Bernice A. Hollas


Bernice A. Hollas, 86, passed away in Houston, on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.

Bernice was born on a farm, north of Schulenburg, on Oct. 25, 1933. She grew up in the St. John community near Schulenburg. Bernice married Alvin J. Hollas on Oct.19, 1953. They moved to Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis A. and Hilda Richter; her sister Delores Valicek and brother-in-law Ladik; her brother Daniel Richter and sister-in-law Lena; and her great-grandson Callan Symmank.

Bernice is survived by her four children and their spouses, Ronald Hollas and Esther, Carol Batt and Gregory, Deborah Hunter and Kevin, and Rebecca Symmank and Robert; six grandchildren and their spouses, Jessica Belcher and Chip, Travis Batt and Louella, Dana Neunaker and Justin, Michelle Groppell and Stephen, Matthew Symmank and Genesis, and Eric Symmank and Meredith; and five great-grandchildren, Blake and Elizabeth Belcher, Taylor Neuneker, Benjamin Symmank and Olivia Groppell. Bernice has numerous nieces and nephews.

Bernice had a wonderful, happy life. She loved her family, relatives, many friends and church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, taking vacations, dancing and listening to polka music. She spent many hours volunteering for charitable causes and school projects. She was a proud Aggie Mom.

Visitation, rosary and funeral services were held at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Houston. Bernice was laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Bernice to the St. Jerome Catholic Church Building Fund, 8825 Kempwood, Houston, TX 77080, or a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Joseph Earthman Generations in Houston. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at