Eddie Knapek and Christina Barbara Bezdek
Husband Eddie Knapek
Born: 12 Sep 1905 Christened: Died: 20 Jun 1991 Buried: - Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas
Father: Joe Knapek (Abt 1874- ) Mother: Mathie (Abt 1879- )
Marriage: 9 Oct 1928
1. Census: 25 Jan 1920, Hill County, Texas. Precint 5, Supervisor's District 6, Enumeration District 50, Sheet 13A, Location 231 - 231
2. Census: 14 Apr 1930, Hill County, Texas. Precint 3, Supervisor's District 15, Enumeration District 109-18, Sheet 10A, Location 164-166.
Wife Christina Barbara Bezdek
Born: 4 Dec 1907 - McLennan County, Texas Christened: 4 Dec 1907 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas Died: 4 Jul 1982 - Nueces County, Texas Buried: - Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery, Corpus Christi, Texas
Father: Joseph Frank Bezdek (1869-1954) Mother: Marie Sulak (1876-1963)
1. Baptism: 4 Dec 1907, Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas. Godparents: Frank and Theresa Bezdek
2. Biography: 2 Mar 1985, Czech Heritage Festival. DEDICATION
CHRISTINE BEZDEK KNAPEK
It was a dream ... a dream that one day all peoples of Czech descent living in America. but especially in Texas, would be able to hold their heads UP and proclaim: "Yes, I am Czech," with new pride.
Christine Knapek personified this dream.
She was the inspiration that eventually led to the organization of what is now the Czech Heritage Society of South Texas.
Mrs. Knapek was born December 4, 1907, in McLennan County, West, Texas, the 7th child of 12 children. Her father, Joseph Bezdek -was born in Frenstat, Moravia, Czechoslovakia and her mother, Mary Sulak Bezdek, in Fayetteville, Texas. She married Eddie Knapek October 9, 1928, and was the mother of 3 children: Eddie Knapek, Jr., Malvina Gantz and Joyce McCumber. The family moved to Corpus Christi in 1937.
She and her husband owned several businesses in town. She was a seamstress, but her well-known specialty was making cakes in her home, especially for the Czech weddings and birthdays in Corpus Christi, and for different celebrations such as the opening of the J.C. Penney store on downtown's Chaparral St. For the dedication of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church on South Padre Island Drive and Kostoryz Road, she made a cake in the form of a Bible with pages in gold.
Mrs. Knapek was a member of St. Patrick Church, the St. Patrick Altar and Rosary Society, the Catholic Daughters of America, K.J.Z.T. Lodge No. 46, the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Bill Roper Post No. 364 Sokol Corpus Christi and she was District Directors of K.J.Z.T.
Christine Bezdek Knapek died at 74 years of age, July 4, 1982.
She lived long enough to see and realize that the dream was slowly becoming a reality.
It is to her that this publication and this first Czech Heritage Festival is dedicated.
1 M Edward Knapek
Born: 11 Apr 1932 - McMullen County, Texas Christened: Died: 25 Sep 1971 - Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas Buried:Spouse: Janelle Klanika (living)
2 F Malvina Bernice Knapek (details suppressed for this person)
Born: Christened: Died: Buried:Spouse: Eddie Urbanovsky (living)Spouse: John GantzSpouse: James L. Slovak (living)
3 F Joyce Marie Knapek (details suppressed for this person)
Born: Christened: Died: Buried:Spouse: John McCumber (living)