March 14, 1923 – October 5, 2013
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Joe A. Schovajsa, 90, of Bryan, went to be with his Lord on October 5, 2013. A time for family to receive friends will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Hillier Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 600 E 26th St, Bryan, Texas. Interment will follow at Bickham Cemetery in Brazos County.
Joe was born on March 14, 1923 to Joseph August and Frances (Trcleck) Schovajsa in Shiner, Texas. He was the son of a farmer and entered the United States Army at age 18. He served in Europe as a marksman on the front line during World War II. After an injury and being reassigned as a cook, he was the dedicated chef for the Army officers traveling across Europe. Later he traveled across Texas serving in the honor guard for military funerals. His cooking experience led Joe into becoming a butcher for many years, yet with his carpentry experience, he spent most of his work life building and designing custom displays for holidays and special event shows. When Joe was almost 30, he met the love of his life and best friend, Virginia. They married and spent the next 47 years together raising two daughters.
Joe was a life member of the VFW and an avid fisherman and dedicated bingo player. He was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and after moving to the Texas State Home for Veterans in Temple, he received his sacraments from St. Mary Catholic Church in Temple.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three brothers, John, Jerry, and Edwin; and one sister, Emily Farek.
Joe leaves behind two daughters; Dannie Schuster of Austin, and Mary Francis and her husband Don of Bryan; four grandchildren, Billie Mutz and her husband Alex, Bobbie Francis, Karen Schuster, and Douglas Schuster; one great granddaughter, Evelyn Schuster, and numerous nieces and nephews, each were very dear to him.
In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Joseph Catholic Church at 600 E 26th St, Bryan, Texas, or the Scott and White Rapid Response Team at 2401 S. 31st St., Temple, TX 76508.
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Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle on Oct. 8, 2013