Herman Hubert Hanslik was born to the late Frank and Mary (Heinrich) Hanslik in Hallettsville (Breslau), Lavaca County, Texas on May 4, 1920. He was the youngest of six children.
Herman attended Breslau school for approximately six years after which he spent full time working on the family farm located near Breslau.
Herman was predeceased by his first wife, Marcella (Bohuslav) Hanslik on November 22, 1993. They were married on February 10, 1941 in Praha, Texas and then moved to Houston where Herman worked as a milkman and then a machinist from 1941 to 1946. In 1946, they moved back to Lavaca County and built the Komensky Red and White Food Store which was sold in 1947. He resided in Moulton, Texas from 1947 to 1984 during which period of time he engaged in a sequence of business endeavors that were typically agriculture related, including the purchase of a farm.
In Moulton, Herman and Marcella raised their family and were very active in the community, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the community’s schools. Herman was very concerned about the future of the small farmer and took it upon himself, together with a few other good friends/farmers, to start the Farm Bureau organization in Lavaca County. He served as its president in 1954/55. The organization was active in the political process which culminated in congressional passage of a farm bill which to this day is an economic mainstay for the farmers in America.
Herman was passionate about education and to that end he pursued his high school equivalency degree which he received in 1969. Beyond this, Herman and Marcella also accumulated a significant amount of college education from Prarie View A&M. This accomplishment allowed Herman to obtain his real estate and brokerage licenses. He then moved to Hallettsville, Texas; formed HH Hanslik Realty and enjoyed the real estate business for 28 years.
Herman was a devout member of St. Joseph’s Church in Moulton and Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville. Over the years he participated in many of the churches’ ministries and also attended mass and sang in the choir at St. Mary’s Church. Herman was a member of the Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus.
Herman was a hard working person. There were no shortcuts in his daily endeavors and the corners were always “cut square.” His priorities were God, family, education, work, and fun. It was rare that he would miss a family gathering and much of his life revolved around work and family.
Herman loved everything Czech, but most of all, Czech music and the Czech language. Over the last forty years of his life he did extensive work on the genealogy of the Hanslik, Bohuslav, and Romair families. In connection therewith, he made several trips to what is now the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
His ability to play the harmonica, “button” accordion and drums at the same time as a one-man band was legendary. All of this was self-taught starting as a young boy on the banks of the Lavaca River. He loved to sing and participated in several church and Czech choirs.
Herman’s love of dancing brought him and Palmae Hilsher together at a polka dance in 1994 and they were married on April 26, 1997. They resided in Hallettsville until moving to a retirement community in Tomball, Texas in 2009. Palmae was a devoted wife to Herman for 15 years and his loving caretaker for the sunset of his life.
Herman is survived by his wife Palmae, sons Edward and Dr. Paul and their respective wives, Shirley and Marilyn, daughter Katherine Svatek; grandchildren Dana (Hanslik) Morris, Todd Hanslik and wife Allison, Tracey (Hanslik) Dampf and husband Eric, Michelle (Hanslik) Goins and husband Mike, Natalie (Tammy) Hanslik, Kim Svatek and Lt. Commander Mike Svatek (U.S. Navy) and wife Mindy; there are eleven surviving great grandchildren.
Additionally, Herman is survived by Palmae’s daughter Suzanne Whorton, and sons David and Alan Skrehot and their respective wives Jan and Elda; grandchildren Glenn Whorton, Brian Whorton and wife Cindy, Shaun Skrehot and wife Natalie, Tyler Skrehot, Stephanie (Skrehot) Berger and husband Dwayne, Sara (Skrehot) Devine, Shely (Skrehot) Briones and husband Gino, Lynette (Skrehot) Thompson and husband Eric and Ashley Skrehot. There are nineteen surviving great grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife, Marcella, Herman was predeceased by his parents Frank and Mary Hanslik, brothers Adolph, Alvin, and Frank, sisters Lillie Spies and Adela (Drozd) Pohl and a granddaughter Marcella Christine Hanslik. Herman and Marcella also had three other children, Daniel, Mary Ann and Carl, all of whom died at birth.
A celebration of Herman’s wonderful life will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Moulton, Texas at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, followed by interment in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.
This will be preceded by visitation at 4 p.m., and a rosary service at the Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, Texas at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
Pallbearers are Dana Morris, Todd Hanslik, Tracey Dampf, Kim Svatek, Michelle Goins, Dave Skrehot, Alan Skrehot, Brian Whorton, and Shaun Skrehot. Honorary Pallbearers will be all the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Herman and Palmae.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the charity of your choice.