HENRY NETARDUS

 

 

Henry David Netardus was born on December 29, 1937, in Atascosa County, to J. J. Netardus and Elizabeth Kallus Netardus. He went to his heavenly home on August 10, 2021, at his home in Canyon Lake, in the midst of his family.

Henry married Florence Bartosh on October 11, 1965, with whom he shared 55 years of married life, and three children: Henry Jr, (Karyn), Kenneth (Hillary) and Annette Westbrook (Russell). The biggest joy of his life was his grandchildren, Meadow, Ailee Sean, Matthew, Kory and Stella Marie, with whom he shared many Daisy Duck adventures. Henry and Florence were fortunate to share traveling to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Louisiana, Florida and Alaska. He particularity enjoyed cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean.

Henry was very proud of his Atascosa origins, and served his community in many different ways: official National Weather Service reporter, Rabbit Superintendent of the Atascosa Junior Livestock Show, President of Jourdanton Little League, President of Jourdanton Athletic Boosters, President of Jourdanton Chamber of Commerce, was chosen 1970 Jourdanton Man of the Year and awarded the Lifetime Achievement by the Jourdanton Chamber of Commerce.

Henry’s Catholic faith was very important to him, and through the years he served his church as catechism teacher, choir director, lector, music minister, chair of the St. Matthew annual picnic, member of the Czech Day committee and always answered the call when his parish called.

Henry was very active in the Czech Catholic Union of Texas, the KJT, serving at various times as the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the local society, camp counselor for KJT summer camp and ultimately as State Director for many years.

Henry is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, his sister, Marcella Dornak, his brother, Robert Netardus and numerous nieces and nephews, and grand nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and sister and brothers, Louise Biediger, Bernadette Loring, Rita Vyvlecka, John Netardus and Blaise Netardus.

Due to the COVID surge and in an abundance of caution, a memorial mass is planned by the family in Jourdanton at St. Matthew Catholic Church after the latest surge subsides.

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