Beverly Lezak Koym

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Funeral Services for Beverly Lezak Koym, 66, of Sealy, Texas were held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:00 Noon from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 600 Fourth St., Sealy, Texas 77474 with Rev. Eric Pitre celebrating the Funeral Mass and Rite of Committal. Visitation at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Rosary at 7:00 pm. Interment was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Frydek.  Pallbearers: Clayton, Kristin, Caleb and Ashley Haidusek, Tyler Lezak and P.J. Jaloway.

Koym was born on May 23, 1950 in Bellville, Texas to Bob and Madine (Krancher) Lezak.  She was baptized in Frydek at St.Mary’s Catholic Church on May 24, 1950.  Beverly attended Frydek Catholic School, Frydek Public School and Sealy High School where she graduated in 1968.  She then went to work for Houston Lighting and Power / CenterPoint where she was a Senior Service Consultant from which she retired in 2010, after a career spanning 40 years. During retirement she worked part time as a Funeral Assistant for Knesek Funeral Home.

On July, 2, 1988, Beverly was joined in marriage to Russell Koym.

Beverly’s faith was very important to her and she was a devoted member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and held rosary and communion service at Colonial Belle Nursing Home. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, Altar Society, The Bluebonnet Deanery and worked at K of C Bingo.

She was involved in numerous City of Sealy activities some of which included serving on City Council, Austin County Emergency Service District 2 Board, Chamber of Commerce and Sealy Cemetery Association. She was a lifetime member of the Austin County Fair Association and The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

After a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, Bev passed away on April 8, 2017.  Although her family and friends will miss her tremendously, a sense of comfort is shared knowing she is at peace with the lord.

She is survived by her husband Russell, mother Madine Lezak, stepsons Todd and wife Jen and Trent Koym, sister Deb Haidusek and husband Rick, brother Tim Lezak, step granddaughter Lily Koym, nephews Tyler Lezak, Clayton Haidusek and wife Kristin, Caleb Haidusek and wife Ashley, great niece Kallie Haidusek and great nephews Creed, Camden, Connor and Liam Haidusek.

Bev loved her family dearly and treasured every moment spent with them and she was the best Auntie ever!  She cherished spending time at Rancho Not So Grande, the family place in the Hill Country where she always had a couple of projects in the works.  She also enjoyed various arts and crafts and was an avid collector of clowns, frogs, crosses, rosaries and all types of antiques.  

At Beverly’s request, the flowers in her arrangement were hand-crafted by her stepson, Trent Koym.  She is preceded in death by her father, Bob Lezak and father in-law Louis Koym and mother in- law Lucille Koym.

Beverly had a countless number of friends….and was the kind of friend; a friend would like to have!  She will be greatly missed and will always live on in our hearts!

Knesek Funeral Home in Sealy in charge of arrangements. www.knesekfuneralhome.com

 Memorial Gifts may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frydek or M. D. Anderson’s Pancreatic Cancer Moon Shot Program. 

Karen S. Smith

Karen S. Smith, 55, passed peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was born on February 12, 1962 in Tuscumbia, Missouri to (Jim) James Ross and Virginia Wallis Medlen and was the youngest of five children.

Growing up, Karen attended High Point and Eldon schools.  It was there that she was introduced to sports, especially volleyball.  This introduction led to a lifelong love of sports.  Whether it was watching her children in school play all areas of sports, avidly attending her grandchildren’s baseball games or a competitive game of pool volleyball with family, Karen was there.  She moved to Texas in 1979, where she fell in love with The Lone Star State.  Her favorite places to visit were San Antonio, the Guadalupe River, Matagorda and Gruene.  After raising her four children, Karen worked at Wallis State Bank as a Teller and Bookkeeper.  She enjoyed visiting with her customers and keeping up with their families.

Karen had an exceptional green thumb and loved ‘messing with her plants’.  She loved to travel throughout Texas, even if it was just a quick trip to her favorite restaurant, Clear Springs in New Braunfels or to dip her toes in the water at a beach or river.  Karen was always surrounded by her beloved dogs.  But most of all, Karen was most fond of her grandchildren, whom she loved to the moon and back.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents, brother Steve Medlen, father in law Junior Smith, mother in law Trudy Smith, first husband Timothy Matthews, and extended family Donald Matthews and (Momma Lou) Ivie Lou Matthews. 

She is survived by her loving husband, Wesley Smith, daughter (Amy) Amanda Nanez and spouse Christopher, son James Smith, daughter (Becky) Rebecca Hinze and spouse John, son (Red) Kevin Smith and spouse Brenda, grandchildren Payton Nanez, Max Hinze, Joel Hinze, Wyatt Nanez, Bryce Tanner and Paige Nanez, sister Debbie Burger, sister Diane Medlen, brother Kenneth Medlen, step mother in law Pat Smith, along with numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  Karen is also survived by her extended Matthews family whom she loved dearly.

A Celebration of Karen’s life will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Knesek Bros. Hwy 36 Chapel, 1140 Meyer St./hwy 36 in Sealy, Texas. www.knesekfuneralhome.com

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