Clarence Joseph Hollas
Born on March 31, 1927
CLARENCE JOSEPH "C.J." HOLLAS
PORT LAVACA - Clarence Joseph "C.J." Hollas passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013. He was born on March 31, 1927 in Schulenburg, TX to the late Minnie Adamek Hollas and Ernest Paul Hollas. He married Virginia "Ginger" Wright on June 24, 1961. He worked for Alcoa for over 25 years as an operator. He was a lifelong Catholic and a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic church. He loved to dance, do yard work and listen to polka and country western music. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
C.J. attended schools in Vanderbilt, TX before joining the United States Navy as a teenager during the World War II era. He served in Hawaii after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and loved Navy life until he was called to come home and work on the family farm. After his "retirement" from Alcoa, he maintained and operated Hollas Painting for many years and enjoyed painting the homes of many Calhoun County residents. He was even dubbed "the parish painter" for his many hours of service to the Catholic Church of Port Lavaca.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wilbert Hollas and his nephew, Mark Legler.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia "Ginger" Hollas; daughter, Lisa Hollas-Roberts and husband, Honorable Scott Roberts of San Antonio, TX; son, Scott Hollas and wife, Melanie Hollas of Stamford, CT. He is also survived by granddaughter, Laura Roberts and grandson, Matthew Roberts of San Antonio, TX; sister, Viola Legler and husband, J.D. Legler of La Grange, TX; brother, Ernest Hollas and wife, Patricia Hollas of Weimer, TX and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
The family will receive friends at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home in Port Lavaca, TX on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. A rosary will follow at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held on November 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, Texas. Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Ronald Hollas, Dr. James Legler, Christopher Hollas, Matthew Hollas, David Higdon, Mark Brown, Dr. Richard Rogge and Ralph Novosad.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff and health care professionals of Memorial Medical Center,Calhoun Home Health and the Port Lavaca Nursing and Rehabilitation facility for the wonderful care given to C.J. during these last several months. The family would also like to thank Dr. Paul Bunnell and Dr. Kwi Timu for their excellent medical treatment and guidance given to the family during this past year.
Memorial donations may be to Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, 415 W. Austin, Port Lavaca, TX 77979, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1010 Lyons Ave, Schulenburg, TX 78956 or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave. 7th floor, New York, NY 1001.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.