The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 9, 2012

Delores A. Matousek

Published 11-9-12


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — HENNESSEY — Mass of Christian burial for Delores A. Matousek will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hennessey. The vigil will is 6:30 p.m. today, Nov. 9, 2012, at St. Joseph’s. The Rev. Joseph Arledge will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Hennessey, under the direction of Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home.

Delores was born Sept. 23, 1925, on the family farm east of Bison to Charles J. and Mary (Bartunek) Schovanec. She spent her childhood on farms in the Bison and Garber areas.

She attended Bison Catholic School, Green Valley Country School, and Waukomis High School.

As a teenager, she worked at home and helped other farm families near Bison. During World War II and afterward, she worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Enid as an operator and supervisor. She remarked that her most memorable day at the telephone company was the day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died. She remembered the switchboards were lit up and crowded with telephone calls.

She married Ernest A. Matousek on Aug. 22, 1951, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Enid. They lived and farmed one-half mile north of Hennessey for 61 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Hennessey.

Delores was a devoted wife and mother. She always said that her children came first. She was a wonderful homemaker. Her hobby was talking with her sisters, brothers and friends.

Delores is survived by husband, Ernest of the home; daughter, Mary Matousek of Cashion; five sons and their wives, John and Terri, Dr. David and Jo Elaine, Dr. Denis and Melissa and James and Kathie, all of Hennessey, and Robert and Rhonda of Berthoid, Colorado; brother, Virgil Schovanec and wife Rose Ann; three sisters, Wilma Petru, Erma Kokojan and husband Wilfrid, and Sister Deborah Schovanec; two sisters-in-law, Beatrice Schovanec and Marcella Schovanec; and two brothers-in-law, Charley Frank Hromas and Melvin Markes. Her grandchildren are Rachael Rowland and husband Tanner, Katrina Matousek, Captain Phillip Matousek (currently serving in Afghanistan) and wife Kara, Emily Matousek, Maureen Matousek, Stephen Matousek, Joseph Matousek, Dr. Jennifer and husband Dr. John Ronck, Dr. James Matthew Matousek and wife Sarah, Katie and husband Dr. Jeremy Schneider, Dr. Sarah and husband James Fraser, Becky and husband Chris Battin, Jacob Matousek, Michael Matousek, Renee Matousek, Marie Hladik and husband Philip, Chris Wright, Marcie Durst and husband Josh, Michaela Matousek, Hannah Matousek and Maggie Matousek. Delores has 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leonard Schovanec, Charles Schovanec and Robert Lee Schovanec; one sister, Helen Hromas; and one niece, Evelyn Schovanec Pennington.

Memorials can be made through the funeral home to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Hennessey or Our Daily Bread, in Delores’ name.

(Submitted by family)