Wilbert Louis Kalinec

Wilbert Louis Kalinec, 76, of Moravia, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.  

He was born on Dec. 8, 1942 in Bay City, to parents Louis Frank and Agnes Cerny Kalinec. He married the love of his life, Anita Berckenhoff Kalinec, on Feb. 12, 1966. They were married over 52 years. 

He was blessed with four daughters, Dede Moeller and husband Mike, Angela Bordovsky and husband Randy, Linda Williams and husband Clint, and Jennifer Barrera and husband Jeff. He was also blessed with 11 grandchildren, Luke, Adriann, Alex, Tyler, Haley, Chandler, Kyra, Saira, Lilly, Cohen and Emily, and five great-grandchildren, Wyett, Kalynn, Kaiden, Jacob and Ariel. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Ann Moeller and husband Victor, Agnes McCoy and husband Mike, Kathy Hurley and husband Wesley, and Donna Heinrich; brother, Willie Kalinec and wife Gussie; and sister in law, Joyce Kalinec.  

Wilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Agnes Kalinec; brother, Eugene Kalinec; and two great-grandchildren, Louis and Camilla.  

His family was everything to him and he was the best husband and father anyone could ever ask for. He enjoyed family events, especially the annual family beach trip. He also loved gardening and was an avid lottery player who loved trips to the casino. Wilbert worked as a machinist in Houston for Daniel Industries and on the side he did yardwork and gardening. After 15 years in Katy, he and the family returned to Schulenburg so he could operate all the ranch and farm activities on the family land. He also continued being a machinist for Utex Industries for another 25 years.

“We will all miss him dearly. One day he was smiling at us and now he’s smiling over us,” his family writes.

Visitation began after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, with the parish rosary recited at 7 p.m.

Funeral services were held at the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. Interment was in the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery in Moravia. Following the service, a reception was held at the church hall.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church (Moravia, Texas) or charity of donor’s choice.