Lillian Lois Hoyer Marek, age 91, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress Avenue.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, located at 4311 Small Drive, Austin, TX 78731 with Graveside Rites following in West, Texas at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Lillian Marek was born in Cuero, Texas on October 6, 1925. She was the oldest child of Henry D. Hoyer and Julia Kahanek Hoyer Waldrep.
Lillian attended St. Joseph's Grade School in Moulton, Texas from first through eighth grades. She graduated from Moulton High School in 1942 with Honors and was the Salutatorian of her class. Lillian was also listed in Who's Who Among High School Students in Texas. Lillian graduated as a Registered Nurse from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Waco, Texas.
In March of 1945, Lillian worked at McCloskey General Hospital in Temple, Texas as a United States Military Cadet Nurse. After the war she worked in many church hospitals and clinics in the internal medicine and surgical areas including Gaston Hospital and two years at McBride Clinic, both located in Dallas, Texas.
Her cousin, Bill Ott, introduced Lillian to the love of her life, John Joseph Marek. Lillian and John married on August 18, 1951 at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas. The couple honeymooned in Mexico City, Acapulco and Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Lillian was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an active volunteer in her children's schools and taught religious education at their church, St. Anthony of Padua for several years.
Lillian served as a volunteer for the Red Cross as a Nurse and completed refresher courses for Registered Nurses from the National Center for Health Education.
Lillian loved history and appreciated her Texas pioneer family history. Therefore, it was only natural for her to train to be a docent and a volunteer at the Institute of Texan Cultures in 1981. She thoroughly enjoyed taking different groups of people around the museum and explaining the heritage behind the settlements.
After her initial diagnosis and treatment of cancer in 1997, she made trips to healing sites such as Lourdes, France; Fatima, Portugal; and witnessed the Canonization of St. Eugene in Rome.
For ten years, Lillian participated at her church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, praying in adoration on Wednesday afternoons at 3 pm.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, John Joseph Marek, Sr. in December of 2015, and by her grandson, Kaleb Marek.
Survivors include her four children: Annemarie Marek, Juliana Marek and her husband James Hill, Rosemary Howard and her husband William Clarke Howard, John Joseph Marek and his wife Zdenka Erceg; grandchildren, Cameron, Christian, Rebecca Howard and Catherine Jennings and her husband Michael; granddaughter, Siena Marek; her brother, Thomas Hoyer; her nephews, Bob Hoyer and his wife Melissa, Dr. Randall Hoyer and his wife Mary K.
The family would like to thank all of Lillian's caregivers at Brookdale Gaines Ranch and Brookdale Parmer Lane for their loving help and kindness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the:
St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o
St. Theresa's Catholic Church
4311 Small Drive
Austin, Texas 78731