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Albina Pauline Hosek Flieller
Albina Pauline Hosek Flieller passed peacefully after a gallant fight against cancer on Thursday, July 3, 2014. She was born Oct. 30, 1934, to August and Agnes Hosek.
Albina was the youngest of 12 children. She grew up on the family farm in Three Oaks. She enjoyed picking cotton and could pick cotton faster than most. When the wagon was full of cotton, her dad would take it to the gin and return with a 50-pound block of ice for homemade ice cream. From an early age, Albina loved dancing, which never subsided. She would go to the dance on Saturday night and dance with her cousins at the Three Oaks dance hall. Albina attended school in Three Oaks. She and her brothers and sisters along with other local kids would walk the four miles. Sometimes there were as many as 15 to 20 kids walking together. Occasionally, a farmer would come by and give them a ride in his wagon ... what a treat. When she reached seventh grade, she went to live in Floresville to attend high school. There, she played the trombone in the band under the direction of Uncle Fritz Teltschik.
Albina was a talented, energetic, strong, and generous person. Graduating as valedictorian at age 16, Albina was voted “most likely to succeed,” and that she did. She started one of the first woman-owned companies in the area, which recently celebrated a 50-year anniversary on June 14. She loved to cook and bake, which she learned from her mom, and she in turn passed this skill along to her children and their children. As soon as you could stand on a chair and reach the kitchen countertop, you were ready for an apron tied around your chest and a cooking lesson. She delighted the hearts of many with homemade kolaches, pies, and doughnuts. Gma’s spaghetti and her secret yeast rolls were real treats for the grandkids. In 1973, Albina won the national Pillsbury Bake-Off with an original creation of Southern Pecan Pie Bars. She traveled to Houston and San Antonio to help her grandchildren show their chickens, and each trip was filled with adventure and fun because Grandma was a part of it.
Albina sold more raffle tickets, baked more pies, and cooked more peanut brittle than most, raising money for various school, church, and community organizations. While focused and determined, Albina had a great sense of humor. Since she was born on Halloween Eve, she and Jerome would dress up for Halloween and ambush the grandchildren when they came trick-or-treating. She enjoyed playing tricks including rubber snakes and spiders and telling stories to the grandkids, and April Fool’s Day was one of her favorite days of the year. She maintained this sense of humor even throughout her battle with cancer as she trick-or-treated at a chemo treatment wearing hypnotic 3-D glasses and Bubba teeth. Taking care of her mom was also a top priority of hers. Albina started each day sharing a cup of coffee with her mom and ended each day fixing her supper. She and Jerome also took her mom on trips to the coast, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, California, and Nevada to name a few. She honored her mom each year with a huge birthday party for family and friends, and of course there was dancing, great food, and kolaches!
In addition to her successful career as a businesswoman and a mom, Albina decorated cakes. She made many a birthday, wedding, and anniversary cake for family and friends, and each one was personalized. She found time to play the accordion and the piano, all by ear. Albina was an avid dancer and she made sure that each of her grandkids could waltz and polka, many times in the kitchen, at weddings, or on the annual treks to Wurstfest where every song was danced. She and Jerome danced many Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, winning dance contests when they were younger. She enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing slot machines in Las Vegas, Eagle Pass, Coushatta, and any other place that had machines!
Along with Jerome, she raised four successful children who thought the world of her. Albina was the quintessential lady, always dressed to the nines and walking tall and proud. People say there is a good woman behind every good man, and that was Albina for Jerome. She was the strong woman behind the strong man, and she supported him in his involvement in Sunko, Sacred Heart School, 4-H, the Wilson County Show Barn, the Peanut Growers Association, and the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department, to name a few. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Leon and Johnnie; and sisters Agnes, Annie, Martha, Rosie, and Georgie.
Albina is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jerome Flieller Jr.; her four children and their spouses, Carole Ann and Jim, Mary Gail and Eric, Donna and Jim, and John and Linda; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Gus Hosek, Victor Hosek, Ella Plyler, and Leona Moczygemba.
Visitation was held on Sunday, July 6, at 5 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Poth, Texas.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in the church.
Interment followed in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Cemetery in Poth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 321, Floresville, TX 78114.
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