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Ella K. Sorenson
Ella K. Sorenson, 83, a lifetime resident of Taylor passed away, Friday, May 30, 2003 at her Austin residence.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 2, in St. Mary's Catholic Church with Monsignor Lonnie Urban officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Sorenson was born April 15, 1920 in Park, Texas, the daughter of Vencil and Annie (Lukas) Kasparek. On Jan. 9, 1947 she married Julius J. Sorenson who preceded her in death.
Sorenson was a homemaker, and worked as cafeteria manager in the Taylor ISD schools for more than 20 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, St. Ann's Altar Society, St. Mary's Mother's Club, Taylor VFW Auxiliary, KJZT and SPJST.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Sorenson of Austin; four grandchildren; Christopher Tom, Cynthia Tom, Joanna Tom, and Jeffery Tom; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rosary will be prayed Sunday at 7 p.m. at Condra Memorial Chapel in Taylor.
Memorials may be given to St. Mary's Catholic Trust Fund.
Pallbearers will be her four grandchildren, Calvin Janak and Fred Chalupa.
Condra Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gardinia A. Konarek
Gardinia A. Konarek left this earthly life on Saturday, May 31, 2003, at the age of 80 .
Prayer service will be Monday at 7 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor, Texas. Celebration of Life Services will be Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Providence Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Hejl officiating. Burial follows at Taylor City Cemetery.
Gardinia A. Konarek was born in Granger, Texas on July 11, 1922, to Joe and Millie (Volcik) Prcin. She was a lifetime resident of Taylor.
Gardinia was a homemaker and also worked for J.C. Penny for many years. Her favorite pastimes included hunting, fishing and camping with her family. Many special memories were made sitting in Leon and Gardinia's backyard laughing and sharing stories of their lifetime.
Gardinia was a member of the Taylor Brethren Church, which she attended regularly before sickness during her later years. She was also a member of Christian Sisters, V.F.W. Auxiliary, the Taylor Welcoming Club, the S.P.J.S.T., and an honorary member of the Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
All who knew her considered her an angel.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, godmother, as well as a friend to everyone she met. Gardinia's love of life was her only grandson Adam, who called her Momo.
Among those who mourn her passing include her son, Glenn Konarek and wife Kathy of Taylor; one special grandson, Adam Ray Konarek of Taylor; two brothers, Victor Prcin of Belton and August Prcin and wife Willadean of Taylor; four sisters, Lydia Fuessel and husband Carl, Evelyn Leshikar and husband Hudson, Dorothy Zycha and husband Johnnie, and Sybil Schrader and husband Donald, all of Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Leon Konarek, her parents and one brother, Daniel Prcin.
Pallbearers will be five nephews and one special grandson, Victor Prcin Jr. of Waxahachie, Garrey Prcin of Waxahachie, Kenneth Prcin of Lufkin, John Southerland of Belton, Lonnie Zycha of Taylor, and Adam Konarek of Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers are nephew Rod Schrader of Taylor and niece Barbara Leshikar of Las Vegas.
The family of Gardinia would like to extend a special thanks to her caregivers, friends and family that came by, and to the Rev. James Hejl for his emotional and spiritual support.
An online tribute has been established at www.Providencefuneralhome.com to celebrate the life of Gardinia A. Konarek.

Mike Garza
Mike Garza, 85, of Taylor, Texas died early Sunday, May 25, 2003, at his residence.
Visitation and wake were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Providence Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Providence Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Daniel Martinez officiating. Burial followed at St. Mary's Cemetery south of Hutto.
Mike Garza was born Oct. 1, 1917 in Hutto. He was a life long resident of the Hutto community, where he worked as a farmer. He married Anestacia Perez, a union of more than 61 years. Mike was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Survivors include his wife, Anestacia Garza of Taylor; sons, Mike Garza and wife Connie of Henrietta, Gilbert Garza and wife Eva of Houston, Tatay Garza and wife Martha of Vernon, Fred Garza, George Garza and wife Mary of Coupland and Joe Garza and wife Stella of Temple; daughters, Dora Garcia and husband Felix of Kyle, Ester Gonzales and husband Edward of Taylor, Carmen Salazar of Vernon, and Sally Diaz and husband Joe of Taylor; brother, Santos Olivo and wife Mary of Dallas; sisters, Dora Torres and Virginia Olivo, both of Irving; 32 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
An online tribute has been established at www.Providencefuneralhome.com to celebrate the life of Mike Garza.

David R. Melendrez
David R. Melendrez died Sunday, May 25, 2003. He was 33 years old.
Mr. Melendrez graduated from Taylor High School in Taylor, Texas and ITT Technical Institute. He was employed by Agilent Technologies in Richardson.
Mr. Melendrez was the only son of Selestino and Noemi Melendrez of Austin. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Diana Limon and Deborah Kay Melendrez-Silva, their husbands, three nieces and a nephew. He was tremendously loved and will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 30, at Temple Sinai Church in Austin. A graveside service will follow in Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville.
Please join us in honoring our loved one by visiting our memorial at www.cookwalden.com. Through this site we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
- Psalm 91

Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North IH 35, Pflugerville, Texas, (512) 251-4118.

Jack L. Stone
Dr. Jack L. Stone, 61, of Lakewood, Colo. passed away on May 9, 2003. Born on July 12, 1941 in Taylor. Jack was a graduate of Taylor High and the University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D.
He was preceded in death by parents, Jack and Ludie Stone. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Valene, his children, Adrienne; Jonathan and wife, Judith; Megan and fiance, Jerry Pritchard; and granddaughter, Maya.
Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Jude Catholic Parish of Lakewood; Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Golden, Colo.


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