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Celebrating the life of
Maurice Raymond Hafernik, Sr.
December 04, 1923 - April 07, 2015
Devoted father and loving grandfather
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 4:00pm - Thursday, April 09, 2015
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rite of Christian Burial
  • 2:00pm - Friday, April 10, 2015
  • St. Theresa Catholic Church
  • 6622 Haskell (Map)
    Houston , Texas 77007

I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

The members of the Slavic Heritage Alliance and the Saints Cyril & Methodius Festival Committee extend our deepest sympathy to the Hafernik family. Maurice, along with Father Blazejowskyj and Bishop Morkovsky, started the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Festival in 1963. He served as General Chairman from 1963 to 1988 and as Chairman Emeritus afterwards. "Slavic Unity" was what Maurice promoted and his legacy lives on today with the festival. May Maurice be greeted at the Gates of Heaven by Saints Cyril and Methodius.

Slavic Heritage Alliance of Greater Houston and Saints Cyril & Methodius Slavic Heritage Festival Executive Committee , Houston, TX

We will miss our dear wonderful backyard neighbor. He had such an awesome personality, sense of humor, and great outlook on life. There will not be another like him. Gary & Kathy Reich

Gary & Kathy Reich, Houston, Tx

The Catholic Life Branch #58 would like to extend our condolences to the family. Maurice will be deeply missed by our branch, he was such a joy and we enjoyed our quarterly meeting, our mentor, and our friend. I have only been with the branch for a few short years, but his phone calls and jokes always made me smile. Thank you Maurice for being our friend Lynnell Stieber

Lynnell Stieber, Richmond, Texas

I was blessed to see Maurice just two weeks ago at Mark's memorial service. He was the last of the four from their lunch group that consisted of Maurice, Mark, Joe and Horst. Their friendship was a wonderful thing and they were all wonderful men. My condolences to his family.

Nancy Glaeser, Houston, TX

For years whenever I dropped off a medical prescription in the Galleria area, the owner of the drug store or head pharmacist would come out and meet me and tell me how much they liked dealing with Maurice. He was greatly respected and liked by people in his profession.

Vernon Hafernik, Houston, TX

Brother Maurice will be truly missed. He truly lived a Catholic life. Maurice and his family are in the thoughts and prayers of our family. He is with our Father now and for eternity.

Mike Kloss and Family, Spring, TX

Your Father's passing was such a surprise. Please know he will be missed by all who knew him. He and your Mother are back together again in Heaven. Always know how very proud he was of all his children, grandchildren and great-grand son. Praying for each and everyone of you during this time of sorrow. Sandy

Parr, Sandra H., Spring, Texas

Mr. Havernik, Was one of the most positive people I have ever met. He was truly a happy man , even in his advanced years. He was a class act. The world will not be as bright without him ! Randall Beaman

randall beaman, houston, texas

Dear Maury, Debbie, and family, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Maurice. What a beautiful obituary. Maurice was so well known and well liked in Catholic circles. Over the years we would meet many people who, after hearing our last name would say, are you any kin to Maurice? (This included Bishop Fiorenza!) Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. I buried my 94 year old mother last month so I share your sorrow. Janet and Vernon and family

Vernon and Janet Hafernik, Houston, Texas

Our sincere condolences to Mr. Hafernik's family and friends. Big hugs to you all.

McAlpin Family, Austin, TX

My sympathy and prayers are with the entire Hafernik family during this time. Your father was a wonderful man and I remember a lot of good times at the Knights of Columbus with both your parents. I saw your father not to long ago at his annual insurance dinner and was able to enjoy lunch with him as he talked about his family. May your memories give you comfort during this time.

Theresa Stoever Burkett, Houston, TX

I will certainly miss Maurice and our usual daily ritual of checking on each other. Some days I picked him up for an adventure I had lined up for him to be a participant. He never turned me down. Blessings on you Maurice for being my neighbor and dear friend.

Lillian Jolliffe, Houston, TX

As a friend of Maureens, I remember spending time at their house. Mr. Hafernik was a lovely person, always smiling. My condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.

Karen Busa Hurley, Germantown, TN

Maurice Raymond Hafernik, Sr passed on April 6, 2015. He was born and raised in the Catholic and Czech community of Taylor, Texas. He was the youngest of 4 children born to Ruth and Ernest Hafernik. Maurice grew up as a child in the great depression – if you asked him about those times he would tell you that they had a small place with land on the outskirts of town with chickens and a couple of cows – they didn’t have much – but “they were happy”. After highschool he enrolled at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and after attending for a couple of semesters, Pearl Harbor was attacked and he and his fellow classmates enlisted in the Army. While waiting to ship out to North Africa, he was stationed temporarily near Youngstown, Ohio where on a couple of evenings off, he met his future wife, Helene Patricia Volinsky. He served as a medic during the war and saw action from Italy to France to Germany. He had many close calls but was never seriously wounded. After returning from the war, he headed back to Texas where he found out that St. Edwards was not accepting upperclassmen due to the large numbers of incoming freshmen. He was offered a place at St. Edwards sister university – Notre Dame. His father asked him not to go so far away since he had just returned from the war. Maurice enrolled at the University of Texas. He played in the Longhorn Band and was in the band the very first year they put on cowboy hats and a western themed uniform. He was always a huge longhorn fan and attended many more football games than can be remembered. Years later, the alumni association of St. Edwards awarded honorary degrees to those men who left school to fight the war. After living in Austin and San Antonio where they started their family, Maurice and Pat moved to Houston where he was assigned a territory in NW Houston representing Smith Kline & French pharmaceuticals. He retired after 31 years and began shortly thereafter working at Memorial Golf Course as a starter and marshall.
He worked at the golf course for over 20 years and even picked up another part time job in 2007 working for his daughter Rebecca at her jewelry design business. In December 2014 he retired from the golf course at 91 years old, but he still continued to work with Rebecca a couple of days a week.

