, Port Arthur, Texas


March 14, 2013

Mary C. Valka

PORT ARTHUR —    Mary C. Valka, 95, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.  She was born in Nordheim, Texas on July 3, 1917, to the late Bozenka and Frank Fojtik.  Mary, and her husband, Joe I. Valka, moved to this area 60 years ago.  She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where she participated in the Altar Society for many years.  Gardening was one of her many hobbies.  But, it was cooking for her family that she found most fulfilling.

   Throughout her life, she excelled in walking the Christian walk.  To her husband, she was an excellent wife.  To her family, she was an outstanding mother and grandmother.  And, to everyone who knew her, she exemplified love.  She will be greatly missed by all.

   Visitation will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a rosary at 6:00 p.m. at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland, Texas. 

   A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur, Texas at 11:00 a.m., Father Stephen McCrate celebrant.  Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas.

   Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Joe I. Valka; son-in-laws, Tommy Stopyra and Paul Coggins; her parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by six children, Joe A. Valka and wife, Cheryl, Loddie  Valka and wife, Jean Ann; Ann Stopyra, Angel Medley and husband, Harry, Steve Valka and wife, Kathy, and Cathy Bourg and husband, Carl Jr.; and her sisters, Agnes Fikes, Betsy Hudson, and Hattie Poole.   She also has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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