Geneva Hoffman Vanicek passed into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, December 07, 2021, at Oak Ben Medical Center in Richmond.

   Geneva (Gene) was born on March 19, 1934, to Emma and Arthur Hoffman, Sr., in Schulenberg.  She married Allen Vanicek, and they had three daughters, whom she loved very much.  She and Allen later divorced, and she met her new and everlasting love, Charles Pelzel, of East Bernard, with whom she resided in East Bernard, for the past 40 plus years.

    Geneva, better known to some, as Gene, was employed by the Wharton School District, Uncle Ben’s, and then Frito Lay, where she finally retired.  Gene loved to deer hunt and would often be in competition with her hunting partner, Charles, over who would shoot the bigger buck.  (Hers always had to be bigger!) She would shoot it and send Charles to go and get it to see if it was bigger than his. She also liked to go to Louisiana and take her shot at the casinos, but her biggest love was playing BINGO.  Everyone who knew her, knew she loved playing BINGO.  We called her ‘BINGO GRANNY’.  She mostly played in East Bernard, but would sometimes go to Rosenberg, Bay City, or wherever had the biggest payout, and she usually win something.  Of course, if she went one night without winning, she would say she was never going again, but the next night, she would be right back out there.  There was a time when she would play BINGO 4 to 5 nights a week.  It was what she loved to do, and she was one of the luckiest people there!  She often won multiple games in one night.  Gene also loved her polka music!!  Back in the 60’s and 70’s, if the Vrazels polka band was anywhere within a 50-mile radius, that is where you would find her, tearing up the dance floor!  And, even in her 80’s, she still listened to polka music on the radio.

  Geneva is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Arthur Hoffman, Jr.; her sister, Delores Reising and husband, Walter; and her sister, Marietta Hranicky and husband Wilbur.

   Geneva is survived by her husband, Charles Pelzel, of East Bernard; her sister, Oretha Hunger, of LaGrange; her sister-in-law, Eleanor Hoffman, of Houston; her daughters Patricia Cook, and husband, Larry of Katy; Debra Vanicek Izaguirre and husband Antonio, of San Antonio, and Brenda Kallus, and husband David of Houston. She, (Granny) is also survived by her four grandchildren, Kevin Cook, and wife Natalie of Missouri City; Ty Smith, of Nashville, TN; Kyle Smith, and wife Jessica, of Waller; and Shelly Kallus, of Houston, along with five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Caitlyn, and Cassidy Cook of Missouri City; and Noah and Abel Smith, of Waller.

    A visitation with the family was held on Wednesday, December 15, at 10 a.m., followed by a rosary at 10:30 a.m. and the funeral service at 11 a.m. all at Knesek & Sons Funeral Home in Wallis. Interment followed the funeral service at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in East Bernard.

   Funeral arrangements under the direction of: Knesek & Sons Funeral Home 122 North First St., Wallis, Texas 77485. 979-478-6311

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