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Louise-Marie Orsak

VICTORIA – Louise Marie Orsak, 84, of Victoria, died on October 5, 2022 surrounded by her family at her home. She was born on January 1, 1938 in Hallettsville, Texas to the late Joe C. and Hattie Meta Henrichs Klesel.

She met and fell in love with Edwin Orsak Sr. of Lavaca County and they were married on January 24, 1955. They were blessed with four children, Edwin Orsak Jr., Debbie (Carlton) Dollery, Darlene Freize, all from Victoria, and Edward Orsak of Yorktown.

She is survived by her four children; sister, Lorene A. Fishbeck of Moulton; Grandsons, Dustin (Cari) Orsak, James (Ashley) Dollery, Hunter Dollery, Jessie Freize, Shawn Hulsey, Deborah Villarreal, Deana (Ellis) Fellers, Scott Orsak, Brian Orsak, Jerimiah (Sara) Orsak, Edward Orsak Jr, Amber ( Pedro Bautista) Orsák; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her parents preceded her in death; husband, Edwin Orsak Sr; Brothers Adolph Klesel, Eugene Klesel and Martin Lee Klesel.

Mom had a loving heart for everyone, especially children. She cared for and raised several hundred children, and for many she provided a safe and loving place to stay for a long time. Many of these children became part of our family as they stayed with us for weeks and because Mother’s Catholic faith was strong, she would take the children to our family church on Sundays. Over time, she had some children baptized with their parents’ permission. We went to family reunions and weddings and even funerals with groups of children in tow as she became the second parent to many of them. We, as their children, always had playmates and are still in contact with some of them today.

As her children, we will always cherish the time we had with her and the laughter and tears shed by everyone she met. She loved baking and her country cooking was fantastic. When she was in the kitchen, the house was filled with polka and waltz music. She never measured her ingredients and always got it perfect. She was known for her kolaches and the famous homemade German chocolate cake. We spent the weekends making homemade pasta and rolling it out to dry and then cutting it into long strips and eating them to see who could do it without the pasta breaking to the end. We laughed so loud at home that sometimes the laughter ran down our faces as tears. Saturdays were always a joy for us, we cleaned the house and Dad and the boys did the garden and in the evenings we had sandwiches and chips and dip and soda then we would gather around the TV for Hee Haw, The Lawrence Welk Show, Grand Ole Opry and wrestling! Sunday morning was church day, then we spent the afternoon trying out the moves we’d seen in wrestling and heard mom yell, “You better not come crying when you’re hurt!” We spent most Sundays at the farm with ours Great Uncle Emil and Great Aunt Elizabeth in Shiner. We ran through the pastures, played and snuck into the kitchen where she held a table with a long white sheet over the kolaches and snuck one while mom just watched and smiled. She and dad loved to visit when we were playing with their six boys.

Mom was happiest with baking and fishing. As soon as the line hit the water all the worries and stress of the day were gone and the laughter and memories began, from trying to bait the hook to the smile on her face as she landed a fish. Her home was welcoming and warm, everyone who sat at the table felt comfortable and could talk to her about anything and felt special afterwards. Family and friends got together for hamburger night, where the boys saw who could eat the most burgers.

Mom and Dad had a love for each other that was reflected throughout their 62-year marriage. Everyone who knew them saw that they lived their marriage vows to the fullest, for better or for worse, rich or poor, in sickness or in health. Mom’s strength was her faith. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and active in the Altar Society and SPJST.

The family will welcome friends at the Colonial Funeral Home on Monday, October 10, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday 11 October 2022 at St Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Kristopher Fuchs of Victoria and Father Dominic Antwi-Boasiako of Sweet Home officiating. Burial afterwards in the Resurrection Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Dustin Orsak, James Dollery, Hunter Dollery, Carlton Dollery, Dennis Ellis and Edmund Kloesel. Memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund or the Altar Society.

Special thanks and gratitude to the entire Hospice of South Texas staff, Dr. Gustavo Sandigo and the staff; dr Terry Whitehouse, Dr. George Osuchukwu, Dr. Azhar Malik, Dr. Yong Du, Kelly Hollman FNP and their collaborators; the doctors from Detar Family Medicine and the select nurses, lab technicians and ventilator staff who cared for our mother as if she were her own mother. She was treated with dignity and respect and loving care from those whom God had chosen to be her caretakers. Thank you all for your dedication to the care of our mothers. Share memories and condolences with the family at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com

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