Rosalie Evelyn Smith

August 11, 1919 - July 15, 2017
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Surrounded by her family Rosalie Evelyn Smith, age 97, died on July 15, 2017 at UTMB. Rosalie was one of 14 children born to Valcav and Ludmila Merta on August 11, 1919 in Taiton, TX.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Patrick Church with Father Orrin Halepeska officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass beginning at 10:00 A.M.  Burial will follow at Old Catholic Cemetery.

After Rosalie’s graduation from high school she moved to Galveston to attend St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She graduated in 1942 with her degree as a Registered Nurse.  During that time Rosalie met her future husband of nearly 48 years, Marion C. Smith.  They were married in Galveston on December 1, 1943 at Sacred Heart Church and had four children, Marian Rose, Patsy, Patrick and Ted.

Rosalie was a dedicated and faithful member of St. Patrick’s Church. She was also a long-time member of the church’s Altar Society, the Order of Martha, Czech Heritage Society, KJZT and a VIP of St. Mary’s Catholic Daughters. Involvement in these various groups brought much joy and satisfaction to Rosalie and through the years she met and made many good and dear friends she would keep during her life time. They would be referred to by her family as “her lady friends.”  She enjoyed and delighted in working at the yearly St. Patrick’s Church Bazaars. She could always be counted on to bake those delicious cakes for the cake booth every year.

Along with her husband, her parents and 11 of her bothers & sisters, Rosalie was preceded in death by her two daughters, Marian Rose Knesek and Patsy Bullacher; her grandson, Kevin Knesek; and brothers-in-law, William & wife, Frances Smith and Edward & wife, Ruth Smith.

Rosalie is survived by her sons, Patrick and wife Margaret Smith of Missouri City and Ted and wife, Paula Smith of Houston; brother, Charles & wife Ella Mae Merta of El Campo; sister, Elizabeth & husband Ray Kacal of Bay City; her six grandchildren: Kelly Weatherly and husband Rusty of Sherman,TX, Mark Smith of Houston, Erin Smith and Michelle Smith of Houston, Jennifer Bullacher of Texas City and Ryan Bullacher and wife Erin of Galveston. Rosalie was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Sage and Zane Weatherly of Sherman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mark Smith, Ryan Bullacher, John Knesek, Rusty Weatherly, Joe Hensley, and Justin Martin.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the administration and care givers of the Concord Assisted Living on Broadway for the compassion and affection they gave to Rosalie during her time there.

In lieu of flowers Rosalie requests that contributions be made to: Kevin Knesek Memorial Scholarship Fund, Box 997, Somerville, TX 77879.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Time: 12:15 pm

Old Catholic Cemetery


40th & Avenue K
Galveston, TX 77550

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Born: August 11, 1919
Died: July 15, 2017

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Heidi E posted on 7/27/17

I am so sorry for your loss. May fond memories of your loved one bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these before she passed away. My hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. God has promised us that we will soon be reunited with our loved ones. “There is going to be a resurrection,” the Bible confirms at Acts 24:15. “Do not be amazed at this,” Jesus assures us, “for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29)


Jim and Jo Anne Gilmore posted on 7/25/17

She was our sidekick for so long. We use to go to church, go to eat and laugh all the time. Laughing with her was so much fun. I could tell her something I was worried about and she would say something "oh girl it will be over so fast you won't remember you ever worried!" She was right! Jim and I loved you Rosalie. You were the best!


Ed & Pet Pittman posted on 7/18/17

Rosalie was dearly loved by many. Her faith and faithfulness to her Lord and Savior, by serving in various capacities at Holy Family Parish, shone through in all she did. She will be greatly missed, but is now happily in heaven with her beloved husband and other family members who predeceased her. Remember all the wonderful memories and good times shared throughout her life. Please accept our sincere sympathy, knowing earth hath no sorrow heaven can't heal. Our love, prayers, and sympathy, Ed & Pet Pittman


Sharon Hensley posted on 7/17/17

Aunt Rose, you will be remembered for so many kindnesses. You encouraged me when I was in nursing school and I remember all the notes you shared with me, including the ones on how to make baby formula & sharpen needles! My prayers are for your family left to mourn your loss. You rest now in Jesus' arms.


Lynn Maxwell Gallagher posted on 7/17/17

Dear Patrick, I was sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I remember your mom when we were at St. Patrick's School. I lost my mom also at the age of 97 in April 2016. We know that they are with our Lord now and that we will see them again one day. Take care and God bless. Sincerely, Lynn Maxwell Gallagher