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Casilda Hyzak

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Sister Casilda Hyzak, age 93, entered eternal life on February 7, 2014 in McCullough Hall Nursing Center in San Antonio, Texas. Sister Casilda was born on June 5, 1920 in Granger, Texas and was given the baptismal name Margaret Mildred. Margaret Mildred was the eighth of ten children born to John Hyzak, Sr. and Marie (Hroudny) Hyzak who migrated from Czechoslovakia. Although she and her siblings attended school in Texas, her mother cherished teaching her children to read and write in Czech. Sister Casilda joyfully shared her memories of living on a farm. At the age of 16 she attended a parish mission at S. S. Cyril & Methodius Church and subsequently a week-long retreat in Weimar, Texas for young people discerning a life vocation. She entered Our Lady of the Lake Convent in San Antonio as a candidate on June 2, 1937 at the age of 17. In 1941 she entered the novitiate and was given the name Sister Casilda. On June 22, 1942 she pronounced her religious vows and six years later made her final vows. Sister Casilda's ministry began as a teacher in Lindsay, Texas as she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU). During her four years at Moye Military School in Castroville she juggled the roles of teacher and librarian while completing her Master's degree in Library Science. In St. Augustine School in Laredo, Texas she served as full time librarian for five years and continued in that profession until she retired in 2000. In the 1970s and 1980s she participated as a counselor in student foreign study and travel programs at OLLU that took her to England, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and Spain. One of the highlights of her travels came in 1990 when she traveled with her siblings, Tracy Hyzak Mazoch and Agnes Hyzak to visit their mother's birth place in Damborice in the Czech Replic. During her retirement years Sister Casilda volunteered in the Archives of OLLU and the Congregation of Divine Providence and also served as sacristan for the weekday student Masses at OLLU. Her extensive work in the education and library science fields earned her many awards and recognitions. The St. Martin Hall Library was re-named "Hyzak Library Media Center" and the National Catholic Education Association recognized her 58 years of outstanding service as a Catholic School educator and librarian. Sister Casilda also received the Leadership Service Award from the Archdiocese of San Antonio Federation of Catholic Parent Teacher clubs, an Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Catholic Education by the Diocese of Corpus Christi and a Ten Year Service Award from Our Lady of the Lake University. Sister Casilda is survived by her sister Theresa Hyzack Mazoch, her CDP nieces Sisters Thadine Hyzak and Barbara Lynn Hyzak and all her other Sisters of Divine Providence. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Marie Hyzak and siblings: Joe Hyzak, Mary Hyzak Rozypal, Albert Hyzak, John Hyzak, Jr., Wesley Hyzak, Adell Hyzak Kacer, Louis Hyzak and Agnes Hyzak. The Rosary is Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. and the Wake is at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. All services will be in Annunciation Chapel at Our Lady of the Lake Convent Center. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a memorial contribution to the Congregation of Divine Providence, 515 S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio, TX 78207-4619. Arrangements by:

Published in Express-News on Feb. 10, 2014
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