and strife. Let us pray that the next time we are tempted to do harm and destruction you will choose to turn away and do what is right.

The East Bernard Catholic Daughter scholarship recipients are Julia Grace Coker, Ethan James Rejsek, Carah Emily Chilek, McKenna Rae Novicke, Victoria Elaine Koenig and Kara Elizabeth Riley. The Bessie and Marie Kucera Memorial Scholarship went to Mckenna Rae Novicke. The 2020 Court St. Bernadette #1108 slate of officers elected during a May meeting were Regent Henriette Jalowy, Vice Regent Karen Rejsek, Recording Secretary Sandy Valigura, Financial Secretary Wendy Hurta and Treasurer Karen Kubena.

Liliana Johse has been a Wharton County resident since 1979. She is a member of several Wharton civic groups. To contact her, call 979-532-4657.


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