Maurice Hafernik was a generous, humble, Christian who NEVER met a stranger. He always had a joke to tell and hardly let a day go by without his 2 afternoon beers. He was a Catholic’s catholic and attended Mass regularly. He and Bishop John Morkovsky began the St. Cyril and Methodius Slavic feast day celebration many years ago – a feast day that is still in existence. For this and his other Catholic service he was presented as a Knight of St. Gregory the Great and awarded the honor by the Pope some years ago. He as well was a 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus and attended functions up to his death.

He is survived by his 3 children – Maury (Maurice Jr), Maureen and Rebecca. He leaves 6grandchildren and 1 great grand child.

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I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

The members of the Slavic Heritage Alliance and the Saints Cyril & Methodius Festival Committee extend our deepest sympathy to the Hafernik family. Maurice, along with Father Blazejowskyj and Bishop Morkovsky, started the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Festival in 1963. He served as General Chairman from 1963 to 1988 and as Chairman Emeritus afterwards. "Slavic Unity" was what Maurice promoted and his legacy lives on today with the festival. May Maurice be greeted at the Gates of Heaven by Saints Cyril and Methodius.

Slavic Heritage Alliance of Greater Houston and Saints Cyril & Methodius Slavic Heritage Festival Executive Committee , Houston, TX

We will miss our dear wonderful backyard neighbor. He had such an awesome personality, sense of humor, and great outlook on life. There will not be another like him. Gary & Kathy Reich

Gary & Kathy Reich, Houston, Tx

The Catholic Life Branch #58 would like to extend our condolences to the family. Maurice will be deeply missed by our branch, he was such a joy and we enjoyed our quarterly meeting, our mentor, and our friend. I have only been with the branch for a few short years, but his phone calls and jokes always made me smile. Thank you Maurice for being our friend Lynnell Stieber

Lynnell Stieber, Richmond, Texas

I was blessed to see Maurice just two weeks ago at Mark's memorial service. He was the last of the four from their lunch group that consisted of Maurice, Mark, Joe and Horst. Their friendship was a wonderful thing and they were all wonderful men. My condolences to his family.

Nancy Glaeser, Houston, TX

Candle tribute lit by Vernon Hafernik — Texas

For years whenever I dropped off a medical prescription in the Galleria area, the owner of the drug store or head pharmacist would come out and meet me and tell me how much they liked dealing with Maurice. He was greatly respected and liked by people in his profession.

Vernon Hafernik, Houston, TX

Brother Maurice will be truly missed. He truly lived a Catholic life. Maurice and his family are in the thoughts and prayers of our family. He is with our Father now and for eternity.

Mike Kloss and Family, Spring, TX

Your Father's passing was such a surprise. Please know he will be missed by all who knew him. He and your Mother are back together again in Heaven. Always know how very proud he was of all his children, grandchildren and great-grand son. Praying for each and everyone of you during this time of sorrow. Sandy

Parr, Sandra H., Spring, Texas

Mr. Havernik, Was one of the most positive people I have ever met. He was truly a happy man , even in his advanced years. He was a class act. The world will not be as bright without him ! Randall Beaman

randall beaman, houston, texas

Dear Maury, Debbie, and family, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Maurice. What a beautiful obituary. Maurice was so well known and well liked in Catholic circles. Over the years we would meet many people who, after hearing our last name would say, are you any kin to Maurice? (This included Bishop Fiorenza!) Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. I buried my 94 year old mother last month so I share your sorrow. Janet and Vernon and family

Vernon and Janet Hafernik, Houston, Texas

Our sincere condolences to Mr. Hafernik's family and friends. Big hugs to you all.

McAlpin Family, Austin, TX

Candle tribute lit by McAlpin Family — Texas

My sympathy and prayers are with the entire Hafernik family during this time. Your father was a wonderful man and I remember a lot of good times at the Knights of Columbus with both your parents. I saw your father not to long ago at his annual insurance dinner and was able to enjoy lunch with him as he talked about his family. May your memories give you comfort during this time.

Theresa Stoever Burkett, Houston, TX

I will certainly miss Maurice and our usual daily ritual of checking on each other. Some days I picked him up for an adventure I had lined up for him to be a participant. He never turned me down. Blessings on you Maurice for being my neighbor and dear friend.

Lillian Jolliffe, Houston, TX

As a friend of Maureens, I remember spending time at their house. Mr. Hafernik was a lovely person, always smiling. My condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.

Karen Busa Hurley, Germantown, TN


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