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Kubena, of Houston, died on February 23, 2013, after an extended hospital stay. Born July 7, 1935, in Robstown to Joe and Viola (Hercek) Kubena; Maurice lived all of his life in Texas with most of his adult years spent enjoying the art, diversity, restaurants, nature, culture, and people unique to Austin. Maurice was known as "Buddy" or "Moe" to his family and many friends.
Maurice placed a high value on education and was always reading and studying to improve himself. He graduated from Robstown High School in 1954, Texas Lutheran College in 1958 with a BS in Speech, and the University of Texas (Austin) in 1968 with a MA in Speech Pathology.
Maurice began his professional life as a teacher and tennis coach at Brownsville High School before moving to Austin where he taught in the Del Valle ISD. He served as a speech therapist with The Brown Schools and, when the company joined with Healthcare International, Maurice took on a variety of staff development positions. Maurice later worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services where he directed education in safety and total quality management. Before his eventual retirement, Maurice served as a speech therapist with the Elgin ISD.
Maurice met his wife, the former Linda Sue Black, at TLC where they were married on December 28, 1958. The two of them were very happy together for forty-four years until her passing in April 2003. Together, they raised two sons who found wonderful wives and produced five beautiful granddaughters to love and cherish. Besides grandparenting, Maurice's hobbies included gardening (pulling weeds), landscaping (busting rocks/boulders), and sports (attending UT basketball games and competing in tennis leagues).
Surviving members of Maurice's family live in Texas and include son and daughter-in-law Brian and Kay Kubena (Houston) as well as son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Carrie Kubena (Sugar Land). His granddaughters include Kathryn, Sarah, Kendall, Ashley, and Haley. Maurice's loss will also be deeply felt by his sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Jac Rubright (Pearland). Other survivors include his many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members, and many other dear friends.
Family memorial services will be held over the next several weeks in Rockport-Fulton and Houston. Maurice was cremated and his ashes, combined eternally with those of Linda, will be distributed at various locations across Texas. For those desiring, memorial donations may be made to the Capital Area Parkinson's Society of Austin - (512) 371-3373.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2013