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Lydia Emma Berckenhoff Merecka
Lydia Emma Berckenhoff Merecka, a longtime resident of Floresville, Texas, entered eternal rest Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at 10:20 a.m. in the Regency Manor Nursing Home in Floresville at the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 24 days. Lydia was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Shiner, the daughter of Edmund and Bertha Jahn Berckenhoff.
She married William Merecka on Oct. 9, 1943, in Nashville, Tenn. William, Lydia’s beloved husband of more than 38 years, preceded her in death on April 4, 1982. Lydia was a cafe owner, a department store clerk, a homemaker, and a mother. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Merecka; her son, Donald Wayne Merecka; her daughter, Marjorie Merecka; her sister, Lorraine Merecka; her close cousin, Otto Berckenhoff; and her sisters and brothers-in-law, Val and Lillie Chilek, Viola Sralla, Emil Merecka, and August Merecka.
Lydia is survived by her daughter, Marlene Talamantez and husband Leroy of Floresville; her sons, Vaughn Merecka and wife Margie, and Glen Merecka and wife Traniece, all of Floresville; her grandchildren, Denise Kleiber and husband Brian, Lee Talamantez and wife Nannell, Donald Merecka and wife Frances, and Blaine Merecka; her great-grandchildren, Sydney and Samantha Merecka and Cameron and Ava Talamantez; her sister-in-law, Rosie Norris; her brothers-in-law, Albert Sralla and Victor Merecka; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. in the Vinyard Funeral Home Chapel in Floresville, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday at 1 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville, with Father Phillip Henning officiating.
Interment followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Floresville.
Serving as pallbearers were Lydia’s grandsons, Donald Merecka, Blaine Merecka, Lee Wayne Talamantez, and Brian Kleiber; and her nephews, Nathan Merecka and Robert Merecka.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 291048, San Antonio, TX 78229-1648.
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